DATING ADVICE FROM SCARFACE
Brian de Palma's masterpiece has more to offer than memorable quotes and eternal pop culture fame. How about some real life dating advice from 'Scarface'?
From saying Hello to some “Lil’ Friend” to saying Good Night to “Da Bad Guy” – no other film of the 1980s has contributed more memorable quotes to the pop culture universe than Scarface. The testosterone explosion turned feature film created a never-ending parade of expressions that by now have become household names basically anywhere in the world. Need an example? For one, Scarface undeniably deserves credit for introducing the term hosser to a wider audience (“Dat’s a pig that don’t fly straight!” – remember?).
But there is more than just catchy terms and phrases. Scarface lives and breathes one very special decade of the past century. “It was the crazy Eighties, the decade of avarice, greed and introducing that into the world; greed is good and the whole thing from Gecko in Wall Street,” Al Pacino said in a 2015 interview about the movie, explaining that the from-rags-to-riches character Tony Montana attracted so many rappers because hip hop and rap music themselves faced a similar situation at the time.
The Dating Life of Tony Montana
Before anything, Scarface is known for its street hustle-style lessons on life advice. Tony Montana has a sharp eye for the influence of social status on dating options (“In this country jou gotta make the money first“), for his unique way of defending democracy (“I kill a communist for fun“) and, most obviously, for business integrity (“All I have in this world is my word and my balls – and I don’t break ’em for no one“).
Extracting dating advice from Scarface seems difficult. Tony Montana, in all dearness, has no real concept of how to meet women. Not only that Tony is clueless. He also suffers from an incestious fixation on Gina, his own sister. His general fetish, however, is about ‘taken’ women that he meets through his social circle. And as his social circle is the Miami drug trafficking-scene of the mid 1980s, Tony goes after women that can only be conquered by getting rid of their druglord boyfriends.
…And the Love Life of Manolo
With Manolo, splendidly played by Steven Bauer who, born Esteban Ernesto Echevarria, happens to be the only actual Cuban in a movie about Cuban Miami, things only appear to go better.
While Manolo ‘Manny’ Ribeira is presented as a player-like character, he shares a similar trait to his brother-like friend Tony: Manolo, too, cannot keep his hands off of women who are ‘taken’, a cheeky obsession that should eventually cost him his life.
His high libido and the lust to taste the forbidden fruit that is Tony’ sister has him breach through the quasi-vow of never touching Gina (“Stay away from Gina – she not for you“). Manolo does, in fact, not stay away from Gina. Eventually, the uninevitable happens. Tony chooses to defend Gina’s “purity” over forgving Manolo. He shoots him, killing the only friend he ever had.
How To "Pick Up Chicks" Scarface-Style
Is there hidden wisdom to be found in Scarface at all? Isn’t Scarface, like so many others, just another story disgorged by the mind of a twisted Hollywood screenwriter? It surely is. In the case of Scarface it even was a special, twisted screenwriter.
It was Oliver Stone who wrote the script for the movie. In that sense, Scarface for a good part is a reflection upon a former stage of life of its creator: Stone has repeatedly stated in interviews that he made cocaine a major theme in the script as he himself was battling cocaine addiction in the early 1980s.
With Scarface now exposed as a biographical anecdote of a former cocaine addict, little seems to be left, even more so when you look at the actual dating advice given in the film.
Dat’s Like A Bug Comin’ Outta Jou Mouth, Meng
As scarce as it is, all dating advice given in Scarface revolves around the scene at the pool of the Fontainebleau Hotel, one of the most popular scenes of the whole movie.
In the scene Manolo very vividly schools Tony on how to “pick up chicks” in “this country,” refering to the United States as their new-found home. What Manolo does is to stick out his tongue while bending the tip of it upward. Then, very quickly, he repeats the same motion so that it looks as if his toungue had come to life, lashing around in his mouth like a bug or a lizard.
“Women Love When You Suck The Pussy”
The reason for the uncalled-for tongue action? “The women in this country, when you do that, they know,” Manolo explains kowingly. “They know what?,” Tony asks. “They understand. They go crazy” is all Manolo needs to reply to such a silly question, all the while he makes sure to pronounce crazy as kreh-seh.
