It’s bad enough that there seems to be less actual nudity in mainstream movies these days. However, it is time to point out how the movie companies taking steps to practically avoid nudity has an impact on how believable the film is.
I saw another example over the weekend when I went to see “Social Networking”. (I’m not going to spoil anything about the plot.) There is one scene in which one of the key male characters has slept with and spent the night with a college babe, which starts with the 2 of them in her bed in the early morning.
The babe has a sweat shirt on, revealing a bra strap in one shot, and has what I call full panties on. (The kind that are more like short shorts.) The dialogue reveals to the audience that the babe slept with the guy, but doesn’t remember having done so until he explains the situation.
Sorry, but if we are supposed to believe the events the male character described, then why on earth would the babe be wearing a sweat shirt and full panties? If the babe really had blacked out, wouldn’t she remember enough to know why she would have put on a sweat shirt, let alone bra and full panties? Even the panties she has on are not even close to believable. As a total creep spending time on school campuses over the years and seeing plenty of panties (and whatever else is or isn’t worn) that college babes wear, you can’t convince me that a babe of her caliber would wear anything more than a thong or much more revealing panties than the babe in the movie was wearing. If she really wore that type of underwear, she wouldn’t have been in that situation to sleep with the male in the first place.
In the next part of the scene, the babe is supposedly continuing the conversation and walking toward the shower, seen topless from behind. We do get to briefly see the side of a boob, but no nipple. However, in that shot, we don’t get to see her face (not that I was looking at the face!). Thus, it could very well have been a body double so that the actress playing the college babe didn’t have to show even the slightest boobie.
Some of you probably think I’m being a total creep in commenting about this. But whether you dig the nudity (when there is some) or not, my point is that it made the film less believable. That scene was NOT how that babe should have been presented. She should have been at the very least topless if not totally nude.
Think about it. It’s not like the guy who slept with her would make sure she has underwear on, let alone a sweatshirt over a bra, when she fell asleep in his arms after supposedly having sex. Or, if the guy did, it goes against his character in the movie.
There is a separate scene with a drug bust, and they show a powder drug being taken off of another babe’s stomach. For some reason, she is still wearing a bra. Like we are supposed to believe she wouldn’t be topless if not completely naked by that time? Worse yet, one of the male police officers in the raid instructs her to “Cover up!” while she throws a shirt on over her bra. Us movie viewers are intelligent enough to know that she already was “covered” and that a police officer would only react like that if the babe was topless.
This was really because the film maker didn’t want the nudity, and I know that. To me, it tells me the film maker wasn’t interested in making the movie plot believable, and Social Networking is supposedly based on a true story. If they couldn’t get one scene to establish one of the primary characters right, then how do we know how thorough the other scenes are?
In a way, this is even worse than TV shows and some movie scenes where the wife is in bed with her husband, yet very openly keeps the sheets up over her boobies as if he can’t see them. Those scenes detract from the story’s credibility as well, but even a guy like me understands that they can’t show the good stuff on TV shows.
I can understand that some women oppose nudity in the movies when it has little or nothing to do with the plot, even though most men enjoy it. Yet, in Social Networking, those are two separate scenes in which nudity was actually necessary to the scenes, and it was covered up. True, this was especially disappointing to me because I love seeing college aged babes naked as much if not more than any other age group. But this movie is a lot about college students, and this form of censoring or editing made it less realistic.
Come on, guys. We deserve better for what it costs to see a movie these days. Or at least “real”.