December 11, 2009, - 4:05 pm
A very unsung dark comedy starring two seemingly has-beens gets my vote, this weekend. A very obviously anti-Semitic film over which critics are raving gets my jeers. I did not see Disney’s “The Princess and the Frog,” as the screening was held on the Jewish Sabbath.
* “An Education“: If this movie didn’t have such an anti-Semitic slant, so obvious and heavy-handed, I might have liked it. But, instead, we’re told over and over that the villain in this movie, a criminal and predator of young and old, is a Jew. It’s high quality British Bin Laden cinema. The authors of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion would be proud.
Jenny (Carey Mulligan), a teen girl in early ’60s London gets caught in a heavy rain and is offered a ride by a charming gentleman, David (Peter Sarsgaard), who offers protection for her cello, which she plays in a youth orchestra. Soon, he is sending her flowers and sweeping both her and her working-class parents off their feet. Jenny, a francophile and brilliant student, desperately wants to get into Oxford to change her life from that of her working class parents. And David pretends to help her. But that and his fancy car and money–it’s all a ruse.
In fact, he’s a criminal, con-man and a thief, who preys on old women (stealing their property) and young women (to steal their virginity and innocence). This predator–whom filmmakers make sure we know is a Jew, Jew, JEW, JOOOO!–takes the girl to Paris, takes her virginity, proposes marriage to her, and ruins her life. And then she finds out he’s already married to someone else.
The end. Oh, and did I mention that this vile predator is a Jew? Just in case you didn’t notice and just in case you didn’t get the anti-Semitic message of this movie that Jews are con-men, vile characters who prey on the innocent without even an iota of conscience.
If this movie is “an education” in anything, its in the curriculum of Ahmadinejad and Hitler. I, myself, learned nothing. . . except that anti-Semitic filmmaking is alive and well in Hollywood and Britain. And, sadly, even that isn’t news. Irina Bragin of the Los Angeles Jewish Journal seconds my emotion and thought on this film in an excellent analysis I urge you to read. I’m sure Pat Buchanan had multiple orgasms over this movie, or will when he learns of it.
We recently voted our nominations for the Detroit Film Critics Society (I’ll be posting mine on Sunday or Monday). Studios lobbied us heavily, as did fellow critics. And while they urged me to vote for “An Education” in several categories, I declined. I will not give anti-Semitism a single nod of approval. Nor will I give any accolades to those who go along with it for an acting job and paycheck. When we vote our final ballots on Monday, I will continue with this policy concerning this horrible piece of Jew-hatred on the silver screen.
* “Serious Moonlight“: I expected to hate this romantic (or rather anti-romantic) comedy starring Meg Ryan and Timothy Hutton as a longtime married couple. But I found it cute and a very bearable dark version of a chick flick. I think guys might like it, too. This dark comedy has a very clever ending, but if you blink, you’ll miss it.
Ryan plays an overachieving lawyer who goes up to the country for a weekend with her husband, Hutton, for a romantic weekend. But she comes up a day early and spoils her husband’s plan to leave her for his much younger lover (Kristen Bell) and a trip to Paris. Ryan not only rains on his parade, but she holds her husband hostage (taping him to a toilet with duct tape) until he will love her again. While much arguing and yelling ensues, a robbery of the house occurs, too.
Like I said, it’s clever, funny, and cute. And it was light and entertaining, the way movies are supposed to be. Moreover, at just 84 minutes, it’s short and sweet. Sadly, it’s gotten little press or publicity and after only a few short engagements in arthouse movie theaters, it’ll probably go quickly to DVD release.
It should be noted that this movie was the last project of the late Adrienne Shelley, the actress-turned-writer/director who was only beginning her critically-acclaimed directing career when her life was cut short by an illegal alien who murdered her. She wrote this script. The movie was directed by actress Cheryl Hines.
Tags: Adrienne Shelley, An Education, Carey Mulligan, Cheryl Hines, Kristen Bell, Meg Ryan, Movie Reviews, Peter Sarsgaard, Serious Moonlight, Timothy Hutton