"I could see no reason for the movie's existence other than to soar overhead in the guise of the sweet bird of comedy, then drop a surprise load of guano on Catholic institutions (and, in the second half, the U.S. Republican Party)," he wrote. At one point in the film, it's "explained" that Reagan cut funding for AIDS research, which is utter claptrap.
Smith knows he's the outlier among movie critics. "Film critics tend to give a free pass to obvious, trite, heavy-handed movies that light up the correct political-pleasure circuits in their brains. I'm used to disagreeing with them. That is because I am, as far as I know, the only conservative film critic in the entire United States who writes regularly for a general-interest newspaper or magazine. I see things all the others miss."
It's not at all hard to see the vicious stereotyping of "evil" nuns in this movie. "The movie makes this particular Irish-Catholic institution look about as pleasant as Abu Ghraib," Smith wrote. Even the seemingly kind nuns in the present day are dreadful liars hiding a secret -- Lee's son died of AIDS in 1995 and is buried at the abbey in Ireland.
At the film's climax, when Lee and Sixsmith confront sour-faced old Sister Hildegard, who knew Lee as a pregnant girl, the old nun scowled and spat out that the girls were all so sinful they deserved every punishment.
The entire church punishes people who like sex, according to this cartoonish movie. When the actress playing Lee proclaims the illicit sex that got her pregnant was so wonderful she thought it must be sinful, her leftist journalist ally responds, "F***ing Catholics!"
That pretty much sums up Weinstein's attitude. He's a proven bigot, from the comedy flick "Dogma" to "The Magdalene Sisters," to this rotten apple. In 1995, Weinstein aimed to get "Priest" -- a story of two sexually active priests, one gay, one straight -- released on Good Friday. Only nervous theater owners caused a delay.
When Weinstein pushes out a movie in which a character yells "F***ing Muslims," that's timed for release during Ramadan, we'll know hell has frozen over.
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