Commentary

Family Values, Christian Virtues Take Center Stage at Box Office

By Ted Baehr | September 2, 2015 | 12:44pm EDT
A scene from the movie Jurassic World (AP Photo)

The media has been making a big deal the past few weeks about the box office success of the movie “Straight Outta Compton,” a hagiography about a foul-mouthed gangsta rap group, but, according to box office stats, it’s family values that reign supreme at the box office so far.

As of last week, seven of the Top 10 Movies at the Box Office in the United States and Canada, preach strong pro-family messages of family values.

In fact, in the biggest movie at the box office, “Jurassic World,” the lead female character learns the lesson that family should come before career and profit. In the No. 2 movie, “The Avengers:  Age of Ultron,” the Avengers learn that one of their comrades, Hawkeye, has a wife and two children that he’s fighting for and keeping safe from harm.

Also, during the No. 3 movie at the box office, “Furious 7,” the hero, played by Vin Diesel, is trying to help his wife regain her lost memories of the love they share.

At the end of the movie, Vin’s character honors the life of his best friend, who happens to be the loving husband of his sister.

Family values, and other Christian, morally uplifting virtues, also take center stage in such Top 10 movies as “Inside Out,” “Cinderella,” “Home,” and “Ant-Man.”

For example, the title character in “Cinderella” gets sage advice from her mother that helps her become a positive female role model after her mother dies. Also, the title character in “Ant-Man” uses his super suit at the end to save and protect the life of his beloved daughter and become the kind of man she wants him to be.

Finally, none of these seven movies had any graphic sex or nudity and had either no or only limited foul language.

Ted Baehr is the Chairman of The Christian Film & Television Commission™ and Publisher of MOVIEGUIDE® (www.movieguide.org), a family guide to entertainment.  An award-winning media authority, he is used by God to redeem the mass media and teach families to be media-wise.  His books include "How To Succeed In Hollywood (Without Losing Your Soul)" and "The Culture-Wise Family," among many others.

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