Good news: “Red Dawn” remake changes villains from China to North Korea

posted at 5:09 pm on March 16, 2011 by Allahpundit

Thus does Hollywood’s list of “acceptable” villains shrink a bit further. Refreshingly, though, this decision’s being driven not by politics but by good ol’ greed. There’s a lot of gold to be mined at the Chinese box office, so producers naturally figure they’re better off not depicting the local army as a brutal, anti-American force with no qualms about killing civilians.

Because that would be unfair.

[P]otential distributors are nervous about becoming associated with the finished film, concerned that doing so would harm their ability to do business with the rising Asian superpower, one of the fastest-growing and potentially most lucrative markets for American movies, not to mention other U.S. products.

As a result, the filmmakers now are digitally erasing Chinese flags and military symbols from “Red Dawn,” substituting dialogue and altering the film to depict much of the invading force as being from North Korea, an isolated country where American media companies have no dollars at stake…

Dan Mintz, whose DMG Entertainment is a leading producer and distributor of movies in China, said the “Red Dawn” story dramatizes how Western companies can fundamentally misunderstand how the nation works. If the picture had gone out without redacting the Chinese invaders, he said, “there would have been a real backlash. It’s like being invited to a dinner party and insulting the host all night long. There’s no way to look good…. The film itself was not a smart move.”…

People close to the picture said the changes will cost less than $1 million and involve changing an opening sequence summarizing the story’s fictional backdrop, re-editing two scenes and using digital technology to transform many Chinese symbols to Korean. It’s impossible to eliminate all references to China, the people said, though the changes will give North Korea a much larger role in the coalition that invades the U.S.

According to the LAT, there’s a chance that the movie could be shelved entirely, lest the offense taken by the Chinese government at its mere existence cause problems for MGM inside China in the future. In a way, the change makes the movie more fun: If you squint and pretend really hard, you can kinda sorta maybe imagine how the fortunes of the U.S. and China could change to the point where an invasion is plausible-ish. But the idea of North Korea leading a global communist expeditionary force is so amusing that I’m looking forward to seeing how they explain it. On the other hand, the whole point of “Red Dawn” is to exploit American jitters over a rival superpower with (eventual) expansionist ambitions. In which case … North Korea? Really?

Exit question one: Why didn’t the producers realize they’d run into this problem in the first place? Exit question two: Instead of changing the identity of the invaders, why not just recut the ending for foreign distribution to show China winning? Box office gold.


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We are such wimps

blatantblue on March 16, 2011 at 5:11 PM

Well, y’know, they could remake Hans Gruber into some gay-nazi queero-fascist… … …. …… …. .. .

Jeddite on March 16, 2011 at 5:12 PM

China North Korea Indonesia

What could go wrong?

Christien on March 16, 2011 at 5:13 PM

I, along with Hollywood, welcome our new Chinese overlords.

DJ Rick on March 16, 2011 at 5:14 PM

Dman you, Hans Brix!

cynccook on March 16, 2011 at 5:16 PM

Meh. They all look alike anyway. Just pretend they’re Chinese.

Mark1971 on March 16, 2011 at 5:16 PM

Exactly where do they get the planes to power project from?

paulsur on March 16, 2011 at 5:17 PM

Seriously? I mean, China could not realistically take over half the US. Their military is not up to the task. In fact if they wanted to be realistic they should make it an alliance between China and Russia. But North Korea??

NotCoach on March 16, 2011 at 5:17 PM

Somebody in the film-making chain of command is gonna take the fall here. Will it be Mr. Shortsightedness, or Mr. Cowardice?

*munching popcorn*

IronDioPriest on March 16, 2011 at 5:17 PM

This decision doesn’t offend me in the least. The Chicoms are to Communism what Mike Castle was to conservatism.
North Korea is a more accurate target. China is now authoritarian capitalist

flawedskull on March 16, 2011 at 5:17 PM

Hey, it’s an Axis of Evil enemy.

For Hollywood, this is HUGE progress.

Maybe, just maybe, in our lifetime – wait for it-

Islamic Terrorists!

Hope & Change, dudes & dudettes!

Bruno Strozek on March 16, 2011 at 5:18 PM

They should have changed the reds to an army of public employees. At least that would have been plausible.

