Last night Bonnie and I saw Tower Heist: I don’t recommend it. I wouldn’t have normally gone to see such a movie, but when I looked at the rating I saw the “PG” but not the “-13.” Even then, I would not have avoided a movie that interested me based solely on the rating without first reading about why it received that rating on the imdb website. I almost always do this, but this time I just didn’t think about it. I saw the trailer and the premise seemed interesting: a very wealthy investment tycoon swindles the pension fund of the workers at the high-end New York apartment building in which he lives, so the workers try to steal it back–classic Robin Hood story.
I should have read the imdb website.
It says that the PG-13 rating is for language and sexual content. The “sexual content,” however, is not scenes of people having or about to have sex. In this case sexual content refers to explicit talking about sex in humorous contexts. I must admit I did laugh a lot. Perhaps a more pious man wouldn’t have found it funny: you are free to draw your own conclusions. Nevertheless in my defense, the film studio did spend a lot of money tweaking the dialog and the settings so that what would certainly be distasteful in any other context was humorous here. Of course Bonnie picks up on these things much more quickly than I do. She didn’t laugh much. It took me half the movie to realize that I had made a mistake about the movie’s rating.
By the end of the movie, I was not laughing much either.
What disturbed me the most about the whole experience last night was not being exposed to explicit talk about perverted sex. I know the pain of real lives trapped in sexual addictions and delusions. What disturbed me most was the nervous couple sitting right next to me. They couldn’t have been more than 14 year old. All they know is the laugh, the glitz, and the implication that everyone is doing it in all sorts of different ways–with no consequences, at least none serious enough to mention.
My heart is very heavy this morning.