Movies with a Message

I just got done watching “Click” with Adam Sandler. Amy and I enjoyed it. (According to Amy, it has everything she likes in a movie–you know, humor, romance, tears, the works). I won’t ruin the plot for you if you haven’t seen it, but suffice to say that it falls into the category of movies in which one is given a glimpse of what his/her life would be like if… Another one like that is “Family Man” with Nicolas Cage. Another is “Lake House” with Sandra Bullock. All of these movies seem to have an underlying message that goes something like this: don’t take the most important things in your life for granted. Now, from a purely secular standpoint, this is not a bad message. Family is the most important thing (as far as life is concerned). Don’t waste the time you have. Don’t let it pass you by. Is this part of a cultural shift coming in the wake of the “Make as much money as possible no matter what it costs your personal life” 80s? I don’t know. I’m not an expert on culture like Gene Veith. I wonder what he would say.
Anyway, these movies always make us think. You know how it is when you have a horrible dream and wake up to find out it was only a dream. You appreciate what you have more. I’m just saying that there seems to be several films of that genre in the last 5-10 years. I don’t know if it means anything. Any culture experts out there want to weigh in?

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About Rev. Paul L. Beisel

Graduate of Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, IN in 2001 (M Div.) and 2004 (S.T.M.); LC-MS Pastor and Adjunct Instructor for John Wood Community College; Husband of Amy and father of Susan, Elizabeth, Martin, and Theodore.
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One Response to Movies with a Message

  1. Lawrence says:

    I think you answered your own question:

    Now, from a purely secular standpoint, this is not a bad message. Family is the most important thing (as far as life is concerned).

    In this new age of secularism, seeking a meaningful ‘meaning-of-life’ is important to fill in the blanks left after the removal of religion.

    What you describe is a way to justify one’s morality without embracing God. We replace God as our focus with family, or any other goodly issue we wish to view as meaningful.

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