John Waters’ Cry-Baby (1990)
the thing I love about Gilbert Blythe (okay one of the things, because basically I love everything about him) is how completely unlike today’s dudebros whining about the ‘friendzone’ he is.
Like, Anne didn’t even speak to him for five years. When he gave up the Avonlea school for her, she’d said maybe four sentences to him in their entire acquaintance. But he did it anyways, because that’s the type of guy Gilbert is.
Then he spends the next few years of his life trying not to change Anne, but to change himself into someone worthy of her. And when he proposes and she rejects him, he literally says “There isn’t anything to forgive. There have been times when I thought you did care. I’ve deceived myself, that’s all.”
The woman seriously just broke his heart, and he still says that. Because he isn’t a dudebro and this isn’t some imaginary friendzone. This is Gilbert Blythe, ridiculously in love with Anne Shirley from the moment he met her, and even when he says he can’t be just her friend, it’s because she just told him she can’t ever love him, and he knows he can’t not love her. Of course he doesn’t blame her - because this is Anne Shirley, and he’s known her since she was eleven years old, and she would never intentionally hurt him the way she just did. They have been friends, and he knows that Anne doesn’t have it in her to lead him on, that she isn’t the type of person to play with others’ feelings - so if it’s anyone’s “fault,” it’s his for misreading her signals.
And when he does propose again - only after Phil’s letter letting him know that Anne had rejected Roy - and she accepts, he literally spends the rest of his life trying to make her happy. Anne doesn’t even have to try - just by marrying him, she makes all of his dreams come true. She’s been the only woman he ever wanted for his entire life, but he wasn’t her ideal, so of course he spends the rest of their lives making sure that she never regrets choosing him.
TLDR; I have a lot of feelings about Gilbert Blythe and I just really love him a lot, okay
Marilyn Monroe photographed by Milton Greene, 1953
4/6/14 - Kendall Jenner out in West Hollywood.
Anne Hathaway in “Just One of the Guys”
Cameron Diaz, mid 90s