Bumbling dads, wacky Latinas and other Hollywood tropes

Bruce Feirstein nails it in January's Vanity Fair. A sampler:

DAD IS A BUMBLING LUDDITE IDIOT Yet, amazingly, his children are a combination of Steve Jobs, Oscar Wilde, and Socrates.

SHE'S BEAUTIFUL, BUT SHE DOESN'T KNOW IT She's also a hooker with a Ph.D. And she just remembered her biological clock is ticking.

THE MAGIC NEGRO How about if, just once, the long-suffering black character didn't end up providing wisdom and salvation to the white folk?

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