Is Hollywood Making an Effort to Become More Family Friendly?

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June 26, 2017Jun 26, 2017

Sony Pictures announced this month that they are exploring ways to make slightly cleaner versions of their more adult movies, the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) reports. The goal is to make the titles more appropriate for younger viewers. 

Such titles include “50 First Dates”, “Battle of the Year”, “Big Daddy”, “Captain Phillips”, “Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon”, “Ghostbusters”, “Ghostbusters II”, “Goosebumps”, “Moneyball”, “Spider-Man”, “Spider-Man 2”, “Spider-Man 3”, and several other films.

The motion picture company has already launched CleanVersionMovies.com, although the site is not yet operational. According to IMBD, Sony Pictures is the first major studio to make the move.

The Christian Post noted that the history of film stems from a “Golden Era of Hollywood” in the 1930s and 1940s where Catholic and Protestant influence helped shape the content released to the viewing public. Those Christians immersed in the Hollywood industry acted as “salt,” helping to keep movies clean for families young and old.

For example, in 1965 and 1966 respectively, the two top movies had Christian themes: “The Sound of Music” and “A Man for All Seasons”. These two movies, The Christian Post notes, had G-ratings. But then the church pulled out of Hollywood. By 1969, the movie industry voted its first X-rated movie for Best Picture, called “Midnight Cowboy.”

As a result, the movie industry lost tens of millions of Americans who did not want to see movies with the added adult content.

In an interview with The Christian Post, Ted Baehr, publisher of Movieguide, noted the decline in moral content eve in some of the movies that Sony seeks to reedit: “I can’t recommend all of these movies, even if edited, due to dangerous or anti-Christian messages inherent in the story, so please, still read the reviews.”

But he said further that he commends Sony in taking the right steps. “That said, Movieguide commends Sony for taking the steps in the right direction of providing families with safe entertainment.”

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