Monday 19 February 2018

Seth Rogen – his movies will kill us all!

Seth Rogen with Rose Byrne in Bad Neighbours
Seth Rogen with Rose Byrne in Bad Neighbours
Ian O'Doherty

Ian O'Doherty

We all love a good row about a movie. I don't mean one of those animated debates between the chin-strokers and pointy-beards about whether Lars von Trier is a genius or the biggest chancer this side of David Blaine. No, I'm talking about a good, old-fashioned moral panic, when people start to blame a movie, or a genre of movies, for all sorts of bad craziness in the real world.

These types usually fall into two categories. The conservative religious ones who picketed The Last Temptation Of Christ as blasphemous but who, weirdly, had no problem with The Passion Of The Christ, which was as close to a two-hour, gross-out torture porn flick as you're ever likely to see.

Then there are those who are so evolved and sentient that they feel they should decide what is suitable for the rest of us. They are the ones who decried movies like Natural Born Killers and are convinced that while they are immune to the corrupting moral influence of certain films, the rest of us are so stupid that we simply can't be trusted.

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