Mark1971 on March 16, 2011 at 5:18 PM

I always new the North Korea had a secret blue water navy….

paulsur on March 16, 2011 at 5:18 PM

North Korea? What is this remake, a comedy?

karl9000 on March 16, 2011 at 5:18 PM

Why not just change the bad guys to Denmark? That way they can grovel to the Muslims and the Chinese in one brilliant decision!

sharrukin on March 16, 2011 at 5:19 PM

But the idea of North Korea leading a global communist expeditionary force is so amusing that I’m looking forward to seeing how they explain it.

Ten very skinny guys land on Newport Beach in a rickety boat and immediately request asylum.

Cicero43 on March 16, 2011 at 5:19 PM

But the idea of North Korea leading a global communist expeditionary force is so amusing that I’m looking forward to seeing how they explain it.

There is a video game that actually came out this week that runs with a NK storyline. It’s set in the near-future; the plot has Kim Jong Il’s son taking over NK, leading a reunification efforts with the South, which succeed; a few years later, a unified Korea exploits the coming economic collapse of America (coupled by an energy crisis) to conquer Japan and eventually invade America.

In other words, it may be in the realm of fiction, but just such a scenario has been conceived. I’ve heard the gameplay of the game is kind of blah, but the story is supposed to be solid.

Vyce on March 16, 2011 at 5:20 PM

The same thing is done in the video game Homefront…

I really don’t see what the big deal is… making it be North Korea is just being cute… almost everyone will make the semiotic association with China…

ninjapirate on March 16, 2011 at 5:21 PM

Exit question one: Why didn’t the producers realize they’d run into this problem in the first place?

How about they didn’t care until someone offered to produce but with stipulations?

Exit question two: Instead of changing the identity of the invaders, why not just recut the ending for foreign distribution to show China winning?

then why not just shelf the movie?

upinak on March 16, 2011 at 5:21 PM

Just like the “Sum of All Fears”….What we can’t have Muslim terrorist!? What would the terrorist say???

Oil Can on March 16, 2011 at 5:22 PM

What a ridiculous premise. All we’ll have to do is offer them food. The end.

unlisted on March 16, 2011 at 5:22 PM

The Chinese don’t have to invade. They’ve already won.

amerpundit on March 16, 2011 at 5:22 PM

And the Chinese are going to by okay with their friends the North Koreans being portrayed as villains?

Something tells me this film never opens in China. Not a dollar made. But plenty of bootleg copies.

amerpundit on March 16, 2011 at 5:24 PM

Sooo, the directors cut will have everything that was changed, Chinese again right?

right?

Next you’ll be telling me they’ve edited out Harrison Ford’s voice-over just to make it more “edgy”.

rihar on March 16, 2011 at 5:24 PM

They should put the whole movie in a trash can and be done with it. Getting sick of the 80′s movies getting remade. Not one of them is an improvement.

JetBoy on March 16, 2011 at 5:24 PM

WTF … I’m missing something here …

The CHINESE WERE NOT the villains in RED DAWN …

The villains were the Soviets – and their Cuban allies – that’s who invaded the US.

The Chinese were ON OUR SIDE in that movie.

HondaV65 on March 16, 2011 at 5:25 PM

But plenty of bootleg copies.

amerpundit on March 16, 2011 at 5:24 PM

Thailand bootleg for a buck.

upinak on March 16, 2011 at 5:25 PM

“Good news: “Red Dawn” remake changes villains from China to North Korea”

LMAO. This will make the invasion a lot easier to stop. Just throw food at the North Koreans.

Dusty on March 16, 2011 at 5:26 PM

Hollywood is filled with the most cowardly people on the face of this planet. They are a complete and utter disgrace, and if a foreign power ever did invade us, they would be the very first in line to welcome them.

Can’t someone make a new Hollywood that isn’t ashamed about being American?

WisCon on March 16, 2011 at 5:27 PM

Why the remake, anyway? Other than a complete lack of creativity in Hollywood, that is.

What next, a remake of Rocky II (III? IV? I lose track) with the Dolf Lundgren character as a big Venezuelan?

iurockhead on March 16, 2011 at 5:27 PM

why not just recut the ending for foreign distribution to show China winning?

Like the Japanese distribution of Pearl Harbor. They cut the doolittle raid and they cut the scenes of Americans making comments when they shot down a couple of Zeroes during the initial raid.

Nessuno on March 16, 2011 at 5:27 PM

Exit question two: Instead of changing the identity of the invaders, why not just recut the ending for foreign distribution to show China winning? Box office gold.

Actually that is a good idea. Just create two cuts of the film. One as originally intended with China as the villains. And a China-friendly version that subs North Korea as the heavies. Why they won’t do this is beyond me.

