Pass the popcorn and the raisinets!

Last night, I went with a bunch of other wonderful women to see He’s Just Not That Into You. The movie was sold out and packed full of groups of giggly women– RP and EM commented that it was a “great big slumber party.” Lot’s of estrogen in one room.
Before I give my thoughts on the movie– I should tell– this morning, I woke up and watched FireProof while doing laundry and cleaning. My intention was to just have it on in the background as I cleaned, but I found myself fascinated by the movie and less interested in checking things off my list. I had low expectations for the movie, but came out pleasantly surprised.
I was disappointed with He’s Just Not That Into You. I didn’t like the women compromising themselves and things working out happily in the end– to all those women in the theater– I think it sent the wrong message. I am referring mostly to the Jennifer Anniston character and Ben Afflect. They play a couple that has dated for 7 years, Anniston finally asks if Afflect intends to marry her and he tells her he has no intention of ever marrying because he doesn’t believe in marriage. Drama occurs– they break up, she misses him, she tells him it doesn’t matter if they ever get married because she just wants to be with him, he moves back in….and Hollywood twist: he proposes.
Really? So now, many of the women watching can think, “So if I am patient, give him what he wants, he will eventually come around!”
Now turn to FireProof. Caleb and Catherine are a very unhappily married couple– they decide to get divorced. Caleb’s father steps in and challenges his son to a 40 day dare. Caleb accepts because he loves his father and starts the challenge. Halfway through, Caleb becomes a Christ follower– and that’s when the changes really begin to occur. I won’t spoil the rest of the movie for you because this is one that you should really see yourself.
I liked the way FireProof put the work on the man– not the woman. Too many movies show the woman working to grow but not the man. I like that is showed the man leading. I blame a lot of this on our culture– and it reminds me of the message from church this past week– I definitely encourage you to listen: Dismantle/Repair by John McGowan at Frontline Arlington.
You can listen to it online or podcast it to your Ipod/MP3 player.
Have a wonderful Saturday— and now back to my cleaning! šŸ™‚

3 Responses to “Pass the popcorn and the raisinets!”

  1. 1 Anonymous
    February 7, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    We have gone a long way in the past 30 years to emasculate anything and everything that even remotely resembles maleness. In a culture where women want all the benefits of being men and women they will by default do all the work. As well they should. They are living in the world of their own devise. Now, it is my opinion that if women really want men to step up and start acting like men, then they need to get out of the way. Women are women and they don’t do both rolls well because that’s not how they were created. Women don’t get it both ways.

  2. 2 Kim Cotterman
    February 7, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    Anon: You must be man, because while I agree with some of what you said, I can’t help but feel that part of the reason women have not stepped aside: men aren’t there to step up. I place responsibility on women AND men– and it all begins in the home. Raising men that can lead women according to God’s intentions is just not happening in most American families. At the same time, young girls are not being raised to follow these men if they happen to meet them. Thanks for your input, Anon.

  3. 3 Genuis
    February 9, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    No I am not a man, and I ate the rest of your cereal. Just kidding. Not about the man thing, I’m really not a man.

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