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Date Posted: 08:36:01 11/30/08 Sun
Author: Icaredor
Subject: Re: pauly and tori
In reply to: pain 's message, "pauly and tori" on 16:42:43 02/16/08 Sat

Everyone who loves this movie strongly sympathizes with Paulie. I certainly do. This, though, makes it harder to sympathize the other characters motives. Tori faces a choice between her family and Paulie. This choice is between two different types of love. Choosing her family is perfectly reasonable. One of the key themes in the movie is the importance of parental love for a person’s emotional security and development. Mary’s love for her mother is what saves her from the darkness that invades Paulie’s soul when Tori withdraws her love. Darkness overwhelms Paulie because she has no other emotional support. Paulie feels no love from her ‘fake’ mother or her ‘real’ mother. She depends completely on Tori to meet her emotional needs and without Tori, Paulie is defenseless.

And give Jake a break. The movie presents Jake and his friends as typical (male) teenagers who are little different from the typical (female) teenagers at Perkins; they are no more shallow or deep. Several scenes at Perkins show that the rest of the women have no comprehension of the love Paulie feels. They don’t even see love as an emotional condition. Love is “sex, money, a mirage, a chemical high…so you wanna make babies.” When they talk about their boyfriends at the soccer game, no one mentions emotional love. The conversation is all about sex. They are immature, safe and secure; not driven by the desperate hunger for love that Paulie feels.

As for Jake’s attitudes to love between women…Neither he nor his friends ever make Paulie’s gender an issue. After hearing the invitation to “dark noon,” Phil says to Jake, “do it for your woman,” which is equivalent to Paulie’s motive. Although John worries that Paulie is “really unstable,” they don’t take the duel as seriously as the audience because they have no reason to. They have no idea of the murderous rage Paulie has built up inside of her.

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