Doughboy on March 16, 2011 at 5:27 PM

Oh, wait. Apparently the producers had to borrow the money for the film from Wen Jiabao personally. So he gets a producer credit and complete creative control.

cynccook on March 16, 2011 at 5:27 PM

The Chinese don’t have to invade. They’ve already won.

amerpundit on March 16, 2011 at 5:22 PM

You haven’t been to the San Gabriel Valley in CA or South Orange County?

Oil Can on March 16, 2011 at 5:28 PM

WTF … I’m missing something here …

The CHINESE WERE NOT the villains in RED DAWN …

The villains were the Soviets – and their Cuban allies – that’s who invaded the US.

The Chinese were ON OUR SIDE in that movie.

HondaV65 on March 16, 2011 at 5:25 PM

Right you are. Not only a lack of creativity, but a lack of memory in Hollywood.

iurockhead on March 16, 2011 at 5:28 PM

The Chinese don’t have to invade. They’ve already won.

amerpundit on March 16, 2011 at 5:22 PM

That’s true. They could just show up and say, “Excuse me, but your rent is due. Don’t have it? Well, we’ll start by repossessing everything in the EST zone until Tuesday. If you still can’t make payments, we’ll start on PST, then work our way inward.”

DrAllecon on March 16, 2011 at 5:29 PM

Funny that Hollywood has no problem making anti-American films that bomb at the box office again and again.

sharrukin on March 16, 2011 at 5:29 PM

Obviously someone has sold out to corporate Amerikkka because everyone knows the Real Enemy is McDonalds and Captain Crunch.

Lily on March 16, 2011 at 5:31 PM

They should put the whole movie in a trash can and be done with it. Getting sick of the 80′s movies getting remade. Not one of them is an improvement.

JetBoy on March 16, 2011 at 5:24 PM

I’m looking forward to seeing True Grit :-)

MJBrutus on March 16, 2011 at 5:32 PM

The Chinese were ON OUR SIDE in that movie.

HondaV65 on March 16, 2011 at 5:25 PM

Yep.

Jed Eckert: . . . Well, who is on our side?

Col. Andy Tanner: Six hundred million screaming Chinamen.

Darryl Bates: Last I heard, there were a billion screaming Chinamen.

Col. Andy Tanner: There were.

aquaviva on March 16, 2011 at 5:32 PM

Knowing Hollywood, I should just be glad they didn’t change the bad guys into Southerners.

DrAllecon on March 16, 2011 at 5:32 PM

BOOOO!

Send the producers into the Piranha tank!

victor82 on March 16, 2011 at 5:33 PM

Another remake I won’t see. The Soviets were the bad guys. I can’t believe the pathetically recycled ideas in that town.

Renwaa on March 16, 2011 at 5:33 PM

they should have just used gremlins as the invading force and called it ‘Gremlins III: The Red Dawn’

equanimous on March 16, 2011 at 5:33 PM

Ridiculous. Everyone knows the Tea Party is the new villain.

faraway on March 16, 2011 at 5:34 PM

No CS jokes. So far, so good.

Christien on March 16, 2011 at 5:35 PM

Plus the game version already came out. My roommate is playing Homefront right now. It’s exceptionally brutal.

Yakko77 on March 16, 2011 at 5:35 PM

Now You are Worthless Alec Baldwin will be stuck in my head all day.

unlisted on March 16, 2011 at 5:35 PM

I don’t know if i can see this movie….something tells me it’s gonna be a stinker…

cmsinaz on March 16, 2011 at 5:35 PM

Knowing Hollywood, I should just be glad they didn’t change the bad guys into Southerners.

DrAllecon on March 16, 2011 at 5:32 PM

There’s still time. They could become Asian southerners.

amerpundit on March 16, 2011 at 5:36 PM

Hum – the animated pic. reminded me more of Larry King wearing a leisure suit.

MayorDaley on March 16, 2011 at 5:36 PM

They should have stuck with the original movie venue and used the Soviets/USSR theme, or showed Russia becoming the USSR again in it. It isn’t like the Russians would have been annoyed or felt violated by this movie.

upinak on March 16, 2011 at 5:36 PM

Plus the game version already came out. My roommate is playing Homefront right now. It’s exceptionally brutal.

Yakko77 on March 16, 2011 at 5:35 PM

Brutal as in bloody or bad?

amerpundit on March 16, 2011 at 5:36 PM

It’s exceptionally brutal.

