How two new PG movies just made history for very different reasons

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  • Tolstoy salt lake, UT
    Oct. 1, 2012 7:45 p.m.

    @eastcost coug

    useless stereotypes and political propaganda are not going to help our eduction system.

  • ParkCityAggie Park City, Ut
    Oct. 1, 2012 7:44 p.m.

    just wait until the lame propaganda film "Atlas Shrugged" comes out and bombs instantly. It will make the Sarah Palin movie look like a Hollywood hit!

  • John C. C. Payson, UT
    Oct. 1, 2012 4:32 p.m.

    eastcoastcoug, I doubt anyone believes that the teachers' associations run anything and that no one dares criticize them. I support our UEA yet I also criticize it often. We teachers are no more in lockstep about politics than your neighborhood families that we come from.

    Most parents are very concerned about their children's education. I only knew of a few that seemed apathetic, and they may have been distracted by other serious burdens in their lives.

    I'm glad you recognize that teachers make less than a fortune, but they already feel accountable and have done so for decades. They mostly try very hard to do as much as possible despite the new pay-for-score schemes that assume they don't. After enduring the dwindling financial support, shrinking benefits, and withering criticism of uninformed "reformers" it's amazing that teachers still graduate students who score at or above the national averages.

    The sad fact is that some people think this movie reflects reality.

  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    Oct. 1, 2012 2:00 p.m.

    This just highlights the real problem with our education system: it's run by the teacher's union and no one dares criticize anything they do. And most parents are too apathetic to care. I'm not for takeovers necessarily but some of the parents in these districts must feel desperate to vote in such a measure.

    The fact that we pay athletes and movie stars so much money to entertain us while entrusting our children to people making a pittance, is telling a lot about our values as well. Until we value what teachers do, hold them accountable and get more involved in our kids' education outside of school, we will continue to slide.

    The sad fact is all of this is a leading indicator of our future, far more than any other...

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Oct. 1, 2012 12:22 p.m.

    They're film critics. You're foolish if you think they're going to be objective or are incorrect unless they agree with you. Save that one for religion.

  • Rico Suave Santquin, UT
    Oct. 1, 2012 11:34 a.m.

    This is sad. Certainly shows that film critics cannot be trusted for a unbiased opinion. Saying that the movie politicized education and then made a political statement by trashing it. I don't see anything about artistic quality or acting/directing ability. Shouldn't we give viewers the choice to decide what's offensive and what is not.

    I think the saddest comment in the whole article is the fact that The Smurfs movie earned over $36M the first weekend.

    I think that people should boycott the critics and quit listening to them. If they can't keep to evaluating a movie on it's artistic merits then they should be marginalized. It's like listening to an athlete's opinion on politics.