We watched a surprisingly good movie yesterday called ‘Outside Providence’. It’s hard to put your finger on what’s so funny about the whole thing. Perhaps it’s the blue-collarness of it all. I don’t mean to rude, but it’s really funny, the stuff ignorant people say and how they govern their kids.
Alec Baldwin is priceless as the somewhat clueless father of two young punks who are intent on smoking/drinking their way through their prime. The kind of environment afforded by a small town in Pennsylvania where there’s nothing better to do (for an uncreative, run-of-the-mill American teenager) than to smoke weed and vandalize water towers is fascinating to watch, sort of like a National Geographic special on small-town hicks.
Timothy Dunphy: Brown University? They got one of those in Providence!
This is later echoed by his father when Timothy tells him that his girlfriend is going to Brown.
Hilariously, it is rated M18 in Singapore for nothing more than vulgarity and drug references. Firstly, I don’t think doing drugs is such a federal offence that it should merit this stigma of being condemned in society (to the extent of being censored in movies). (Even the smoking of cigarettes was denigrated in my church yesterday, at which I passed a note to liangze saying “none of the Scandinavians can be christians then” (Lars W. could be spotted outside Malott puffing away early every morning) and to which he scribbled back “C.S.Lewis was a smoker too”. It is worth noting that President Obama made this remark in a White House Correspondent’s Dinner Speech:
But the problem is, is that the media landscape is changing so rapidly. You can’t keep up with it. I mean, I remember when BuzzFeed was just something I did in college around 2:00am. It’s true.
He did pot and didn’t exactly turn out to be a social pariah. Secondly, vulgarities are everywhere, are you going to plaster 15 year old teenage boys with a big M18 sticker so that parents can steer their toddlers away from them? Perhaps tag them on their ear, like you’d do with deer?
And now you see how depressing it is that my country is even more backward than the most backward, hickey town in Pennsylvania.