Let me see if I can write on what I’m fuming about using these two words.
I started to watch a movie I’ve been waiting for awhile to get. It wasn’t released on netflix until late last week or maybe even on Monday, but it was at the library over the weekend and so picked it up, free, yo.
The name of the movie is, “Mid-90s” and it was written and directed by Jonah Hill. If you remember, the last time I mentioned Jonah Hill I was commenting that he was looking hot in “Maniac”, the mini-series on netflix, after having dropped some weight and toned up. I was very drawn to the idea of Jonah writing and directing a film. I saw previews of it multiple times and thought it looked like my kind of movie.
The main character of “Mid-90s” is Sunburn, a 13 year-old boy – and yes he is actually 13 years old, not some 20 year-old who is playing a 13 year-old – who has a semi-beastly older brother who likes to beat him up sporadically and a too-young-to-have-two-kids-at-her-age mother. The kid idolizes big brother and mostly tolerates his mom – and he has no friends. One day he’s riding his bike and sees a group of older teenagers on skateboards and sees them as killing two birds with one stone: he can pick up a hobby and a group of buddies.
The movie proceeds on its linear track smoothly and is actually pretty good – until the scene where I had to eject DVD in the middle of and check out the crystal ball to see how old Sunburn is. I’ve been fuming ever since.
The scene is at a guys and girls house party. As Sunburn is way younger than everybody else, watching him smoking something out of a pipe and guzzling alcohol is uncomfortable but tolerable. When one of the older girls – guessing 16 or older – corners him in the kitchen and starts hitting on him, it’s sweet to see. When she leads him off to the bedroom, I’m getting somewhat concerned. It then shows them kissing, him undressing her, he ends up undressed – she is still in bra and panties and he is in his boxers – it went into the child exploitation realm. I didn’t want to see what was next and fast-forwarded it. The next scene shows him outside the house with his skateboarding buddies, where they are grilling him about what happened, and he’s saying some very graphic things that transpired. The look on his face as he was saying these things gave me a pit in my stomach and I had to eject the DVD.
I want you to imagine this scene, but with the roles reversed. The 13 year-old is a girl, and the 16 or 17 year-old is the boy. Would it be OK? No effin way. And it is not ok the way it was shown here. Why has this film been blanket marketed and allowed to be released mainstream Hollywood? Because it’s a young boy instead of a young girl? Because Jonah Hill is “hot” now and has money to burn to make movies? Because the filmwatching American public is so desensitized to exploitation that it’s no big deal exploit a 13 year-old?
There is a toxic mindset out there that suggests boys can’t be sexually exploited by girls, older women, etc. because that’s just the way they get all of their sexual experience. WRONG. In my previous job, these kinds of scenarios happened with girls and boys being exploited frequently. It almost always traumatizes them.
Jonah Hill, if you ever read this, you’re a pile of dog crap to me now. You’re no better than Woody Allen and Roman Polanski in my eyes. No, you didn’t put your hands on this 13 year-old, but you set that pornographic scenario up in your movie and filmed it as the director. That’s pretty close. Count on my boycotting anything you have anything to do with from now on.
MPAA — PULL THIS FILM OUT OF CIRCULATION AND CALL IT THE PORNOGRAPHY IT IS