By John Hubbuch
Between Netflix and in the theater I see over 200 movies a year. Given that number I am necessarily not very discriminating. So that's why I was catching the noon show of the hard R-rated comedy"30 Minutes Or Less" last week. For those of you who don't go to the movies much "hard R comedies" are of relatively recent vintage. Made to appeal to the under 30 market, they go where movies never went before except at stag parties. To be fair some of them are pretty funny if you find the male fantasy of oral sex amusing. Throw in some nudity and lots of talk about sexual positions best explained in the Kama Sutra , then you have a roaring good time---if you like what is decidedly adult comedy. But it's not for kids.
So when 2 moms brought their daughters to see "30 Minutes Or Less" at the theater for I presume a last blast before class bonding experience, I was surprised. Now the girls, who were I'd say between 13 and 10 , seemed to enjoy parts of the movie, but I know that I felt really uncomfortable with the references to "69", "fellatio", et al. I feel like the girls did too. In fact , I felt so uncomfortable that I moved as far away as possible from them.
Coincidentally, I had just seen the excellent newest version of "Jane Eyre" on DVD, after which I read the book for the first time. The book is even better. I couldn't help thinking how much better it would have been for these young girls to have Jane Eyre instead of the sluts in R-rated comedies. I don't think this is what Gloria Steinham had in mind.