Ed Driscoll

How Do You Know a Character in a Film is a Villain?

Liberal sucker punch alert: in the 1960s and ’70s, the bad guy was typically reading the Wall Street Journal. (QED: Robert Vaughn in Steve McQueen’s Bullitt, McQueen himself in the brilliant original Thomas Crown Affair.) Today, baddies read…The Weekly Standard?

Teddy (played by Kirby Heyborne) and his wife, Lydia (Sofia Vergara), are sharing some quality time in bed. Quality time with THE WEEKLY STANDARD, that is. The character played by Modern Family star Vergara, who just happens to have one child, is reading the issue whose cover features senior writer Jonathan V. Last’s piece on “America’s One-Child Policy.” (Perhaps her next film will have her reading Last’s upcoming book on fertility and demographics, What to Expect When No One’s Expecting.)

Sofia Vergara’s character is the villainess of the film. But I should mention (as if I have to) that the curvaceous Colombian actress is too beautiful to hate — even if she does want Moe, Larry, and Curly to kill her rich husband.

But what would Annie Hall say?