I’ve written several screenplays and keep working on getting them optioned (no luck so far).
Some are just for entertainment. But others have definite messages.
I think it is up to the VIEWER to filter the message and respond to it. Whether you agree or disagree with a movie’s message, hopefully you will be inspired to live out your convictions more faithfully in real life.
Sometimes a movie opposing what you think can be a spur to more rigorous examination of your convictions and perhaps lead to an epiphany–either you will reject your convictions, or you will be even more convinced of their truth.
Movies that oppose entrenched beliefs can be very valuable in changing culture. Many movies have presented anti-racism messages that have literally changed the way people feel about various races. I’m not thinking of anything heavy; the movie that comes to my mind is the adaptation of Finian’s Rainbow–this delightful musical about leprechauns and pots of gold contains a scathing denouncement of racism. I’m sure that it was one of the movies that helped to change our society in the U.S. to a place where people of all colors are legally free to pursue the American Dream.
Some of the anti-war movies force those of us who approve of the current war to study the war and verify that our conclusions are valid. I am not swayed in my opinion by anti-war movies, or by movies that are anti-Christian. Rather, I am encouraged to become more knowledgeable so that I can answer the objections that the movie presents.
I do believe it is very important to screen movies for age appropriateness and guard the minds of our children and teenagers. While some movies can be filtered by adults with a complete understanding, many movies would be confusing and disturbing to children and teenagers. Teenagers may be able to view these movies as long as responsible adults help them to sort through the various messages and arrive at a legitimate conclusion. But children who can be warped in their thinking should simply be kept away from certain movies until they are older and have the intellect and experience to be able to correctly assess a movie’s truthfulness.