"Offensive PC Attacks on Christian Faith"
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Sadly, John’s method of recovery rejects biblical principles and mocks Jesus Christ and Christians. The movie’s main message is personal enlightenment through whatever “higher power” you want to follow, mixed with a strong nihilistic sentiment that life doesn’t have as much meaning as we think. DON’T WORRY, HE WON’T GET FAR ON FOOT has a strong humanist, politically correct worldview with lots of overt Anti-Christian, heretical elements. It also contains abundant foul language, explicit lewd content, and strong homosexual references. Media-wise viewers will want to skip DON’T WORRY, HE WON’T GET FAR ON FOOT.
DON’T WORRY, HE WON’T GET FAR ON FOOT is the true story of John Callahan, a man who battled alcoholism both before and after an injury that left him paralyzed. Although the movie has excellent performances and some sweet moments, it gets bogged down by excessive foul language, crude content, and strong Anti-Christian, politically correct elements.
Through a nonlinear, quirky fashion, the movie follows John (Joaquin Phoenix) as he tells his life story, from his mother’s abandonment, to becoming an alcoholic at the age of 13, to the deadly car crash that left him a quadriplegic. The movie bounces back and forth between the night of the crash (a night where John partied too hard and got in a car with a drunk driver), his medical recovery, and the aftermath.
The heart of the movie, however, focuses on John’s relationship with his group in Alcoholics Anonymous. Leading the group is his AA sponsor, Donnie (Jonah Hill). With help from the group and his sponsor, John recovers not only from his medical condition, but also from his addiction and from the childhood trauma of his mother’s abandonment. As he recovers, John discovers his talent as an edgy, irreverent cartoonist and begins to turn his life around for the better.
The best part of DON’T WORRY, HE WON’T GET FAR ON FOOT is the performances. Led by Joaquin Phoenix as John and an excellent supporting turn by Jonah Hill, the chemistry between the characters creates a solid community of support for John’s story. There are light themes about the power of community and acceptance through John’s AA group. As John goes through the 12 Step program, he also learns the power of forgiveness as he makes amends to people wronged in the past. Despite these positive elements, including some sweet moments, much of the movie gets lost in depicting John’s alcoholism and lifestyle, combined with excessive foul language and strong sexual content. In fact, the movie’s negative messages far outweigh the positive.
For example, it’s good that the movie’s excessive scenes of drinking are depicted in a negative light and that John’s recovery comes from overcoming his addiction. However, he accomplishes this through a silly, generic path of personal “enlightenment,” where John’s sponsor, Donnie, constantly tells John that he needs to find a higher power, but says it doesn’t actually matter what the higher power is. Donnie blatantly rejects Christian ideals by telling John that his higher power doesn’t have to be Jesus. In fact, John often goes so far to say that his “higher power” is Chucky, the killer doll from the horror movies. This offensive, abhorrent, heretical notion is a running joke throughout the movie.
The movie’s Anti-Christian problems don’t stop with Donnie’s heresy or John’s rejection of Jesus as a higher power. After his accident, John says he prays to both God and the Devil in hopes that one will answer his prayer to walk again. He even says he tells the Devil, “I’ll give you anything you want.” Later, however, the movie seems to reject the notion of a higher power altogether. For example, at another point, Donnie says the goal is not the higher power, but “enlightenment.”
Eventually, John becomes known for his offensive, crass, irreverent cartoons. He then mocks Christians for sending complaint letters. His cartoons include a picture of Christ on the cross saying the words, “T.G.I.F” as well as offensive cartoons featuring the KKK, racist comments, and obscene images. Thus, the movie turns John into a cultural hero for his unique and comical mind, even though many of his cartoons cross the lines of good taste and true intelligence. Also, the movie’s opening scene ends with the line, “Maybe life isn’t supposed to be meaningful,” and John’s story seems to play out this nihilistic premise. Thus, while John does indeed manage to beat his alcoholism and find a way to live life as a quadriplegic, he never finds meaning and blatantly rejects notions of faith and a true higher power in God.
Ultimately, DON’T WORRY, HE WON’T GET FAR ON FOOT has an abhorrent humanist, nihilistic worldview with Anti-Christian, heretical elements, lots of strong foul language, explicit lewd content, and strong homosexual references. Media-wise viewers will want to avoid this unacceptable movie.