There weren’t too many surprises for me in the movie Gone Girl which we saw on Friday night. I had read the book so I knew what was coming plot wise. There were however two surprising lines of dialogue that caught my attention.
The first was the mention of Winnipeg. The movie’s heroine Amy played by Rosamund Pike gets in trouble and calls a former boyfriend Desi played by Neil Patrick Harris to come and rescue her. They rendezvous at a casino. A man bumps into Desi and Amy at the casino bar and says he is sure he recognizes Amy.
It is important that Amy remain incognito so Desi tries to throw the man off by lying and assuring the fellow there is no way he can know Amy because Amy comes from…………..( Desi quickly thinks of the most obscure place he can)…….. Winnipeg.
Amy’s college writing instructor husband Nick played by Ben Affleck has been having an affair with a beautiful student of his named Andie who is dressed very provocatively when Amy catches them kissing one night . While Amy is leaving the casino her eye is drawn to a television screen where she sees Andie her husband’s girlfriend holding a press conference. For her press conference Andie wants to play the role of innocent young school girl seduced by an older man so her conservative hairstyle, modest clothing and lack of make up are in stark contrast to her former seductive appearance. Seeing her Amy says ………. “She looks like a ### Mennonite.”
As a Mennonite and a Winnipegger I object to the way both Mennonites and Winnipeggers are portrayed in Gone Girl. The movie implies Winnipeg is some insignificant out-of-the-way place no one has heard of and that all Mennonites are conservative, straight-laced and plain. Nothing could be further from the truth in both cases.
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