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Why Aren’t People Going to The Movies?

**Before I get started here, I have a short disclaimer.  I love movies.  Watching them is one of my favorite pass times.  There are definitely some good movies out there, but they are in the minority.  I’m sure there are perfectly nice people in Hollywood who live respectable lives, but I don’t know any of them personally, and the following is my generalized answer to an article I saw about a decrease in box office receipts and my opinion about why they are down.**

I’m just a little ol’ mom in a fly over state.  I couldn’t hope to possess the panache of your average Hollywood star.  I graduated from high school, I went to college, my family doesn’t make millions of dollars for pretending and I don’t let people film me naked, but I have a few ideas about falling box office in spite of my obvious lack of Hollywood cool.

First, it’s too expensive for what you get.  It’s in the ten-dollar per ticket range to see a movie.  Most movies are not worth five bucks apiece, let alone ten.  The stories are done over and over and over again.  The stories tend to have poorly hidden messages about what we are supposed to believe.  /Happy Feet/ or /Wall-e/ anyone?  The acting is meh, most of the time.  Too many people get naked and/or have out right sex.  I’m no prude, but I really don’t need to see that.  There are too many rude/sexual/adult jokes and situations in a lot of movies directed at kids.  Kids in movies act like undisciplined brats and then real kids think that they should do the same thing once they get home or go to school or hang out with their friends.  Again, don’t need that.  How about looking at movies that ARE successful, or that ARE classic, like /War Horse/ or the Harry Potter movies or /Forrest Gump/ and make more like them, not similar stories necessarily, but quality acting, producing and directing.

Second, the food is too expensive.  It’s something like seven dollars for a large coke.  The can I snuck in in my purse when I went to see Harry Potter only cost me about fifty cents.  Candy bars are about four dollars.  Popcorn, the same.  You get my drift.  Not gonna pay it.  I’m not stupid.  Or rich.

Third, and this is something of a new one for the Hollywoodies out there, we’re just not that in to you.  We watch gossip and stuff about you because we can’t believe you actually live like that.  It’s kinda like watching a train wreck.  We know we shouldn’t look, but it’s so gross and weird that we can’t help it.  Sure, there are some Hollywood-ites that aren’t as icky, but they are few and far between.  They all seem to think they are better than the rest of us cause they live in California and have lots of money, but guess what, they are not.  They are just people.  They are messed up just like everyone else, only on a grander, more public scale because they are narcissistic and can’t stop telling everyone about themselves.  Pretty much the only thing they have that I don’t is a butt-load of money, and let me tell you something honey, if I have to do a fraction of what you folks do for it, I’ll just stay where I am thanks.

Fourth, we are getting sick and tired of being told how to live by the above mentioned narcissists.  We take care of business out here in the real world every single day and we can do it without your do-gooder input.  All that stuff you keep telling US we should do? maybe you should try doing some of it yourselves and leave us alone.  Just because you are in the public eye doesn’t mean you’re super smart, it means you chose a different path than the rest of us that’s all.  And by the way, the adults among us also realize that you don’t look the way you want us to think you look either.  I am pretty sure I’ve passed “beautiful/handsome movie stars” on the street and without the couple of inches of makeup, hair extensions and super-strength spanks, you all look just like everyone else.  That’s why we like people like Sandra Bullock.  She’s beautiful and talented, but she doesn’t spend her life telling us about it and she is not immune to going out in “mom clothes” once in a while.

So, that is my uncool, unhip, regular person opinion about the reasons box office receipts are down.   All my blah, blah, blahhing boils down to one thing.  We’re kinda sick of Hollywood and most of their stupid movies.   Step up your game, give us better stuff to watch, stop charging so much for it cause we don’t think it’s worth it, stop thinking your better than everyone else, and for the love of God, keep your clothes on.  It’s >gasp<  unattractive.

Have a wonderful, normal day 🙂

See Ya Later Harry Potter

Magic at the Harry Potter Festival in Wilmington 2007

I saw the final Harry Potter film today with my fifteen year old daughter.  I started reading the books to her when she was three or four, so they and their characters have been part of her life, for practically ALL of her life.  While I was watching today, I had some thoughts about the stories and characters that I decided I wanted to share.

When the books first came out, I bought /Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone/ for myself.  I thought it looked good, but I couldn’t tell if it was for adults or kids.  That should have been my first clue as to the universality of the stories.  I read it, then I read it again and then I thought about it for a long time before I decided to share it with my daughter and husband.  I decided that there were some valuable lessons for my daughter in it, so we sat night after night on the “biggie bed” and read Harry.  My husband loved it, my daughter loved it, I loved it, and none of us could wait for the next one to come out.

After we fell completely in love with Harry and his friends, I started hearing about adults who would not let their kids read the books because they thought that they would influence their children to go toward Satan.  I even had one mom that I knew well and who I respected, tell me that her church had told it’s congregation to boycott the books because of the themes of witchcraft and wizardry.  I asked the mom if she had read any of the books and she said no, that her entire decision was based on what her pastor told her to do.  I begged her to read the first one.  I explained to her that good always triumphs over evil and that there were a lot of valuable social lessons for kids.  She read the first book, then went out and bought all the books and gave them to her daughter.  Harry Potter gave one mom the strength to think for herself and not rely on the opinions of others.

As the series evolved, Harry behaved like a brat in one book, a hero in another and just a boy, just Harry, in all of them.  His friends loved him and were loyal.  His enemies were evil of course, but they were also like every mean girl in school.  He handled it all with the help of his friends.  He didn’t have much of a family, but he made his OWN family from his circle of friends and they were just as important to him as any blood family could’ve been.  Harry’s friend family made another mom I know very well, feel that her lack of a big family is ok because she has made another, just as real family for herself , of people who love her.

The stories teach forgiveness, and nowhere is that more obvious than when Harry chooses to save Draco Malfoy’s (his own-age arch-enemy) life.  They teach that you never really know what is going on in someone else’s life or heart to make them the way they are, Severus Snape anyone?  Love lasts beyond death, evil will come for you where you least expect it, people die and it’s hard to get over the bad things that happen to you in life.  You WILL have your feelings hurt, you WILL be the hero at some point and and you may hang your head in defeat or shame the next day.

All of these things are found in Harry’s story.  You also see that when that evil comes for you, you have to fight it and that although the struggle may be long and hard and you may lose some things along the way, in the end, good will win, light will overcome the darkness.  You can and will find your place in the world and sometimes the most timid, awkward person you know (Neville Longbottom) becomes a hero.  The Harry Potter stories are universal because they offer us hope.  No matter how outnumbered we are, no matter how bad things seem to be, if we screw up our courage and walk in the light, we will win.

I love you Harry Potter and all your friends too.  You’ve helped countless people see themselves and their trials in you, and you’ve helped those same people realize that life can be good again.  It is with a great deal of wistfulness that I say goodbye to Harry.  I hope that JK Rowling writes some more books about him, but if she doesn’t, these fictional characters who have become so real to so many, will continue to keep us company every time we crack open the books or watch one of the films.  Thank you Harry for reminding us that hope, love and courage are the three most important things in the world.