I guess I should chime in, since I was the one who made the original post on AAA.
I interpreted two messages from Fr. Serpa in his reply:
- Don’t let the movie encourage you to sin. For example, suppose you view “The Italian Job” simply as an entertaining two hours about a gold heist, and realize that all characters involved have some serious moral failings. No matter how cool Mark Wahlberg and Charlize Theron make safe-cracking look, you realize that theft–particularly on that scale–is a serious sin. You’re fine.
On the other hand, if you think “Hey! I can do that…let’s see, there’s that cash box on the boss’ desk, and I know where he keeps the key…” Then we have a problem with the movie!
The upshot here: don’t let a movie fool you into thinking that what is a sin is actually okay.
- Don’t encourage the movie producers. Every supporter of President Bush who refused to spend money to see “Fahrenheit 9/11” last year knows exactly what I mean here. We’re talking basic economics, market forces, supply and demand. If a movie called “The Child-Molesting Gay Abortionist” were to make $200 million while depicting the title character in a positive light, you can bet that soon after you would see more movies in that vein.
Also, as the old Watergate saying goes “Follow the money”. Imagine if Mel Gibson had put a disclaimer in front of “The Passion of the Christ” saying that all the movie’s profits would be donated to Planned Parenthood. You, as a good Catholic, would have to seriously reconsider whether supporting a movie about Jesus outweighs the funds Planned Parenthood would receive to help keep abortion legal.
At least, that’s what I understood from the Fr. Serpa’s reply.
Maybe I’m missing something?