The Stepfather - What Attracts Society Today

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The Stepfather What attracts today’s society? The “perfect” body or one that offers “more to love?” With the passing of time, it seems that people have grown more superficial. Let’s face it, no one wants to see chubby or unattractive middle-aged citizens. It is clear that sex appeal attracts viewers. This can be seen through The Stepfather and its advertisements. The Stepfather has great potential to be a suspenseful film, but director Nelson McCormick falls short with his remake of the 1987 original by relying too much on sex appeal. Sex plays a major role in today's society. It is everywhere. For example, whenever people turn on the television, open a magazine, or listen to the radio, they are faced with sexual advertisements. Hooters uses physical appearance to specifically attract men, car companies use attractive young families to promote their vehicles, and perfume ads use sexual seduction and influence to sell their product. The majority of these advertisements, if not all, are related to something sexual. People are not going to pay attention to waitresses dressed conservatively at Hooters, unattractive families promoting cars, or perfume ads rejecting attraction. Thus, all forms of media incorporate sex appeal as a strategy for selling their products. Why is it that in today's society there has to be a “hot” celebrity to attract an audience? It seems like no other form of promotion drives sales as much as sex appeal does. The Stepfather, for instance, stars Gossip Girl’s Penn Badgley, Nip/Tuck’s Dylan Walsh, and Never Back Down’s Amber Heard. Over the years, it has been noticed that casting attractive actors will bring more viewers to the specific movie. Therefore, regardless of the movie’s plot, people may be persuaded to go see it just due to the “hot” cast. Nowadays, people live in such a fast paced world that the only thing that can really attract

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