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Purported movie critic says “women are not capable of understanding ‘Goodfellas'”

A movie critic for the New York Post is under fire after devoting an entire column to a crackpot thesis that women are unable to understand Martin Scorsese’s 1990 gangster masterpiece Goodfellas. Kyle Smith describes the film as a “male fantasy picture” and likens it to Entourage “with guns instead of pools.” His occasion for fleshing out this half-baked concept in print is the film’s 25th anniversary. During the course of Smith’s painfully reductionist misinterpretation of the film, he writes things like, “To a woman, the Goodfellas are lowlifes. To guys, they’re hilarious, they’re heroes,” and, “At its core, Goodfellas is a story of ball-busting etiquette,” to make it seem like he knows what he’s talking about. Of course, he doesn’t. And many on the Internet have pointed out just how foolhardy his column is. Among the torrent of criticism the column triggered, one woman on Twitter noted that the the film’s (Oscar-winning) editor is a woman, Thelma Schoonmaker. And a man pointed out on Twitter that the film’s executive producer and casting director are also women. Smith is no stranger to controversy — he was once dubbed “America’s most cantankerous film critic.” Reading through the piece, however, there was one passage, albeit very fleeting, in which Smith appeared to have a moment of clarity. It consisted of just two words. He referred to himself as ‘a jerk’ — a sentiment many on the Internet now wholeheartedly agree with.

Read the column at The New York Post and the full story at The Guardian.

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