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  •  I'm curious to see (12+ / 0-)

    what kind of audience response the film gets.  Documentaries on heavy topics like this - especially when they're not really partisan - don't tend to do well, which is a pity.  The only other films I can think of that really addressed abortion straightforwardly were Citizen Ruth, which turned it into equal-opportunity satire, and Palindromes, which went way beyond abortion into incompatibilities of ethics and biology.  Here's hoping at least this gets a substantial enough audience that people don't treat abortion as the big scarlet A of shame.

    Funny it's coming from Tony Kaye, one of the most egotistical assholes in film.  But, if he pulls it off, he pulls it off.

    By the way - Knocked Up is hardly a prolife movie.  kath25 posted an interview segment to that effect in the diary you linked to.

    Saint, n. A dead sinner revised and edited. - Ambrose Bierce

    by pico on Thu Jun 21, 2007 at 02:07:13 AM PDT

    •  I look at it differently (8+ / 0-)
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      Ths film is not for everyone, to be sure. It does not have the entertaining populism of Michael Moore, for example. But opinion leaders will certainly see it. They dare not. Same goes for their people. It will be much discussed among those who do see it, and transform the discussions, even among those who don't see it.  

      Even if it just does the college town art house circuit, the cultural impact will be large. It is important to look at this not from the horserace aspect of the numbers, but from the transformative effect of the film on those who see it and discuss it.

      As for Knocked Up, I haven't seen it, but for a film to have prolife themes, does not mean it has to be ideologicially consistent. It's just summer comedy, after all. Hence the point that the Globe writer was trying to make about the substance.

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