I fell into the trap. One afternoon some friends and I were conversing about life when one of the ladies asked if anyone had seen "Les Mis". I enthusiastically responded that I had. She asked what I thought. I told her that I cried through most of it and then asked if she had seen it. That is when I realized I had fallen into "the trap".
A conversation then ensued about the appropriateness of seeing a movie such as that. Another friend pulled up a blog post entitled "Why good Catholics shouldn't see 'Les Mis'". Discussions were had about whether or not a few bad minutes of a movie render the entire movie worthless.
Whenever discussions such as this come up I always think of the story of the dad who made brownies for his kids and told them after they began eating them and raving about how good they were that he only put a little bit of dog poop in them. When they were done spitting and being repulsed he defended his actions by stating that, really, it was just a small amount, it shouldn't have any great effect on the overall brownie.
I know many other "good" Catholics who have seen the movie and who have raved about it. I know many who will not see it because of the one scene which takes place during the song "Master of the House". Yes, it was objectionable. Yes, I was uncomfortable. Should I have left the theater? Should I go to confession?
I haven't had a chance to discuss this with a priest yet, but I will because I want to know if watching that one scene makes the movie worthy of confession. We've had quite a few discussions around the dinner table about this and still aren't sure what the "right" answer is.
Of course, I know that asking 10 different priests will give me 10 different answers. Asking the others will also elicit a variety of responses, I'm sure, from the "Don't be ridiculous" to the "Get thee to a confessional" variety.
What's your opinion? Have you heard a priest speak about this specific movie, or others like it? Have you seen "Les Mis" and, if so, what did you think? Without passing judgement on me or others, I would LOVE to hear you take on things like this. I know that sometimes, for whatever reason, people can't leave comments here. If that's the case, I'll have a link to this posted on my Catholic Homeschooling Resources facebook page. Feel free to comment there, too :)