Movies tend to be way too raunchy these days
I've always enjoyed watching good movies.
When I was a kid, my family rented a movie almost every week. We would all get together in the living room with a bowl of my dad's addicting popcorn and slide a family-friendly flick into the VHS player.
These days, it's tough to find a movie that the whole family can enjoy together. Sex, drugs, profanity and overall indecency seem to be the major themes for films that come out today.
Sure, there's the occasional Oscar-worthy film or Pixar hit that comes out and is appropriate enough for a family, but our family has always been more of a "Harry and the Hendersons"/"Homeward Bound"/"Lion King" type of group.
Yes, these films are rather outdated. And I'll admit that my interest in such "kidish" films has slipped away for the most part. But to some, such films are timeless and enjoyable.
If I were to have a family of my own today, I would be nervous letting my kids watch some of the movies that are coming out in theaters.
I understand that everyone has different tastes in movies, but today's Hollywood material still bothers me. It seems like, rather than targeting a viewer's heart, filmmakers are putting all their focus into special effects and raunchy jokes.
I'll admit that today's special effects can be pretty darn cool. But shouldn't there also be a quality storyline?
Throughout the summer, my brother, Nate, and I kept talking about how excited we were to see "The Campaign", starring Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis. The film pokes fun at the present-day politician, and portrays two candidates who, through their running tactics, reflect the exaggerated bickering and cut-throat tendencies of real-life individuals seeking office.
I'm sad to say that the film was not at all what my brother and I thought it would be. We sat down, hoping to get a laugh out of the anticipated childish behavior from the two movie stars. What we got was what seemed like a montage of scenes portraying nothing but adultery and profanity.
There have always been R-rated movies. I know that. It's not like anyone forces me to go to these movies. I'm just a little sad - and admittedly, a bit scared - to see where film quality is going.
In a previous column, I talked about how I fear the entertainment industry is desensitizing us as viewers. If we choose to laugh and cheer for some of the storylines that are out there today, will filmmakers continue to seek more content they can get away with? Truthfully, I'm concerned about what movies future generations will be exposed to.
At least I'll always remember family movie night with my dad's popcorn.