Navigating the Culture of Films (Part 2)
From my previous blog I promised to show why the movie “Like Crazy” does a better service to viewers by more accurately portraying the negative consequences of sexual relations outside of marriage than most modern films do.
In “Like Crazy” a young couple meets at an American university and falls in crazy, passionate love. She, a native of England, is in the US on a student visa. Their passion, tenderness, playfulness animates the screen. Within ten minutes of the movie, the couple was in bed. In a reckless move to delay leaving for the summer, the girl violates her visa.
The rest of the film shows the contrast between the initial romantic bliss and the stressful mess that follows. Pain of severing the premature couple bond continued throughout the multi year battle through the immigration system. To not ruin the story line, suffice to say that the characters made additional errors in judgments leaving them visibly broken, unhappy, jaded and unsatisfied.
“Like Crazy” depicts the progression of sexual sin accurately. Our culture lies saying that serial sexual monogamy or even unattached casual sex is good for both men and women. Less mature minds do not pick up on the dishonestly and inconsistency.
Next time I will highlight why Helen M. Alvaré, founder of Women Speak for Themselves, was most upset by the message that sex outside of marriage, particularly casual sex, is good for women during the recent debate of federal funding of artificial contraception.
Catholic Women’s Guide to Healthy Relationships Tip: Sharpen your mind by asking whether the message depicted in a film does or does not accurately reflect the truth of the human person.