"EQUITY" IS ALL ABOUT GENDER EQUALITY Naomi Bishop (Anna Gunn) is the tough bitch executive who rubs men the wrong way.
a classic Western movie, only this time Indians are playing all the
cowboy parts and saving the town, while cowboys play all the Indians
who get massacred at the end.
pretty much how it goes in “Equity,” not a Western but a modern and well-made, if simplistic
and sometimes accidentally laughable, movie about gaming Wall Street. Women fill all the major roles of big money players, while men are the manipulated bimbos.
just guessing here, but probably the intent of writer Amy Fox and
director Meera Menon was
to show that women could be just as evil as men when it comes to
being bankers, Wall Street insiders and high finance string pullers.
alas, everyone involved with this film seem so intent on acting like
men that all the set-up conversations of implied intimidation,
confrontation and snappy come-backs over premium-priced martinis in
exclusive nightclubs (as testosterone demands) just aren't very
does play a major role in these business deals as women turn the
tables on men, creating desire like a drug that is immediately sucked
up by these helpless guys who will do most anything to get a little.
plot is easy enough to follow, in terms of telling the good persons
from the bad persons, though the mechanics of IPOs and Wall Street
game players do get blurry as it affects the driven Naomi Bishop
her career already tarnished by one deal gone bad before the movie
has even started.
“Equity” opens, she is determined to prove that deal is over, an
anomaly that doesn't reflect the real Naomi Bishop. This time
around, Naomi is determined to deliver the goods, handling the IPO
for a start-up that will deliver the ultimate in security protection
for anyone using the internet.
of complications ensue. Some potential stereotypes emerge (should
anyone want to make another of these feminist films). One eye-catcher
is the brilliant young ambition-driven woman who becomes pregnant
just as her career is taking off.
her mommy-bomb ticking, she must neutralize the competition and close
the deal before the bulge in her tummy becomes undeniable.
strategy to protect this in utero infant from the alcohol lifestyle everyone pursues
is to take her martini into the ladies room, save the olives and pour
the drink down the drain, filling the glass with water and returning
the olives to her new “drink.”
favorite stereotype-in-waiting is based on the belief that when all
women in the corporate culture are trying their best to act like
hard-knuckled men, lipstick lesbians will have the edge over all
those straight girls.
sure, let the ladies have their fun pretending to be men. This film
does provide a more positive image than “Sex and the City,” after
remember, activist females, keep this movie on the down low. Absorb the
lessons, visualize yourselves in that corporate setting, just don't
take your boyfriends along to see the picture.