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I just got back from seeing Brokeback Mountain. It’s a beautifully-made, achingly painful movie with amazing acting from the four main principal actors. I’m really glad I went to see it.
In Pittsburgh at 1pm today (against a Steeler playoff game, no less), a 538-person theater was over1/3rd full, about 1/3rd of the audience was male and 2/3rds female. It’s only playing at two local theaters, but I almost never see an early afternoon movie so full.
OK, Sarah, can you give a rational reason why they chose not to play that particular movie then?
I’m emphasizing the word “rational” here.
One of the stupid things about bigotry is that it can loose businesses money. Brokeback Mountain has done pretty well, even in the west. Someone uptopic claimed it was even doing well in <heavens> Utah itself. Even though Brokeback Mountain still isn’t in wide release yet, it was in the top 10 of movie moneymakers for this weekend.
I can’t claim to boycott the theater in question because I have never been to Utah, and it’s unlikely I’d ever want to go there in the future. So I can say confidently that I’ll never spend a dime at the Megaplex at Jordan Commons.
Well, let’s take a moment and observe what Megaplex 17 at Jordan Commons does deem acceptable to play this weekend shall we?
Cheaper by the Dozen 2
DÃ©solation magnifique: Marcher sur la Lune
Fun With Dick & Jane
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Memoirs of a Geisha
Rumor Has It…
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
The Family Stone
The Magic of Flight
(This according to IMDB Showtimes)
So this theater will readily censor a well-made, unconventional love story. But it will not hesitate to make a buck from a movie that glorifies torture and murder (Hostel) or a movie where a heterosexual leaps from woman to woman (Casanova), or a movie where, some people claim, every gay character is portrayed as a preening stereotype (The Producers), or a movie that, some people claim, promotes Satanism because it involves magic (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire).
Now there are some red state family values for you!