Comments about ‘'Book of Mormon' musical is one step closer to big screen’

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Published: Wednesday, Jan. 16 2013 4:40 p.m. MST

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Normal Guy
Salt Lake City, UT

If you're active LDS don't make the same mistake my wife and I did and go see the play. After seeing an interview from Stone and Parkeaye here they said they had nothing against the church and actually really respected the church, I thought it might just be a more adult version of Saturday's Warrior. Nope. The first 20 minutes were very entertaining with elders singing songs in the MTC. It all went downhill from there. It wasn't just me. The lady sitting next to me said all the f-words and lampooning of Jesus and religion was too much for her, despite her not liking Mormons. It wasn't just that it's ridiculously over-the-top crude, the plot is stupid and the second half makes you wonder if they only had a concrete script for half a play because the story goes everywhere. I feel like the kid that announces the emperor has no clothes - the play is not entertaining folks..

We went to the Manhattan temple the next day and had a way better time.

just-a-fan
Bountiful, UT

Normal Guy, why didn't you walk out?

I am what people call a less-active Mormon and I would never give these two guys a dime of my money. Anything that makes a mockery of something others hold sacred isn't funny. In a time when we are asking people not use all kinds of words because they hurt, it is sad the public allows this so-called benign play to go on with not criticism.

On a good note, any publicity is good publicity, so in that sense, thanks for the missionary opportunities.

FatherOfFour
WEST VALLEY CITY, UT

I saw the musical and loved it. I even bought the soundtrack. If it comes out in a theater near me I would definitely like to see the "big screen" version. But I would agree with the commenters above, if you are active LDS don't go see it.

eastcoastcoug
Danbury, CT

This is bigotry parading as entertainment. I'm disappointed it has made it this far without someone or some group putting up a fuss. If the same play had been written about another minority, it would have been run out of town. Let's call it for what it is and stop the sugar coating.

aghast
SYRACUSE, UT

Done deal, I am not going to go see it as a play, or as a movie. Thanks Normal Guy and just-a-fan.

eastcoastcoug
Danbury, CT

@FatherofFour,

So what was it about the play that you "loved"? The language? The depictions of LDS as "loveable idiots"? The putdowns of God and religion? I'm perplexed that a "father of four" loves such entertainment. I'm sad at the potential passing on of such values to another generation. What we need is more respect, and a love of humor that is not at someone's expense (lots of other areas to explore here...). You may someday rue the loss of some boundaries in your life when you see it reflected in your kids and grandkids.

Admiring Gentile
Salt Lake City, UT

From what I've seen of these guys' work, it really is (in that reviewer's word) "puerile." I'm no prude and can easily handle cursing here and there. But when it's used as a style in itself, it gives the "creators" the easy way out by keeping the audience's attention with shock value rather than artistry.

I think these are the times we live in: the numbness of current life, shattered for a moment here and there by in-your-face entertainment.

Perhaps the missionaries in this show are "lovable"--but only as naive little kids are lovable. It demeans what Mormons (not just missionaries) can be, and often are.

I'm thinking now of Robbie Parker, the father of one of the victims of the Sandy Hook tragedy. In his deepest grief he expressed compassion for the family of his child's killer. I'm sure he was like that as a missionary too.

This isn't naivete, it's great spiritual depth, and from a very young man. Does anything Stone and Parker offer show any such depth?--in anyone? I'd take the company of Mr. Parker over them any day.

FatherOfFour
WEST VALLEY CITY, UT

@eastcoastcoug,

Please understand that your beliefs are not my beliefs. The language didn't bother me, I expected it from the "mature audiences only" warning. It wasn't anything worse than what I heard in the army. I have four daughters, but I didn't take them to see it. It is repeatedly stated that this is not for children. I did find it hilariously funny. I grew up in an all Catholic community and they were just as sensitive to "humor with an edge" towards them as well. Which is why I mentioned that if you are active LDS you should not see this musical. At the same time, if Trey Parker and Matt Stone had targeted Muslims, athiests, or liberals with their musical (instead of Mormons) everyone here would be defending them and lining up to support them.

christoph
Brigham City, UT

LDS people know how to laugh at ourselves, we do road shows and make movies about ourselves; the bad language in this production is dumb and boring and dull; just using the same bad language is not creativity; I feel the same way about all of Spielbergs movies; he is fascinated by certain swear words; they always need to be there. The "most creative" artists are becoming the most boring in their language.