And that, Gentlemen, is all there is to it. The rest of the story is told rather quickly: Manolo tries his trademark move on a nearby girl wearing a bikini, he gets slapped in the face (“Beech! Lezbee-anne!“) and the only dating bit in Scarface comes to its end.
The only real dating advice in Scarface consists of a not-so-subtle hint at Cunnilingus.
Applying 'Scarface' to the Real World
Oliver Stone’s hilarious pickup-bit adds to the characters: Manny ‘Manolo’ Ribeira is shown as successful with women, but as unable to transfer that type of “killer instinct” into the field of business.
Tony Montana, on the other hand, is shown as being awful with women (“Jou wanna have ice cream? With me and my friend?“), while he is the born entrepreneur, recognizing commercial success as the ultimate door-opener (“In this country you gotta make the money first (…)“).
How do you actually apply Scarface to real life? The first thing we need to do is weed-out the silliness in Scarface’s pickup scene.
Keep in mind that the silliness is not in sticking out one’s tongue when trying to meet women. It is the reaction of the bikini girl to the tongue: as any man who has approached more than a handful of women in his lifetime will know, slapping is a type of reaction women will never engage in, no matter how inane the approach (if it was, you should be able to witness such a reaction quite regularly in every day life – are you?). In real life, women would rather move away or draw others into the interaction if they felt genuinely offended.
With the silliness put aside, there definitely is something we can learn from Scarface’s pick up bit. Namely, that Mr Stone was not entirely wrong when he saw sticking out one’s tongue as a secret hint women will pick up on. What Oliver Stone did was to simply confuse the sexes in his oberservation. Sticking out your tongue as a female has a completely different meaning than as a man.
Meet The Tongue-Face
Besides the well-known duckface, a facial expression where women purse their lips in order to appear “cute” in pictures, there is another type of expression that indicates a stable 9.0 on the Female Horniness Scale (FHS).
The Tongue Face, a deliberate facial expression where girls stick out their tongue to an upper corner of their mouth as if they were a 6 year-old absorbed by the task of painting a picture with wax crayons, is a fail-proof indicator of an above-average female libido.
While a rather rare sight with Western European females, the Tongue Face is a common phenomenon in the social media accounts of Eastern and Central European girls. Here, the tongue face is directly proportional to the amount of males found in all pictures with whom a female seems to be more than just friends.
In that sense, Oliver Stone was not entirely being silly. What he did was to simply confuse the parties sticking out their tongue. It is not the case that men can make women “go creh-seh” by sticking out their tongue to them, it is women sticking out their tongue to men who indicate that they indeed go creh-seh when it comes to romance.
What The Tongue-Face Tells You About A Woman
The Tongue Face must not be confused with the countless pictures where girls stick out their tongue in the style of a 7-year-old that simply doesn’t know yet how to give people the finger. 99% of the women sticking their tongue out in pictures are rather bland females who try to pass themselves off as more cheeky or funny than they actually are.
The Tongue Face, however, is not a facial mimic telling you to get lost. It is a genuine expression of female playfulness that is ultimately linked to: sexuality.
Not only will the Tongue Face have more than a single appearance in those social media profiles that already feature one of them (see to the right), the Tongue Face is only and exclusively featured by women who are active, have something going on for themselves and thus already see a lot of (wanted) male attention. They may be super models or not.
An Indicator Of High Female Libido
From here on we only need to do the math. An indicator of a high female libido, the Tongue Face allows the conclusion of a similarly high level of male attention: men are attracted to women who radiate sexuality. And as we all know, a high level of male attention would wake up even the blandest of all women, raising her libido to a maximum.
We can now rightfully conclude that the Tongue Face is indeed a clear indicator of women with a healthy appetite in the most natural thing on earth.
Next time you are skimming through the female profiles on tinder or those in your best friend’s facebook list, keep an eye open for a Tongue Face. Who knows, things might just turn out in your favor.