Here’s my first movie review. We watched “Open Water” on DVD a couple of nights ago, and I thought I should give warning to all of you who haven’t seen it yet: Don’t.
It was boring. It didn’t have the ending we expected. It had some pretty bad acting. And it had a full frontal nude scene that was totally unnecessary. Let me explain why this bugs me so much.
In the movie, this couple is on vacation and the air conditioning in their hotel room is broken. Fine. So you’re hot and you want to sleep. No problems there. But why show us that on the movie? The wife is laying in bed, reading, with just the sheet on. However, the sheet only goes to her waist. The husband comes to bed, but with the clever camera angles, all you see is his bare back. No butt or anything. A minute later, the wife turns to turn off the light, the sheet comes down, and you can see everything below the waist as well as above now. I did NOT need to see that. Seriously. There wasn’t a need.
Here’s something else that really bugs me about the whole thing. The next scene the light is turned on and the husband is kneeling on the bed with a newspaper in his hand and he is trying to kill a mosquito or something. He is wearing blue underwear. Now, I don’t need to see this guy completely naked, either, but I don’t understand why we can see so much of the woman, but nothing of the man? Why is it acceptable to show full frontal nudity of any woman, but not of a man? Why the double standard? I’ve noticed in a lot of movies that you will often see a woman’s breasts (at least) and the most you’ll see of a man is his butt.
I really want to make it clear that I don’t want to see either person naked in any movie. I just want to understand where this double standard came from and why. In fact, on some show like Entertainment Tonight I saw an interview and an actor stated, “I don’t understand why a nude female generates an ‘R’ rating, but a nude male generates an ‘X’ rating.” I don’t remember what I was watching or who said it, and I know that the actor was mostly complaining about lack of nudity, not excess, but it is a valid question. Personally, I think both should be an “X” rating (or NC-17, or whatever). I really and truely don’t think it is necessary to show nudity!