Nathan (vovat) wrote,
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When all of your playthings someday disappear

I'd been meaning to say something about The 40-Year-Old Virgin, which I'd watched last week, but I didn't get around to it until now. The movie wasn't terrible, but like bethje mentioned, I didn't care for Steve Carell's character selling his toys as a metaphor for growing up. Sure, if you play with toys instead of working, that's one thing, but this character did his job, even getting a few promotions during the course of the film. So why can't he indulge his youthful side while at home? I have to say I'm a fan of C.S. Lewis' take on 1 Corinthians 13:11: "When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up." I know a lot of adults who play with toys and video games, and they're hardly all irresponsible. I was also reminded of this by a recent episode of Real Time, in which Bill Maher said something about American society being immature because we consider Harry Potter to be literature, and Batman movies to be...well, I forget his wording, but the gist was that we think they're deeply philosophical. But really, why ISN'T Harry Potter literature? No, they're not the greatest books in existence, but that's largely subjective anyway. Just because the main characters are kids and they're written so kids can understand them doesn't mean only kids can read them. Besides, Danielle Steele novels and Farrelly Brothers movies are allegedly made for adults, but are they really more sophisticated than J.K. Rowling or DC Comics? Hey, the previous episode of Real Time had Maher chatting with Ron Howard about Angels and Demons, and telling Cameron Diaz that he liked her in The Mask. Not to mention that, as my wife mentioned, he's a guy in his fifties who still identifies himself as a pothead. But, you know, he's too mature to enjoy superhero movies. I guess that, just like everyone, Maher has his own blind and hypocritical spots. And getting back to the movie industry, if they're selling the idea that adults being interested in toys and games is incompatible with growing up and having serious relationships, then why do they keep cranking out films based on stuff like the Transformers and G.I. Joe?

Speaking of stuff made for children that adults have also enjoyed, we also watched Monsters, Inc. for the first time. I think it was still relatively recent when we put it on the Netflix queue, but there are a LOT of items on there. Anyway, I enjoyed it. I thought it did a good job of creating the monster world in an hour-and-a-half movie, complete with complex but cute designs and an explanation as to WHY monsters would hang out in closets and scare children.

All right, I guess that's all for now.
Tags: books, harry potter, movies, philosophy, television
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