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posted 10 November 2002 01:16 AM      Profile for Sisyphus     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Last night, my mate chose a video, "Pumpkin". It's been a while since I saw a movie that made me uncomfortable, but in so doing, made me re-examine attitudes I thought I had transcended. I laughed a lot through it, also. A lot of critics found it extremely offensive, as I'm sure will anyone who thinks Political Correctness is a good thing. I'm of the opinion that anyone who really finds it offensive, period, is suffering from some of the hypocritical attitudes that the movie mercilessly lampoons, but that anyone who isn't made at least a little uncomfortable is either a rare and admirable human being, or doesn't get it. The movie is flawed, for sure, but I don't want to go into that outside of a discussion of what is original, brave and unhollywood about the treatment of controversial subject matter that has been done many times by mainstream productions in a schmaltzy, patronizing ,melodramatic hodge-poge of sickly-sweet earnestness. I submit for your consideration in this context, "Rain Man" and the execrable "I Am Sam". The critics who hated it, also complained that they never knew "how they were supposed to react". If you think about it, that's high praise indeed. The tone does shift wildly throughout the film. We've got biting satire, caricature, melodramatic hyperbole, camp, taseless slapstick and cool irony. I loved it. Any comments other than "I have never been so offended in my life?"

[ November 10, 2002: Message edited by: Sisyphus ]

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