SAVING FACE

Sexual Immorality Conquers Moral Conscience

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Release Date: May 27, 2005

Starring: Joan Chen, Michelle Krusiec,
Lynn Chen, Jin Wang, Guang Lan
Koh, Ato Essandoh, Jessica
Hecht, and Brian Yang

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Audience: Teenagers and adults

Rating: R

Runtime: 90 minutes

Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

Director: Alice Wu

Executive Producer: John Penotti, Robin O’Hara
and Scott Macauley

Producer: Teddy Zee, James Lassiter and
Will Smith

Writer: Alice Wu

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Content:

(RoRoRo, FeFeFe, HoHoHo, B, Pa, LL, V, SS, NN, A, D, M) Very strong Romantic worldview with very strong feminist and feminist lesbian ideology where traditional society and its moral values are bad, if not evil, not only for female heterosexuals but also for females who engage in immoral homosexual behavior and have immoral homosexual desires and lusts, with a very strong pro-homosexual viewpoint with strong lesbian sex scene in bedroom, and one moral element in which a pregnant unmarried woman decides to have her baby, as well as one reference to pagan Buddhism; nine obscenities (including two “f” words), one strong profanity and five exclamatory profanities, a couple of which are borderline appeals to God; one light hospital scene where doctor sews up a patient; depicted lesbian sex scene which includes implied oral sex and unmarried middle-age woman is pregnant; upper female nudity in homosexual sex scene; alcohol use; smoking; and, young people rebel against traditions and moral acceptance of middle aged person becoming sexually involved with a young adult.

Summary:

SAVING FACE is a small romantic comedy set in the Chinese-American culture in New York City about a young female doctor in a lesbian relationship and her widowed mother who becomes pregnant and ostracized. This movie’s Romantic, feminist worldview is abhorrent, as are the movie’s pro-homosexual message and nude sex scene.

Review:

SAVING FACE is a small romantic comedy set in the Chinese-American culture in New York City. The story centers on Wilhelmina, a young Chinese doctor in a secret lesbian relationship who takes her widowed 48-year-old mother into her apartment to live when the mother becomes pregnant out of wedlock. Wilhelmina’s patriarchal, old-fashioned grandfather has disinherited her mother. The mother is also shunned by her gossiping friends, but she refuses to tell anyone who the father of her baby is.

Despite the lesbian affair with Vivian, a dancer who has applied for the Paris ballet, Wilhelmina is reluctant to being seen with Vivian in public. When the Paris ballet offers Vivian a job, both Vivian and Wilhelmina have a decision to make. Meanwhile, the secret of the mother’s own lover is revealed.

SAVING FACE has a very strong Romantic worldview with a very strong feminist outlook. Traditional Chinese society, which correctly shuns premarital sex and homosexuality, is seen as rigid and harsh. Of course, the movie also has a very strong pro-homosexual worldview as well. These worldviews are abhorrent, as are the movie’s nude lesbian sex scene and its one strong profanity and two uses of an “f” word. On a positive note, the mother decides to keep her baby rather than abort it, and the movie does not attack her decision.

It is important to note that the director of this radical left-wing movie, Alice Wu, is quoted as saying, “I rarely see the world in terms of good and evil, right or wrong; I think most people strive to do the right thing.” Miss Wu’s statements are logically self-contradictory. She claims that she rarely sees the world in terms of right or wrong, yet she also says that “most people strive to do the right thing,” whatever that means. Also, although the Romantic worldview she expresses in her movie strongly views traditional Chinese society as mostly wrong, Miss Wu herself seems confused about what she believes. Of course, like Miss Wu’s personal beliefs stated above, a Romantic worldview sees human nature as basically good, rather than sinful as God teaches in the Bible. Rampant immorality and rejection of Christianity begins with adopting false, incoherent worldviews and beliefs like these. That’s why MOVIEGUIDE®’s use of worldview analysis can be the first step toward spiritual, intellectual, philosophical, psychological, moral, mental, and emotional clarity, and the first step to media wisdom. Reading and studying the Bible doesn’t hurt either. In fact, it can lead to eternal salvation for anyone who takes it seriously.

In Brief:

SAVING FACE is a small romantic comedy set in the Chinese-American culture in New York City. The story centers on Wilhelmina, a young Chinese doctor in a secret lesbian relationship who takes her widowed 48-year-old mother into her apartment to live when the mother becomes pregnant out of wedlock. Wilhelmina’s patriarchal, old-fashioned grandfather has disinherited her mother. The mother is also shunned by her gossiping friends, but she refuses to tell anyone who the father of her baby is. Despite the lesbian affair with Vivian, a dancer who has applied for the Paris ballet, Wilhelmina is reluctant to being seen in public with Vivian. When the Paris ballet offers Vivian a job, both Vivian and Wilhelmina have a decision to make.

SAVING FACE has a very strong Romantic worldview with a very strong feminist outlook. The movie views traditional Chinese society, which correctly shuns premarital sex and homosexuality, as rigid and harsh. It also has a very strong pro-homosexual worldview as well. These worldviews are abhorrent, as is the movie’s nude lesbian sex scene. On a positive note, the mother refuses to have an abortion, and the movie does not mock her decision.