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Release Date: May 08, 2009

Starring: Devon Bostick, Arsinée Khanjian, Scott Speedman, Kenneth Welsh, Rachel Blanchard, and Noam Jenkins

Genre: Drama

Audience: Older teenagers and adults

Rating: R

Runtime: 100 minutes

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Content:

(HHH, AbAbAb, C, FR, LL, V, S, AA, MM) Very strong humanist worldview with very strong implied and overt (but not preachy) anti-Christian and anti-religion viewpoint supporting the view that truth is subjective and ends with a teenager burning the Christmas crèche that his mean grandfather, a Christian, handed down to the family, a positive statement about faith is made but the movie ultimately seems to reject faith and there are some lightly positive references to Christmas and Christianity, plus movie contains some references to Islam and Islamic practices, including terrorism, and there is brief discussion about one of the differences between Christianity and Islam and discussions about terrorism that sometimes seem a bit too ambivalent; 18 mostly strong obscenities (many “f” words) and zero profanities; light violence includes car crashes and explodes, boy burns nativity decorations and discussion of terrorism; teenage protagonist’s parents kiss in bed in what may be him imagining it and at first it is implied they were not married during that event and later it is revealed that father was married when they met, and they became romantically interested in one another; brief upper male nudity in two or three scenes; alcohol use and talk about women getting a little drunk while husband and father have intense, angry argument; no smoking; and, lying, deceit, lying encouraged as a classroom experiment, racism, Jewish man complains bitterly about Anti-Semitism among Muslim and Arab terrorists and would-be terrorists, elderly woman shows her Holocaust tattoo from the National Socialists in Germany during the World War II era, bigotry and antagonism against Arabs and Muslims are rebuked, and discussions about terrorism sometimes seem a bit too ambivalent and staged.

Summary:

ADORATION, an independent drama, focuses on an orphaned teenager and his platonic relationship to his French teacher, his older brother, his dead grandfather, and his dead parents who died in a mysterious accident that may have been intentional. ADORATION is a wooden, somber, gloomy movie with virtually only one mood, and its very strong humanist worldview includes a third act with overt anti-Christian content and plenty of strong foul language.

Review:

ADORATION is a wooden, somber, gloomy movie that evokes a wooden, somber, gloomy experience. Ultimately, the movie argues that people should create their own reality, their own world, and not be constrained by their family’s past history or even religious traditions. Even worse, the movie turns the protagonist’s Christian grandfather into the villain.

The story, such as it is, focuses on Simon, a teenage orphan in Canada living with his older brother, Tom, a tow-truck driver. Because his parents died under somewhat mysterious circumstances, Simon’s French teacher, a Lebanese woman named Sabine, encourages him to pretend to be the son of a real-life terrorist who tried to sneak a bomb on board a plane through his pregnant girlfriend. Simon and Sabine’s game generates a lot of discussion in class. Unknown to Sabine, Simon posts the phony story on the Internet. This generates even more discussion and even gets Sabine fired.

Meanwhile, viewers learn that Simon’s mean grandfather, a Christian who has since died, told Simon and Tom that Simon’s Arab father, Sammi, intentionally crashed the car that killed him and Simon’s mother. Later, viewers learn that the accident occurred after Sammi had an intense argument with the grandfather about Arab/Muslim terrorism and bigotry one evening. To escape the angry argument, Tom took young Simon for a ride in his truck.

Eventually, Sabine, Simon’s teacher, reveals a secret about herself. Then, the truth about Simon’s family and his grandfather emerges, Simon and Tom forge new family bonds, and Simon burns the beautiful Christian nativity decorations his grandfather handed down to them.

ADORATION is a movie based more on ideas rather than story and plot. This is a fatal mistake, even when the ideas are interesting. The movie also seems to have only one mood – somber and serious.

Even worse, the movie’s humanist worldview makes both an implied and overt, but not preachy, attack on Christianity. It also suggests truth is subjective, so people should construct their own reality, their own world, apart from the history and traditions of their family and without God or any religious text, much less the Bible.

ADORATION also contains plenty of strong foul language. Almost all the characters are disturbing, but especially the deceitful actions of the teenage protagonist, his teacher and his grandfather.

Of course, you don’t have to be a Christian to know that truth is objective and absolute, not subjective. Human beings are dependent on objective truth, not the other way around. Thus, truth and logic are independent of individual human beings and what they personally may or may not believe. And, one’s beliefs should correspond and conform to actual reality and truth as well as the laws of logic, which stem from God’s character and which are reflected in our hearts and minds, created by God in His own image.

In Brief:

ADORATION, an independent drama, focuses on Simon, a teenage orphan in Canada living with his older brother, Tom, a tow-truck driver. Simon’s French teacher, a Lebanese woman named Sabine, encourages him to pretend to be the son of a real-life terrorist who tried to sneak a bomb on board a plane through his pregnant girlfriend. Simon and Sabine’s game generates much discussion in class. Unknown to Sabine, Simon posts the phony story on the Internet. This generates even more discussion and gets Sabine fired. Eventually, Sabine reveals her secret. Consequently, the truth about Simon’s mean Christian grandfather emerges, Simon and Tom forge new family bonds, and Simon destroys the beautiful Christian nativity scene his grandfather gave them.

ADORATION is a wooden, somber, gloomy movie with virtually only one mood. Worse, the movie’s humanist worldview makes both an implied and overt, but not preachy, attack on Christianity. It also suggests truth is subjective, so people should construct their own reality, apart from the history and traditions of their family and without God or any religious text. ADORATION also contains plenty of strong foul language. Almost all the characters are disturbing.