The Departed: Hollywood Values

February 26, 2007, 6:41 pm


By Andrew L. Jaffee

Many Hollywood types supposedly “rage against the machine,” but they are part of that machine. I find it strange that most opposed the Iraq war, yet participate in creating one violent movie after another. How convenient for Hollywood to claim a pacifist philosophy while peddling and profiting from violence — and washing its hands of the repercussions of violent entertainment on viewers. How can people indulge in graphic violence “vicariously” without becoming obsessed with — at least desensitized to — that same violence? Not only does Hollywood produce violence, it pats itself on the back for doing so, as evidenced by The Departed winning four Oscars. Here’s what the movie brought to the big screen as “entertainment:”

Stock Photos from 123RF

MPAA Rating:

R for strong brutal violence, pervasive language, some strong sexual content and drug material.

Profanity: Extremely strong and crude language, including sexual references and racial, ethnic, and homophobic slurs
Nudity/Sex Explicit sexual references, some very crude, and non-graphic situations
Alcohol/Drugs: Drinking, smoking, street and pharmaceutical drugs, drug dealing
Violence/Scariness: Extreme, intense, graphic, and grisly violence, guns, knives, fighting, torture, many characters injured and killed
Diversity Issues: Many racial and ethnic slurs, tribalism a theme of the movie

That’s entertainment?

Related: Hollywood, Media/Blogsphere, Political Correctness, Society

4 Responses to “The Departed: Hollywood Values”

  1. Bill Narvey Says:

    I don’t know why you see hypocrisy in Hollywood’s attitudes towards the Iraq war and their penchant for making violent movies. The former attitude profits their souls, while the latter profits their pocket books.

  2. publisher Says:

    Gotta wonder if people making movies like Saw, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Zodiac, etc., even have souls…

  3. Bill Narvey Says:

    Just as a Hollywood producer risks impoverishing their pocket book, if not killing them financially by making a movie that could be a bust, so too, do they risk impovershing, if not losing their souls by taking on beliefs and attitudes that could ultimately prove to have come from the dark side.

  4. publisher Says:

    Yes. And one cannot “play” with the dark side without being touched by it. So much for “virtual” reality, as it is all real, especially for those who immerse themselves in evil movies and video games.

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