Mister J
Salt Lake City, UT

to eastcoastcoug

The values that fatheroffour imparts to his offspring are strictly his business.

Parker & Stone lampoon everyone and everything under the sun. Their body of work outside South Park IMO leaves much to be desired.

to christoph

Really!? I've seen the attempts @ improv by students on byutv. It makes Will Ferrell appear funny... JMO.

eastcoastcoug
Danbury, CT

Mister J,

It becomes everyone's business when kids are raised in an environment that demeans others or teaches hate - otherwise I have no opinion and really don't care. I've lived in many countries and cultures and what makes it work is when we respect others and teach that to our kids. I stand by my statement that "loving" that kind of entertainment is not good for society.

Canyontreker
TAYLORSVILLE, UT

I don't like rated R musical movies.

jtweav
Rexburg, ID

Can't leave the church and leave it alone. Thanks for the heads up on the movie.

JayTee
Sandy, UT

Serious talent and ability have been replaced with goofy exhibitionism and cheap gimmicks in our society now. We have so-called musicians with no musical ability or awareness, and we have people who claim to be entertainers wasting our time with vulgar displays of absurdity that are evidently meant to be humorous. We also have politicians who betray the public trust while constantly distracting the populace with inappropriate and misplaced side shows. Welcome to 21st Century America.

Admiring Gentile
Salt Lake City, UT

@eastcoastcoug,

Thanks for your excellent point. It truly does become everyone's business when kids are raised in an atmosphere where demeaning and hatred of others is considered acceptable--and even "entertaining."

Those kids bring these toxins into the world we all share.

Certainly we can raise our kids to think for themselves, and to have opinions that may differ from the majority, and even from their parents. Indeed that's what creativity often springs from.

But we have to show them, by example, that creativity at the expense of demeaning/hating someone else is never worthy of us, and can only lead--as all poisons do--to spiritual, if not physical, death.

And how can anyone keep living and creating if they're spiritually dead?

Utes Fan
Salt Lake City, UT

Meanwhile, 4 million poor Africans have received access to clean water and millions of children in Africa have received vaccinations as a result of LDS humanitarian efforts in Africa.

Yea, let's make a movie mocking Mormon missionaries in Africa. Good idea.

Only Hollywood film-makers can be so arrogant.

Whos Life RU Living?
Ogden, UT

To jtweav,

FYI.

Matt and Trey were never LDS.

Your statement is just silly.

Isn't missionary work a form of bothering others? Why can't the LDS church leave people alone? If you agree with prosetlyzing why are others not able to share their side of the truth?

Joan Watson
TWIN FALLS, ID

What a waste of time and money. Perhaps this is why well researched documenteries, and productions such as Downton Abbey have captured the appreciation audiences world wide.

ruraljohnboy
Duchesne, UT

Mocking anyone's religious beliefs or race is bigotry and will not be tolerated. Except Mormons.

dtlenox
Olympia, WA

Even though this play is crude, vulgar, and makes a mockery of things which LDS folks hold sacred, I like to try to focus on the good that can come out of this, such as:
When non-members see how well the LDS (as a whole) take it in stride and don't raise a stink about it or threaten the producers, etc., it is a positive reflection on the LDS faith, and is a good example of how other faiths and groups should handle this type of thing. In spite of Stone & Parker's ridiculing and making fun of different religions, at least they apparently like LDS folks and think that they are good people. As others have pointed out, it does provide some publicity for the faith, even though it's very much a "two-edged" type of publicity. The only thing that particularly concerns me about this production and a possible movie, is how its success reflects an overall trend in modern society towards humor and things which are crude, vulgar, and disrespectful/demeaning which seems to getting worse with time. Clean, witty humor is the best, most intelligent humor, in my book.

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