A drama slated for release this summer that is produced by a Christian film company is causing a stir for the movie’s frequent use of expletives, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Titled “Generational Sins,” the movie by filmmaker Spencer T. Folmar “is about child abuse, alcoholism and, ultimately, redemption through Jesus Christ,” according to THR.
The film’s official website says the plot revolves around two estranged brothers trying to fulfill their mother’s dying wish to reconcile with their abusive, alcoholic father. Along their way, they wrestle with their demons and the language apparently reflects that.
Characters in the movie use salty words like f—k and s—t, upsetting some Christian movie critics, while one character’s use of “f——t” is of concern to LGBT activists, THR said.
Meanwhile, Christian entertainment-industry watchers are divided, THR noted, with some critical of the project altogether while others saying it’s a good fit for mature audiences but not family viewing.
The movie’s director and producers insist that the context is key, especially when communicating darkness and brokenness in the world and the Christian’s hope for redemption in Christ.
“We’re not shying away from anything,” executive producer Thurman Mason said, THR reported. “We live in an R-rated world, and covering up the darkness won’t bring it into the light. There is objective, gospel truth in this movie. Hollywood stereotypes Christians as nutty fruitcakes detached from reality, but that’s not the case and, as Christian filmmakers, we’d like to demonstrate that.”
An alumnus of both the conservative evangelical Grove City College and Reformed Theological Seminary, Mr. Folmar explains the philosophy behind his approach at the website for his production company.
“Generational Sins, LLC is a film production company established for the purpose of bringing compelling stories about the human condition to a film going audience in a way that accurately reflects the mind and spirit of Jesus Christ and speaks truth to this present generation in a fresh and powerful way,” begins the statement, co-written with Mr. Mason.
“What makes our company unique among other Christian filmmakers is our commitment to portraying characters, both Christian and non-Christian alike, in all of their flawed humanity and brokenness. We accomplish this with realistic, real world scenarios and real life characters,” they add, going on to say that their “calling” and “desire is to make hard hitting, thought provoking secular films with characters who are portrayed as real life, flawed people who can speak boldly of their faith without being judgmental or preachy.”