The last overtly conservative movie I remember was a cinematic abortion called “An American Carol.” It could have been good, but it wasn’t. It was terrible, and it was a flop at the box office.
It wasn’t good because it didn’t focus on being good – it focused on being conservative, and focusing on anything other than being good first will yield an unentertaining product.
Just like bands that bill themselves as “conservative bands” and comedians who call themselves “conservative comedians,” if you’re ideology first, everything else is secondary. If you’re a band, be a great band that happens to be conservative. If you’re a comedian, be a damn funny comedian who happens to be conservative. And if you’re a conservative who makes movies, make entertaining movies that happen to have a conservative message in them, but don’t beat people over the head with it.
The most successful pro-life movie, for example, was Knocked Up. It wasn’t a conservative movie. It was made by ardent liberals, and it was raunchy. But it was funny as hell and just happened to have a pro-life message. If a liberal could do that by accident, just imagine what conservatives could do on purpose if they focused on making a good movie first.
One example of this is Vince Vaughn. While most conservatives in Hollywood are forced to hide their beliefs, Vaughn is successful enough not to have to worry about it. In Hollywood, the one thing that trumps politics is money. If you can make it, everything else is secondary. And Vince Vaughn makes money.
But one thing Vince Vaughn doesn’t do is make conservative movies. He makes good movies that, in some cases, happen to have a conservative message in them. His latest, Delivery Man, is one such movie. It has a pro-life message, an anti-feminist message and a very strong, “do it yourself” message. What it doesn’t do is tell you it has a message, or that a message is there. It’s just there.
But with all the talk of the need for conservatives in Hollywood, one thing Delivery Man hasn’t found yet is a large audience. It’s made $12 million in its first two weeks. My question for those who complain about liberal Hollywood is this – Where are you?
Look, if Vince Vaughn movies aren’t for you, fine, I get it. But if you’ve enjoyed his work in the past, why haven’t you gone?
Too often conservatives complain about a problem, particularly when it comes to popular culture, but do nothing about it. That’s all well and good if you’re content to accept the status quo and comfort yourself in the warm embrace of those complaints, but it won’t make a difference. I guess my question to you is simple: Do you want to make a difference or not?