Film banned at Miller theaters

Spokesman says patrons wouldn't like 'Zack and Miri'

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  • classics
    Nov. 12, 2008 1:11 p.m.

    both movies were classics in my book...

  • David O
    Oct. 31, 2008 1:13 p.m.

    How much beer does Larry Miller sell at Jazz games?

  • CG
    Oct. 30, 2008 1:02 p.m.

    LOL!!!! Yes, Larry is a this supposed to be a revelation? Who cares?

    I don't spend money at his theatres anyway. If you don't like his "business" decisions, why would you worry about not giving him money?

  • Anonymous
    Oct. 29, 2008 11:57 p.m.

    Larry Miller is a hypocrite. Saw V and Sex Drive are okay and well-suited for business, but Kevin Smith is not.

  • Lame Publicity Stunt
    Oct. 29, 2008 5:10 p.m.

    This is just another publicity stunt for Mr. Miller to drum up business. And he's perfectly allowed to make that decision for his business. I, for one, will not be a patron of any of Mr. Miller's theatres.

    Not because I think this 'Porno' movie is going to be some uplifting or masterfully produced movie that I HAVE to see, but because I'm not stupid enough to fall for this lame marketing ploy.

    The representative who said they make their decisions based on what they think audiences will want to see is basically code for 'we want to entice the huge LDS population to come here by pretending we are standing up for morality.'

    Make no mistake, THIS IS NOT about protecting morality - especially when they continue to show movies like Sex Drive, Sex in the City, the Saw franchise movies, and the sadistic Hostile.

    Banning a movie is always going to get media attention, especially movies like Brokeback Mountain and Zach & MirI Make a Porno. Anyone who supports these theatres because of actions like this is only falling prey to a wolf in sheep's clothing. Again, they don't care about morality, they care about taking your money.

  • ceecee
    Oct. 29, 2008 1:34 p.m.

    I have to laugh at all of you who are jumping to conclusions about the film based on the title alone. Here is what it is about "it is a comedy about two lifelong platonic friends who have managed to trudge into adulthood with a satisfying lack of accomplishment. However, a high school reunion and dire rent problems spark the novel moneymaking idea of pulling together an amateur porn enterprise with their friends. As the film begins shooting, however, Zack and Miri realize their feelings for each other might be more than just those of friends" -- that isn't any more offensive then some of the other crap that Miller has put in his theaters. They are just worried about the word "porno" in the title. If it was "Zack and Miri make a movie" I bet they would show it and it wouldn't be an issue

  • Dedicated Father
    Oct. 29, 2008 1:09 p.m.

    I'm dedicated to finding quality entertainment that does't insult our family values, and it is sad that it is so difficult. There are too few movies that I can relax in and not have to be on guard for something disturbing to be suddenly forced on my family. We have to enter after the previews when we find a decent movie. It is the same problem with television commercials and previews during clean shows. More profits could be made with two versions of excellent movies we can't attend because of unneccesary smut mixed in. Then all of us could have freedom to choose our own pathway. It breaks my heart when my children have been polluted by either unclean air, rivers, etc. to their bodies - or unclean entertainment environment. Let all care about both environmental hazards.

  • Sickties (Sixties) Granni
    Oct. 29, 2008 12:49 p.m.

    I was raped at age 7 and molested at age 9 by two different men who had porn problems. Thank you for moral courage to add light to a rapidly darkening world. Since I graduated in 1963 I've witnessed the dramatic changes in values and the effects on the young and impressionable because I have always worked with youth. The damage is difficult to repair and sometimes heart wrenching. They are our future leaders, and we have a responsibility for their environment. Having grown up in a difficult home, the good community and church standards kept me solid. I didn't become a sorrowful statistic and financial social drain on society. As a grandma I see the time pressure on parents who both have to work or single parent. It is impossible with all the time demands to protect kids enough from moral filth and also stifling that they can't be more safe to develop a healthy independence. Please care, because what isn't good for youth isn't good for us either. "Adult" should represent being "mature" and emotionally healthy enough to "desire" quality instead of filth. Many of the short list of clean flicks made greater profits than sleaze.

