The scene: a nice, large home. An older (white) man sits at a table, working on a laptop. A (white) woman approximately the same age as the man enters the room with mail in her hand. She pauses and says, “Honey, your eyes.”
The shot changes so we can see that the man’s pupils are completely black. He says, “It’s for our vacation. I got ‘em dilated. Now I won’t miss a thing when I’m searching for travel deals.”
The woman looks skeptical as the man continues to click away on the laptop. “Just use Kayak,” she says. The man looks up at her, and his face goes slack as if from shock or awe while she continues speaking, “It compares hundreds of travel sites in seconds to find the best deals.” The man continues to stare, his expression growing more stunned/horrified. “What?” the woman asks.
The man gestures to his upper lip as he says, “Above your lips, that hair.” He points to the corner of his eye. “And the line.”
The woman now looks horrified as well. The man returns his attention to the computer and says, “Anyway, Kayak, huh?” while the woman stands there with her hand half covering her mouth, fingertips on her upper lip. The man’s eyes dart back to her in a sideways look and the tagline voiceover is given while the Kayak logo and slogan pop up on the laptop screen: Compare hundreds of travel sites at once. Kayak – search one and done.
*sigh* I know, you know.
I just … first things first. As someone who has to have her pupils dilated at every routine eye exam, I have to say it does not enable me to see anything better. In fact, pupil dilation can be quite painful if it’s a bright day and staring at a computer screen generally results in bleariness and possibly headaches. You are letting much more light into your eyeballs than they need or are accustomed to. So the premise is just plain stupid from the get go.
Second, and I don’t quite know how to say this without coming off poorly, but I find it very rich indeed that the man in the scene apparently had some issues with his wife’s wrinkles and facial hair which were only visible and made known to him in his medically inaccurate vision-enhanced state, considering his own physical … issues. That furtive look back at her at the end is what kills me. WTF is that, other than this dude having permission to judge her body, even small parts of it?