THE HOURS

Content -4
Quality
None Light Moderate Heavy
Language        
Violence        
Sex        
Nudity        

Release Date: December 27, 2002

Starring: Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore,
Nicole Kidman, Ed Harris, Toni
Colette, Claire Danes, and
Jeff Daniels

Genre: Drama

Audience: Older teenagers and
adults REVIEWER: Lisa and Eric
Rice ****WARNING! This movie
has a "life is meaningless so
let's kill ourselves" slant,
which falls on the "suck the
happiness out of your day"
scale somewhere between
emergency dental work and
chronic car problems. So, if
you are just too joyful, by
all means, continue. THE HOURS
is a movie that follows the
lives of three different
groups of people in parallel.
The first group lives in 1923.
The movie introduces viewers
to Virginia Woolf, the famous
English writer who wrote such
notable books as TO THE
LIGHTHOUSE, ORLANDO and A ROOM
OF ONE'S OWN, well played by a
dumpified Nichole Kidman. Mrs.
Woolf is going insane. In the
process, she writes a book
called MRS. DALLOWAY. It's
about a woman who goes about
her daily life preparing for a
party, yet plans to commit
suicide. The second group
consists of a California
housewife and mother in 1951.
Laura Brown, played by
Julianne Moore, is also
fighting to keep her grip on
reality. She is reading MRS.
DOLLOWAY by Virginia Woolf.
Her husband is a simple,
doting man played by John C.
Reilly. She is pregnant and
has a small, question-filled
son who's about six, Richie,
nicknamed "Bug." The third
group lives in 2001 New York.
There are two women (Meryl
Streep and Allison Janney)
having a lesbian affair, the
daughter of one of the women
(Claire Danes), a gay poet (Ed
Harris) who is dying of aids,
and his ex-gay lover (Jeff
Daniels). Woolf's novel, MRS.
DALLOWAY, ties the groups
together. Besides being
severely depressed, each woman
finds herself strongly
attracted to another woman.
Each of the women are seen
kissing other women at some
point in the movie. It is only
the "modern" group that is not
"stealing" a kiss. Friendship
among women is considered the
strongest bond of all. The men
in the movie are either gay,
or simple and doting.
Virginia's husband, Leonard,
heroically tries to protect
her from herself and her
attempts at suicide, going so
far as to move her twice, but
even then he is pictured as a
strained, dour person. "Why is
everything wrong?" "Everyone
thinks they are fine . . . but
they aren't." "Even crazy
people like to be asked."
"Your life is trivial, you are
so trivial." "All your friends
are sad." These are just a
handful of the quotes from
this "cheerful" movie. In the
end, two people commit suicide
(and, possibly, others in the
audience just to stop the
pain!), and everyone else is
left to stumble through the
world in their sad little
meaningless lives. A secondary
theme in the movie is the
sentiment, "If you are really
a deep thinker, you must be
melancholy and borderline
suicidal . . . because you
UNDERSTAND the true
meaningless of life and must
suffer lesser humans who
don't. Solomon, when he was
"happily" writing
Ecclesiastes, might have liked
THE HOURS. "Meaningless, all
is vanity." And the title? It
comes from the dying Aids
victim, Richard, when he talks
about why he is not coming to
a party at Clarrisa's in his
honor. He explains, "It's the
hours." His friend Clarrissa
asks, "The hours? What does
that mean?" Richard replies,
"The hours after the party,
when I am back here . . .
alone." THE HOURS will
undoubtedly win numerous
awards for direction and
acting, but most viewers will
be bored to tears, especially
if you don't share the movie's
humanist, homosexual
worldview. The secular,
politically correct world is
enamored with borderline
personalities that appear in
movies like this where the
characters are "too deep" to
exist within mainstream
society. This is true
especially if the characters
are feminists feeling
oppressed by traditional
family life or feminists
living on the outskirts of
decent society. Overall, THE
HOURS is another sad movie
that shouts for mankind's need
for a personal relationship
with the Divine Creator
through our Savior, Jesus
Christ. Ironically, it clearly
shows the meaninglessness of a
humanist life without God and
without Jesus Christ. The only
answers it provides to
overcome this meaninglessness
are personal selfishness at
the expense of others, suicide
or living for moments of
affection or "love." The
problem is, however, that the
humanist "love" which the
movie offers has nothing to do
with the love of God and
everything to do with the
"love" one finds in immoral,
perverted homosexual
affairs. Please address your
comments to: Sherry Lansing,
Chairman Motion Picture
Group Paramount Pictures A
Paramount Communications
Company 5555 Melrose
Avenue Los Angeles, CA
90038-3197 Phone: (323)
956-5000 Website:
www.paramount.com

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 135 minutes

Distributor: Paramount Pictures CONTENT:
(HHH, HoHoHo, PaPa, PCPC,
FeFe, L, VV, SS, A, D, MM)
Depressing, hopeless humanist
worldview with very strong
homosexual worldview elements,
some pagan elements and a
politically correct, feminist
viewpoint; light language with
two "f" words and about six
other lighter obscenities;
violence includes the
depiction of two suicides by
falling and drowning; depicted
sexual immorality includes
lesbians kissing and an
acceptance of homosexuality;
no nudity; a few portrayals of
smoking and drinking; and,
miscellaneous immorality such
as lying to one's spouse,
mother abandons her family,
twenty-something daughter is
disrespectful to mother, and
portrayals of mentally
distraught women who can't
cope with life.

