Monday, June 6, 2011

Illustrated Guide to Common Film Diseases

The Hudelson Illustrated Guide to Common Film Diseases,
using illustrations from both films that I have seen and have not seen, or at least not in a while.

The Cool Bad Guy Syndrome (CBGS)/Heroicus Ruffianus (HR) - Any villain or confused hero is susceptible to this deadly line-blurring condition. Symptoms found in villains include the ability to be remarkably funny while engaging in abominable deeds, occasional acts of kindness that make us like them through their evil, or even simple good looks. Symptoms found in heroes include devotion to good ol' American values without any Objective foundation as well as the ability to break some Commandments while keeping enough of them to make them likeable. Often heroes suffering from CBGS/HR will be womanizers or drunkards, but still have enough of a conscience that they are cheered- which increases the danger of the audience's contraction of the disease. This condition also manifests itself in situations where something that should not be made light of is joked about or made to be cute. As you will see, this disease is very common.

Prettygirliaetis (PGA) - This disease manifests most commonly in beautiful teenage women. It is characterized by naiveté, strong-willed attitudes, girlish conduct, and the ability to woo anyone using the eyelashes and smile. It is not rare for these young women to find themselves rebelling against their parents or God-given guardians. Victims of PGA often find themselves accompanying males of less than upstanding character- often struggling with CBGS/HS- and usually end up turning said males into their noble lovers by the end of the film. They also almost always escape from harm because of their lovely appearance and winning personality, except for the one or two times where their noble lover rescues them. This disease is very dangerous because it can connote to viewers a distorted view of reality.

(The little mermaid and Aladdin's Jasmine would also make excellent illustrations of this point, from what I recall, if they were more decently clothed.)

The Wimpy Hero Syndrome (WHS) - Usually only found in white males, victims of WHS are usually klutzy and incompetent, while the skills and talents they do have are despised by their authorities and community. Nevertheless, by the end of the film their use of whatever skill or talent they do have makes them popular and successful. Those suffering from WHS often find themselves infatuated with women suffering from Tomboyalisis (see below).

[A note as to my robotic illustration- Wall-E shows great heroism in the end of the film, which I much appreciate. Nevertheless, his relationship with Eve is another illustration of this stereotype.]

Tomboyalisis (TBA)
- This one is very, very common among young female film characters. Symptoms include beating up on males with WHS, always having the right answer, being remarkably strong for being so thin and shapely, being the most popular person in the community, and in general being a better man than most of the males on set. Nevertheless, young women with TBA often find that they have an irresistible attraction to young men with WHS by the end of the film- and then take the initiative in the relationship, playing a remarkable and often disturbing mixture of the man's and woman's parts.

Wiseinowneyetis (WNOI)
- This is a common condition in teenage-or-younger characters. Often cast as the hero, those suffering from WNOI often have additional struggles with WHS. They're commonly- actually, almost always- at odds with their parents. In fact, they're at odds with almost every tradition their community has ever known. And they're usually right, by the end of the film, thus encouraging the transfer of their disease to the children watching.

The Spineless Man Syndrom
e (SMS) - Almost always coupled with the Bearded Woman Syndrome, this deadly disease is typical in white males with more than 0 children. Men suffering from this disease usually show symptoms in one of two ways- either by spending a lot of time on plush house furniture watching sports, or by failing to take the Biblical role of leader in the home. Usually suffering also from Henpeckerie's Disorder, these poor fellows are mostly helpless bystanders in the affairs of their home- and worse, they often don't care.

The Bearded Woman Syndrome (BWS)
- Usually found in females married to victims of SMS, the Bearded Woman Syndrome leads to quite ugly results- women who try to play the man's role in the home- taking responsibility, putting their foot down, wearing the pants, earning the bread, nagging their husbands, and so forth. (We do have unconfirmed reports that there have been rare cases resulting in the growth of actual facial hair, but we can neither confirm nor deny such symptoms at this time.)

Henpeckerie's Disorder (HD) - Most commonly found in husbands and fathers suffering from SMS, HD usually manifests itself in the afflicted man gradually becoming apathetic, impotent, and miserable. Research has indicated that men married to women with BWS are up to three times more likely to suffer from Henpeckerie's Disorder.

