In his introduction to Ana Lily Amirpour’s “The Outside,” Guillermo del Toro discusses late-night television and how the subjects that are shown during that time blur the boundaries between who we are and what we are supposed to be. We are led to believe that perfection is just a toll-free call away by that kind of information, and since the idea of it is so compelling, we cannot turn away.
“The Outside,” which is based on the short tale by Emily Carroll, depicts Stacey (Kate Micucci), who resides with her husband Keith (Martin Starr), a police officer. Stacey enjoys watching TV and eating chicken. Because she gets frightened easily, it seems like whenever something strange happens in her home, she contacts Keith and asks him to soothe her. But don’t confuse her timidity for weakness; she can handle an axe (let’s call it Chekhov’s axe for now) with a fair amount of assurance. She may be strong, but her insecurities over her unconventional appearance weaken her.
What occurs to Stacey after using Alo Glo?
She observes Gina applying the lotion she first saw Gina using on television the night before, and she is captivated by it. When Gina invites Stacey to her Secret Santa party, the notion is taken a step further. Gina politely declines the present that Stacey has crafted with such love, while the others tease her loudly since it deviates from the convention.
Stacey uses the Alo Glo and, to make matters worse for herself, breaks out in a terrible rash that makes her have to go home. Second, she creates such an accurate portrait of Stacey, who is later brought to life by the incomparable Kate Micucci. She doesn’t even need to speak for us to understand what Stacey is thinking since everything—from her facial expressions to her body language—is so beautiful.
Why Is Stacey Ignoring Keith’s Cautionary Advice?
Stacey either dreams of speaking to the Alo Glo guy and his helper or that the two can truly chat to people through their TV sets while suffering from what can only be an allergic response. At first, Stacey does consider the conversation to be ludicrous. However, as soon as they begin pointing up her weaknesses and discussing how she may use Alo Glo to join the group of ladies from her job, Stacey caves. Alo Glo Man is implying that Stacey is unwell in every way and that the cream would cure her when he says that.
While the Alo Glo man says precisely what Stacey wants to hear, Keith says what she doesn’t want to hear. Keith’s recommendations are rejected by Stacey, demonstrating how internalized sexism may be used as a weapon. Stacey calls Keith unsupportive to paint him as a typical jerk who doesn’t stick behind his wife. Stacey emphasizes that she is a victim of internalized sexism and patriarchal conventions, just like many other women.
Cabinet Of Curiosities: The Outside Ending Explained
In Stacey’s basement, the Alo Glo cream from all the tubes builds up to take the appearance of a lady. Stacey kills her husband with Chekhov’s axe and unites with the Lotion Woman after kissing that creature. Stacey notices that her rashes are gone, her eye no longer has a squint, and her teeth are straight when she emerges from her cream exterior. If it isn’t already obvious, Stacey is criticizing all of us for encouraging women to adhere to unrealistic beauty standards by peering at us through our screens.
It is wrong for people to reject “traditionally ugly” women because of circumstances beyond their control. The problem lies with those who always demand that women appear like models. It is wrong for people to present gifts of cosmetics as though the recipient is in desperate need of them. All things considered, it’s challenging for a cis-het male like myself to come out and advise women to quit wearing cosmetics after viewing “The Outside.” Ultimately, everything comes down to personal preference, so everyone has their own.