But this exchange from Martin McDonagh’s Seven Psychopaths cracked me up:
Hans (Christopher Walken): Martin, I’ve been reading your movie.
Marty (Colin Farrell): Oh. What do you think?
Hans: Your women characters are awful! None of them have anything to say for themselves, most of them get either shot or stabbed to death within five minutes, and the ones who don’t probably will later on!
Marty: [Clearly at a loss] Well…it’s a hard world for women, you know. I guess that’s what I’m trying to say!
Hans: Yeah, it’s a hard world for women, but most of the ones I know can string a sentence together!
Next time I hear the argument that horrible treatment of women in fiction is motivated solely by a high-minded pursuit of gritty realism, I’m going to see Colin Farrell’s clueless little pout-shrug. “Well…it’s a hard world for women, you know!”