Why the Porno?


Why does Mr. McAllister go to his basement, put on a porno, then sit there drinking soda and looking bored? If he was horny he could've jerked off. If he was bored he could've watched regular TV.

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I didn't get the sense that he was bored, but rather that he was having an internal conflict with his morals. He was obviously attracted to Tracy and had a school girl fantasy going on

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1. I think it is a sign that his wife does not do it for him. He actually seems to have quite a collection down in the basement, so he has been making these clandestine visits for a while.
2. The video he watches suggests he is sexually attracted to schoolgirls. Probably he is attracted to some of his female pupils but represses it because of the risk of being fired or even jail (he of course knows what happened to Novotny) and this is where he expresses it. I think he loathes Tracy and is attracted to her at the same time - a major motivation of his in the film.
3. The video he watches shows a football jock with a cheerleader, and it causes him to think of Paul Metzler, also a football jock, who he then persuades to run against Tracy. So the video advances the plot.

"Chicken soup - with a *beep* straw."

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LOL!

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I think it has something to do with the fact that he was drinking Pepsi. Pepsi is the choice of the melancholy. It's obvious from his soda choice that he leads a depressive, lackluster lifestyle. While pr0n may not be the answer to his ills I suppose it's what the common man reaches for when he can't have his new, hot, young, teen-aged crush.

His doom was inevitable.

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