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Why the language in all the movies?
Cursing being used more and more
If one looks at the movies that have come out in the past year then the individual will notice that there has been an increase in the vulgar language within these movies. Now, one could expect that there would be a large number of movies to be discarded if we had a large collection of rated R movies. However, movies that are rated PG and PG-13 are starting to use more and more language. Upon looking through some movies I was greatly surprised to find that the following movies used God's name in cursing. This is not to say that the words were not in the movies that I had been watching, but that I just did not pay attention. Biblical based reasoning would say that this is one of the violations of the 10 commandments. Even if it were not so, most religions would agree that the name of their deity is sacred and should not be used flippantly and by no means in vulgarity and profanity.
So what is the big deal? It is only a word...right?
Where I understand that a word is just a word, I also understand that words carry weight upon them. Furthermore, to the Christian the use of GD should be very offensive. Apart from the religious side of things, one needs to consider that the things which we dwell upon and see on a normal basis tend to become the norm. Therefore, it is only to be expected that if we allow the words into our homes that the usage of such words within the home will be unavoidable. Such usage of vulgar language does nothing but flaunt the ignorance of the individual using it. For directors to adorn their movies with GD and other such language shows me one of two things:
- The director lacks the mindset to come up with more compelling words to the dialogue. However I believe that this is not the case as most directors are very smart and capable of making a decent film with out the use of such words. There may be a few that fall into this category.
- That the director is stooping to the cognitive level of the public because the demand for excellence is not there. This is the more realistic reason. The mindset is why change when there is no DEMAND to change? I find it sad that religions of extremism have more of a reverence at times to the name of their God then Christians have to theirs. Are we that complacent?
Again, I ask the question why? Why have we allowed this to be a norm. It is time that we as consumers and the entertained audience say that we want good storytelling back
What went wrong?
If one looks at the classic movies such as Casablanca, Alfred Hitchcock's movie's, and such the language is not present. If there is language it is minimal and certainly does not include the use of GD or the F word. Has our thinking deterred to such a degree that we are unable to make sentences that do not include vulgar language? I would hope not, but it appears that when it comes to movies this is so and this is so very sad.
A good story does not need to be catered to the public with foul language. People are smart enough to be able to see a good story that is not littered with vulgar language. A good movie and a good story needs only to be that a good story. If the need for language is what keeps the movie alive then maybe the movie should not have come to the box office anyway.
My hypothesis on this is that directors use such language to drive the ratings up. It is unfortunate that our society would rather see a Rated R movie than a rated G movie, but the polls continuously show that this is the case. I find it utterly insulting to hear people jump on a rant about the hidden meanings in "family films" and cartoons while there is such blatant violations of sensitivities being broadcast to the public. Have you seen the advertised movies at red box lately? These are in the public places but no one says anything about the half-mutilated corpse staring at a child.
The words presented in movies are used I believe to appease the rating scale. As directors know that there will be more people apt to see a pg-13 movie or an R movie over that of a lower rated movie, such language is used.
The challenge and the list
My wife and I have taken on a challenge and I would encourage anyone else to do the same. ANY movie that used the GD word is thrown out. If you are renting a movie and the word comes up than you take it out and bring it back. By making yourself aware of the word usage and avoiding it, you become to where it bothers you again. To help we have started a list of movies that we have found to have the GD word in it. Feel free to add those you find in the comments section and I will add them to the list. This is just a partial list as my wife and I have thrown out more than 450 movies. We just started this list and do not remember the full list of of movies so please contribute if you can. The goal is to present the movies to you PRIOR to you spending money so that a change can be made.
- Across the universe
- Fantastic Four
- Quigley down under
- The legend of Bagger Vance
- Men In black (the first words of the movie!!)
- Karate Kid
- Batman Forever
- Batman the Dark Knight
- Batman Beginnings
- Batman The dark knight rises
- X-men Times of Future Past
- The Help
- Disney Tom and Huck
- Mona Lisa's Smile
- Benjamin Button
- Pearl Harbor
- We Were Soldiers
- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
- Indiana Jones and Raiders of the Lost Arc
- Back to the Future
- X-Men Wolverine