PHILOMENA Add To My Top 10
Politically Correct Attack on Christianity
Release Date: November 29, 2013
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 98 minutes
Distributor: The Weinstein Company
Director: Stephen Frears
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During her youth, Philomena became pregnant out of wedlock. Not knowing what to do, her father put her in the convent. Philomena had to work in the laundry mat in order for the nuns to take care of her child, Anthony. The nuns would only allow Philomena and the other mothers visit their children for an hour a day, saying that they need to serve for their sins of impurity. One day, Philomena watches as little Anthony is taken away for adoption.
Completely in distress, Philomena spends 50 years looking for Anthony. A journalist, Martin, hears about Philomena’s situation and decides to take on the story as a human-interest article. Martin has been very angry with his life after being accused of saying something offensive and being fired. Martin and Philomena start off by going to the convent, but the nuns tell Philomena their records have been burned in a fire.
When at the local bar near the Convent, Martin and Philomena get some info from the bartender, who tells them the many of the children adopted from the convent went to America. So, Martin and Philomena decide to hop on a plane and go to Washington D.C. There, Martin has an epiphany of who Anthony is. He realizes he met him many years before, when Anthony was an influential Republican and a closeted homosexual. Another pivotal moment occurs when Martin and Philomena meet with one of Anthony’s closest friends, but it only make Philomena’s task of finding closure even more challenging.
Once again, Judy Dench does a completely believable job playing the title character in PHILOMENA. Although Dench’s simple Christian character is viewed as somewhat heroic, the movie ends up being a politically correct attack on the Roman Catholic church and traditional Christian views of marriage and homosexuality. The movie often uses humor to religious faith. The journalist is an atheist who’s completely rejected God and spends most of the movie mocking religion. Finally, the nuns are seen as the real villains. They lie during the entire movie and are depicted as having a mean attitude toward Philomena and the other girls with an unwed pregnancy. Their evil is contrasted with Philomena’s simple, but relatively amoral, faith, including her spirit of forgiveness. The ultimate effect of all this is to turn Jesus into a liberal wimp who makes no moral demands or moral judgments whatsoever. Of course, in the Book of Mark, the first public advice Jesus gives to people begins with the word, “Repent” (Mark 1:15). PHILOMENA’s Romantic worldview also seems to be promoting the radical pro-homosexual agenda of the Anti-Christian Left. The movie also contains some strong, but brief, foul language, and a politically correct attack on Republican conservatives promoting traditional family values.
Judy Dench does a completely believable job playing the lead character in PHILOMENA. Although her Christian character is viewed as somewhat heroic, the movie ends up being a politically correct attack on the Roman Catholic church and traditional Christian views of marriage and homosexuality. The movie often uses humor to mock religious faith. The journalist is an atheist and spends most of the movie mocking religion. Finally, the nuns are the real villains. They lie during the entire time. Their evil is contrasted with Philomena’s simple, but relatively amoral, faith. Media-wise viewers will reject the movie PHILOMENA.