I have to give Christopher Nash credit for this one. During the comments to the reviews of the 60's television show UFO, a reviewer gave the show a negative rating for "sex teasing" which I took to assume the rather standard way women tended to be portrayed in a whole lot of the shows that emerged from the '60s. I took umbrage with people criticizing him for his honest opinion which I can see as completely valid if you weren't born in the '60. To which Chris replied:
"On the other hand I despise the PC rubbish shoved down my throat in modern productions. "
I had to admit, that the idea of PC in films is becoming rather evasive to the point that it does ruin or marr some otherwise fine productions. It becomes increasingly noticable when Hollywood now attempts many historical films. For example back in the day, probably pre-80's everybody drank and smoke, and in the movies it was "in your face", but that was a pretty accurate reflection of the society at the time. Smokers were not the social pariah's that they've become in recent times. No opinion on that, but if you're making a film or television series set in any time before the 80's it comes off weird to never see any character smoking, especially if you're old enough to remember those times.
I'm also seeing lots of films getting criticism because there are still filmmakers that have to sense to realize that characters didn't necessarily think like people do today, and they let them act as they naturally would have had they been real. This includes characters being racist, sexist, promiscuous, or stupid.
Anyway I think this is why I really like filmmakers like the Cohen's and Tarentino, because they don't let the idea of PC get in the way of them telling the story they're trying to tell.
So have any of you had films in which the effort to be PC took you out of the film and caused you to question it, or ruined the film for you altogether? Also which films do you like that totally flies in the face of the PC police and are very good because of it.
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