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SOMETHING DOESN’T ADD UP

Filed at 6:03 am under by dcobranchi

OK, the school screwed up showing an R-rated movie and parents are pissed:

Brian Lewis is likewise convinced that his daughter’s mind was invaded by the film’s explicit content; he even goes so far as to say that Animo Venice High School officials are responsible for the “emotional kidnapping and psychological rape” of his daughter’s “Christian innocence,” which is why he says he and his wife plan to sue the school for showing Donnie Darko to their daughter without giving them prior notice.

Wow! Emotional kidnapping and psychological rape! Pretty harsh stuff. And, other than suing the school, how did these parents attempt to protect their daughter from further kidnappings and rapes?

With all that has transpired, the couple say they are considering home schooling their daughter or possibly sending her to a private school.

I guess maybe it wasn’t so traumatic after all.

10 Responses to “SOMETHING DOESN’T ADD UP”


Comment by
Nance Confer
August 18th, 2006
at 11:12 am

The plot of Donnie Darko deals with time travel, comic, existential, and nihilistic themes. It includes paradoxes that are never fully explained. As such, multiple interpretations exist. The film parallels The Last Temptation of Christ with Donnie’s character choosing to sacrifice himself for the world. en.wik..._Darko

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So, of course, this is an objectionable movie! 🙂

Nance


Comment by
Daryl Cobranchi
August 18th, 2006
at 12:40 pm

I don’t know about the film in question, but I can think of several R-rated movies that are educational and would be useful in the proper context. Schindler’s List springs to mind.

Anybody want to nominate some others?


Comment by
Darren
August 18th, 2006
at 4:05 pm

How about “The Passion of the Christ?” 😉

“Blade Runner” might be good in a philosophy class – leads to lots of good discussion on genetic modification and what it means to be human.


Comment by
Daryl Cobranchi
August 18th, 2006
at 4:27 pm

I think the Passion might violate some law or other.

Lydia suggested Braveheart, Platoon (one of my all-time favs), Last Samurai, & Gladiator.


Comment by
Andrea R. in Missouri
August 18th, 2006
at 5:19 pm

Don’t use Caligula in your homeschool. Yipes. I should have previewed it.


Comment by
Nance Confer
August 18th, 2006
at 6:44 pm

Anne, I think that’s usually the rule. And I think that’s what these parents are objecting to — that they weren’t notified.

Because they certainly would have kept their innocent 14-15 year-old daughter from anything R-rated.

And as for Passion — I’ve only seen the previews but it looked too violent for me. Maybe Mel’s got a new flick coming out?

Nance


Comment by
speedwell
August 18th, 2006
at 6:49 pm

My high school Latin class watched the miniseries “I, Claudius,” and our drama club took field trips to NYC to see this little OFF-Off-Broadway theater that featured modern adaptations of classical Greek plays. No joke, no-holds-barred intense stuff from the roots of civilization. Best memories of school ever.


Comment by
Rikki
August 19th, 2006
at 4:05 am

hahahahah Bonnie! I got an email yesterday from The History Channel telling me if I’d recorded it to destroy the tape and they recommended not viewing it. I figured it was probably bleed in from another channel of that sort. Too funny!


Comment by
Myrtle
August 19th, 2006
at 11:03 am

“Russia: Land of the Tsars” is available through netflix. I watched it a few months ago. It wasn’t particularly entertaining since they reused the same stills for different scenes. However, it was educational for me at least.

Mary Beard, classicist from Cambridge has blogged about “I Claudius”
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I will absolutely add Donnie Darko to my least of things to see.


Comment by
sam
August 21st, 2006
at 6:17 pm

Donnie Darko, in my not so humble opinion, is not worth the time it would take to whine about. It was a confusing movie that turned inward on itself and tried too hard to be freaky and weird. My issue would be that the school showed such a low quality movie.