  • Money is king
    Oct. 29, 2008 10:29 a.m.

    Standards? Are you joking? They show films like Saw 5 (Rated R for sequences of grisly bloody violence and torture, language and brief nudity), and you think they are making a moral stand by not showing a comedy with some nudity in it? This film is not a porno, it is a comedy. They are not making this decision for moral reasons, they are doing it because they know the people in this state will rally behind them in support of this move. Mo-mos who would not have thought twice about this film are now talking about how great LHM is (see prime examples above), and while this is an issue they will go out of their way to support all things LHM. Would they have made money by showing the film? Certainly, but just look at other comments in this story to see how not showing it could very well make them more money.

    I think it is pretty sad that they would choose to do this, but it is even worse that you people actually believe the choice was motivated by morals, thereby allowing this evil plot to succeed.

  • to Thanks LHM:
    Oct. 29, 2008 9:24 a.m.

    Your joking, right?

  • Thanks LHM
    Oct. 29, 2008 6:49 a.m.

    It is nice to see a large corporation make a stand as far as moral decency goes.

  • Subject Matter
    Oct. 29, 2008 5:57 a.m.

    Some movies should never make it to the big screen and this may be one of them. Not for the subject but the quality of production and acting. Some movies are duds no matter the subject and Miller has a financial choice as well as moral choice to show the movies they feel will benefit them. In years past there was many movie theaters that only showed the quality movies and left the smut to other less dubious theaters that catered to smut minded viewers. BTW-if you subscribe to the SAT or cable company premium channels you too should be chastised. I'm curious, what constitutes porn? It seems it has many definitions depending on ones values and upbringing. The naked body is not pornographic, its ones own individual minds imagination that is pornographic. To some movies are pornographic if it excites them and turns them on without any nudity. But a theater can set its values and what it shows just as they have been doing for decades. They generally focus on the quality and profits of a film, not subject matter.

  • David O
    Oct. 29, 2008 12:02 a.m.

    "Prude and Proud
    Thanks LHM for showing some moral courage in our world of "anything for a buck."

    Current Rated R & PG-13 movies Larry Miller is making money off of at the Jordan Commons:

    Sex Drive
    Rating: R for for strong crude and SEXUAL CONTENT, NUDITY, language, some drug and alcohol use - ALL INVOLVING TEENS.

    Pride and Glory
    Rating: R for for strong violence, pervasive language and brief drug content.

    Body of Lies
    Rating: R for for strong violence including some torture, and for language throughout.

    Rating: R for for bloody violence and disturbing content, terror and language.

    Saw V
    Rating: R for for sequences of grisly bloody violence and torture, language and brief nudity.

    Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist
    Rating: PG-13 for for mature thematic material including teen drinking, sexuality, language and crude behavior.

    Eagle Eye
    Rating: PG-13 for for intense sequences of action and violence, and for language.

    Ghost Town
    Rating: PG-13 for for some strong language, sexual humor and drug references.

    Max Payne
    Rating: PG-13 for for violence including intense shooting sequences, drug content, some sexuality and brief strong language.

    The Duchess
    Rating: PG-13 for for sexual content, brief nudity and thematic material

  • I think we should expect more...
    Oct. 28, 2008 11:34 p.m.

    I don't care who shows this movie and who doesn't. There will be plenty of theaters where people can see it.

    What bothers me is that people will actually see it! We, as the consumers of can choose to buy their product or not. We need to come out and show that we don't want this kind of crap! It's absolute junk! Seth Rogen is an absolute loser! I'm not going to be party of paying any part of his salary. We need to expect more, especially for the outrages prices we have to pay at theaters.

    Frankly, you can see it if you want, but these kind of movies aren't worth the gas needed to get to the theatre. The acting is horrible, the subject matter is the absolute bottom of the barrel, and it's sad that people waste their time and hard earned money actually participating in this kind of lousy entertainment, you know, the kind that actually make you dumber after watching it. Better time spent is finding a tree and bashing your head against it. Seriously...