Director: Stephen Daldry

Executive Producer:

Producer: Scott Rudin and Robert
Fox EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Mark
Huffam

Writer: David Hare BASED ON THE NOVEL
BY: Michael Cunningham

Address Comments To:

Content:

(HHH, HoHoHo, PaPa, PCPC, FeFe, L, VV, SS, A, D, MM) Depressing, hopeless humanist worldview with very strong homosexual worldview elements, some pagan elements and a politically correct, feminist viewpoint; light language with two "f" words and about six other lighter obscenities; violence includes the depiction of two suicides by falling and drowning; depicted sexual immorality includes lesbians kissing and an acceptance of homosexuality; no nudity; a few portrayals of smoking and drinking; and, miscellaneous immorality such as lying to one's spouse, mother abandons her family, twenty-something daughter is disrespectful to mother, and portrayals of mentally distraught women who can't cope with life.

GENRE: Drama

HHH

HoHoHo

PaPa

PCPC

FeFe

L

VV

SS

A

D

MM

Summary:

THE HOURS follows the lives of three sets of individuals, from different time periods, all intertwined by author Virginia Woolf and her depressing novel, MRS. DALLOWAY, written in the 1920s. Like Mrs. Woolf, the film's other characters are intense and melancholy, verging on insanity and suicide, wrestling with the "meaning of life," but often finding comfort within homosexual affairs.

Review:

****WARNING! This movie has a "life is meaningless so let's kill ourselves" slant, which falls on the "suck the happiness out of your day" scale somewhere between emergency dental work and chronic car problems. So, if you are just too joyful, by all means, continue.

THE HOURS is a movie that follows the lives of three different groups of people in parallel. The first group lives in 1923. The movie introduces viewers to Virginia Woolf, the famous English writer who wrote such notable books as TO THE LIGHTHOUSE, ORLANDO and A ROOM OF ONE'S OWN, well played by a dumpified Nichole Kidman. Mrs. Woolf is going insane. In the process, she writes a book called MRS. DALLOWAY. It's about a woman who goes about her daily life preparing for a party, yet plans to commit suicide.

The second group consists of a California housewife and mother in 1951. Laura Brown, played by Julianne Moore, is also fighting to keep her grip on reality. She is reading MRS. DOLLOWAY by Virginia Woolf. Her husband is a simple, doting man played by John C. Reilly. She is pregnant and has a small, question-filled son who's about six, Richie, nicknamed "Bug."

The third group lives in 2001 New York. There are two women (Meryl Streep and Allison Janney) having a lesbian affair, the daughter of one of the women (Claire Danes), a gay poet (Ed Harris) who is dying of aids, and his ex-gay lover (Jeff Daniels).

Woolf's novel, MRS. DALLOWAY, ties the groups together. Besides being severely depressed, each woman finds herself strongly attracted to another woman. Each of the women are seen kissing other women at some point in the movie. It is only the "modern" group that is not "stealing" a kiss.

Friendship among women is considered the strongest bond of all. The men in the movie are either gay, or simple and doting. Virginia's husband, Leonard, heroically tries to protect her from herself and her attempts at suicide, going so far as to move her twice, but even then he is pictured as a strained, dour person.

"Why is everything wrong?" "Everyone thinks they are fine . . . but they aren't." "Even crazy people like to be asked." "Your life is trivial, you are so trivial." "All your friends are sad." These are just a handful of the quotes from this "cheerful" movie.

In the end, two people commit suicide (and, possibly, others in the audience just to stop the pain!), and everyone else is left to stumble through the world in their sad little meaningless lives. A secondary theme in the movie is the sentiment, "If you are really a deep thinker, you must be melancholy and borderline suicidal . . . because you UNDERSTAND the true meaningless of life and must suffer lesser humans who don't.

Solomon, when he was "happily" writing Ecclesiastes, might have liked THE HOURS. "Meaningless, all is vanity." And the title? It comes from the dying Aids victim, Richard, when he talks about why he is not coming to a party at Clarrisa's in his honor. He explains, "It's the hours." His friend Clarrissa asks, "The hours? What does that mean?" Richard replies, "The hours after the party, when I am back here . . . alone."

THE HOURS will undoubtedly win numerous awards for direction and acting, but most viewers will be bored to tears, especially if you don't share the movie's humanist, homosexual worldview. The secular, politically correct world is enamored with borderline personalities that appear in movies like this where the characters are "too deep" to exist within mainstream society. This is true especially if the characters are feminists feeling oppressed by traditional family life or feminists living on the outskirts of decent society.

Overall, THE HOURS is another sad movie that shouts for mankind's need for a personal relationship with the Divine Creator through our Savior, Jesus Christ. Ironically, it clearly shows the meaninglessness of a humanist life without God and without Jesus Christ. The only answers it provides to overcome this meaninglessness are personal selfishness at the expense of others, suicide or living for moments of affection or "love." The problem is, however, that the humanist "love" which the movie offers has nothing to do with the love of God and everything to do with the "love" one finds in immoral, perverted homosexual affairs.

Please address your comments to:

Sherry Lansing, Chairman

Motion Picture Group

Paramount Pictures

A Paramount Communications Company

5555 Melrose Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90038-3197

Phone: (323) 956-5000

Website: www.paramount.com

In Brief: