Chris Hicks: Movies that attract kids, like 'Guardians of the Galaxy,' should strive to be less profane

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  • Hank Pym SLC, UT
    Aug. 8, 2014 8:57 a.m.

    to John Charity Spring

    GotG has **nothing** to do w/ 'devaluing marriage'!

  • Mister J Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 8, 2014 8:54 a.m.

    re: guyyy
    new york city, NY

    "...just look at The Punisher and Watchmen."

    I enjoyed both Punishers (War Zone & The 1 w/ Travolta). Did not care for Watchmen. It was pretentious & overbearing.

    "I think if it's used correctly, then it can be hilarious, which was the case with Guardians. Films should not censor themselves just because some people cannot handle certain words."

    Agreed. Marvel has done a good job with dialogue in all their movies. Its not like its Tarantino; right JCS?

  • I know it. I Live it. I Love it. Provo, UT
    Aug. 7, 2014 10:42 p.m.


    Profanity isn't what you make it.
    Morality isn't what you make it.
    Good isn't what you make it.

    You don't get to invent consequence or reaction. You can choose to act and learn how your actions help the world or harm it. Profanity contributes nothing to the world we wouldn't be happier without. Perhaps you don't care. Perhaps you just don't know, you've been numbed, or that you ought to know better but reject a truth you were once taught. In any event, the truth remains independent of your determination. It is what it is.

    When I follow the teachings of my faith, which involve choosing not to ingest toxins (both physical and mental), I am happier, more alert, and sober. Looking at the popular 'clean habits' of the world, I can't say the same.

    You can call dirt "clean" if you want, but you can't change the truth. You can clean up your act. You can join the rest of us who are trying to do just that. But you can't change something into what it is not.

  • Hamath Omaha, NE
    Aug. 7, 2014 6:22 a.m.

    @netsrik and Maxpower,

    The author is writing not to parents, but to Hollywood and script writers. Yes the movie is labeled PG-13 and yes that means parental guidance (and probably only appropriate for ages 13 and older). But the very nature of the content attracts younger children so the author is suggesting they should take that into consideration. Of course the audience is also older people. I agree with the author that the swearing provides no real additional value for the older audience. The writers just simply didn't need to include it and would have produced a movie that would have appealed to a larger audience, including those with younger children who don't appreciate swearing. I've got younger children myself. I've heard rave reviews of the movie and I won't go. Too bad Marvel... you lost my $30. Many others too.

  • Bubble SLC, UT
    Aug. 6, 2014 11:09 p.m.

    @ Mona & tomr: You both essentially mention the same thing - that you don't go to movies because you disagree with the subject matter and are voting with your wallets.

    The problem with that is that those who disagree with you are also voting with their wallets - and they are voting in greater numbers.

  • tomr Salt Lake City, ut
    Aug. 6, 2014 10:46 p.m.

    I agree with the author. I don't speak that way and I prefer to not hear others speak that way. Because of this and the other mindless qualities present in these type of movies I vote with my wallet. I suggest the rest of us do the same.

  • Mona Beaverton, OR
    Aug. 6, 2014 10:00 p.m.

    This line hits the nail on the head:

    "Perhaps they should add foul language to the list, since its usage has become just another crutch for the vocabulary impaired." A crutch for the vocabulary impaired.

    I would go to the movies more often (I go about once every 2 years) if filmmakers made an effort to employ art and skill and good taste. Instead they scrape out the gutter and throw it in our faces. Unfortunately, people eat it up, so it keeps coming at us.

  • guyyy new york city, NY
    Aug. 6, 2014 7:24 p.m.

    Ugh. The movie industry does not need to do what you believe is appropriate. Just because it's a comic book adaptation does not mean it is for kids, just look at The Punisher and Watchmen. It's PG-13 for a reason, meaning don't take kids to see it if they are not mature enough to handle it (or you shouldn't go since that appears to be the case.) Also, who are you to say "bad language" or whatever isn't funny? That's not really for you to say since different people have different ways of thinking. I think if it's used correctly, then it can be hilarious, which was the case with Guardians.

    Films should not censor themselves just because some people cannot handle certain words.

  • John Charity Spring Back Home in Davis County, UT
    Aug. 6, 2014 5:30 p.m.

    The modern entertainment industry has an open and stated agenda of promoting substance abuse and wanton sexuality. Part of this agenda includes an attempt to destroy traditional marriage and family. 

    Modern Hollywood portrays marriage as a burdensome institution to be scorned and ridiculed. Indeed, Hollywood treats marriage as something to be avoided at all costs.

    Unfortunately, an impressionable public has begun to imitate what is shown on television and movies. As a result, the rates of illegitimacy and disease are skyrocketing.

    The irrefutable fact is that wanton, uncontrolled sexuality does have harmful effects for both the individual and society. Shame on those who seek to impose this harm.

  • Pendergast Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 6, 2014 2:42 p.m.

    re: MaxPower & netsrik

    Agreed on both counts.

    The 2 most questionable items of dialogue were the Jackson Pollock reference (I am sure was on Night Court back in the day) will go over the heads of most.

    A certain former president already used the phrase turdblossom, so...

  • untag83d chicago, IL
    Aug. 6, 2014 1:39 p.m.

    So is this where we vilify the film industry because we as parents feel that film should do a better job of raising our children for us? ....or should the film industry have a personal "moral" link with every individual parent so as to provide a personalized viewing experience for each and every child and be reflective of how that particular child is being raised?
    The answer is no, no one owes you an easier child rearing experience. Supposed "profane" language is only "profane" because of a close minded and archaic belief system that from some reason must be forced on everyone and they're children.
    Like MaxPower said, judge for yourself whether YOUR KIDS should watch, not whether everyone else's kids should.
    Profanity is what you make it people, let it go!

  • SigmaBlue Centerville, UT
    Aug. 6, 2014 1:20 p.m.

    I just want to thank Chris Hicks for challenging the status quo in Hollywood regarding vulgarity and profanity. It's offensive to adults and to children and the movie ceases to be funny or entertaining when swearing is used. Profanity and vulgarity is never necessary to uphold a story line. Please remember what Frank Capra, one of Hollywood's greatest directors, once said: "Only people with moral courage should tell stories to people in the dark for two hours." Amen.

  • netsrik Draper, UT
    Aug. 6, 2014 1:12 p.m.

    Comic books and animation are not just for kids. This movie is pg-13. Doesn't that give a tiny red flag for parents?

  • MaxPower Eagle Mountain, UT
    Aug. 6, 2014 12:28 p.m.

    The movie is rated PG-13. That should make any parent pause and think before taking their kids.

    My wife and I will watch the movie first, and if we feel it kid appropriate we will take them.

  • Kearns Dad Kearns, UT
    Aug. 6, 2014 11:57 a.m.

    I agree with this article. I hear children as young as five and six using profane language and their parents excuse it by saying they learned it from a movie. Like that makes it okay?

  • Reflectere Utah, UT
    Aug. 6, 2014 11:31 a.m.

    My thoughts exactly