Stupidgaeitis (SG)
- Found in many male characters in family films and especially comedies, and very similar to the Wimpy Hero Syndrome, symptoms of SG include an initiative-free, nowhere-going infatuation with pretty girls (who in their turn, again, often suffer from TBA) , total ineptitude at most things useful, and often either geeky knowledge of one or two things or exceptional physical strength at the expense of any intelligence whatsoever. Usually victims of Stupidgaeitis are not respected in their community, and though they provide comic relief they are far from model men. This disease very, very rarely will make an appearance in a female, usually an older aunt who struggles with her weight.

Parentus Withitus (PW)
- The poor adults that suffer from this condition are constantly attempting to build their relationship with their children by proving that they are "cool". This may manifest in a variety of ways, including wearing flat-brimmed baseball caps sideways, speaking with ridiculous use of slang, or trying to "hang" with the "in-crowd", thinking all the while that it really impresses the younger generation. The result is usually that the parents in question make fools of themselves, and the children (who often themselves struggle with Wiseinowneyetis) end up despising their parents even more, which only continues the downward spiral of disintegrated families. It is not uncommon for one parent, having been exposed to Parentus Withitus, to then undermine the authority of the other parent in an attempt to win the affection of their child. This further damages the authority structure of the family and causes breaks in relationships, leading to spoiled children with increasingly deadly levels of WNOI. My mother noticed this particular facet of this disease in a Tide commercial which went something like this: a man saw a mini-skirt (or "sk") in his home and promptly threw it away. The man's wife, seeing the sk in the garbage, took it out, washed it- with Tide of course- and gave it to their daughter. Later, the daughter kisses her father goodbye and traipses off thus clothed (or perhaps thus unclothed), while the father stares in shock and the mother winks at her daughter.

Any other illustrative suggestions on this or in any other category are much appreciated.

Patriarchus Tyrannicus (PT) - This is a saddening condition which causes the father to, while possibly not even doing anything wrong, appear to the audience as an evil tyrant. The child/children, usually suffering from one or more conditions above, are vindicated rebels by the end of the film, and while usually both parties apologize it is the tyrannical patriarch that was the bad guy all along. Very sad to see.

Youngus Hottius (YH) - This deadly disease can be found primarily in young males, who seem to instantly win the affection of any woman they come into contact with using soft glances and softer speech. While usually they stay faithful and devoted in the film, this disease, once spread into the real world, infects with deadly amounts of real and unexpected consequences. This disease causes such horrifying mutations that we shall spare you pictures of the victims of Youngus Hottius. Simply naming the young Russian from Fiddler on the Roof should suffice.

Pooris Animalis Syndrome (PAS) - This often infects the audience, and causes us to pity the animals and despise the humans hunting them, when the humans, in fact, are doing nothing wrong, and are indeed taking dominion of God's Creation as commanded in Genesis. Of course, to assist in the contraction of PAS, the filmmakers often make the hunters evil in other truly disturbing and sinful areas. Audiences should be aware of this environmentalist disease.

The diagnoses for all of these diseases is remarkably simple. Take regular, large doses of Scripture, coupled with prayer, a few sound spankings, and plenty of sleep. Detox using supplements of repentance. Healing is almost certain. And be sure to pass this list around, because few are aware of these diseases- and because I like getting more readers to my blog. :-)

By the way, we're actually very excited when we find characters in film not suffering from these diseases- sightings are very rare, and very precious.

We'd like to see more.

(P.S. - I'm currently reading a draft of an e-book called Red Rain by Aubrey Hansen - - and am thoroughly enjoying the lack of these diseases in said book so far. Stay posted for updates on that one.)


Glandias the Fox said...

How did Indiana Jones have CBGS?

BushMaid said...

I laughed aloud in agreeance when I reached the picture of Mrs Olsen. :D Awesome post! Very funny, and yet sadly, very true.

Gabriel Hudelson said...

Doctor Jones, at least in "The Temple of Doom", was very unprincipled in his conduct with the woman, and is very much in pursuit of fame and glory. So while he does things like saving the orphans, he also does other things that aren't OK.

Glandias the Fox said...

I havn't seen "Temple of Doom", but in the other two he isn't portrayed as wanting fame, money, or glory. He is going after the artifacts because they should be "in a museum". If he was after fame, then why is he just working for his School's Museum, and not the top Government Archaelogist? I'm not trying to start an argument, it's just that I don't see the reasoning behind making him out to be the "Cool Bad guy", besides that he has a woman problem.

Gabriel Hudelson said...

I believe the woman problem to be enough, my friend!

