This has been a rough week for anti-Christian Hollywood.
First, a virulently anti-Catholic movie called “The Perfect Family” netted a whopping $14,301. That’s right. $14,301. Kirk Cameron movies make more than that. I think Mel Gibson’s “The Beaver” made more than that.
Hollywood must be stunned. Who’d a thunk that a movie that mocks Catholics and has all the star power that made VI Warshawski such a big hit, would become a failure.
And then the nasty “GCB” which, of course, stands for “Good Christian B*tches” got cancelled for dismal ratings. For those who didn’t get to know GCB because they had less “episodes” than Lindsey Lohan, it was a lot like “Desperate Houswives” but without the redeeming values.
You’d almost start to think that Hollywood would start getting a clue that making a mockery of Christianity isn’t the way to financial success.
But you’ve got to read a bit about this movie to really appreicate how absurd it really was. The Catholic Sentinel wrote about it:
The film’s opening scene sets the perplexing and often sacrilegious tone.
Eileen Cleary (Kathleen Turner), supermom and “ultimate Catholic,” is the altar server at Mass, assisting Msgr. Murphy (Richard Chamberlain, channeling his Father de Bricassart role from “The Thorn Birds”). It’s time for Communion, and Eileen holds a platter of consecrated hosts. The monsignor turns to her, takes a host, then turns to the communicant and offers the Eucharist.
That detail — entirely alien, of course, to the reality of Catholic liturgy — is a pretty good hint that no one involved in this bilious project has any familiarity whatever with the life of the church they’re attacking.
Distracted, Eileen brushes lint from her server’s robe, jostles the platter, and several hosts fall to the ground. She proceeds to kick the body of Christ under the altar so the monsignor will not notice what’s happened.
“The Perfect Family” sinks even lower. The parish announces the “Catholic Woman of the Year Award,” setting up a vicious rivalry between Eileen and a den of superficially pious vipers. The award will be presented by the archbishop of Dublin, who will bestow the “prayer of absolution” on the winner, wiping away all her sins.
Here’s the thing – if you’re going to make fun of us, at least do it in an intelligent manner. At least make it funny because it’s true, not funny because it’s mocking a caricature that the elites conjure up in order to make it easy to dismiss them.
Note to the elites: If you read Jen Fulwiler, Simcha, Sherry Antonetti or LarryD you know that Catholicism can be funny. If you want to make fun of us, make fun of US, not a straw man. ‘Cause I’ll be honest. We make fun of you guys all the time.