  • So?
    Oct. 28, 2008 10:19 p.m.

    Seriously, this is news?

  • Craig
    Oct. 28, 2008 10:16 p.m.

    I think the problem with this is Miller's transparent "business purposes" comment. He is the owner of the business and therefore entitled to show the movies he wants. This is not a public library and we aren't talking about banning books.

    I would respect Miller much more if he simply chose to say "We have to draw lines occasionally and feel this film trivializes pornography which we are morally opposed to as a company."

    I as a consumer have the option of seeing the movie elsewhere anyway (and plan to) I also have the right and option to never see a movie at one of Miller's theaters again because I believe he is a hypocritical lying bigot (and I plan to take that option as well).

  • re: Why I love Utah
    Oct. 28, 2008 9:59 p.m.

    I agree what you said about LHM being consistant. It is his business and he can do what he wants. But he should not get credit for upholding family values if his theater shows Saw, Wolf Creek, Hostel and others like that.

    The amount of violence in these gory films turn my stomach.

  • Vegas Ed
    Oct. 28, 2008 9:49 p.m.

    Larry Miller owns the theater, he can do what he wants. If you want to see a movie, you go where it is showing. No one will go there without checking showtimes. Anyone out there EVER go to a movie without checking showtimes before you go.

  • Dave
    Oct. 28, 2008 9:41 p.m.

    I only wish more movies were blocked in more theaters. It's a good way to stand up to Hollywood and some of the trash that comes from there.

  • Wha?
    Oct. 28, 2008 9:37 p.m.

    Laughing out loud.

  • Reload
    Oct. 28, 2008 7:56 p.m.

    Hey everyone,

    It's Larry Miller's theater and he can show what ever he wants until Obama rewrites the constitution.

    Perhaps the fairness doctrine comes into play here.

  • Why I LOVE Utah
    Oct. 28, 2008 7:39 p.m.

    To Vegasman and others who can't stand the Mormon influence: please don't come here and try to change Utah to be like the rest of the world.

    Utah is unique, conservative, a step back in time, and many of us like it that way. Why must Utah change to be just like every other liberal place?

    That makes no sense to me why you would live some place that is so unique and complain about it not being like everywhere else, and even try to change it to be like everywhere else. Why?

    There's plenty of low standards elsewhere where people are now "in the 21st century", as one poster put it, there's no need to try to change Utah from the great traditions of conservative family values that it has.

    As for LHM, I'm glad he's not showing the "porno" movie, and Brokeback Mountain, but it is hypocritical to make a stand on those movies and not others like "Sex Drive", "Saw V", and others mentioned here. That's a double-standard that really undermines any stand that he's trying to make. And saying it's purely a business decision is disingenuous.

    Larry, please be consistent.

  • Skippy
    Oct. 28, 2008 7:06 p.m.

    Larry is the owner of his business. He can do whatever he wants.

  • Other Movies
    Oct. 28, 2008 7:03 p.m.

    Looking at the other movies that have come out this year there are hundreds that Megaplex hasn't shown... shame on them. Oh wait, you can't show everything in one theatre. There have been plenty of good valued movies (some LDS themed) that Megaplex has also not shown - fortunately - sometimes it does come down to business (which is affected by the community around you). If it were my business I would probably not show movies like this because I don't want a certain audience hanging around - creepy people.

    Also, Sex Drive may have been given a pass if it had opened on or after the date HSM 3 opened. Unfortunately HSM 3 will make loads of money and cause other shows not to be screened.

    When it comes down to it, who are we to tell someone how to run their business? If it turns out to be a bad business decision then the management/ownership will have to deal with that, but as far as I know there isn't a law against refusing to show movies you don't want to show.

    Maybe some of you need parenting advice - let me know and I'll tell you what's wrong.

  • AMEN
    Oct. 28, 2008 6:39 p.m.


