January 11, 2008, - 4:07 pm

Think the Anti-War Movies Are Over? . . .

By Debbie Schlussel
. . . Think again.
After all the bombs at the box office by anti-war movies–regardless of star power–you’d think Hollywood would give up.
The latest is “Stop Loss,” starring the former Mr. Reese Witherspoon, Ryan Phillippe. She had her anti-war pan-Islamist bomb, “Rendition.” Apparently, he wanted his. “Stop Loss,” which debuts on March 28th is about a soldier (Phillippe, an East Coaster with a schlocky Southern accent for this movie), who refuses to return to Iraq. Here’s the IMDB description of the movie:

Back home in Texas after fighting in Iraq, a soldier refuses to return to battle despite the government mandate requiring him to do so.

YAAAAWN. Boooooring. Been there, seen that. Here’s the trailer:


The movie also stars Abbie Cornish, reportedly the woman with whom Phillippe cheated on Witherspoon, which broke up their marriage.
I’ve seen Phillippe–he sat at my table at my Cousin David’s wedding–and, trust me, he ain’t all that. Nothing to write home about. He was rather grungy, even in an expensive pinstriped suit, and I barely even recognized the guy. That he’s starring in this absurd movie, just as the surge is working, makes him even less attractive on so many levels.
Yup, that’s what we need–movies encouraging more deserters. I predict–and it’s hardly rocket science–that this one will be a bomb, too. Neither of the former Mr. and Mrs. Reese Witherspoons should count on splitting any profits on this in the divorce settlement.
You’d think the “tiny” hint of “National Treasure: Book of Secrets” topping the box during the entire holiday season, for the last three weeks, might be a clue for Hollywood. That movie is apolitical. Instead, it’s action, adventure, and a focus on American history and historical sites.
That’s what America likes. The market has spoken. But Hollywood needs a hearing aid.
Oh, and by the way, the movie is produced by MTV Films, struggling to stay relevant and not succeeding. I don’t want my MTV.

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8 Responses

Maybe this movie (in all likely hood probably) was made around the same time (2006 or 2007) that all these other anti war bombs were being produced so the producers figured that there was a market for this type of crap.

Ripper on January 11, 2008 at 7:15 pm

Bad spelling on my part, “Likelihood” not “likely hood.”
Anyway let’s see – “Rendition”, “Lions for Lambs”, “Redacted,” “Grace Is Gone”, “In tHe Valley of Elah,” – all flops so what are the odds that this one will be a flop as well?

Ripper on January 11, 2008 at 9:49 pm

MTV Films eh? Well I guess they’re going after us younger people to try and be bought on this anti-american garbage. It won’t work on me…but I have a bad feeling it might work on others.

Squirrel3D on January 11, 2008 at 10:14 pm

One point of correction, Debbie. Ryan Phillipe is not a New Yorker; he is (to my shame) a native of Delaware.

ibn Abu on January 13, 2008 at 10:26 pm

I guess it might be asking a little too much of these filmmakers to hold off on “anti-Iraq” movies until the war is over and we have a better historical perspective of the situation.
I’ve known plenty of soldiers ticked off over the “stop loss” policy, but 1) there are so many loopholes and ways to avoid it that it’s not even funny, and 2) it’s right in everyone’s Army contract. Anyone joining the Army (no exceptions) signs up for an 8 year period in which they can be recalled to active duty at any time. If people don’t like this, they should have protested that policy when the Army started doing it (decades ago) or better yet, don’t sign up in the first place. No use crying about it after the fact.
Incidentally, I’m in the Army, and have been stop-lossed before myself.

John Rohan on January 14, 2008 at 4:46 pm

Yea its sick. These movies are such garbage defaming america’s military. For god’s sake is a little support for the military from hollywood asking too much?

d2eux on January 17, 2008 at 7:06 pm

Just like newspapers arenít operated by the government, Hollywood is well within its rights to make whatever movies it sees fit. However, Iím not sure this movie is going to come off as a slam of the U.S. government. At its base I think it will be exceedingly informative. As non-military, I, like many others, have never heard of the stop-loss clause and am hoping this film will help me gain some perspective on the issue. Iím glad that movies like this are made.

JacquesM on January 18, 2008 at 4:12 pm

I have a suggestion for Mr. Phillipe’s next opus.
I wrote an exam t university that consisted of two essay questions.
I thought I did very well.
I got 66%.
There was another question on the other side of the page.
Perhaps Mr. Phillipe would be interested in starring in:
“CHEATED! HOW I FORGOT TO TURN THE PAGE!”

Brian Akira on January 19, 2008 at 5:46 pm

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