Is the game bad or are you describing the type of action?

ninjapirate on March 16, 2011 at 5:36 PM

They should have stuck with the original movie venue and used the Soviets/USSR theme, or showed Russia becoming the USSR again in it.

Yeah, I agree… or an alternative universe where it didn’t collapse…

ninjapirate on March 16, 2011 at 5:37 PM

So now there’s a good communism, and a bad communism?

Let’s see…North Korea oppresses their people, starves them, imprisons dissenters, and anyone opposing them, and beats and tortures their people.

China? Well…….they do those things too! I don’t get the change then.

capejasmine on March 16, 2011 at 5:38 PM

Why remake it at all? And before you say to make money, remember that these are the same people who keep making R-rated movies when making them PG-13′s would allow a lot more people to see your movie with virtually no change in anything but a few curse words.

Knott Buyinit on March 16, 2011 at 5:38 PM

Yeah, I agree… or an alternative universe where it didn’t collapse…

ninjapirate on March 16, 2011 at 5:37 PM

That could be interesting.

The Soviet Union didn’t fall but became a civil war-infested region with a poor economy. The war launched to reunite the people and spur the defense industry. The people united behind visions of the old days and hopes for their return to prominence.

amerpundit on March 16, 2011 at 5:40 PM

Yeah, I agree… or an alternative universe where it didn’t collapse…

ninjapirate on March 16, 2011 at 5:37 PM

Putin as a dictator for a new USSR. Not like Putin would mind, heck, he may actually watch the movie. Who knows. I am just annoyed with this at the moment.

upinak on March 16, 2011 at 5:40 PM

They should have stuck with the original movie venue and used the Soviets/USSR theme, or showed Russia becoming the USSR again in it.

Yeah, I agree… or an alternative universe where it didn’t collapse…

ninjapirate on March 16, 2011 at 5:37 PM

Sounds good to me.

unlisted on March 16, 2011 at 5:40 PM

SPOILER ALERT!:

“AVENGE ME!” line changed to “UPDATE MY FB STATUS!”

Christien on March 16, 2011 at 5:42 PM

It’s like being invited to a dinner party and insulting the host all night long.

In other words, like the time Lang Lang went Cee-Lo at the state dinner.

Jorge Bonilla on March 16, 2011 at 5:42 PM

Why do these clowns insist on remaking bad movies anyway? I await Footloose II.

Erich66 on March 16, 2011 at 5:42 PM

Yeah, like a few others have already mentioned… at this point they should just make Homefront: The Movie. Same plot and writer as Red Dawn anyway!

Although i’ve heard the remake is already done and has been sitting in a can on the shelf for like, a year already.

Wolverines!

Rude on March 16, 2011 at 5:43 PM

Why didn’t the producers realize they’d run into this problem in the first place?

What would John Wayne do?

this current crop of communists in HWood are worthless.

ted c on March 16, 2011 at 5:43 PM

The Soviet Union didn’t fall but became a civil war-infested region with a poor economy. The war launched to reunite the people and spur the defense industry. The people united behind visions of the old days and hopes for their return to prominence.

amerpundit on March 16, 2011 at 5:40 PM

Very nice. Plenty of easy allusions back to pre-WWII Germany.

strictnein on March 16, 2011 at 5:44 PM

“AVENGE ME!” line changed to “UPDATE MY FB STATUS!”

Christien on March 16, 2011 at 5:42 PM

Heh!

ted c on March 16, 2011 at 5:44 PM

Why do these clowns insist on remaking bad movies anyway? I await Footloose II.

Erich66 on March 16, 2011 at 5:42 PM

Because they keep making ever worse flicks until people pine for the old ones, having forgotten by now how bad those were. Kinda the way many of us now miss Jimmah Carter :-)

MJBrutus on March 16, 2011 at 5:45 PM

China? I thought they were Soviets. I guess it’s been a while since I’ve seen the movie….

FloatingRock on March 16, 2011 at 5:46 PM

Wait, NK invades America? LOL!

FloatingRock on March 16, 2011 at 5:47 PM

The idea of North Korea invading and taking over the US would be plausible if Obama is still president in the movie.

Pervygrin on March 16, 2011 at 5:48 PM

Brutal as in bloody or bad?

amerpundit on March 16, 2011 at 5:36 PM

The events you see play out are brutal. The game itself can really push the emotions. As a first person shooter, however, it’s mediocre. Forced down a narrow path, minimal opportunity to use strategy…very run-of-the-mill. Plus, the game is woefully short. I’ll find out tonight whether the multiplayer does anything to redeem it.