  • Anonymous
    Oct. 28, 2008 6:23 p.m.

    It's about value$. He wasn't going to make anything on this one. Slasher flicks bring 'em in, though.

  • WHAT?
    Oct. 28, 2008 6:20 p.m.

    I saw the movie sex drive. One of thee more raunchy crude movies that i have ever seen! and pretty sure i've seen alot of movies. but i guarantee zach and miri won't be as bad. so is he boycotting this movie just because of the title. it is really a surprise to me what is tolerated now days. the violence and torture in the saw movies is permitted but not any type of over the top sexual content is not? i think larry h needs to get his morals straight.

  • Anonymous
    Oct. 28, 2008 6:16 p.m.

    ahhh man this movie is going to be hilarious

  • Give me a break....
    Oct. 28, 2008 5:41 p.m.

    He didn't show Brokeback Mountain and that film receieved many many awards, but because he didn't agree with it's morals, standards or message he didn't show the film. Larry Miller works hard and it's his theater, and he's choosing not to show a movie about a PORNO. How bad are movies going to get? In the 80's there were things in movies that were "dirty" and now days would be a bore. How far is it going to go? I'm happy that he's standing up and saying no, he doesn't want it. And that's his choice. If you have a problem with it, go to a theater that is showing the film, don't whine about one that isn't because I'm sure that he doesn't care, and your opinion isn't going to change anything. It's his, he pays for it, he owns it, if you don't like it, go somewhere else. Well said Dennis.

  • A glimpse at the future
    Oct. 28, 2008 5:32 p.m.

    The comments on this forum are a perfect glimpse of what we can expect from the same-sex marriage supporters.

    Here you have a private business deciding not to show a porn movie. They are called names, accused of censorship, and accused of trying to shove their values down our throats.

    Those who support gay marriage say it has no impact on everyone else's beliefs and they would never try to force religions to perform gay marriages or force churches to change their stance on homosexuality.

    Baloney! We are going to see every person and every organization that does not openly embrace the gay lifestyle come under the same kinds of attacks as this theater.

  • Vegas Man
    Oct. 28, 2008 5:05 p.m.




  • Jeff
    Oct. 28, 2008 4:53 p.m.

    They show Saw V at this theater. I guess murder is OK, but sex is wrong? Wow that makes sense?

  • i don't care
    Oct. 28, 2008 4:53 p.m.

    i'm okay, your okay, larry's okay...kay.

  • Jordan T.
    Oct. 28, 2008 4:46 p.m.

    It appears to me that Larry Miller has a higher Sexdrive than most, and decided to show that film instead of Zack and Miri Make a Porno out of spite.

    Because pornography bad, Sexdrive very very good.

  • Re: Robert Johnson
    Oct. 28, 2008 4:20 p.m.

    You're still more than welcome to watch whatever you want. Miller didn't take that choice away from you, as there are many other movie theaters in the state to choose from. He just said he wouldn't be the one to provide you with that service.

  • What's wrong with this Country?
    Oct. 28, 2008 4:17 p.m.

    I will tell you what is wrong with this country! The liberal left and liberal media are all over this. I can read between the lines. Here is the reason the Megaplex theaters are not showing this movie. It has the word PORNO in the title. Whether it is based on Larry's personal beliefs or the belief that the word Porno is bad for business in the longrun, it doesn't matter. Larry owns the business, he can decide to show it or not. Larry would be attacked by the media and the politically correct crowd if he or his spokesman came and told the truth. Apparently Larry does not want to be the lighting rod for this discussion. Just like Civil Rights, Women's Rights etc. Somebody needs to be that lighting rod. The 1st to take a stand. The 1st to take abuse from the media and the advocates. Everytime I hear somone apologize to these liberal groups for offending them , I want to scream. Being politically correct is killing America. Say it how it is. Porno in a title crosses the line, it is bad for my business, or it offends me. Go to another theater!

  • RE: helllo
    Oct. 28, 2008 4:13 p.m.

