Whatever. Let the review begin!
So, the movie we watched yesterday has a disclaimer that says:
"Rated R for strong sexual content including a scene of aberrant intimacy, graphic nudity, frank dialogue and some language."
Rich said, "Hmm. Frank dialogue? Intriguing."
"Of that whole list, that's what intrigues you?" I asked.
He stared at me blankly. blink. blink.
Anyway. The movie, Forgiving the Franklins, though not my favorite, makes some interesting points. I'll briefly note them for your consideration.
Firstly, the story is about what happens when a Bible belt Christian family of the James Dobson persuasion (sort of) dies (save one), goes to heaven, and meets Jesus who is tattooed, has an excellent fro, and is cutting down crosses that keep falling from the sky and planting themselves in the ground. He mumbles something about the cross reminding him of the worst day of his life. He can't imagine why anyone would want to remember it.
Jesus literally reaches into the skulls of the family and pulls out bloody apples (from the infamous Tree of Knowledge, I presume) then sends the family back to suburbia where they awaken as if they were in the Garden of Eden, unashamed of their nakedness, and impervious to any societal rules. They only know to love one another and their neighbors, and to enjoy and be thankful for their human forms, hence the movie's aberrant disclaimer. The family's new behavior horrifies the one daughter who doesn't come face to face with Jesus, and it baffles the Christian neighbors who immediately ostracize the family for their "craziness."
The family walks out of church mid-hellfire-and-brimstone-sermon but without disdain or anger. They simply don't want to be subjected to that sort of message but don't mind that others want to be. In the end, it isn't good news for the family since their community can't accept them any longer. Whether this is because the community members are jealous, lost, or completely dependant on their idea of Christian normalcy, is debatable.
I'm not sure I would recommend this movie to everyone, certainly not to my grandmother. But I do think that it raises some excellent points:
A. Jesus probably doesn't look like we think he does.
B. God's version of truth varies greatly from our indoctrinated, human perceptions of those truths.
C. The way in which we pray is a little bit ridiculous and should be more about giving thanks than anything else, instead of prayer that lends itself to guilt.
D. We should enjoy our lives with love as the foundation.
* review by Premiere Magazine