MadisonConservative on March 16, 2011 at 5:48 PM

Knowing Hollywood, I should just be glad they didn’t change the bad guys into Southerners.

DrAllecon on March 16, 2011 at 5:32 PM

New update: North Korean flags now being changed to Gadsden flags.

strictnein on March 16, 2011 at 5:49 PM

BTW, Battle Los Angeles was F****ing AWESOME!

joeindc44 on March 16, 2011 at 5:50 PM

Media Matters helpfully posted a roundup of conservative reaction — best headline, from the Hot Air blog:

“Anxious World Looks To White House And Wonders: Who’s Obama Picking For The Final Four?”
http://www.politico.com/politico44/perm/0311/crises_all_the_time_848bbeb3-9316-4e98-ba21-9bc89f13fde1.html

Allah rocks :)

OT but worth it :)

cmsinaz on March 16, 2011 at 5:51 PM

digitally erasing Chinese flags and military symbols

Good luck. While we can’t tell them apart, most Asians know who comes from which country.

Kafir on March 16, 2011 at 5:52 PM

How lame!! The original was decent because at the time you could imagine the Soviet Union invading. North Korea? Not so much. The invasion attack would last 1 day. Give me a break.

Not sure if this takes place in Colorado like the original but if so that makes it even less believable. North Korea wouldn’t be able to advance any farther than Santa Monica.

The Notorious G.O.P on March 16, 2011 at 5:54 PM

BTW, Battle Los Angeles was F****ing AWESOME!

joeindc44 on March 16, 2011 at 5:50 PM

good, I was curious about it.

upinak on March 16, 2011 at 5:54 PM

Who’s playing Matt Eckert, and can they change the blood from deer to tiger?

“Once you do that, there’s going to be something different about you…always.”

Christien on March 16, 2011 at 5:55 PM

“WTF … I’m missing something here …

The CHINESE WERE NOT the villains in RED DAWN …

The villains were the Soviets – and their Cuban allies – that’s who invaded the US.

The Chinese were ON OUR SIDE in that movie.”

The Soviets were the bad guys, China was helping us… and CUBA!!!!!one-eleventy invaded.

Lord Nazh on March 16, 2011 at 5:55 PM

Knowing Hollywood, I should just be glad they didn’t change the bad guys into Southerners.

DrAllecon on March 16, 2011 at 5:32 PM

According to H’wood, we wouldn’t have time in between our incest, meth labs, and rebel flag waving. They learned all they needed to know about us and made Gone With The Wind, Deliverance, and Dukes of Hazard. They just repeat the themes as needed.

di butler on March 16, 2011 at 5:55 PM

Somebody in the film-making chain of command is gonna take the fall here. Will it be Mr. Shortsightedness, or Mr. Cowardice?
*munching popcorn*
IronDioPriest on March 16, 2011 at 5:17 PM

I dunno bout that. Mr. Greed, however, is gettin high fives and fist bumps . . .

BigAlSouth on March 16, 2011 at 5:57 PM

Maybe they will also digitally erase the guns and replace them with walkie talkies like E.T.

The Notorious G.O.P on March 16, 2011 at 5:58 PM

They should put the whole movie in a trash can and be done with it. Getting sick of the 80′s movies getting remade. Not one of them is an improvement.

JetBoy on March 16, 2011 at 5:24 PM

This may be sacrilege…but I recently saw the original for the first time and I have to say, the acting is pretty weak. I couldn’t see Lea Thompson and Jennifer Grey in their roles at all. Even a mediocre remake might be a slight improvement.

alwaysfiredup on March 16, 2011 at 5:59 PM

Sounds like someone was inspired by the game homefront

Defector01 on March 16, 2011 at 6:06 PM

We’re having this turkey for Thanksgiving dinner.

nukemhill on March 16, 2011 at 6:08 PM

“AVENGE ME!” line changed to “UPDATE MY FB STATUS!” – Christien

Thread winner!

Tony737 on March 16, 2011 at 6:10 PM

Another jocular tinge to this: if Red China did stay the imperialist villain, and if Beijing banned the movie there, local (and regional) pirates would have a field day knocking it around Chinese servers.

Grunchy Cranola on March 16, 2011 at 6:10 PM

HondaV65 on March 16, 2011 at 5:25 PM

You are correct sir! The Russians, along with some Cubans, were the attackers in the original.
So this means they changed it to the Chicoms when they started the re-make, and now have to airbrush in the Norks after the movie is in the can. Something tells me that they finally figured out who owns their mortgage!