    Doesn't Larry Miller have agency as well? He is exercising it in not showing that film. You also are free to choose to watch it at another location. In no way is your agency violated, why is it that so many people don't understand this??

  • Mike
    Oct. 28, 2008 4:10 p.m.

    Oh yeah, thats right, no one here likes movies unless they are squeaky clean and made by the LDS church. Afterall, everyone in Utah is just in our own little bubble and we are all self righteous Mormons who think we are better than everyone else. Good for you Larry, you are such an amazing righteous man for keeping this out of your theatre. BARF... Some Utahn's make me plain old SICK! One day you will get what is coming to you.

  • Re: helllo
    Oct. 28, 2008 4:08 p.m.

    Ummm... Helloooo to you. It is his business. He should be able to show what he wants. Start your own theatre if you don't like it.

  • Anonymous
    Oct. 28, 2008 4:07 p.m.

    That's ok, I know I will still be able to see it at the Marriott.

  • Re: Robert Johnson
    Oct. 28, 2008 4:06 p.m.

    It's his theatre he can show whatever he wants. Don't like it? Go to another theatre.

  • Another Vet for Freedom
    Oct. 28, 2008 4:03 p.m.

    "If you don't like it, shut up or move."

    Only in the warped world of the Right would it be appropriate (and praiseworthy) to tell someone giving their opinion of a private business owner to "shut up or move."

  • Re: Helllo
    Oct. 28, 2008 3:53 p.m.

    You can show movie anytime you want in your theater.

  • Dennis
    Oct. 28, 2008 3:47 p.m.

    It's Larry's theater... he can show whatever he wants. If you don't like what he is showing, go someplace else... PLEASE!

  • Stick to it Larry!
    Oct. 28, 2008 3:45 p.m.

    My only disappointment is the fact that Larry apologized for not showing Broke Back Mountian. If a business doesn't want to show a show or sell a product, They have that right. Quit worrying about being "Politically Correct". Go ahead and say , I don't want to show this movie, because it has the word porno in it. Say, I don't want to show this movie ,because it promotes a gay lifestyle. I don't want to open on Sunday, because it is against my religion. I wish Larry Miller and other business owners would do more. I think they would be suprised at the level of support they would get from the public. So a few wacko's don't come to a Jazz game, and a few Gay people don't come to a movie because they are sticking to their standards. At least they are sticking to their standards. That is where the Hypocrisy is in this situation. If you choose not to show it. Don't show it, If somebody ask why, Tell them the truth. This movie violates my moral standards ( or) This movie is bad for business, because people will think I show porno's at my theaters.

  • David O
    Oct. 28, 2008 3:40 p.m.

    "Thanks to Mr. Miller and his fine company for drawing the line somewhere. Its funny that this is controversial to some. These are the same people that want there to be no standards of decency in this world."

    You obviously don't pay attention to all the other R rated movies he profits off of.

  • Prude and Proud
    Oct. 28, 2008 3:36 p.m.

    Thanks LHM for showing some moral courage in our world of "anything for a buck." This movie is an example of the lowest common denominator.

  • MIller Retired
    Oct. 28, 2008 3:31 p.m.

    Larry Miller has stepped down from the Miller Group, and his son Greg is running the show now.

  • re:Ray's critic
    Oct. 28, 2008 3:26 p.m.

    Ray is correct. Keep your melodramatic posts where only you can read them!

  • Larry's in the hospital.
    Oct. 28, 2008 3:00 p.m.

    So quit blaming the decision on him. Remember he has given the reigns over to his son, Greg. So quit blaming Larry.

  • helllo
    Oct. 28, 2008 2:59 p.m.

    Didnt God give us Free agency Whoo is Larry Miller to think he can take that away from me ???? when did he become God? He may think he is

  • utah
    Oct. 28, 2008 2:55 p.m.

    Hm that movie appeals to me and I am a woman!! whats wrong with watching a porn once in awhile. Larry Miller just doesnt get it, does he :0

  • Re: Vet for Freedom
    Oct. 28, 2008 2:52 p.m.

