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    Director Unloads on Hollywood for Creating ‘Anarchy,’ Says Industry Doesn’t ‘Have a Soul Anymore’

    May. 9, 2014


    Hollywood director Jon Erwin is tired of the entertainment industry’s sole concern for the bottom line and studios’ overall refusal to consider the impact that profanity, violence and “anarchy” are having on audiences.

    “How in the world did we get here — when ‘Game of Thrones’ is the show everyone’s talking about and when I drive around L.A. and see billboards about ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ [being] the movie of our time?” he said in an interview with TheBlaze. “How did we get to this place of anarchy?”

    Erwin, whose new film “Moms’ Night Out” opens in theaters nationwide Friday, lambasted the industry for failing to take the time to consider the social consequences of distributing messages rooted in rampant violence, sex and smut.




    Hollywood, he charged, doesn’t “have a soul anymore” — a paradigm he’s hoping to change through the work he’s doing with his brother, Andrew Erwin. The two co-directed “Moms’ Night Out,” a comedic follow-up to “October Baby,” their dramatic feature film about abortion survival.

    The Erwin brothers are taking an entirely different approach.

    “There’s no emphasis on anything other than, ‘Does this make money?,’” he charged of studios’ movie-making decisions. “There’s no boardrooms where people are asking, ‘Is ‘Grand Theft Auto’ good for people?’ They only ask, ‘Does it make money?’”

    Erwin, a Christian who’s bent on producing films that focus on a fulfilling story or an uplifting message, said it’s long past due for Hollywood to really take the time to pursue a “double bottom line” — that is, creating content that is both financially profitable and ethically sound.

    “There was a day when Hollywood really had a moral fiber in my opinion, that there was clear good versus evil and there were rules for what could and could not be portrayed,” he told TheBlaze. “I love comedy, but it stinks that there are so few comedies that I can go and see.”

    Erwin said it’s unfortunate that so many people of faith are put in positions in which they need to sacrifice their values in order to get a good laugh, many times feeling like they “want to take a bath afterwards.”

    “There are study after study after study of the effects of violence on our kids and on us and the stuff’s not healthy,” he said. “I think we’ve hit critical mass of anarchy in Hollywood and I think that we’ve got to step up and play offense and give people [something different].”

    Erwin noted that many Americans join in his concern about the impact of entertainment content, believing that it’s time for people both inside and outside of the entertainment industry to make a profound change.

    “Somebody’s got to stand up and say, ‘This is ridiculous and this has got to stop,’” he said. “The blatant overdone sexuality is exploitation of women to make money and that’s not right. And the violence is numbing our kids’ minds.”



    He said he was stunned by some reviews of “Moms’ Night Out,” a PG film, that critiqued the movie for not including profanity, sex and gratuitous violence. Erwin told TheBlaze that he simply couldn’t believe that society had come to a place where a movie with good values was criticized for lacking harmful content.

    “We’re going off a cliff in the kind of content we’re creating,” Erwin said. “My appeal to everyone in Hollywood is, can we please clean up our act?”

    He said that conservative and Christian films can have a strong voice if they keep up the work that has been accomplished this year with faith-based films that have continued to emerge and hold market power at the box office.

    "If it says Erwin on it, you can trust it,” he said.

    Erwin encouraged viewers to use the power of their purses and wallets to sway Hollywood toward more palatable entertainment.

    “Your movie ticket is enormously valuable,” he said.





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    Sure, the films in the mid-20th century were of a different caliber, but I think that that was because of the Hays Code. If it hadn't been for that, the same decisions that are made today with regard to the type and content of films would have been made then as they are now.

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    If your movie is good it will receive great reviews and people will like it and talk about it.

    If your movie bombs it's because of Hollywood anarchy.

    STFU!

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    I applaud these guys for trying to put out a product that isn't smut, but I don't think it's reasonable to demand that everyone in the industry--or the consumers--carry the same attitude. Hopefully enough people are interested in seeing this movie, and others like it, that it forms a stable cottage industry inside Hollywood.

    Based on the preview and me being a new dad, I can relate to the content of the movie and would definitely consider seeing it.
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    I'd love to hear this guys opinions on Goodfellas as I slam my head against a brick wall.
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    “There was a day when Hollywood really had a moral fiber in my opinion, that there was clear good versus evil and there were rules for what could and could not be portrayed,” he told TheBlaze. “I love comedy, but it stinks that there are so few comedies that I can go and see.”


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    What is this guy talking about?

    As violence in films has gone up and gotten more realistic, violence in the US has decreased significantly. So there is absolutely no tie in there. As far as sexuality goes, we're way too puritanical about it. You can watch people die in a PG-13 movie, but you aren't going to see tits! I don't get it.

    My girlfriend's family loves The Great Race with Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis, Natalie Wood, and Peter Falk. I'd never seen it, so they had me watch it. One of the subplots is about equal rights for women. There are actually male characters who don't believe in it. The Tony Curtis character has "growth" in the film by changing his mind on women's rights.

    Today, you have hit movies that star exclusively women and have roles that were formerly exclusively male that go to women.

    This is just another one of those people that thinks the world is getting worse when it is actually getting better.

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    Seems like he's bringing attention to his movie that is coming out.

    This man (and his brother) will change nothing. It might be a while before they get the financing to make another film.
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    No one is going to see this. It will not even make a dent at the box office this weekend.

    Captain America 2 will probably still take in more.

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    A Clockwork Orange has rapes scenes, naked statues, a giant penis and gratuitous violence. To Kill a Mockingbird has none of that. Both are great films, and we are no less likely to recognize that now than ever.

    Knee-jerk, self-serving, moralism and alarmism. Nothing to see here. Including, I bet, his movie.

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    Also opening in the theater right next to Moms Night Out this weekend...




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    Quote Originally Posted by lovemachine97(Version 2) View Post
    This is just another one of those people that thinks the world is getting worse when it is actually getting better.
    I have to strongly disagree with the assessment that the world is getting better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bklynboy68 View Post
    I have to strongly disagree with the assessment that the world is getting better.
    How exactly is it getting worse?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bklynboy68 View Post
    I have to strongly disagree with the assessment that the world is getting better.
    http://www.amazon.com/The-Better-Ang.../dp/0143122010

    A lot of bad shit happens in the world, as it always as. But as it concerns violence, we are probably better off than ever.

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    when did Hollywood have a a soul? When they were plying young girls like Judy Garland with uppers so that they could get The Wizard of Oz finished?

    When comedy star Thelma Todd was found dead of a.... ahem... suicide? yeah I can see where a coroner would believe she beat herself to death

    When Loretta Young got pregnant by Clark Gable and the pregnancy was hushed up with the studios hiding the daughter away for almost 2 years before Young "adopted" her....and later had her Gable like years surgically changed?

    Errol Flynn was tried numerous times for statutory rape

    Charlie Chaplin married a child

    when Lana Turner was dating gangsters who turn up dead in her bedroom?

    lots of crimes covered up William Desmond Taylor murdered, the Superman "suicide

 

 

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