For he is our hero- he's cool! But he's also a womanizer, especially in "Temple of Doom." Which I don't recommend.

Aubrey Hansen said...

Gabriel, this was brilliant. Speaking in a strictly technical sense, you wove serious admonitions with humor to make a post that was both thought-provoking and delightful to read. The examples added a whole second layer, too.

Speaking on a spiritual level, I think you addressed many good concerns that will require more thought on my part at a later date when I have unused brain wattage. I respect your judgement and admire your spirit, so I am edified by hearing your thoughts on these things, even when I don't agree on every level.

Thank you also, a million times over, for the mentioning my book! Your feedback has been insanely helpful thus far. :)

Kayla T said...

Wow- I will have to memorize those syndrome names. I loved this post but I don't see how the father from fiddler on the roof has SMS.

Gabriel Hudelson said...

Thanks, Aubrey.

Kayla, actually, he has a potentially lethal case. :-D

He doesn't stand on principle. He's wooed by looking at his daughters' eyes. Now, I'm all for acting out of love for his children, but a man who can just be manipulated because it feels good for him and gets him out of trouble... pretty spineless, eh?

On the other hand... ;-D

Anonymous said...

Love this post. The humor had me laughing, while the serious underlying issues left me with much to think about. And I believe I agreed with you on all of the illustrations.

Gabriel Hudelson said...

Thanks, June!

Jamie T said...

ROFL . . . .

Good post, indeed. :) The one that gets me the most is the CBGS. Arg, it can drive me nutty! And the other one would be TBA. ARG!


~Jamie Joyce

Kayla T said...

I wouldn't say he had a lethal case, though it wasn't mild either.
I agree he was a spineless with his 2nd daughter! Totally. But with his first he was not spineless, he knew that marrying someone she didn't know well or care for was not a good way to start a marriage; He still had a fathers last say in the matter, despite the look she may of had in her eyes. With the third daughter, he put his foot down and it stayed down. What do you think?

^Hey yeah! The Music Man had GBGS pretty bad didn't he?

Glandias the Fox said...

Okay, being a Womanizer is enough to put him as the "Bad-guy". As much as I hate to make this into an argument (It wasn't my purpose, but your reasoning has brought up another question). Why isn't William Wallace, from Braveheart, in that list? He was a little "Unprincipled" with the Princess, not to mention he just met a girl (His wife), and then married her, I believe three days later, against her father's wishes.

Gabriel Hudelson said...

You know what, now you mention it, Braveheart IS a victim of HR! You are absolutely right that while he has many admirable qualities he still fails to uphold Christian morality. So, agreed! Of course, I don't claim the list to be exhaustive- Harry Potter, Gandalf, Jack Sparrow, and Braveheart could all be added to illustrate just the first disease.

Gabriel Hudelson said...

Jamie, Professor Hill definitely has been infected with multiple diseases here listed... and is a great suggestion.

Gabriel Hudelson said...

Kayla, the way the film presented both the times he yielded appeared to me to be not based on principle but based on the emotion of "she'll hug me and laugh a lot if I say yes, so I guess I'll say yes."

But on the other hand...

if he *had* been making these decisions as a matter of- well, any Biblical principle, like "if I let her marry a man this old she will soon be a widow!" Or "I should first consult my daughter's wishes!" Or something like that- that would have been better, methinks.

Kayla T said...

I think we are agreed about what happened in the movie, but is it fair to say he was missing some spine, though perhaps not spineless?

BushMaid said...

I don't know if you are planning this already, but I thought I would put it forward: I was thinking it would be really handy to read if the movies/books you review has any of these "diseases". It would give one a fair indication of what to expect.

Just a little thought. :)

Gabriel Hudelson said...

Miss BushMaid,
You mean to refer to this list in reviews? I like that idea.

Rebekah said...

Loved it! There were one or two I didn't quite agree with, but the list was great! And I loved the names. :)

To the KING be all the glory!

Gabriel Hudelson said...

I like discussing..?

Moriah Renata said...

Very good post Gabriel! If i were a wimpy man and had just read your post, i'd go out and do some push-ups! :lol: : )

BushMaid said...

Yes, that is what I mean, Gabriel. =)

A Concerned Brother said...

Interesting article. I disagree with about 95% of what you said though. Mostly because it lacked scripture altogether. You assume 2 things on all of your syndromes.

