I used to think 80s teen movies were blue-pill, but most of them are really a decent mix of blue and red. I’ve been catching up on more recent movies lately, thanks to RiffTrax, and I’ve come to realize that newer action movies are far more blue-pill, often overwhelmingly so.
Case in point, the Godzilla film made in 1998 (extremely stupid movie; great RiffTrax). Matthew Broderick plays a scientist who’s studying the effects of radiation on earthworms — pretty much the very definition of undatable nerd. In his science nerd van, he carries around a collage of pictures of his old girlfriend (Maria Pitillo), who we later find out left him eight years ago, and it appears he’s been pining away for her ever since. She’s ridiculously cute with a tremendous body, but it’s never explained how he got her in the first place. She tells her friends they were together for four years. He proposed, and she turned him down (of course, since she’s at least a 9 and he’s a worm scientist who looks like Matthew Broderick, so she wasn’t about to settle for him). She ran off to New York to try to become a famous reporter, but didn’t even have the guts to break up with him, just ran off without a call or a letter.
Meanwhile, Vicki Lewis (from NewsRadio) is basically throwing herself at him from the moment they meet. She’s no 10, but she’s not ugly either, but he barely sees her because he’s still waiting for Cutie.
When he and Cutie inevitably bump into each other while he’s saving the world and she’s being an annoying junior reporter, she accuses him of still being angry and causing her feelbad. He gives her the mildest rebuke in history for leaving him without a word after four years together, so she acts hurt and starts to walk away, until he apologizes to her for his rudeness, and then things are okay. She sees his collage of pictures of her that he’s been carrying around — even in the middle of saving the world — and instead of being creeped out, she’s touched.
- So, she dumped him, in a particularly hurtful way, but it’s his job to make her feel okay about it. Check.
- He stayed loyal and waited for her for 8 years while she Pursued Her Dreams. Check.
- She never apologizes for the dumping, and he takes her back without the slightest repentance or penance. Check.
- His one-itis touches her heart and brings her back, instead of driving her away again or telling her she can blow him off for another ten years because he’s sure to keep waiting. Check.
It’s got it all, all the blue-pill lies about how to get a girl (or how to get her back, in this case), what they find attractive, how caving in and being nice works better than standing up to them, etc.
There are a couple of very small red-pill truths, though, if you look hard enough (in a way, there have to be, to set up the blue-pill lies). For instance, the way a man being more in love with a woman than she is with him, and making her too comfortable by proposing, can push her away. That’s the one true note here. Unfortunately, the typical Nice Guy who needs to learn that lesson will miss it; he’ll focus on all the rest, and come away thinking, “Okay, so I just need to keep waiting for my runaway Princess, doting on her from afar, avoiding attachments with other women, until I get a chance to save her from a giant lizard someday — and then I’d better remember to be nice to her and not push her away again.”
He should have grabbed the girl who doted on him, burned the nostalgia pics, and then told the ditz he had better things to do than rehash old news.