LarryD has some brilliant casting ideas

for the next big Catholic movie. By the way, that Kathleen Turner movie? Ouch. Written by the sort of people who think priests go around calling everybody, “My child”.

Seriously, Hollywood. Do a *little* research before you write about Catholics in their natural habitat. The level of sheer sociological ignorance on display in that flick is just cringeworthy.

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  • ds

    That totally cracked me up Mark, I think you know which part.

  • Really! In the brief trailer, there are so many howlers that it’s clear no one involved (and certainly not costumers and set decorators) has ever been or even known a Catholic. That kind of thing drives me nuts on TV shows where a Catholic character or setting may play a small part, but in a movie with Catholicism as its central theme it’s ridiculous. I have no problem with pop culture satire–hey, I just went on record finding a curious charm in the Jesus Popsicle, and I’ve defended Nicki Minaj’s right to dress up like a dominatrix popess from another planet–but at least get the details right before you mock them!

  • MClark

    Where can a writer go to get questions about Catholicism answered? I have questions about the confession. I e-mailed both the local Newman center at the university and the Catholic church down the street and received no response.

    • Mark Shea

      Catholic Answers:

      • MClark

        Well, that actually helped somewhat. Thanks.

    • Ted Seeber

      Dragging it back on topic- a priest in a confessional would actually make for a very dull movie, if the script was taken from real life. My priest has actually gone down to offering confession only once a month, I only find the time to go once a year- and I’ve NEVER seen anybody else there during the assigned time. He usually just spends a couple of hours reading and not hearing any confessions at all, due to lack of demand.

  • Mark R

    There used to be a Capuchin who moviemakers used to call for technical advice, though it was not always heeded.

  • Sal

    Look, you can’t have the Final Confrontation between Good and Evil in a Catholic church that’s a beige auditorium with some felt banners and a few ficus trees. That would be somewhat lacking in dramatic effect.
    You have to have the stained glass and the shadowy alcoves with statues and candle flame flickering in the darkness. Thus, the old school setting.

  • Mark S (not for Shea)

    Well, if it’s any comfort, I’ve never even heard of the movie in question. And I pay way too much attention to movies.

    Pixar is still making the best best movies espousing Catholic virtues, even though I’m pretty sure they’re not aware of it.

  • chris

    Bothering to get the Catholic elements of a story correct would imply a degree of sympathy or minimal respect, which we don’t often see in Hollywood.

    Fortunately, there are organizations like Act One that are trying to help Christians develop their artistic skills to the point where they can have some impact on the situation.

    i am not an Act One alumnus or financially connected with that organization 🙂