It's "Guys and Dolls," Jerry, not "Guys and Guys"
Exactly when did men begin to define their masculinity by the movies they watch?
I ask because my wife and I both had fathers who loved musicals, either on stage or on film. No big deal. Both took their families to tryouts of new musicals in Philadelphia and loved "Oklahoma!," "South Pacific" and "The Music Man" on screen. A musical was just another type of movie to see. This week, a Western. Next week, a musical. And the week after that, a comedy with Clark Gable and Doris Day. It simply didn't matter. A movie was just a movie - and some variety made movies even better.
The decline of the movie musical can be directly blamed on men who refuse to see one with their wives or girlfriends, who worry that "the guys" might find out and who think their sperm count or testosterone level will shrink if they watch Meryl Streep and company cavort in "Mamma Mia!"
This phobia was driven home by Larry David who wrote an episode of "Seinfeld" - episode 17, season four, to be specific - titled "The Outing," in which Elaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfuss) and her friend Sharon (guest star Paula Marshall) overhear a curious conversation between Jerry and George (Jason Alexander), who are sitting in an adjoining booth in Monk's. They sound like a gay couple and Elaine decides to milk that impression for all its worth, even though Sharon is interested in Jerry and vice versa.
Matters come to a head when George purchases two tickets to a "Guys and Dolls" revival for Jerry for his birthday. One for him, one for Jerry.
Already uptight that Sharon thinks he's gay, Jerry screams in his unique Seinfeldian way, "Isn't that a lavish Broadway musical?"
To which George responds, "It's 'Guys and Dolls,' Jerry, not 'Guys and Guys'!"
That episode first aired February 11, 1993 and matters haven't changed.