Friday, May 22, 2009

What Movies Do Christians Want? Part VIII - Movies about Teens Having Babies

In this series we head into one of our final post about "What Movies Do Christians Want?" a multi part series.

Christian's embrace a wide variety of films, and our excited when "main stream" films embrace "Christian"/moral themes.

One of the biggest examples of this (but not limited to this), is when a mainstream movie seems to endorse a "Right to Life message."

Typically, this would be a film when an unwed woman (or unhappily married woman) gets pregnant, and despite the hardships that might be associated with having the baby, she decides to carry it to term.

In most recent times there are three examples of this that come to mind, all of which I have heard and seen Christians embrace. Those films are: Juno, Bella, and Waitress.

It's interesting because you don't hear Christian's complaining about the fact that these characters are not making wise Christian choices in other areas of their lives, but because the Hollywood message is typically considered liberal to see movies present "positive conservative values" is something that I believe only increase box office draw for these films.

For an interesting read, look at Plugged-in Online, a division of Focus on the Family discusses the movie Juno.

Christian audiences are looking for films that support there agenda, and while all Christians are not conservative-George-Bush-loving-party-voting-Republicans, many conservative goals are excluded from the film forefront, and when a film explores these issues in a unique and interesting ways a different audience might embrace something independent and different from your typical "Christian film."

Note: For some reason, I felt like every phrase in the post needed quotes. So many generalities, about so many different types of people. Chime in...what do you think about these films? How about the way Christians have embraced them, is this founded? Do you think the studios had this in mind? Can you think of other films like these?

Other Post in the "What Movies Do Christians Want? Series"
* In
Part I I began a response to the Entertainment Weekly article about movie studios looking for ways to market to the Christian audience
* In
Part II I looked at the last 10 years and see how this sub genre is developing.
* In
Part III we looked at two Christian motivations for this film genre: insulation and influence.
* In
Part IV we discussed the sub-genre of Prairie-Christian film/tv, and the established tradition of this "encouraging" and "family friendly" genre, and it's lack of transferability to the theatrical screen.
* In
Part V we pondered if there really is such a thing as "Christian movies" and if Christians really like those that are labeled as "Christian Movies"
* In Part VI we see why Christians might be specifically interested in Superhero films.
* In Part VII we looked at the embraced subgenre of the underdog sports film.

1 comment:

brian said...

what's the one nightmare on elm street about abortion? the 3 one? or the 4th?
i wonder if christians like that one. i mean, it is the most pro-life movie i've ever seen.