FILLY BROWN

"The anti-L.A. tourism movie"

Quality:
Content: -4 Gross immorality, and/or worldview problems.
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What You Need To Know:

FILLY BROWN is about life in a vulgar, drug infested, violent part of Los Angeles. Filly Brown engages in crime, dishonesty and plagerism in an effort to raise money to help get her mother out of prison. She then learns that the money was really needed to pay off drug dealers who her mother was running up a tab with. An effort is made to make Filly look like an idealist forced to become a sexy rap singer to raise money for her mother. Unfortunately, her idea of idealism is rap tunes expressing bitterness toward those who look down on and mistreat people like herself.

Filly’s father is presented as noble when he turns down an opportunity for considerable contracting work because the person offering the contract wanted a foreman who looked “respectable” (neatly dressed as opposed to covered in tatoos). The irony is that FILLY BROWN would only make most people more repulsed. While the movie does end with themes of forgiveness and life change, it’s not driven by Christian repentance. Jesus Christ offers a whole new life to communities like the one portrayed in FILLY BROWN.

Content:

(Pa, LLL, VV, S, N, DDD, A, MMM) ; A largely pagan worldview heavily influenced by drugs and alcohol, some people try to make an honest living but are sucked into the horrible prevailing culture, there are elements of forgiveness and reform but they are not based on Christian repentance, 94 mostly strong obscenities and 1 profanity; an attempted rape leads to a man hitting an 17 year-old girl, which then results in a string of violent reprisals all beatings, no gunfire; no sex beyond the attempted rape; upper male nudity; some alcohol use including the provision of alcohol to a minor; several scenes of drug use, a scene with the payoff of a drug dealer and a scene of a prison inmate clearly under the heavy influence of drugs; dishonesty, plagerism, bitterness and major child disobedience.

More Detail:

FILLY BROWN is about life in a part of Los Angeles most people would not want to go near. The vulgar, drug infested, violent lifestyle should help keep people away from parts of Los Angeles and this movie.

Filly Brown, the heroine of the movie, is hardly heroic. She engages in crime, dishonesty and plagerism in an effort to raise money to help get her mother out of prison. She then learns that the money was really to pay off drug dealers who her mother was running up a tab with. An effort is made to make Filly look like an idealist forced to become a sexy rap singer to raise money for her mother. Unfortunately, her idea of idealism is rap tunes expressing bitterness toward those who look down on and mistreat people like herself.

Filly’s father is presented as noble when he turns down an opportunity for considerable contracting work because the person offering the contract wanted a foreman who looked “respectable” (neatly dressed as opposed to covered in tatoos).

The irony is that a movie like FILLY BROWN would only make most people want to move further away from Los Angeles. Most people don’t want to live in a neighborhood where sentences are punctuated with “F” words, men search for rare places left to add a new tatoo and drug dealers drive around ready to engage in urban warfare. FILLY BROWN will never be mistaken for an L.A. tourism promotion piece.

While the movie does end with themes of forgiveness and life change, it’s not driven by repentance in the Christian sense. People can realize their life is a mess and try to change, but the most remarkable transformation is when someone seeks God’s forgiveness and a new life led by the Spirit of God. In Los Angeles there are no doubt many true stories of life transformation through Jesus Christ. Had FILLY BROWN been such a story it would have been a much better, and more successful movie.

Jesus Christ is the one who offers true hope to communities like the one portrayed in FILLY BROWN. Jesus can clean up bad language, cure drug addictions and even turn drug dealers into kind, loving and honest neighbors. We need more movies that offer this solution.

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