||[Jun. 13th, 2004|10:43 pm]
한국 사람이 아니다
|||||Once Upon a Time in the Midlands||]|
At first, I wasn't so sure I wanted to see Saved!, being that it's been touted as a "Christian comedy." To me that sounds a lot like Christian rock, and that's one of those things, like reality television and the suburbs, that I tend to avoid at all costs. I was afraid it would be a sort of comedic Passion of the Christ. But then I read an article in the latest Entertainment Weekly that made me realise it's a Christian comedy in the same way that All in the Family was a right-wing conservative sitcom. And the more I heard about it, the more piqued my interest became.
This movie is a wonderful blend of Election, Mean Girls, Drop Dead Gorgeous, and Ghost World with a bit of The Breakfast Club thrown in. It's not anti-Christian, exactly...but it does lampoon the mindless dogmatic devotion to something (anything) to the exclusion of rational thought. And there are all sorts of different viewpoints...there's Macauley Culkin in a wheelchair who's as skeptical an agnostic as they come, paired with Mandy Moore as his over-the-top, leader of the Jesus fan club sister, Hilary Faye. Mandy Moore does a tremendous job and is nothing like any of her past roles. She's Tammy Faye Baker, Nellie Olsen and Cruella DeVille all rolled into one queen bee Christian Jewel, and she's brilliant. There's the Jewish girl in the Catholic school, Cassandra, who's there because she's be expelled from every other school and "it was either this or home schooling, and I figured I could deal with these Jesus freaks better than my parents." And then there's the star, Mary, whose odyssey of faith begins when her boyfriend tells her he's gay.
It's just brilliant. Wickedly funny, but not insulting, it's extremely clever and well written. When Culkin explains that his sister found him after he fell out of a tree, someone says it was a miracle that she saved him. "The real miracle would have been not falling out of the tree in the first place," Culkin points out. Then the token Asian girl pipes up with, "If you had been born in China, she would have most likely been drowned at birth. What if she had been? Where would you be then?"
What would Jesus do? I have no idea...but this movie is definitely worth seeing.