Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it. ~Edmund Burke

When looking on Flixster for a movie to see, I decided we hit a new low for movie titles with the movie, A Good Old Fashioned Orgy.  I don’t even want to put it in quotes or underline it and give it credit for being a title.  It is a mainstream movie. Big as lights up on the marquee for everyone 5 and over to read.  ”Mom, what’s an …   you get my drift.  I think instead of stars for reviews they should start giving 1-5 trashcans.  1 for a little trash and 5 for unbelievable, can’t believe they can say that, can’t believe they can do that in a mainstream, wide release movie, movie.  It is kind of depressing to hear people say…”Oh my God, (Trash 101) is my favorite movie. I love that movie.”  Really?  Really?  REALLY?  your favorite movie??

SO last night we chose Sarah’s Key.  It is a real movie.  Not a movie that tries to push the squirm factor to the limit with as much raunch as possible.  It was a real movie that makes you think.  This was a real movie that makes you think that this was not that long ago.  It was a real movie that makes you ask yourself…what would I do?  This is a real movie.

A quote in  the movie that sticks with me is … (when a woman was asked why she didn’t you do anything while living in Paris when thousands of Jews were being arrested) “We were told a lot of things about the Jews.”   In other words, I believed what they were telling me and I didn’t know any better.  Do you ever believe what others say about groups of people? Prejudice and sweeping generalizations are still so prevalent.

This movie makes you sad knowing what humans are capable of doing to each other, but it also makes you comforted to know that some humans stick up for others even when it puts them in harm’s way or goes against the grain.

It will make you want to stick up for someone.

It will make you want to know more about what could be happening right now, even today.

It will make you think before you judge one more person, because you don’t walk in their shoes.

So in a world with The Hangover, or Jersey Shore, or whatever else fills the void and tells us to go out and do whatever is off the wall…find this movie.  If this movie is not near you, seek it out.  Drive to it.   It is a real movie.  It deserves stars, not trash cans.

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