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“Pain don’t hurt”: Is it even “Road House” without the bro-appeal of its philosophy?

“Pain don’t hurt”: Is it even “Road House” without the bro-appeal of its philosophy?

[ad_1] Let’s recognize what a brave and daring act Doug Liman has undertaken in remaking “Road House” especially considering, and I am simply repeating what I have been told, that “Road House” is to white men over 40 what “The Color Purple” is to Black women. Think about it, I was also told by that person, mainly to prevent me from reflexively slapping them for suggesting such blasphemy. Each movie’s hero overcomes the darkness of their past and calls on stores of resilience to surmount overwhelming obstacles. Well, sure. You can say that about any number of movies. But while Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning story exalts the power of sisterhood to mend intergenerational wounds inflicted by racist violence, misogyny and all variety of physical and emotional abuse, the 1989 multiple Golden Razzie Winner preaches, “Pain don’t hurt.” Separating the mental from the physical, and thought from feeling, is noble. Explains a few things, doesn’t it?  One important omission robs the new “Road House” of that spice that made the original magnificent —  Gyllenhaal’s Dalton does …