Today we see a lot of adult content in movies (sex, violence, bad language, drugs). By looking from a partially Christian perspective, talk about how movies show these aspects as gratuitous,...

Today we see a lot of adult content in movies (sex, violence, bad language, drugs). By looking from a partially Christian perspective, talk about how movies show these aspects as gratuitous, glorified, or too explicit.

Please use examples from: Snakes on a Plane, Saving Private Ryan, Forest Gump, and /or Ocean's 11/12/13.

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First, I'm sure that even the most dedicated Christians understand that sex, drugs and violence are a part of life. It's hard not to watch the news each night without getting a new lowdown on the most recent scandals and arrests concerning these vices. In regards to Forrest Gump, much of the time period is the 1960s and 1970s--the height of drug use, free sex and Vietnam--so it should not be surprising that there are some scenes involving the dark side of life. Although there is some drug use and moderate violence, there is no nudity and only a minimum of sexual content. Forrest remains an innocent throughout, never succumbing to the less virtuous aspects of life (aside from his duty in Vietnam and a few violent scenes when he defends Jenny). As for Saving Private Ryan, the director definitely went out of his way to show the gory realities of war and death. I believe it is actually one of the most realistic war films ever made, and director Steven Spielberg should be complimented for showing the true horrors of war while intermixing the story of trying to save the life of one man--for his mother's sake--while risking the life of others in the process. Bodies were blown apart on D-Day, and German prisoners were executed shortly after the invasion (the Allies had made no preparations for POWs and expected few surrenders). Good men died regularly, while others not as worthy often survived. Many Christians prefer a glossed-over outlook of life (Little House on the Prairie immediately comes to mind) with no sex, no drugs, and where only the bad guys are violent. But in most cases, such examples are not a true look at life. Disney movies are still popular with many viewers, however, so Christians should never feel like they are being forced to watch films that compromise their beliefs or moral ethics.

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