I will set no worthless thing before my eyes... It shall not fasten its grip on me. - Psalm 101:3Numerous films, television series and miniseries are vying for your attention and patronage each week. So how do you choose which ones to spend your hard earned dollars on and watch? Do you look at the ratings? Reviews? Family Guides? Or do you take a chance and see a film/show because your favorite actor is the star?
As a young person, I was in the habit of seeing a movie because of the high critical praise or because someone I admired was in the film. About 5 years ago, I felt convicted in my faith and decided I needed to better guard my eyes and heart against unnecessary crassness and ugliness and came up with three questions that I ask before seeing any film/t.v. series.
This post is not meant to judge anyone else or tell you what to (or not to) watch but I hope that those of you who are interested might find this post helpful.
Here are 3 Questions I ask myself before seeing any film/t.v. series:
- Does the film/t.v. series have any nudity, sex scenes and gratuitous violence?
- Does the film/t.v. series have a positive message?
- Would I be embarrassed to be seen watching the film/t.v. series?
IMDb, I couldn't even read all the descriptions of the nudity/sexuality in the blockbuster without blushing. Despite all the wonderful things I heard about the film, there was no reason I could think of to "get a load of" Ryan Reynolds and I would be embarrassed to be seen watching the film. Similarly, I could not stomach watching Bridesmaids (2011) in the cinemas. Despite being with a friend, I had to get up and leave during the first prolonged sex scene that was supposed to be funny but for me it was extremely embarrassing and I didn't know where to look as it went on and on.
Parents' Guide on IMDb and UK reviews, I know this is one I will not be checking out. Aside from the orgy and numerous sexual scenes, the movie is rated R for violence and disturbing scenes. No thanks, I'll just go re-watch Die Hard and Brideshead Revisited.
Similarly, I changed my mind about The Night Manager after seeing the parental guide on IMDb. Sadly I will be passing on seeing the likes of Hugh Laurie, Tom Hollander, Olivia Colman and Natasha Little in this piece.
Everyone has to make their minds up on what they will tolerate. Might seem like a downer and you probably wonder if I watch anything but yes I do. Plenty but I am just more cautious nowadays about what I agree to watch because let's remember that nothing ever really gets wiped away from your heart and memory. If you want a more educated understanding about the next movie/t.v. show you watch, check out the IMDb Parental Guide.
Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. - Proverbs 4:23