2022’s Biggest Box Office Flops Prove Audiences Want Movies With Strong Moral Messages

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2022’s Biggest Box Office Flops Prove Audiences Want Movies With Strong Moral Messages

By Movieguide® Contributor

Last year, 2022, was full of big movies, but there were also plenty of bombs. 

Deadline recently released its list of last year’s biggest box office flops, and many of the movies listed reflect the audience’s dislike of immoral content. 

Disney’s STRANGE WORLD lost $197.4 million at the box office. The movie followed a family of explorers traveling through a new land, but moviegoers were not fans. Some blamed STRANGE WORLD’s stale plot, while others pointed to its content. 

Movieguide®’s review of STRANGE WORLD reads:

STRANGE WORLD is beautifully animated, but it has a boring script and underdeveloped characters. Though it has some pro-family values that extol forgiveness, they’re spoiled by an unapologetic, politically correct homosexual agenda. For example, the teenage grandson flirts with another boy. STRANGE WORLD has a politically correct, unscientific attitude against “fossil fuels.” Also, the characters discover that their world rests on the shell of a giant tortoise.

Disney had another bomb with LIGHTYEAR. The kids’ movie lost $106 million. TOY STORY fans had plenty of issues with the spin-off, from the exclusion of Tim Allen, who originally voiced the character, to LGBT+ plotlines. 

A portion of the Movieguide® review reads:

LIGHTYEAR constantly places obstacles in Buzz’s way. The obstacles make an exciting story. However, Buzz isn’t really the hero of this story. His lesbian friend, Alisha, is the real hero. Eventually, it’s her life that inspires Buzz, her granddaughter and everyone else. Thus, the whole movie becomes a validation of LGBT ideology and an attack on masculinity and the biblical view of family. LIGHTYEAR also taints the TOY STORY franchise, because it says the politically correct movie became Andy’s favorite movie.

Another major flop was BABYLON, the follow-up movie from LA LA LAND’s Damien Chazelle. The movie cost Paramount $87.4 million. 

There were many reasons why BABYLON ultimately failed, from its lengthy runtime (3 hours and 9 minutes), its over-inflated budget, and the raunchy content in the movie. 

Movieguide®’s review of BABYLON reads:

Clocking in at more than three hours. BABYLON is an exercise in excess. It has more than 200 obscenities and profanities and many lewd, explicit images, especially in the big party scene that seems to last forever. Even when the movie creates a moving homage to the Golden Age of Hollywood, the sequence goes on too long. BABYLON also contains two vomit-inducing scatological scenes, brief extreme violence and politically correct attacks on morality and decency.

These box office bombs demonstrate what Movieguide® has been emphasizing: moviegoers want to see family-friendly content with a strong moral message.

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