If you've got grown-up movie plans this weekend -- and how do you manage that, exactly? -- and they include a trip to see George Clooney in The Descendants, the World of Special Olympics blog has a warning for you: viewers who may have their enjoyment of a film ruined by the use of the R-word, even briefly, should probably find something else to spend their money and time on. The post includes a transcript of the scene in question -- and of the much more R-word heavy text of the same scene in the book the movie is based on -- and also shares some genuine despair that even a serious movie made for adults by adults who seem to be generally decent, socially conscious folks still cannot shake that word. Should you feel moved to let the filmmakers or other moviegoers know how you feel about that, the post has some suggestions.
Whether you choose to skip the film or just brace yourself for the language, the blog post is worth reading and thinking about. What do we have to do to get taken seriously on this? Would the scene have been harmed without that language? Did nobody writing or directing or speaking or editing those lines give a thought to it? Why the heck not? I'm personally not in a position to meaningfully boycott a film, because I never get out of the house and into a theater anyway. But I was rooting for The Descendants because of the people involved, and now I want to bop them all upside the head and ask, what were you thinking?
If you've seen The Descendants, share your personal take on the scene in the comments. This might also be a good time to add your voice to the We Expect Respect Manifesto.
Image courtesy of Special Olympics