Mamas, Don't Let Your Daughters Grow Up To Be Pole Dancers

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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.

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Jim Coughlin  

Posted: September 1st, 2011 4:32 PM

I've had it with the bathroom and bodily function "jokes" that show up repeatedly in "G" and "PG" movies. It's embarassing to sit with my granddaughters in a movie or watch a DVD and have these crude and rude one-liners show up. The awful "Shrek" movie series is the biggest offender. Of course, that type of humor is 90% of Mike Myers act.

John Hubbuch from Oak Park  

Posted: September 1st, 2011 10:19 AM

If you all are offended by "slut" then you definitely will be offended by the far far worse language these little girls were exposed to. I see 80 movies a year in the theater, so I see some clunkers. I read all the reviews. I love even bad movies. I've even seen Rush Hour 3! This one wasn't that bad. I knew exactly what I was getting into. Again my point-- I'm not so sure these little girls did.

Jim Coughlin  

Posted: August 30th, 2011 12:13 AM

We all have a finite number of seconds to live and enjoy life. Why would anyone consider wasting their time watching a movie with a stale storyline and explicit contempt for it's audience? Check the reviews before you fork over the price of a ticket. Audiences learned to stay away from the movies with Tom Greene, Paulie Shore, Yahoo Serious and Stephen Baldwin. That still doesn't explain Adam Sandler. "I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry" tops my list as all-time worst and I left sfter the first

Movie Person from Oak Park  

Posted: August 29th, 2011 2:05 PM

John, I don't find how you can wrap your entire experience up with the word "slut", when referring to the movie. Those are actors playing in a movie, and that's all it is. What was the purpose of your story? To write the word slut?

Jg Morales  

Posted: August 29th, 2011 1:32 PM

My aren't we explicit. Must a sexually liberated woman be a slut? The sexually liberated men... are they sluts too? Granted I'm a bit of a prude myself, and a little old fashioned in that I do believe that we women should hold ourselves to a higher standard [than men]. However, I'm not too keen on the old sexist ideology which brands women "sluts" for the same behavior which is deemed understandable in men. Even if you feel they're degrading themselves, that doesn't mean it's okay for you to degrade them also. As for the point of your blog, I do agree.

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