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Some reviews of Girls and discussions of the scene in which Charlie is going down on Marnie the Materialist. From Jezebel:
Sure, Charlie may have learned to eat pussy like a champ during his break from Marnie, but for someone who claims she doesn’t love him for his money, she sure seems to talk about it a lot. Maybe making him snacks and having his babies seems like a nice respite from a year of personal failure, but how long can a brain vacation like that last? Her problems will still be there when she returns to her mind.
And from Entertainment Weekly:
Marnie has had the worst year of her life. She lost her job, found out she wasn’t cut out for the art world, and she also got a reality check in the form of Booth Jonathan: Not every guy she meets is going to fall in love with her. Perhaps some of the problems seem a bit trivial, but for Marnie’s character, they’re enough to shake her to the core. So last week, when Marnie and Charlie hooked up after her mortifying rendition of “Stronger,” thinking that either Charlie had moved on, or Marnie that would get bored, I assumed that was the end for them. But he’s gotten good at going down on her, the sex is better, and he’s more stable — financially and emotionally. And, for the first time, he’s in the position of power, and Marnie is the one running to him desperately.
I don’t think Charlie “learned” anything. The insertion of power into the dynamic has altered the sexual relationship of these two. It’s pretty well established and obvious that women become more turned on with men of status and wealth.
This is a subtle hamster. The implication being that he somehow changed for the better rather than her perspective of him having been altered by his newfound power and wealth. Marnie can pretend that she’s not changed – that she’s not malleable or impressionable or materialistic. Those qualities are hamster killers.
It also highlights the uncomfortable truth that men and women generally are turned on by different things. Marnie’s attraction for Charlie is on the upswing now that he’s rich while Charlie’s attraction for Marnie has remained the same even as she’s lost her art-world job and is now as much of a loser as an attractive young woman in New York City can be.