Why Angelina Jolie films give kids the feelbad component: Looking for a feelgood movie to watch, girls? You’d be better off picking Kathy Bates than Angelina Jolie. Seeing screen superwomen like the characters played by Miss Jolie makes women unhappy with themselves, say researchers. And the same powerful roles make men expect too much of their partners and female friends.
Both women and men rated beautiful leading ladies, such as Miss Jolie who plays Lara Croft in the Tomb Raider films, as better role models than less attractive ones, the research showed. An aggressive beauty was also likely to rate more highly among both sexes than a weaker one.