Brief commentary on the Minions (2015) movie

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Many conservative Christians won’t let their children watch SpongeBob, because it contains potty humor and cartoon violence. On the other hand, we would assume that the Minions movie would be harmless, because it’s about funny little pill-shaped people who sound like Fred Figglehorn.

If you’re thinking of letting your small children watch this movie, consider:

(1) The intro to the movie is a cartoon depiction of evolution. (This may not be such a big deal if you simply talk to your kids about it.)

(2) A transgender character appears randomly and briefly at least twice in the movie at perfect moments. These appearances are unrelated to the plot, but rather are inserted as a nod to the current cultural movement of erasing gender lines that were drawn by God.

(3) Most significantly, the plot is riddled with confusion and blurred lines regarding good versus evil at a level that a 12-year-old could probably sort out, but maybe not a 6-year-old:

– Your children will squeal with delight while a car full of criminals shoot at police officers, lob grenades, and all the police cars crash in a heap.

– Your children will be exposed to a perverted hypocritical worldview that presents some bad guys as bad, and other bad guys as good. For example, they will watch the Minions chase down Scarlett for the dastardly crime of stealing the queen’s crown, and then they will watch the Minions celebrate when Grew commits the exact same crime.

Most of the characters in the movie are evil, including the cute little minions, yet most of these evil characters remain “good guys” in the minds of children right through to the end of the movie. None repent, and none are called out for their wicked behavior, except Scarlett and her husband, who should rationally be the minions’ favorite people, considering their criminal success.

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I consider the cutesie deceptions to be more dangerous than overt depictions of evil, because these are more likely to trick and/or confuse small children.

It is very untimely to provoke children to celebrate a triumph over police officers.

Yes, it’s cute and it’s a cartoon, but in the little-yellow-guy department, I’m inclined to recommend SpongeBob.