Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder
More Silly Movie Review Reviews
Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2003 and it's now more than five years old. So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it! I'm keeping this up for historical archive purposes, but the me of today may 100% disagree with what I said then. I rarely edit posts after publishing them, but if I do, I usually leave a note in italics to mark the edit and the reason. If this post is particularly offensive or breaches someone's privacy, please contact me.
Ebert says a bloggy thing in a 1998 review of a half-star flick: "The plot involves ... excuse me for a moment, while I laugh uncontrollably at having written the words 'the plot involves.' I'm back."
The CAPAlert guy CAPAlerted me to Extreme Days, "an extreme signal to an world saturated with extreme vulgarity." His review included the note: "This movie could have very easily been rated G. Indeed, it earned a score of 92 which is midrange of the CAP scoring range (100 to 87) earned by G-rated movies. I suppose it was given a PG because of the 'thematic elements': open submission to God's Wisdom and Will."
Curious, I looked for more info on IMDB, and found many user comments. Most are enthusiastic young Christians saying that the movie is not too preachy, and great for youth ministries, and perfect to watch with friends, saved or unsaved. (Example: "good youth group movie, or just to watch at your house w/ buds. you don't have to fastforward through anything. oh yeah!") A few comments call it boring and repetitious. (Example: "If this is the only video remaining in the video store, walk away!!!")
Neither set of comments swayed me; in any case, I know I won't see it because it has "Extreme" in the title.