Movies On My Mind

Time's up, bad boys, playboys and macho men

The #MeToo era is welcoming 'softboys' and beta males like Timothee Chalamet as a rejection of and a salve for traditional hyper-masculinity

Little Women is the beloved Louisa May Alcott novel about the March family of sisters coming of age in 19th-century Massachusetts, during the American Civil War, and the adaptation opening in cinemas on Jan 16 is one of the season's most acclaimed releases.

Jo, the eldest after Meg, is the story's heroine, the author's headstrong alter ego. Pugnacious brat Amy is the youngest. Beth is the homebody.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 14, 2020, with the headline 'Time's up, bad boys, playboys and macho men'. Subscribe