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Luanne Russo December 20th, 2012 02:47 PM

How Much Is To Much?
I received this e-mail this morning. I am a member of a national organization for parents of Murdered Children. They work to help families who find themselves in this situation. I would like to share it with you.

POMC has learned that the movie "This Is 40" which is to be released this weekend has a portion where one of the characters jokingly plays a "murder game" with his kids. The character, Larry, prepares to spray his triplets with a hose and says, "Line up! Line up for murder! Come on! Who wants to be killed?" One of the kids screams, "I do!" Larry responds, "Okay, we're eliminating one, we're cheaper already," and then Larry sprays the child. The next kid says, "Murder me!" Larry responds, "Boom, dead. You're dead," adding, "All right, the kids are murdered. That will save us some money." This is offensive before the Connecticut shootings and even more so now. We are asking for an apology or removal of those scenes. We know murder is not a game. National is sending a letter of protest and feel free to also contact the production company.

Read more:

Please send a MINE letter protest to;
Apatow Productions
C/O Judd Apatow
2900 W. Olympic Blvd., Ste 141
Santa Monica, CA 90404

Trip December 20th, 2012 03:31 PM

this is disgraceful....:( I know this was written well before out current sorrows, but, what passes for humor, could be part of an issue that maybe should be discussed.

Aerogirl December 20th, 2012 06:21 PM

No doubt very poor taste!

AR December 20th, 2012 07:35 PM

Awful. In today's world it's totally inappropriate and it would be nice to see a major theatre chain or two refuse to run the picture. But that won't happen.

But you know it's funny. . .

I have some knowledge of the history of film censorship. If a scene like that had appeared in a film from the early 1920s through about 1960, when the Hays Office was riding high and filmmakers really had to toe the mark, it would have elicited nothing but a yawn from the censors and the public. On the other hand, when Rhett Butler said, "Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn," there was a great indignant outcry that such a thing was permitted. The Legion of Decency and other bluenose groups went berserk.

The difference, of course, was the tenor of the times. In those kinder, gentler days the scene in question wouldn't have been taken as anything more than joking around, because we didn't have the kind of "acting out" then that we're accustomed to today. Of course, it may well be that even then such suggestions had a negative effect on kids, but there were too many barriers in the way to routinely turn them into reality.

The first of which of course is that there were fewer guns, they were harder to get, and there were no assault rifles available to the public.

Kuki December 20th, 2012 08:18 PM

No question, reading the dialogue posted, it's in incredibly bad taste and even without the events of last Fri., I wouldn't think it funny in any way.

I do think this is one of those cases that tests one's belief in freedom of speech.

As hurtful, insensitive and dumb as most people would agree that it is, if people actually believe in freedom of speech, they have to believe in the "film makers" right to say it.

If so, the "right" response (if you will) is to not go to the movie; not supporting the filmmaker, actors, studio, etc.

seadog2 December 20th, 2012 08:37 PM

My wife and I are members of POMC, 1994. Anyone who has lost a child by this means knows it's no laughing matter and nothing to be toyed with. Yes, this is in poor taste. Some things just aren't funny.

Will December 20th, 2012 10:20 PM

Hang in there Luanne my friend!

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