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God Doesn't Want You Watching Movies
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You shouldn't watch television. Don't listen to music. Don't read books. It's not the moral way, at least as far as the folks at PluggedIn are concerned. I love this site. It's hard for me to find the words to express my full amazement and appreciation for this compass of morality. Created by Focus on the Family, the same folks who gave us the incredible Tim Tebow commercial during the SuperBowl, PluggedIn reviews movies, television and games. The reason this site is so great, is that almost every single one of their reviews is negative. For instance:
  • Avatar: Cameron's depiction of the Na'vi not only elevates tribal customs and rituals, it blurs the boundaries between God and the environment. Here the creator and her creation are indistinguishable.
  • Shutter Island: If this had really been a classic thriller from the 1950s, the coarse language would have been softened and the dark violence would have been dialed down.
  • Date Night: The names of sexual body parts become part of casual conversations and put-downs. There are passing references to homosexuality, a woman fantasizing about sex with three men at once, a couple talking about having lots of sex on a beach, a book that describes a Muslim teenager's breasts and first period, syphilis, an erection, vaginal self-examination and masturbation.
And this is why I love PluggedIn ... it outlines in great detail all the best parts of the movie. We're told where all the nudity is, how much violence is in it and if there are enough "fucks" in it to make the Coen Brothers blush. (Side note: in their reviews, they never curse; going so far as to censor swears with asterisks - including "damn." Also, we're told how many times "our lord's name was used in vain.") In other words, I won't have to sit through He's Just Not That Into You knowing full well I won't see boobies.

In a nutshell, it's this kind of site that drives me crazy. I understand they're providing a service to conservative families who don't want to subject their children to profanities. But with almost every movie receiving negative comments, you wonder if they won't be happy until we're all mindless drones watching blank movies with no intrigue just before we head out to a book burning.
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4 Comments

Creepy. I love how everything gets quantified--uses of the word "gosh", "references to the butt region". I mean I watched Katie Couric and the Muppets last night on a PBS special about how to deal with grief, and it was significantly more sophisticated than these movie and TV critics. But they did say "gosh" and Elmo kind of slapped at Oscar and seemed to gesture at his "general butt region". So be forewarned.

said michael on April 15, 2010 5:50 PM.

"He's Just Not That Into You" is easily the biggest "date trap" of all time. I wish I had been properly warned.

said Mr. Brightside on April 16, 2010 11:50 AM.

Because my boss doesn't want to spend his time reading that website, he just bought himself a DVD player that filers out all of the bad words. Kinda like this one

http://www.amazon.com/ClearPlay-Player-Free-Trial-Membership/dp/B000Z0K7VC

said hhrvt on April 16, 2010 1:21 PM.

This is actually the best guide to finding famous nipple since Celebrity Skin.

said Scaramouch on April 16, 2010 2:25 PM.
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