Sunday, June 01, 2008

They're critics, honey, they hate themselves" * (spoilers)

*Patrick Dempsey's character to Reese Witherspoon's character in "Sweet Home Alabama"

Just finished watching Michael Clayton. [ed: this is not the review I read that got me to give in to putting this on my list.] Good flick. However...

Folks, I read reviews. I think I put this movie on my library queue (sorry, I don't do NetFlix) as a result of something I read in Christianity Today Movies. Sorry, can't find the link.

It was a good movie. But as a bipolar woman (better living through chemistry, I take my meds, thankyouverymuch) I would have liked to have known ahead of time that one of the main characters is a manic depressive lawyer who gets manic in the movie. (Who is later killed and they play it off as a suicide.)

Last night on the drive home I was listening to my local Christian station, because they play music on the weekends. At 5:18 or so, just as I'm somewhere on Rte. 8 every Saturday, they give us the Focus on the Family "Plugged in" review. Now, I'm not stupid. I know that an organization like FOF is going to pan the SATC movie. So why bother calling it "disgusting" when you're basically pandering to the audience that is just the choir, nodding along with you, wanting to hear you say what they already were thinking?

I don't know why "Hollywood" didn't choose to release any family friendly movies this weekend. I'm sure it's because they wanted to piss off the Christian Right. Maybe, you know, they wanted to highlight SATC. Maybe it's not a huge holiday weekend and when did Hollywood get a reputation for "family friendliness" anyways?

People who get pissed off at stuff were going to get pissed off anyways. They were already "disappointed," you just itched them where they were already scratching.


Repeat after me: The world is good. The world is fallen. The world can be redeemed. (Phillip Yancey, in Reaching for the Invisible God.)

By the way, as soon as I listen to the commentary for Michael Clayton, I'm going to find a theater that's playing SATC. And not because I'm being rebellious. I like the show. I'm old enough.

And about that fourteen year old who started smoking because Carrie smoked? (Yes, this "sound clip" was quoted as a reason to not go see the movie. Did you read the entire article???)

She's now MORMON, a mom, and says this:

"Now that I'm older, looking back, I'm like, 'Oh my gosh, these women are in their 30s. What was I thinking?'" she said. "I'm not sure I'd want my little sister seeing the movie -- she's 14 -- but I think it's a fun show for people my age now, as long as you don't take it too seriously."

End of rant.

(Part of me says, don't hit publish, don't do someone better comment.)


Gingers Mom said...

I haven't see Michael Clayton. I heard from friends not to bother, so I don't know much about it. SATC - saw it last night and LOVED it. I had heard so so reviews, but I was blown away by the acting. You feel every emotion - it is incredible. I would personally have changed some things in the story line, but they didn't ask me. :) Love your blog!

Sarah Louise said...

I laughed, I cried, it was better than Cats! Oh, so glad I went in the first weekend. How amazing to see them on the BIG screen. Probably just for fans of the show, but who cares?? I loved it!!

Sarah Louise said...


and thanks, you have a pretty cool blog too!