1. You assume that these traits are always wrong. If your going to make a blanket statement that something is wrong, you better have a scripture verse to back it up. (2 Cor 3:5)

2. You assume that these “syndromes” are even the main theme of the movie. Most of the "syndromes" that you present are essential personality traits that move the character through the story. Do you seriously think hollywood is trying to encourage people to be wimpy. I don’t think so. The movies HTTYG and Ratatouille were showing wimpy characters that learned confidence through the help of others. The themes of these films are much larger then you think.

Let’s look at the films that you gave the nod to.

The Kings Speech: I found it quite surprising that you liked this film. While the characters may be enjoyable and quite admirable. The films worldview is as horrid as any. “My job was to give them faith in their own voice.” Talk about existentialism to the core. It was similar to a lot of disney movies. All he had to do was believe in himself. I find the worldview far more dangerous than any of the foul language or “immodest” dress.

Up: The 5 minute sequence between elie and carl was cute. But it was also utterly false. Since when is life satisfaction found in relationships. The only faith that they had was a fairy tale wish to go to paradise falls. This film is a classic example of humanism. Their view of a fulfilling life is relationships. It’s their god. Once ellie died, the only thing that could fill carls empty heart was a new friend. How depressing.

Gladiator: I can see how you like the manly man in this. I could go into the pagan ancestor idolatry that Maximus committed. But that wasn’t even the theme of the movie. This was a film about revenge. And a bloody one at that.

My point in this post is this. You are focusing in on the details way to much. You have to look at the film as a whole. What is the general theme of the film. Cuss words, sensuality and violence are merely elements that push the theme of the story to completion. Sure, you can Biblically criticize them for throwing a cuss word in there. But don’t let it distract you from the message of the movie. Many times, the message of the film is far more dangerous than content of the film.

Gabriel Hudelson said...

Concerned Brother,

Thanks for the comment!

"You assume that these traits are always wrong."

Which one of these traits would be right? And are there any that you'd like Scripture on, specifically?

Let's take the bearded woman- I don't think she has a "gentle and quiet spirit".

Or Wiseinowneyetis- 1 Pet. 5:5.

"You assume that these “syndromes” are even the main theme of the movie."

I beg to differ, my friend.

I posit that these syndromes are something that we see repeatedly modeled, theme of the movie regardless. Yes, I did just say that.

Usually- USUALLY!- the characters have changed by the end. Which is good, I guess.

But my point is we just sat through, say, 90 minutes of watching our hero model something that is unBiblical. And we watch it over and over and over.

And this post was designed to address that.

And I agree on your point as to message. Thanks for pointing out the issues with those films. Nevertheless, they are referenced here for the worldviews modeled- not the message of the film, necessarily, but the worldviews modeled.

TKS - A wife who supports her husband who loves his family and isn't a jerk.

UP - A husband and wife who love each other passionately.

Gladiator - A man who is not wimpy, is not a jerk, is not spineless, and is devoted to his family.

So I agree that there are worldview issues that need addressed in all three- thanks for pointing them out!- nevertheless, they were refreshing breaks from the stereotypes that we see over and over.

A Concerned Brother said...

The Wimpy Hero Syndrome and Tomboyalisis are the ones that come to mind. My biggest problem is the explanation of these “syndromes”. What’s wrong with a girl who can beat up a guy? What’s wrong with a guy who doesn’t fit the expectations of others? I agree that we shouldn’t be wise in our own eyes. That doesn’t mean you can’t have a rebellious kid in your film.

The thing is, you are stereotyping these characters by lumping together. Each one of the characters has different reasons for different goals for being who they are. Once we start generalizing, it takes away from the real discussion of the film.

“But my point is we just sat through, say, 90 minutes of watching our hero model something that is unBiblical. And we watch it over and over and over.”

First off, films aren’t supposed to model heroism. Film reflects life, sometimes we get heroes, other times we don’t. It’s unfair to the filmmaker to expect noble heroes every time we watch a movie. My favorite type of films are the ones that break out of the stereotypical good guy/bad guy syndrome. I like to see the films that show life realistically. I like to see films where the bad hispanic gangster drug dealer has a great relationship with his family. He makes it home in time for dinner, prays with his family, then goes back out to do crime (Man on Fire). I like to see a movie where the lines between bad guy/good guy are blurred (Law Abiding Citizen). These aren’t stereotypes, these are real things that happen.