    I think that's what bothers Miller's critics the most: He has the freedom to show whatever movies he wants to at his theatres.

    Only in the warped world of the Left would a business decision by a private entity be seen as censorship.

  • re: Ray
    Oct. 28, 2008 2:45 p.m.

    I am not defending porn, but your insinuation that porn addicts will go on to become serial killers is a bit extreme. Keep your overblown hyperbole out of the discussion.

  • Larry will show what he wants
    Oct. 28, 2008 2:42 p.m.

    Obviously he doesn't care if you want to go watch that movie somewhere else.
    Go ahead.
    If you don't like Larry, don't support him, but I'll continue.

  • sfw
    Oct. 28, 2008 2:41 p.m.

    This is the same guy who pulled Brokeback Mtn but did not know what it was about. Somehow, I think the movie going public is wiser than Larry.

    I did not see BBM for the same reason I won't see Zack & Miri or go to a Jazz game; They don't appeal to me.

    It starts w/ one well meaning businessman deciding whats best and where does that end. Hmmmmm? Hillary's healthcare? Bailing out Wall St? please let me know.

    Is it just me or is anyone missing the big issue which is give the consumer an option & let them decide?

    Libertarian views in repressed Utah; what the deuce was I thinking?

  • Re: Vet for Freedom
    Oct. 28, 2008 2:31 p.m.

    I don't think I can improve on what you said, especially "Shut up or move."

    Go Larry!!!

  • Vet for Freedom
    Oct. 28, 2008 1:58 p.m.

    Larry's theater = Larry's choice of what to show, when to show it and how much to charge.

    If you like his selection, schedule and price, feel free to attend.

    If you don't like his choice, then YOU are welcome to invest your own hard earned money and open a theater to show what you want, when you want and at prices you want to charge.

    It's called freedom and capitalism.

    It works every time.

    If you don't like it, shut up or move.

  • This is Utah
    Oct. 28, 2008 1:56 p.m.

    Show 'em who's in Charge.

  • Thanks
    Oct. 28, 2008 1:40 p.m.

    Thank you Larry Miller! I'm glad someone will stand up for values in our world. You do a lot of good for our community.

    By the way...


  • re: Ray
    Oct. 28, 2008 1:39 p.m.

    You forgot to mention Dr. James Dobson. You could ask him too because he is so knowledgable about everything. We should give porn the electric chair because it is responsible for so many murders. All those kids who accidentally caught a glimpse of 'sex drive' - Utahns beware - one day they will all become serial killers.

  • Bishop Rick
    Oct. 28, 2008 1:36 p.m.

    I can't believe that anyone would pay to see this movie in a theater. It's a DVD rental or wait until it comes to cable at best.

  • Anonymous
    Oct. 28, 2008 1:31 p.m.

    While I plan to see the movie because I think it looks funny. Who cares if Miller's theaters won't play it. They own their theaters they can play whatever they want for whatever reason. If you don't like it then don't support their business. I still will support his theaters because it doesn't bother me that they want to run their business the way they want it to be run.

  • Re: Robert Johnson
    Oct. 28, 2008 1:31 p.m.

    Hey toolbag, Larry Miller is running HIS business. It isn't the public's theater and he never said anything about being the "morality czar" as you put it. He simply isn't playing a movie that he doesn't want to. Deal with it, or go back to work in your cubicle while he counts his money. Stop drinking the hater-ade!!

  • who cares!
    Oct. 28, 2008 1:28 p.m.

    If you don't want to see it, don't see it,

  • Hilarious
    Oct. 28, 2008 1:26 p.m.

    Am I the only one who found this story hilarious? Newsworthy? Probably not. Funny as heck? Absolutely. The guests wanted trash (HSM3) and they got trash. Just came in a different form.

  • Anonymous
    Oct. 28, 2008 1:19 p.m.

