Strange Brouhaha

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

The "Million Dollar Baby" Controversy

Folks, it's a MOVIE, not a public policy recommendation.


  • What's the controversy?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:11 AM  

  • Yeah, hon, you should've explained :)

    There's a huge brouhaha (you should pardon the expression) over certain groups blowing the ending of the movie because of their religious/political beliefs. I'll reveal what it is. (SPOILER WARNING! Normally, I hate giving spoilers, but the comment system wouldn't let me turn the font white.)

    Hilary Swank's character apparently gets hurt so bad in her boxing career that she begs to be put to death. So Clint Eastwood and Morgan Freeman's characters help her commit suicide.

    Such a small thing, isn't it?

    By Blogger Robert, at 2:13 PM  

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    By Blogger Robert, at 2:14 PM  

  • (Josh) So - do you guys read old comments?

    Anyhow, just saw the film. Thought it was very good. Certainly better than the Aviator. I read your spoiler ahead of time, and I don't think it hurt my enjoyment of the movie. Knowing what was coming, it was easy to see some of the things the movie did to telegraph the ending.

    This isn't exactly the first movie where someone helps somebody else commit suicide. What the heck? I did appreciate that it's making me think about the issue. On the one hand, I believe in dying with dignity. On the other hand, there are clearly people in Maggie's circumstance who continue to enjoy living and accomplishing things. I don't like the implication that the paralyzed might as well be dead.

    I also was unhappy with the implication that folks on welfare are dishonest cheats. Penny wasn't convinced that Maggie's family was supposed to stand for everyone, but I'm not so sure. I don't know enough about Clint's politics to hazard a guess on that.

    Bottom line, I give this a thumbs up.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:28 PM  

  • Yeah, every comment is emailed to me.

    I'm glad you enjoyed the movie. I know my parents did. We have yet to see it.

    By Blogger Robert, at 11:42 PM  

  • Hilary also hosted SNL last night. She was fairly not good - okay delivery, but pretty clearly reading her lines, and not a comic actress.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:24 AM  

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