The beautiful woman is, of course, Angelina Jolie, who plays Lara Croft in the upcoming “Tomb Raider” movie (adapted from the ridiculously popular series of video games). The beautiful scenery is Angkor Wat, a famous and truly stunning temple complex in Cambodia. Put ’em together and you get permission from the government of the latter to film the former.

Given the political climate of Cambodia, and the political hoops that were likely jumped through to make this happen, was it really worth it? Is this small touch of authenticity worth the money and time and political favours that were likely necessary?