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October 04, 2005

Stop the Presses!

From the "in case you hadn't figured it out already" department. cbc.ca reports "Hollywood movies unrealistic when it comes to sex and pot". Are they implying that they are realistic when it comes to other drugs?

Hollywood movies unrealistic when it comes to sex and pot

A team of Australian medical researchers published a new study today that said Hollywood movies fail to show the negative consequences of sex and drug use.

The team lead by Dr. Hasantha Gunasekera of the School of Public Health at the University of Sydney studied 87 of Hollywood's biggest box-office hits since 1983 and found plenty of sex, but only one reference to condoms. The films contained no depictions of unwanted pregnancy or sexually transmitted disease. The report also said that drug-use tended to be portrayed "without negative consequences" among the top-grossing films of the past two decades.[cbc.ca]

Posted by snooze at October 4, 2005 08:27 PM

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Note the conflation of 'realistic' and 'representative of prescribed moral code'. This is worthless and the persons responsible are scum.

Posted by: st_rev [LiveJournal user info] at October 4, 2005 08:40 PM

I can name lots of movies that show negative consequences of sex and drug use (and some that mention condoms, if that's the boat that needs floating). But they weren't big box-office hits. Is that Hollywood's fault? Or is it just that no one wants to see a movie about crack addicts using condoms and getting AIDS anyway?

Posted by: jfb [LiveJournal user info] at October 4, 2005 08:52 PM

Hey, in "The Big Lebowski" the Dude is trying to smoke a J while driving and he lights his nuts on fire! If that isn't representative of the real dangers of drug use, I don't know what is.

Posted by: anna_phylaxis [LiveJournal user info] at October 5, 2005 09:31 AM

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