Things have been getting too light around here, so let's talk about child abuse, shall we? In all dead seriousness I'd never seen Diane Keaton's slow descent into drugs and debauchery before this week. By Looking for Mr. Goodbar's expected yet bone-chilling end, I couldn't help but reminisce about the film's many mixed messages, how downright awesome Diane Keaton can be, how Richard Gere was fated to wear a jockstrap, and how David Lynch must have thought this story would be great for television.
Laura Palmer, meet Theresa Dunn. You two should talk.
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me meets Looking For Mr. Goodbar
Warning: It gets dark, disturbing, and there will be SPOILERS!!
Laura helps others. She teaches Josie Packard in English, aids the handicapped son of Benjamin Horne, and she helps deliver for Meals on Wheels.
Theresa helps others. She teaches deaf children to speak and takes a special interest in a welfare student.
Laura's psychological issues stem from sexual abuse by her father.
Theresa's psychological issues stem from emotional and verbal abuse by her father and (as odd as it sounds and is in the film) the scoliosis he passed onto her.
Laura's father lectures her lifestyle by saying that she's dirty ("Did you get this from your lover? Did Bobby give you this or is there someone new?... Wash your hands!"). Her mom stands idly by and lights up another smoke.
Theresa's father lectures her lifestyle by saying that she's dirty ("You're too damn busy whoring around!"). Her mom stands idly by and slips a bible into her purse.
Laura acts out by seeking dangerous drug and sex-fueled encounters with strange men.