    AUDIENCES.. which AUDIENCES? Shall they continue to be the censors of Utah, since the failure of Clean Flicks and the such...? Well, atleast we still have our 10 dollars to use on other... appetites. Well, 9 dollars after tithing is taken from it for the infamous Utah Corporate enterprise which I am quite sure supports this insanity completely. Please join the 21st Century, Utahns, please.

  • Too Funny!
    Oct. 28, 2008 1:19 p.m.

    He's just mad the movie is about the making of a porno! Glad to know Larry Miller appoints himself as big brother for the Salt Lake County area. Mr. Miller is in the business of movies and he needs to hold regard for ALL movies. If Mr. Miller doesn't like this movie than I suggest he move away from showings of Saw movies, Superbad & any other rated R movies. Be fair Larry, isn't that what your known for?

  • nottyou
    Oct. 28, 2008 1:17 p.m.

    You own the business. You make the decisions. Thanks for making this decision.

  • Choice
    Oct. 28, 2008 1:03 p.m.

    Its really not that big of a deal. I guess I could understand the idea of the title being a little offensive. However, there is a choice on whether or not you want to see the movie. Megaplex is just being silly about the whole situation. Its not like you walk into the theatre and see this movie up on the screen. You have to buy the ticket for it. Its up to the viewer. Taking away the choice is just stupid at this point. I am sure there have been worse movies that are rated R playing. I really think that people or just flipping out because the title says porno. Heaven forbid we say porno out in public. People have standards and just because you see a rated R movie doesnt mean you are a bad person. Get over it!

  • Ken
    Oct. 28, 2008 12:58 p.m.

    This is obvious prejudice against porn lovers everywhere. I think all porn lovers should boycott the megaplex theaters.

  • Censorship
    Oct. 28, 2008 12:55 p.m.

    I'm just waiting for the many to opine about this being censorship...

  • Oppressed
    Oct. 28, 2008 12:54 p.m.

    Thanks to Mr. Miller for shoving your moralistic values down the throats of everybody just to satisfy your moralistic beliefs. Pathetic...

  • Tammy
    Oct. 28, 2008 12:45 p.m.

    I applaud his decision to draw a line somewhere, but I think it should have a more universal application, so he doesn't set a double standard. I have to agree with the article that I think it's somewhat hypocritical to bar this movie and yet show "Sex Drive" which sounds just about as raunchy.

  • Robert
    Oct. 28, 2008 12:44 p.m.

    I don't understand why Miller's decision to show some films but not others should be an issue. A private theatre business has the right to show the films it decides to show, so long as there is no law against showing the filem. It is not required, by government or any other authority, to show what it decides, in its own discretion, not to show.

  • Ray
    Oct. 28, 2008 12:40 p.m.

    Porn is porn whether its called "Sex Drive" or whether its called "Zach and Miri make a porno". Larry Miller needs to wake up and smell the coffee. Lets call a spade a spade here. After exposing young kids to "Sex Drive" last weekend enough is enough! According to the opening sequence in "Sex Drive" shows a girl performing oral sex on a boy in his bedroom. Just the kind of stuff I want my young or ever older kids to see. If you are going to show porn in your theatre you better make sure it is on the right screen. Somebody needs to pay the price for this. And we wonder why sex/porn addiction is becoming the norm in this country. Of course it doesn't hurt anybody. There are no victims from porn. Just ask Ted Bundy, John Gacy, Jeffery Dahmer or Richard Ramirez and about 30 other serial killers in this country. They all had 2 things in common. They were murderers and they were all ADDICTED TO PORN!

  • Jake
    Oct. 28, 2008 12:39 p.m.

    This is great... Now if Miller's car dealerships could dig into their souls and find some values they would probably be worth doing business with.

  • nothing new
    Oct. 28, 2008 12:39 p.m.

    this behavior was news . . . two years ago. everybody knows the LHM group allows certain offensive material while filtering out other equally offensive material. they lose some profits, people see the movie somewhere else. nobody cares.

  • Christa
    Oct. 28, 2008 12:37 p.m.

    Good for Mr. Miller!

  • Congratulations
    Oct. 28, 2008 12:36 p.m.

