Controversial Houndog film released
You'll remember that the talk of the film Houndog caused quite a stir when it was first shown, for it carries with it a short, and very carefully filmed, scene of child rape. Instantly those words caused great upset, and with people who hadn't even seen the film or understood the context, the mere mention of the words were enough to stir people to action.
However the truth of the scene, and the film, are a totally different matter, and that is clearly apparent now that the film is getting a release.
Not only is it getting released in North America, but the MPAA have assigned the film a PG-13 rating and the Rape and Incest National Network (RAINN) have given the film an endorsement.
Not only that but it is one scene out of an entire film that is representing much more, and actually has a message to bring to people, and RAINN agree. The very fact that it has received a PG-13 has to say a lot too, and it's not that the values of the MPAA are being eroded.
Cinema Blend have the story and point out that the film is going to do well if the controversy continues, and I find that rather depressing. It's going to be the controversy over an issue that doesn't really exist, the claims of child abuse and pornography that have been banded around for this one scene are outweighing any benefit of the film as an entirety, a benefit that RAINN see since they have endorsed the film.
It's a story about a child who has to deal with a terrible life and how she does that, it raises awareness of what can actually happen and perhaps, like The Woodsman (Filmstalker review), tackles a subject that most people are scared to address in an open and adult way, rather than a mob heavy sixteenth century way.