I’m sure you would agree with this next statement. When we teach our kids about being noble, we don’t put a picture of Maximus or King George VI on the wall. We point them to scripture, show them that Jesus is the perfect example. We’re not supposed to search and search for films that will teach our kids biblical worldview. We’re supposed to teach out kids how to discern the world. Once we do that, we don’t have to worry about any of these “stereotypes” creeping into our children.

Gabriel Hudelson said...

TBA - "Gentle and quiet spirit" again leaps readily to mind.

WHS - It's not that he doesn't fit the expectations of others, but that he is a failure. "The glory of young men is their strength", and they are also not helping the older men who have gone before.

And I don't believe that you can't have a rebellious kid in your film, but I'm tired of them... especially when they're shown as normal.

And why don't we have to worry about these stereotypes creeping into our children? Because we disciple our kids... we point things out... we make lists of Common Film Diseases, and so on. :-)

A Concerned Brother said...

And what does “gentle and quiet spirit” mean? In the greek, “gentle” is πραΰς, which is also translated as “meek” throughout the new testament. This is not a feminine term, all people should strive for meekness. “Quiet” in the greek is ἡσύχιος, which is also translated as “peaceable” in KJV. Again, a trait that all should strive for. I agree, women should be meek and peaceable just as men should be. Meekness doesn’t mean weakness. I believe a women can be strong and out going while being meek and peaceable.

Prov 31:16 “She considers a field and buys it;
      From her profits she plants a vineyard.”
She’s out making business purchases for the family farm.

“She girds herself with strength,
      And strengthens her arms.”
She works out.

Some people just aren’t made for certain work. In HTTYD, he’s not a failure, he just does things differently. Since he’s too small to get dragons with axes, he does it with his inventions. Do you really believe that true manhood is defined by their strength? If so, the wisest men are the ones with the grayest hair. That's reading between the lines.

Gabriel Hudelson said...

Sure she can be strong and outgoing, so long as it is in a feminine way. But the women suffering from TBA are being much more than just strong and outgoing.

Hiccup- agreed! It's great to use inventions to take dominion of God's earth! But again, he's just another wimpy boy who can't live up to his father's expectations.

A stereotype which I'd like to see less of.

A Concerned Brother said...

We just have to be careful at not being legalistic as to what defines "feminine".

Gabriel Hudelson said...

Agreed- may we never make laws that God has not made in any area!

Moriah Renata said...

Amen Monsieur Gabriel! ; )

Alex Beard said...

In reference to the aforementioned behavior of Indiana Jones in THE TEMPLE OF DOOM -

Yes, he was in pursuit of fame and glory at the beginning of the movie, but over the course of the movie, his priorities are reordered.

Rather than acquire the stones to make his own reputation and fortune, he eventually wants, at least in part, to steal them from the evil cult to keep them from becoming powerful.

Rather than make off with the stones like a bandit - as he very well could have - he decides that it's not just about fighting and winning his own freedom back, but everybody's.

If he were only after fortune and glory, he would have left the slave children to their lives of toil and misery.

But he grew to understand the nature and power of the evil he showed little regard for in the early part of the movie.

He grew to connect with those who were enslaved, eventually even becoming possessed, himself.

It was the love of a child that ultimately saved him - even if that was manifested by the burn of a torch on his skin. But that child loved him, and Indy snapped out of it in time, when he was about to kill said child with his bare hands.

Thus, understanding the nature and power of the evil - if he could be twisted enough to kill one who was like his own son, then what would a world be like with this cult in power? - he resolved to not merely escape, but to overthrow the evil cult and free ALL of the slave children, risking his life in the process.

Furthermore, Indy ultimately decides to give up the stones so that the Baddie won't get them either. He's continually risked his life for this Good Cause, and now he's tossing away his shot at fortune and glory, too.

This is called an ARC - something most Christians, for some reason, choose not to see or understand.

I'm not a huge fan of the second Indy movie, but I can appreciate the growth of Indy's character as the story progresses.

If you choose to open your eyes and see more than one-dimensional lines and character traits, especially based on their decontextualized nature (both inside and outside of the story), you'll begin to see that "Hollywood" Isn't Always Bad.

(Why do you even watch movies, Gabriel? Frankly, you seem to hate everything.)

Gabriel Hudelson said...

Actually, I really enjoy watching lots of movies, though that Indy was painful.

(Why do you even read my stuff, Alex? Frankly, you seem to disagree with everything theological that I post!)

:-D but seriously.

Rebekah said...

