Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Degrading Children in Cinema
The steady stream of garbage coming out of Hollywood is almost overwhelming these days, so much so that I'm reluctant to even comment on new films. But this one needs some comment, so here goes.
There's a new "comic book hero" film out called "Kick A**." Judging from the reviews in USA Today, I won't be going to see it and would find it sad if any parent would take their child to see it. Here is a link to Claudia Puig's review. There are other articles you can read in the paper's website if you hunt around a little. The film stars 13-year-old Chloe Moretz, who was actually only 11 when she did the film. The movie is based on a comic book by Mark Millar, and was directed by Matthew Vaughn.
The movie is controversial because of the violence to a lesser extent, but more because of the very, very bad language mouthed by Chloe's character. She even uses (according to the review) a word that's considered possibly the worst profanity in the English language -- a reference to a certain part of the female anatomy. Director Vaughn seems pleased by the uproar. Here's a direct quote . . .
“I guess we could have toned it down. But comics have been a bit stale. It’s time for something more edgy, post-modern. And why change a comic book if it’s good?"
Claudia Puig says the movie is rated “R for brutal violence throughout, pervasive language, sexual content, nudity and drug use, some involving children.”
Edgy. Postmodern. Spicing things up that were stale. Out of the mouths of babes.
I found it especially ironic that one of the film's principals said that they wouldn't allow their child to talk that way at home. So let's help some corruption along and let kids swear like sailors on film, but just not at home. Isn't that rich?
Why would parents want their children talking that way, first of all? And especially on film, captured for all time? I guess fame must be achieved at all costs, including personal integrity.
The long and short of it is, this is just more decay and degradation. Pretty soon we'll be having young children in sex scenes. Just give it some time.
And they'll probably call it art.