We have seen it before and we will see it again: the culture wars played out in the American cinema house, this time covering the topics of same-sex marriage, Darwinism, and Evangelical scandal. Check out the trailers for these recent films.
The Kids Are All Right (2010)
8: The Mormon Proposition (2010)
Christianity Today review | Stephen D. Greydanus
The Trials of Ted Haggard (2009) available on DVD
David Neff | Haggard “Deserves What He Got” | Christianity Today
• Brett McCracken, Finding the Line: When Is It Wrong to Watch a Movie? | Relevant Magazine
• Brett McCracken, The New Christian Film Criticism | Relevant Magazine
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I saw the preview for “The Kids are All Right” last week when I saw the new Twilight movie with my wife (gotta do whatcha gotta do sometimes.)
To me, the title is what stuck out. One of the arguments against same-sex relationships has been that it is not a “normal” environment to raise a child. So we’re being told subliminally (or maybe even outright) that “the kids are alright.” The daughter is raised by a lesbian couple and turns out “alright,” even though the main point of the movie seems to be her desire to have a relationship with her father, which would seem to totally contradict the main idea behind the movie….
I saw through the title right away, but I wonder if someone that does not have a Christian worldview would notice that.
JEFF: Like you, I immediately noticed the title for The Kids Are All Right. Correction: the choice of words is “all right” not “alright,” which has connotative significance. You may be interested in this exchange between Jeremy Zondlo, a film critic for HollywoodJesus.com, and Lisa Cholodenko, the director:
I did notice the difference in titles, but honestly thought it may have been a typo! Sorry Mr Benson :)
I am grateful for this post. I was not even aware that these films were, or will be, in the marketplace of ideas and cinema.
I am humbled. How do I begin to discuss these issues with other people, if that opportunity arises? I am humbled at seeing the opportunity for fruitful discussion, and feeling like I am so inadequate to take part in it.
Then again, that is what we study, and pray for. To be ready to give an answer, to discuss, and too love.
Thanks so much for posting.
CHAD: Thanks for your comment. I included the Christianity Today review of Creation and the interview with the filmmaker of The Trials of Ted Haggard because their engagement is commendable: neither hostile nor ignorant, but discerning and loving. I hope a Christian film critic will review The Kids Are All Right with biblical conviction, cultural sensitivity, and aesthetic sophistication.
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