The Sweetest Thing

Cast
Christina: Cameron Diaz
Courtney: Christina Applegate
Peter: Thomas Jane
Jane: Selma Blair
Roger: Jason Bateman
Judy: Parker Posey
Columbia Pictures presents a film directed by Roger Kumble. Written by Nancy M. Pimental. Running time: 84 minutes. Rated R (for strong sexual content and language).

Central Theme
This movie tries to make the case that in todays ‘let’s get laid’ atmosphere, looking for Mr. ‘Right Now’ can still result in discovering Mr. Right.

Story
If you ask the studio to tell you about the story you’ll get the following: The Sweetest Thing is the story of sexy Christina Walters (Cameron Diaz), who after years of avoiding meaningful relationships with men finally meets her perfect match (Thomas Jane). When he suddenly disappears, she and best friend Courtney (Christina Applegate) set out on a hilarious journey to find him. Their search ultimately leads them to a surprising discovery and the realization that love is, after all, the sweetest thing. — ‚© 2001 Columbia Pictures

Here’s the real scoop: The Sweetest Thing isn’t hilarious, isn’t sweet, reveals no insight into discovering a perfect match and is just a lousy imitation of a ‘masters of the gross out genre’ Farrelly brothers movie. The result is the audience and critics for once agree this raunch-fest is a loser.

If today’s single life is anything like what is portrayed in the lives of these characters we might as well just roll up the carpet and declare the end of human history, as we once knew it.

Critics universally refer to this movie as raunchy. The characters must deal with an embarrassing, Monica Lewinksi-type stain, a man who is so well endowed he renders women speechless, and various non-sexual experiences with bodily functions, fake breasts and maggots. The movie even enlists a nun, rabbi and imam as comic props in a scene of oral sex gone wrong, and a priest and 3rd grade Catholic school class of children in the semen stain at the cleaner’s scene.

Sadly, the makers of The Sweetest Thing say they are finally delivering a woman’s point of view. Cameron Diaz says, ‘This is something that is slowly finding it’s way into popular culture, women want to tell different stories.’ The writer, Nancy Pimental, claims, ‘A huge percentage of what happens to the women in this movie happened to me or my friends’, and costar Christian Applegate says she thinks the characters played by her and Diaz, ‘aren’t that promiscuous, though they talk raunchier than men’. To this People Magazine replies, ‘This movie is intent on proving women can be as randy and stupid as men — for this we marched?’

The great sadness of this film as commentary on American, or at least Hollywood’s singles culture, is the very blindness of writer and cast to the prevailing lewd, coarse and baseness in tone, content and storyline. The attempt at portraying as sweet a romantic interest, that is at best shallow and based on a superficial physical attraction, seemed to this boomer a declaration of victory for the cultural revolution of the 60’s. The cultural anarchists have finally destroyed the collective human memory of beauty, truth and love.

Beliefs num
–Puking, semen stains on a dress, and maggots in the garbage in your car’s backseat are hilarious.
–When you’re tired of the ‘let’s get laid sub-culture’, the best place to go to discover Mr. Right is the same raunchy ‘meat-market bar’ where you found Mr. ‘Right Now’.
–Sex is love and horniness is romance.
–Religion is a prop useful for a gag or joke. Mock it whenever you can.
–Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, MOCK or DO NOT THINK about these things. (See New Testament, Philippians 4)

Questions Worth Discussing num
–How has a generation become so enamored with all that is wrong in human behavior?
–Why have the gross-out movies been so popular with this generation?
–Is watching a movie like this harmful, or as most kids say, is it ‘just a movie’?
–Can people who make or enjoy movies like this truly say they aspire to the spiritual? If so how do you explain the contrasts the ancients drew between spiritually minded and physically minded?
–The works of the physically-minded are obvious: fornication, impurity, licentiousness, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, anger, quarrels, dissensions, factions, envy, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these. By contrast, the works of the spiritually-minded are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, and faithfulness. (See New Testament, Galatians 5)

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