Update (2010-06-01). The revised “stats” for weekend box-office show that “Prince” actually got the #2 spot ahead of “Sex.”
OK, I apologize for the title, but I’m attempting to make a point here: Hollywood sells movies with SEX. Take this past weekend for example. How does a movie that earns a 3.5 / 10 rating garner the 2nd spot on the “Top 10 grossing movies of the week” list ahead of a summer blockbuster based on an all time hit video game, and which incidentally earned a 6.9 / 10 rating? One word: SEX.
Interesting. Cheryl and I watched an old Humphrey Bogart movie last night: “The Maltese Falcon.” I had seen it before, and I think Cheryl has too, but we watched it with “more educated” eyes last night. Actually, far more interesting than the movie was the documentary included with the DVD about the peddling of Humphrey Bogart. He started as a tough guy, making movies as a bad guy usually, often a gangster. Those types of movies were very common back then, and Edward G. Robinson was the “King” of that genre. What happened was, in the Maltese Falcon, they started to realize that Humphrey had the “Sex appeal” they were looking for. He could be both tough, and sexy.
The series of trailers they showed proved the point that Hollywood used his sex appeal factor more than any other to promote “Bogie” to make more money than with any other previous box-office star. Bogie is still considered the all time number one box-office male star by American Film Institute.
So what do we call Hollywood’s use of sex to sell movies? Is it advertising? Is it a gimmick? Is it a crime? My mother grew up in Hollywood, and she always referred to Hollywood (and California in general) as the land of “fruits and nuts.” Huh? How does that play into it? Well, in my book, those people who are “oversexed” and think about nothing but sex all the time, naturally degrade themselves and gravitate towards a lower form of social life, in this case, namely homosexuality and drugs. Life degrades in a hurry, they become “accepting” and tolerant of weird types of sex, and even deviant behavior, as well as drugs and alcoholism. Their “alter” reality becomes a substitute for real life, the existence of the rest of us common ordinary types is deemed too “boring” for them.
So, they play out their hedonistic life-styles both off and on screen. Sex, cheap sex, degraded sex becomes a way of “legitimizing” their lifestyle. It’s the same reason why the gay community is so desperate to prove the existence of a “gay gene.” in order so they don’t have to be responsible for the choice they made to be gay in the first place.
This is pretty tough stuff, not the kind of rhetoric that the liberals want to admit, or even see printed. With all this said, it’s important for me to point out that I am a drug addict and alcoholic. I am the first person to admit that I am flawed, a sinner by nature, selfish and self-centered. Without the redeeming blood of Jesus Christ, I might be just like those folks in Hollywood. I grew up a mere 20 miles from there after all. The “beach” lifestyle I grew up with was just as “free” and uninhibited as those in Hollywood, we just didn’t go to quite the extremes to express ourselves for the most part, because we weren’t part of that scene (movie makers, actors, etc…). Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think all actors are bad, nor are all movies bad either.
I simply agree with most folks that movies that are all about SEX, e.g. Sex In The City 2, are not ever going to make it onto my “watch list” or “want to see list.” They’re trashy, they appeal to only a certain aspect of our human existence, and they have no value whatsoever in the grand scheme of our spiritual existence. On the contrary, they degrade us and make sex into a “cheap” act that is to be sought out with whomever, wherever and whenever you can get it. The mantra of this generation “If it feels good, do it” is pretty much the same thing. Rather than build us up, those things tear us down.
So, with that said, I think I’ll keep movies like “Prince of Persia” on my watch list. At least this one’s about adventure, and saving the world from evil. So you can see, I am definitely NOT against Hollywood as a whole, just their use of sex to peddle movies that otherwise have no redeeming qualities.