The other day, I decided to take on The Manic Pixie Dream Girl, but it got me thinking; what about us girls? Don't we have ridiculous expectations from our cinematic boy-toys? Of course we do, and that's why today's installment is all about the Soulful Bad Boy (or SBB). So what is an SBB? Well, the SBB is the guy who won't win any congeniality awards, but damn if his tortured and deep emotional side isn't enough to make you put up with just about anything (it helps if you think Wes Bentley in American Beauty, or Robert Pattinson in Twilight). Everywhere you look, these beautiful male specimens are emoting all over the place; I mean, you know you have reached a new level of 'sensitivity porn' when even Bond and Batman are getting misty-eyed.
But this isn't just about sensitivity; otherwise the Lloyd Doblers of the film world would be king. Because as much as we girls might like a sensitive guy, we like them more if they have a little 'edge'. If you don't believe me, take a look at some of the arguments out there on the web about the character of Edward in Twilight. You'll find equal amounts of people labeling him as an abusive boyfriend as their knight in shining armor, but what is that makes an SBB any different from your average villain? Well, to be blunt, the difference is probably that a Soulful Bad Boy is hot, and I mean like weak-kneed hot. So for anyone who wants to pretend that us gals can't be just as shallow as our male counterparts, I challenge you to explain to me why it just so happens that every SBB that has ever made the movie crush list is simply put, gorgeous. Seriously, when was the last time anyone said "you know that Joe Pesci? Well, in Goodfellas when he shot Spider in the foot? Ooh girl!"...not likely