I don’t know about you, but I’m an avid movie watcher. Always have been. My parents used to say I had my whole head in the movie; meaning, I couldn’t tear my eyes away from the screen. I did the same with books too. If you couldn’t find me, please know that I was probably underneath your bed reading a Meg Cabot teen fiction.
Whiles I’m one of the first to admit that I do love a good movie/TV show, (aka, A Shonda Rimes original, aka one of my fav directors, aka Scandal, How to Get Away with Murder, Grey’s Anatomy…) Yet, time and time again I’m disappointed in these movies/TV shows. The very fact that great actors choose to pursue roles that are full of unnecessary and explicit sexual content, promoting a normalized over-sexualized society. It becomes okay for sex to permeate every movie, okay for a film sponsored by Disney to be about a business man falling in love with a kinky prostitute, okay for children to expect a kiss at the end of the movie because, let’s just be honest here, we’ll all be a teensy bit disappointed if there was no kiss at the end.
I recently watched some not so popular movies on my Netflix account that I absolutely LOVED! – And something I’ve been thinking about a lot recently (in regard to movies) hit me. There can be great movies without kissing. Not just kissing, but unnecessary sexuality or sex scenes that may promote negative images and thoughts in viewer’s minds. Seriously. It can be faith-based or a completely normal movie that spreads a genuine message of positivism!
I watched the movie, Bride and Prejudice the other day and laughed so hard whiles watching it. At the end of the movie I waited for the passionate kissing scene that would sum up the story as is the norm for movies in this generation and…nothing. They hugged. No seriously. They just hugged. It’s so unlike Hollywood that I must admit I was slightly stunned. Other movies include, October baby, Love comes softly, and (a favourite of mine) Grace Unplugged. Don’t get me wrong. I am not saying sex or kissing is bad, it can be a beautiful thing…unless it’s taken out of context and begins to bake little porn addicts…(don’t even get me started on the ‘film’, Fifty Shades of Grey). I can truly say that I love many movies that come out because of the story line or the actors in the film…until it is completely ruined by Hollywood’s concepts of love (and everything else for that matter!)
Truthfully though, we can only fix us, so let us start being conscious of the things we watch and the messages we allow society to feed us? yes? yasssss!
“Finally brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy– Think about such things.” -Philippians 4:8