Yesterday my wife and I went to see the new movie The Devil Wears Prada. The story is based on the best-selling novel by Lauren Weisberger. My 26-year-old daughter expressed surprise that I would go see this movie and she is right. It isn't my typical movie fare. But Kathryn wanted to see it and I was curious, so we went.
Truth is, I enjoyed the movie, perhaps more than Kathryn did. Meryl Streep was absolutely brilliant in her role (as usual) and I found the story fascinating, with a happy ending no less. While it was a "girlie" movie that focused on fashion and the like, I thought that it was really a movie about a young girl who went to work and found her values being challenged at every level of life.
I found it interesting, however, that this young assistant to Meryl Streep, played by Anne Hathaway, was so troubled by the lack of ethics in the fashion industry that she quit a job that, as they repeatedly stated in the film, "millions of girls would want to have." Yet this same character had no qualms about living with her boyfriend and having a one-night sexual encounter with a famous writer while on assignment in Paris.
I am intrigued watching the non-Christian world struggle with the issue of values. In the movie, stepping on someone to get ahead professionally is shown as evil, but fornication is presented as acceptable, even natural. Why is one worse than the other? Who makes that decision? What if a movie were made to show that fornication is wrong and getting ahead at any cost is right? Which movie would present the correct view? Who would know?
Truth is, there is only one source of values and that is God Himself. And He is a good communicator of what He wants and doesn't want. Truthfully, greed and sex outside marriage are both important issues to Him and they are both wrong, if for no other reason than He forbids them.
At any rate, I enjoyed going to a movie where the "f" word wasn't employed once and the ending did have some redemptive value. But today, we are making up for yesterday's movie by going to see Superman Returns. I'll report to you on that movie later this week.
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