The Hunger Games hits theaters on Friday, so it is likely that your teenager is probably going to be at the movies sometime this weekend. Apparently, the story of a futuristic America where different districts send children as representatives to a battle for food is great entertainment. My teenage daughter plans to attend a midnight showing on thursday night. In fact, here's the transcript of an actual text conversation between the two of us last week:
Daughter: Did you get my Hunger Games ticket yet?
Daughter: Why not?
Me: Instead of watching a boring movie, I thought you and your friends would enjoy experiencing your own Hunger Games. After spending the day starving yourselves, at about midnight, I organize a winner take all cage-match for a box of Twinkies. Your thoughts?
Daughter: You're an idiot.
Actually, she didn't call me an idiot. She told me she laughed out loud. Then she called to confirm that I did, in fact, get her a ticket. This Hunger Games thing is serious business.
But for those of you who aren't 15 years old, another movie deserves your attention this weekend. October Baby opens on Friday. It is a story that powerfully captures the issues of forgiveness and grace through the themes of abortion and adoption. I haven't seen it yet, but there is good buzz from some people I trust.
Go to the movie website for more information and to see the many ministries and agencies who have given their support and endorsement of the film. You can also find where it is showing in your area.
Given all the hype of The Hunger Games, it is likely that no other movie will get much press; October Baby included. And that is sad.