I recently discovered that my husband had never seen one of my all-time favorite movies, Dangerous Liaisons. So I rented it and after much wheedling and nagging we watched it this weekend. His considered critique of the film? "That sucked!"
Sucked? How can you say that? It has intrigue! Seduction! Drama! John Malkovich! That tongue thing!
To which he replied, "I think it actually pumped estrogen into my body."
Well, yes, there is that.
What he doesn't understand is that it is like the Lloyd Dobler Effect. Many women around my age (which is approaching. ahem. 30) fell in love with and wanted to date John Cusack in Say Anything. However, they wanted to be seduced by John Malkovich in Dangerous Liaisons. Yes, he was evil and cruel and abusive. And hot. Really, really hot.
Personally, I married the Lloyd Dobler guy and am very glad I did, but the Vicomte de Valmont never loses his appeal.