Good Luck Chuck Takes Filmmaking to the Gutter
- Friday, September 21, 2007
If Christians go to see an R-rated sex comedy, they can only expect to get the world’s philosophy which is this: “Life is short; indulge your desires.” Granted, the comedy is clever and there are some belly laughs to be had at certain points. But we have to ask ourselves if the laughs are worth the cost of having our gray matter slimed with the world’s perverted message.
And the thought of impressionable teens going to this movie—and they will—is really disheartening. Don’t we want our sons to understand a higher, nobler definition of the measure of a man? In fairness to the filmmakers, Chuck is able to make some selfless decisions in the end, but the perverse road to get there overshadows the lesson.
Perhaps it’s time to hearken to the scripture, “Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving” (Ephesians 5). Good Luck Chuck is full of non-stop coarse joking, much of which includes obscenities and profanities. Isn’t that just lazy writing and language? Surely audiences can be equally entertained by comedies without these shock elements.
The Greek meaning of entertain is “to inform with delight.” Lord willing, new writers and a new generation of filmmakers will begin turning the pendulum and elevating the hearts and minds of their patrons, rather than bringing them further into the gutter.
- Drugs/Alcohol: Alcohol, drugs, and drug implements portrayed in several scenes.
- Language: Excessive, with dozens of obscenities and profanities.
- Sex/Nudity: Excessive, with dozens of full sex scenes shown, as well as masturbation shown, and plenty of sexually explicit talk.
- Violence: Slapstick.
- Worldview: “Great, frequent sex is the ultimate goal and measure of a man.”
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