Outside of watching videos on Youtube and occasional glances in the break room at work, I have not watched any actual television in what feels like more than a month. There is a reason I have quit watching it for the sake of entertainment. It is absolute trash. Just the other day on a talk show in the break room at work, the female host boasted that a man should have multiple girlfriends… and that it was okay for him to hide it from each girl he was seeing… because he has money and can do what he wants. The mainly female audience applauded (because let’s face it, what woman doesn’t want a rich man, cheater or not).
So… when I was asked a few times by my best friend to watch a childhood favorite, Blank Check… I obliged despite it being a Disney film. So, we started to watch it and it didn’t take long for me to start rolling my eyes. It did not disappoint and proves that my reasoning for stepping away from movies and television for the sake of entertainment is justified. I don’t honestly know of a single immorality that this movie did not glorify. Lust. Murder. Greed. Sexual deviance. Like, seriously…
The opening scene is of a thief kissing money and asking it if it has missed him as much as he missed it (calling it his woman).
Not even a minute into meeting our main character it just so happens that pornography is mentioned while setting up a desk top computer. Keep in mind that this is a PG film for children and the main character is clearly more than likely only in the 6th grade.
The scene went something like this:
Dad: This’ll teach you (pointing to the computer software in his hand) everything but how to make love to a woman.
Mom: Hmm, now I know what software to get your father for Christmas.
It gets even better when the main character gets his blank check, cashes it, and manages to spend $999,666 in six days. But that isn’t the good part. The good part of the film is when we have the money spending montage and the camera pans to the cash register just quick enough to see the cashier punch 666 into the register keys (click here to find the movie on Youtube to see that gem for yourself).
But wait, there’s more.
Money buys happiness… and Nazi fashion apparel.
Attempting to murder a child for money is a thing. Not to mention the countless verbal threats of violence (antagonist telling his fellow criminal that he had a bullet in his barrel with his name on it if he didn’t still the money back). Almost throwing a kid off a building for said love of money, but you know, it’s whatever.
And the best for last… pedophilia. A grown woman in her thirties going on multiple “dates” with a 6th grader, which eventually leads to a romantic kiss while suggesting they try things out in a “few years” (when he is of legal age I guess). The sexual tension built between these two characters is outlandish… and yet easily misleading when we consider the age group that this movie was intended for (children going through puberty and being curious about their changing bodies).
But hey, you couldn’t make this stuff up if you wanted to. Love of money… because, it makes life better. Murdering children for the love of said money. The underlying sexual tension that exists throughout the entire film between an adult and a minor. But anyway… I’m just repeating myself at this point.
Give me a break. It is absolute trash.
The crazy thing to consider is that this degrading movie came out in 1994. What we consider PG these days is less suitable for children than it was 10 years ago. One would have to ask themselves, do I actually take the time to evaluate what I watch?
Note: I am not saying that if you watch TV you are going to hell or anything silly like that. I am just saying that for my own sake, I had to turn it off and step away. My prayer is that you not turn it off, but prayerfully consider the things that you take in for entertainments sake.
In short, I think that we are living in an era where what we take in truly matters. And just because it is meant for kids, doesn’t mean it is moral.