Are we too jaded for Lassie?

11134__lassie_n_boy_lImagine, if you will, a world without Lassie. What’s that, you say? We’re living in it? Well, yes. But this weekend, Lassie returns, after a more-than-five-year absence. (Lois Lane has, once again, moved on, this time with a bipolar Shitzu.)

So Lassie’s coming back, in a film designed to return the story to its English roots. (The American TV series cheesed up the old girl.) But what kind of world will she find waiting for her? A world too jaded for Lassie perhaps? Instead of finding Timmy down a well, she’ll discover Saddam in a spider hole or Dick Cheney in his undisclosed location. (Once a year, I am allowed to channel the rhythmic nonsense of Maureen Dowd.)

Seriously, though: Has the world outgrown (or rather, mutated away from) the story of a loyal collie and her boy? This summer, kids’ movies have been especially violent, intense and adult-themed. (I’d never take my imaginary 8-year-old to Monster House, even though it’s perhaps the best-written, best-directed blockbuster of the summer.) Will the fall bring a return to gentleness?

I think Lassie’s got a shot. Why? Because I am a giant sap. Because kids love dogs. Because we find it easier to cry for an innocent canine than for our fellow bastard. The world doesn’t deserve you, Lassie. But we might need you, just the same. [EDITOR’S NOTE: (sniff)]

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Comments (6 total)
  • pb

    Well considering Hollywood directors today, not to mention television advertising directors are suffering from clinical psychosis, I would be a good bet to say that this movie will probably be much the same as the others that have come out this year last year tne the year before last ****** PSYCHO

  • mike

    Have you taken your pill, Scott?
    Not only are adults too jaded, the kids are as well.
    What’s that, Lassie. Timmy’s drug test came up positive?

  • Michelle

    I have to totally agree with you about Monster House. It scared the bejeebers out of me. Which my kids thought was Hilarious.

  • Lisa

    I know what you mean about our kids being too jaded and grown-up. I try to shelter my kids (ages 7 and 3) from stuff like Monster House (even though it got great reviews) and let them see it when they’re older. The world will be scary and harsh and “real” soon enough for them!

  • V.M.L.

    As long kids know the moral of those adult-themed kiddie movies, than we’re fine. If kids get violent, tell them that violetn scenes in movies ARE NOT REAL.

  • Doug

    I saw this film recently her in Seattle…it’s wonderful. For this jaded film goer, it worked wonderfully and became one of the top films at our 3 week film festival. Kids and adults we’re all moved by the simple but beautifully told story. Go see it.

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