Friday, October 17, 2008

A Ranting Review

I saw the worst movie of my life last night -- "Nick and Norah's infinite playlist".  Now, I am usually a sucker for a teenaged drama/comedy/romance.  Especially one that is adapted from a book.  Ask my friends, I've probably seen every one that exists.  But, by the time this movie was over, I was ready for a shower.  It started right away with dirty mouths, not just cussing, but crude comments.  Then, the underage drinking began.  It was not only unexplained as to how they got alcohol at public night clubs, but was made to look easy and cool.  The culmination of the drinking came when a character threw up in a subway bathroom then reached her hand into the toilet, fished out her gum, and stuck it back in her mouth.  Yes, I almost threw up myself.  

The main characters had potential, I thought, for a sweet romance.  In fact, the buddy of Nick, gave him this big speech about how all girls wanted was to hold hands.  How physical stuff didn't matter if you just made them feel important.  Great message, I thought.  Well, apparently the writers just put that in for ... why did they put that in if they were going to turn around and proceed to have these two teenagers (who had just met that night mind you) get it on.  And it wasn't just implied.  They let us listen.  I was so embarrassed I plugged my ears.  Believe me when I say, I'm being kind.  There was so much more and this movie was rated PG 13. 

Am I being naive here?  Have I been out of the world so long that this has become the norm?  Seriously?  This is what our teenagers are watching?  Is there any hope for the future morality of the world with these kinds of examples being glorified on the big screen?  Believe me, I know all entertainment offered isn't a ray of sunshine.  But when something is rated PG 13, I at least expect to see something I would feel comfortable letting a 13 year old watch--this did not even come close to that definition.

I would like to make the argument for teenagers everywhere that they don't want to watch garbage any more than we do.  They like to leave a movie feeling good and uplifted,  just as much as we do.  They deserve good examples that reaffirm the good choices they are making in their own lives.  Examples that help them know that they are not alone in their desires to want to be good.   

 

6 comments:

  1. Sadly, this seems to be the norm. TV, movies, music. My college age kids say this is the movie every high schooler will see this month. Even the title hooks them, intriguing with their ipod playlists. Thanks for the review, it's good to know. Too bad this is the best Hollywood could produce.

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  2. I agree one hundred percent. As a parent it scares me to think that I will spend a lifetime trying to teach my children how to be happy and successful and that a hollywood movie could persuade them that risky behavior is cool and without consequences. Who seriously thinks that a 13-year-old should be watching this stuff?! No parent I know.

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  3. I saw previews of that movie and parts looked good but the rest--I agree. It is really sad what there is out there for many of us to watch. I like a movie I feel good about when it is all over!

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  4. Will do a post on finding submissions for you!

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  5. Hi, Kasie! Found you through Terri Tiffany... It IS concerning when this is the kind of stuff targeting our teens. Even commercials on tv are going too far, like the one I saw yesterday right after Dora the Explorer on NickJr, in which the actress talked about "sexy hair." Yeah, that's JUST what my 3yo needs to be hearing... Disgusting, ain't?

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  6. It is a really sick world we live in when films like this can be rated PG-13. But that's just it....it's the world and I'd rather stay out in some far out left field. =)

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