The contrast between Cannes and Carrey is telling. While American films are popular in Europe, Europe also loves amoral and anti-American movies. America, on the other hand, likes movies with morals and scorns movies touting the meaninglessness of life. All this makes me think that the divide between American and European views of the world will not be bridged any time soon.
Europe is loaded with cynicism. Europe is a continent ravaged by two world wars, plagued by appeasers and dictators, and immersed in socialism. Europeans lost the will to live the moral life long ago, and it shows in their foreign policy as much as it does in their movies.
France and Germany have yielded to the cancer of nihilism gutting them from within. They do not have the strength to stand on principle anymore. They are a Cannes Festival society.
But America has been renewed. We were tired after the Clinton administration. Indifference had crippled us; scandal had jaded us. But Sept. 11 revitalized us by showing us the face of evil. We were revolted, and we vowed never again to slide into the morass of moral lassitude. If audiences keep flocking to unchic, cheesy, moralistic Jim Carrey flicks, we're on the right track