For those of you who haven’t seen the movie National Treasure, the basic premise as found on IMdB:
A treasure hunter is in hot pursuit of a mythical treasure that has been passed down for centuries, while his employer turned enemy is onto the same path that he’s on.
We won’t talk about the ridiculousness of this, or the gaping plot holes (like how the bad guy always seems just moments behind the good guys, even though the good guys have all the deciphering tools). What I found very amusing was the romantic storyline, which isn’t highlighted on IMdB:
Quirky geek treasure hunter and his trusty sidekick meet annoying female, kidnap her and then she just wants to tag along because, darnit, she’s a quirky geek treasure hunter herself. QGT can’t stand the woman, they bicker. Until near the end, when things get hairy and they all get themselves captured by the bad guys and he decides the bickering is really lurve and they get all smoochy.
But I digress. What I wanted to mention was the last time I watched this movie, I watched it with four forty-somethings, two thirteen year old girls, three eleven year old boys, an eight year old boy and girl, and a five year old girl. I’m early thirties. The moment the romance angle was revealed on screen, everyone groaned and rolled their eyes. Not one of us in the room 1) bought the romance and 2) had major interest in it at all. It was a red herring.
That was a pretty decently diverse audience. If not one of us appreciated that angle of the story (actually, all of us expressed much enthusiasm whenever the sidekick appeared on screen – we all loved him and wanted to see more of him), just who are they writing that crap for? And why does two people bickering automatically translate into some deep-seated attraction?