Video Review: Gwen Guthrie "Ain't Nothin' Goin' On But The Rent"

Video Review: Gwen Guthrie “Ain’t Nothin’ Goin’ On But The Rent”

Against a royal blue background, Gwen Guthrie stands with her hands on her hips. She holds some pieces of paper.

A group of young men dance against a pale lilac background. The word “BUY” is written across the screen.

Televisions move across the screen amid the red rectangles. She stands against the red triangles and black dotted background.

A 13-year-old girl and her baby sister sit on the couch, watching television.

A pink sports car drives on the road.

She points her finger at the stick figure men cutting lumber or sawing against the white background.

In black-and-white, a young man cleans the window of an skyscraper. A second young man welds and pulls up his helmet.

Back in color, two men dig up the sidewalk.

A thirtysomething man, driving the pink sports car,  pulls up to her house.

She fluffs her hair as she dances in the clouds. Gold dollar signs and money fly by her.

Against the royal blue background, the thirtysomething man opens his briefcase and money falls out. He touches her neck and breathes into her mouth.

Rating: 3.5/5

Gwen Guthrie tells her boyfriend she doesn’t have time to wait for him to get himself together. He explains that he’s been going to interviews. Guthrie tells him interviews don’t pay the bills and adds that he turned a job at a store. He said he was looking for something better. She says she needs someone reliable and it’s the second job he’s lost. He tells her she’s being selfish. Guthrie says she’s taking care of herself and slams the door on him.

Her niece says she can take on a job at the grocery store. Guthrie tells her she has to concentrate on school and help her babysit her sister. Guthrie says she froze some meals in the fridge and that she took on more shifts at her job.

While on her break, she meets an executive from the office building next to hers. He compliments on her outfit. She grins and says thank you. They talk about their jobs. She excuses herself, saying she has to get back to her desk. He writes down his phone number and asks her to give him a call and they”ll be able to talk longer. One date turned into a year. They split everything in half. He pays for his part of the rent on the apartment and the food. They discussed keeping their accounts separate. She’s worked too hard for a man to put in her debt.

Director: N/A Year: 1986

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Pam Avoledo spends her time binge-watching classic teen dramas and stands firm in her pro-Leyton stance. She also received her journalism degree in 2006 from Oakland University. Her work has been published in the White Wall Review, Sledgehammer Lit ,Greatest City Collective & 45 Magazine . Fevers of the Mind, and forthcoming in Daily Drunk Mag\'s Kirstofia anthology.

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