Thursday, March 24, 2005


(by Junichi)

Mo Cuishle

I remain impressed that most critics and my small circle of friends still stay mum about the surprise ending in Clint Eastwood's Million Dollar Baby so as not to ruin it for those who haven't yet seen the film.

Sadly, there are still millions of people who haven't seen the film, judging by the fact that it has yet to break the $100 million mark while Hitch passed that amount in its second week of release.

But now that Million Dollar Baby won the Oscar for Best Picture and it's out of the theaters, can we finally talk about the big twist that happens two-thirds of the way into the film?

First of all, I can't believe that septuagenarian Clint Eastwood did full frontal nudity in his incestual sex scene with Hilary Swank, who is a third his age.

Second, did anybody else realize that Hilary Swank's character was a man? My jaw dropped to the floor when Clint ripped off Hilary's shorts in the boxing ring and said "I want to go down for the count."

Third, after the constant references to Hilary's character as "Mo Cuishle," I was really disappointed when Clint tells her/him that it's the Gaelic term for "more cushion," in reference to Hilary's voluptuous man-booty. I should've predicted this when he kept chanting, "Mo Cuishle for Mo Puishle!"

Fourth, I thought it was obvious that Bruce Willis' character had been dead the whole time.

As for the end of the movie, I thought it was a bit cliche when Hilary finally delivers the knockout punch in the championship round after flipping around her/his trucker hat. Isn't this just Over The Top and Teen Wolf 2 in a boxing ring?