At the risk of making your already lengthy comment section longer... :)

I don't really see how Wall-E fits into the wimpy hero category. The other two, certainly - they're almost copies of each other - but Wall-E, I don't see how. Wall-E works steadily and well, at all times, continuing what he was created to do, even when he was the only one left on the planet. He protects Eve when it's needed... and, as you mentioned, was the hero in the end. No, I don't care for how "tough" Eve is, nor do I see why he liked her all that much, besides the fact that she was the only other robot he had seen for who knows how long, but I don't see how he's a wimpy hero?

At the moment, that is all I can think of that I disagreed with...

To the KING be all the glory!

Gabriel Hudelson said...

Wall-E, all considered, is a character that I liked. But simply bearing in mind how often we see guys who can't fight and girls who can, guys that are simple- if not stupid- and girls who are cutting-edge, I still think he fits the stereotype.

I mean, when was the last time you saw a guy who was manly and could take on the other robots and rescued the damsel in distress?

Eve was carrying Wall-E around the spaceship- I'd like to see a guy carrying the girl to safety.

Another reason I like "True Grit," and look forward to seeing it...

Thanks for the comments!

Rebekah said...

I would respectfully submit that "simple" and "wimpy" are not the same. Wall-E was simple at times (like switching on his radio while they were hiding...) but I still don't see where he showed himself as a wimpy hero. He's always willing to risk everything, for "his" female robot. Now, I agree about Eve... but if Eve was as simple as Wall-E... was perhaps a female robot, who was just like him, would you have put Wall-E in the Wimpy Heroes category?

I agree that the picture of a hero, as you describe, is sadly lacking in a lot of movies. At the moment, I can think of a few (Horatio Hornblower - which I'm not sure you've seen - is the first that springs to mind, along with The Scarlet Pimpernel) but not very many seem to be around, which is sad.

I hope you do a review if you watch "True Grit" or at least tell me what you thought. I keep hearing about the movie, but I'm haven't seen it. :)

To the KING be all the glory!

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Jennifer said...

"What’s wrong with a girl who can beat up a guy?"

I like this idea, if she acts in self-defense. But brother, while I understand your points about people being multi-dimensional, we have to be very careful in watching films where the protagonist has swaying and mixed convictions. If the story's written in a way that promotes this, it's a very bad road to take.

Jennifer said...

A very, very clever and good post, Gabriel!

Jennifer said...

Gabriel, as far as "The Fox and the Hound" goes, the writers intended to show the film from an animal's point of view, and animals naturally don't like hunters. Plus, while I agree that hunting for food is good, I'm against hunting for fur, unless it's in a primitive society where there's little alternative. The hunter in this film had many furs hanging somewhere in a room, and he tried to kill a fox, another person's pet, for basically just being an animal and accidentally messing up his house. However, I never saw him as a villain, just a funny person with faults like anyone else; I don't think he was ever meant to really be a bad guy. This was one film that really didn't have ANY villains, just flawed characters that made mistakes!

Jennifer said...

"he just met a girl (His wife), and then married her, I believe three days later, against her father's wishes"

He had not "just met" her, they'd known each other for years. And since she was an adult and they HAD to keep their marriage secret to keep a soldier from invading their wedding night, I don't disapprove of their choice thus.

As for Maximus, he was out for revenge, but also JUSTICE against a tyrant. A man who slaughtered a child and a woman! As my father would say, he had to die.

“My job was to give them faith in their own voice.” Talk about existentialism to the core"

I find this something that Christians can take to the extreme. There's nothing wrong with having faith in your voice.

Gabriel Hudelson said...

Rebekah, no, I probably wouldn't have listed Wall-E in the WHS section if Eve had been similarly simple- perhaps that will help clarify what exactly I'm saying.

Gabriel Hudelson said...

Thanks for the comments, Jennifer. I myself am inclined to agree that the "faith in their own voice" line was problematic, but I still hold that the overall tenor of the film was very refreshing.

Jennifer said...

Well, faith in your voice ALONE is more than problematic, but Rush was talking about men shell-shocked from war who doubted whether they could speak again. I don't believe he was promoting anything sinful, simply the renewal of an important human function.

Jordan said...

I know this is an old post, but I would say you could add to the list: identiticus crisisitis ("I don't know who I am" syndrome) and angstyitis (common among teenage characters) The two are very closely related.

Gabriel Hudelson said...

Haha, very true Jordan. :-)