Remember the Alamo the Titans that Coinkydink stands for Coincidence, and that Coinkydonk sits for On Purpose. Comprende?
I feel like writer Diablo Cody is a kindred spirit. We’re both from the Midwest. We’re both Children of the 80’s. We’re both bloggers. We’re both screenwriters (I’m just not yet produced). And we’re both exhibitionists (she was a stripper; I enjoy walking around the mall in a long brown trench coat… that’s all I’m saying).
But of late, I noticed something about Ms. Cody’s produced works. So far she has three: Juno, Jennifer’s Body, and United States of Tara. And they all share something thematic in common.
Let it be known, I was fortunate enough to see Juno before it became the Incredible Hype, and I was knocked a bit off my feet by its sentiment and reality, despite the strange language that filled the characters’ mouths at the get-go. I’m still not sure if the movie laid off the weird speak as the movie progressed, or if I got used to it (and who am I to knock weird speak… Coinkydink or Coinkydonk?), but I never held it against the flick.
Jennifer’s Body, on the other hand, felt like a misstep. There was a lot of potential for homages, over-the-top zaniness, and ironic parallels to real high school life that never came to fruition, but this film spurned my thought processes. Then I recalled her Showtime series, and it clicked:
All Diablo Cody’s characters are women dealing with things inside their bodies.
- Juno – a baby
- Jennifer – a succubus
- Tara – multiple personalities
There’s an old adage about writing: “write what you know.” It’s not surprising (and it’s actually quite refreshing) that Ms. Cody’s scripts would center on female leads, but it is interesting to note the duality involved in each of the above characters, considering the duality of Ms. Cody herself (if that’s her real name). Until she inevitably directs and becomes a true auteur, we’re left to wonder how her adaptation of Sweet Valley High will end up, or her future original works.
(SIDENOTE: I’m reminded of the oeuvre of screenwriter Larry Cohen, which includes: Phone Booth, Cellular, and Messages Deleted. And there’s always Eric Roth, and his Curious Case of Benjamin Gump, plus his Forrest Button.)
So what do you think? Is it a Coinkydink or a Coinkydonk…