Thread-winner so far:

“AVENGE ME!” line changed to “UPDATE MY FB STATUS!”

Christien on March 16, 2011 at 5:42 PM

2ipa on March 16, 2011 at 6:12 PM

I actually liked the original Red Dawn. Cool first scene when the you see the paratroopers landing in the distance outside the classroom window. You have to remember the times the film was first released.

AverageJoe on March 16, 2011 at 6:25 PM

They should put the whole movie in a trash can and be done with it. Getting sick of the 80′s movies getting remade. Not one of them is an improvement.

JetBoy on March 16, 2011 at 5:24 PM

The A-Team movie was awesome, though.

MadisonConservative on March 16, 2011 at 6:40 PM

WTF … I’m missing something here …

The CHINESE WERE NOT the villains in RED DAWN …

The villains were the Soviets – and their Cuban allies – that’s who invaded the US.

The Chinese were ON OUR SIDE in that movie.

HondaV65 on March 16, 2011 at 5:25 PM

Exactly.

The Remake’s remake before release illustrates the swift speed of PC revisionism.

maverick muse on March 16, 2011 at 6:40 PM

I’ll say one thing about the Chinese audience, they went to see The Expendables in droves. They like unabashed American machismo action movies and are a big reason that movie was a success internationally and will have a sequel.

This move doesn’t really bother me, but they could have just changed everything for the Chinese release and kept the American release as is. That commercial where the Chinese are laughing at us has a powerful effect on people and having this same theme in the new Red Dawn would have made it a huge success. As is, people will just laugh it off.

Oh who am I kidding, most moviegoers don’t know where North Korea is, let alone how unlikely an invasion by them is. I’ll just consider this the movie version of the Homefront video game.

Daemonocracy on March 16, 2011 at 6:46 PM

I’m looking forward to seeing True Grit :-)

MJBrutus on March 16, 2011 at 5:32 PM

I haven’t seen the new one…but that’s even worse, as the original is a classic.

Next year, what’s next, the remake of Gone With the Wind?

JetBoy on March 16, 2011 at 6:47 PM

The Notorious G.O.P on March 16, 2011 at 5:54

You nailed that. Hollywood’s brains are wet noodles. Remember the moral of the Get Shorty story.

There isn’t a feasible NKorean invasion of America. They couldn’t even attempt to take Alaska. Either Russia or China could, though. But if the NKoreans were to dilute their home front military presence, the South could invade the North — not that they would. No one really wants to be responsible for all those impoverished and probably illiterate North Koreans; not even their own leaders care to be responsible. Even China forces NKorean immigrants to return, no room in the inn for non-Chinese, not even in China’s forced labor camps/prisons.

maverick muse on March 16, 2011 at 6:50 PM

I’m looking forward to seeing True Grit :-)

MJBrutus on March 16, 2011 at 5:32 PM

I want to see the Cohen Brothers version.

The point of recreating a drama is not to attempt a replication.

Of course no one but John Wayne should be John Wayne.

But I want to see how the new crew turned the scripted screw.

maverick muse on March 16, 2011 at 6:53 PM

If they can’t get Charlie Sheen, then let’s go with the Team AMERICA puppets!!

Khun Joe on March 16, 2011 at 6:54 PM

Let’s be fair, it’d be hard to tell the difference between N Korea and parts of Michigan these days.

lorien1973 on March 16, 2011 at 6:58 PM

It would be one thing if Hollywood’s supine treatment of every person and entity on the planet with a microphone (except corporations and government agents who are conflated with Republicans) made them money, but the results seem to suggest the opposite. Since the first anti-Bush flicks started rolling out circa 2003, there has been no kiss of death more costly for a movie than its being identified pre-release as a liberal critique of America. (The only exception I can think of was Avatar, which would have succeeded even if it was a heroic biography of Lenin, for the obvious reason that nobody cared less what it was about.)

That’s the truly despicable thing about Hollywood: it’s one thing to sell your country or the quality of your art out for money, but to sell all three out for your pious self-regard is beneath contempt.

HitNRun on March 16, 2011 at 6:59 PM

Instead of patriotism and american ideals, we get $ from the world distribution influencing messages in movies. If that does not describe Hollywood as a prostitute, it comes very close.

AnotherOpinion on March 16, 2011 at 7:09 PM

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