Some years back, on March 25, 1994 to be exact, I had a story in
the Phoenix called "Jerk Chic" in which I discussed how many films were
coming out featuring heroes who were louts, boors, assholes, and so on. Fifteen
years later I'm happy to report that there aren't nearly as many jerks on screen any more and most of those -- in
Woody Allen's "Whatever Works, " "Bruno," "The Hangover," "Inglorious Basterds," in "The
Baader-Meinhof Complex," for example -- are mostly intended negatively or ironically.