Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Are "Chick Flicks" Good for Us?

Over at the web page for Capitol Hill Baptist Church I found the following article by Beth Spraul:

I have quite the extensive movie collection. Actually, my husband says I have an extensive “chick-flick” collection. I remember in college when my girlfriends and I would try to borrow each other’s movies. It was often a useless exercise because we would discover we already had all the same titles. The women will know some of the ones I speak of . . . “Pride & Prejudice,” “Sense & Sensibility,” “You’ve Got Mail,” “Ever After,” “Sleepless in Seattle,” . . . you can likely name your own list of must-have romantic classics. But why does Hollywood know how to make a movie that most women will not only love, but want to own -- and then (this is the part that perplexes my husband) be willing to watch countless times, sighing or tearing each time at the same sappy endings? Could it be that these movies strike an emotional nerve -- a nerve that longs for the bliss of falling in love with the perfect man or the rush of romance that will replace our emptiness and loneliness?

Whether we realize it or not, as we munch our popcorn, films communicate underlying emotional messages to us. What are these messages teaching us about life, love, and romance? Better yet, what do these films teach us about the nature of true masculinity and femininity? Does watching such movies actually affect our understanding of romance or shape how we go about looking for this ideal husband?

I think the answer is yes...

In this article, I’d like to discuss briefly what I think are three powerful lies communicated to and believed by women through this genre of “chick-flicks” as well as “chick-lit” (literature).

Read the entire article HERE.


Noel said...

I agree with the article, but I think the case could be made on the flip side as well. Men/boys typically flock to James Bond movies, or any action-hero-type of movie, and these movies promote lies about masculinity and how to treat women so should we ban those as well?

Harley A. said...

Pretty much any movie coming out of Hollywood in wrong-minded. I'd say very few are redeeming. The ones I struggle with personally are the vengence movies - the guy whose wife and kids are killed and he goes and reaps vengence. I love seeing the bad guy get his, but I know that it brings up sinful stuff in me and it's not good.