Posted by Steven Hayward
. . . and other cultural observations:
You can watch the trailer for "Waitress" here. James Bowman liked it. (He doesn’t like a lot of movies.)
The trailer for "Knocked Up" is here. Ross Douthat’s review is not online.
Love the videos -- keep it up.
I saw "Knocked Up" last night and that it was really good. They brought up the issue of abortion, and argued against it. I would not necessarily call it culturally conservative completely-- while they did show doing drugs and the like somewhat immature and irresponsible, it was not branded as a necessarily bad thing and was rather casual. The film was very good, however, for focusing on the "family" and choosing to birth a child over having an abortion.
Good video, except that there was one word you may have mispronounced. If Ross's branch of the family is like mine in this, then his last name is pronounced something like DOW-thit. Having done rather more historical-linguistic research into this matter than I would care to admit, I can assure you that there is absolutely no reason for this to be the case, but there you have it.
I'm very much looking forward to your thoughts on "My Name is Earl." It's a very good show, and it displays a moral and even artistic seriousness that hasn't yet received the consideration it deserves.
I think you might be right, Steve, about My Name is Earl. I have not watched it regularly, but I have seen enough episodes of this show to suspect there is something stand-up wonderful about the endearing loser who's really not such a loser, Earl. Hollywood still makes him a doofus, but not quite.
I don't know if it's even on anymore, but another show that I think was very good and also exhibiting subtle "cultural conservatism" in the pop culture was The Bernie Mac Show. I loved the father/daughter (actually, uncle/niece) relationship between Bernie and Vanessa--the oldest girl. Also, the show always guest starred Don Rickles. That was enough for me.
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