    I think Mr. Miller, and the officers of his corporation(s) should be thanked and congratulated for exercising their constitutional rights to show they movies they like to show at their own theaters. I almost hate to write this post because posters at on-line newspapers are generally whiners and complainers. I hope the whiners and complainers stay over at the Tribune, and those who wish to make positive statements join us here at the Deseret News.

  • News?
    Oct. 28, 2008 12:30 p.m.

    Is this story really newsworthy?

  • Bat5
    Oct. 28, 2008 12:25 p.m.

    While Miller is at it, could he not show Saw 5 or movies like it?

  • Ultraviolence Forever!
    Oct. 28, 2008 12:21 p.m.

    Well, his spokesperson claims it's because the film wouldn't be popular enough, not because he finds it morally unacceptable. But if Miller does in fact think he's showing some sort of "moral fortitude" with this decision, well... He's really just revealing his own hypocrisy.

    Remember back in 2006 when he refused to show "Brokeback Mountain" - but deemed the juvenile, R-rated drug comedy "Grandma's Boy" and the ultra-violent torture porn "Hostel" acceptable to be shown in his theaters? Well, this time you can take a look at his website and find that his theaters are currently playing yet another ultra-violent torture porn - "Saw V". Not to mention "Sex Drive". Apparently there is enough of an audience for those films.

    Anyways - anyone wanting to see the film can drive an extra few miles to find a theater that is showing it. And Miller absolutely has the right to do this - but to hold this up as some sort of display of protecting our standards and "drawing the line" is foolishly ignorant, since he's had no problem, in the past, and now, showing films that are at least as corrupt as this one.

  • Yes!!
    Oct. 28, 2008 12:17 p.m.

    Glad to hear someone is standing up to the mainstream entertainment world...

  • Why
    Oct. 28, 2008 12:16 p.m.

    My question is why do the "critics" care. Get a life and worry about something that has some value. I applaud anyone who will stand up for a good cause, it takes courage. This critic just wants the media attention. Get a life.

  • Robert Johnson
    Oct. 28, 2008 12:14 p.m.

    I find it rather interesting that Larry Miller has decided that he is the new "morality czar" for the Wasatch Front.

    Without Mr. Miller deciding what are appropriate and not appropriate films for us to see how could be possibly as adults make that decision ourselves?

    Without Mr. Miller I might have made the mistake of believing that Zack and Miri was ok for me to see and missed out on a masterpiece like "Sex Drive" that Mr. Miller has decided is appropriate for our community.

  • uncannygunman
    Oct. 28, 2008 12:14 p.m.

    Thank you: Taking Miller at his word, he has not drawn a line for decency but for profitability. According to Miller's expressed standard, he would show the rankest porn imaginable if it would make him a buck.

    (Of course, I don't take Miller at his word and it sounds like you do not either)

  • typical hypocrisy
    Oct. 28, 2008 12:10 p.m.

    Accidentally showed some of the movie 'Sex Drive' for a 'High School Musical' audience? LOL!! That is too funny! I bet that audience is still washing their eyes and ears out! I will, however, never go to a movie at one of these theaters due to their complete hypocrisy as far as what to show and what not to show. I can't wait to see this movie!

    Oct. 28, 2008 12:08 p.m.

    Good for want to watch porn movies, move to San Francisco!

  • New Yorker
    Oct. 28, 2008 12:07 p.m.

    This is not a story that is worth writing about. Must be a slow news day.

  • James
    Oct. 28, 2008 12:02 p.m.

    Good on them. It's their theater, they can show or not show what they want. If people want to see it there's plenty other theaters to go to.

  • Thank you
    Oct. 28, 2008 11:48 a.m.

    Thanks to Mr. Miller and his fine company for drawing the line somewhere. Its funny that this is controversial to some. These are the same people that want there to be no standards of decency in this world.

  • Private Business
    Oct. 28, 2008 11:45 a.m.

    "This just in, Joe's Crabshack will no longer be serving Herring"

    Who cares?