Oh jeez… I felt my heart plummet through the floor and I hugged her really tight, whispering back in her ear, “Never!”
I was squirming in my seat prior to the question. As was Mark.
We were watching Despicable Me. The main character, super-criminal Gru, had just returned the three girls he “adopted.”
The movie began slowly (boring) and then the shock set in, because we were unprepared. Gru “adopted” (USED) three girls as pawns in his grand scheme to steal the moon. Universal Studios lost me with the antiquated orphanage and slimy orphanage director (reminiscent of Dolores Umbridge, the Ministry of Magic’s appointment in Harry Potter). What got me ticked though was the premise that children are commodities to be bought and sold, or given back, as in this story, if they don’t “work out.”
Yes, Gru was gradually overcome with affection and decided to parent the girls. And I will admit there was a tender moment at the end of the movie.
But still, weeks later, the film’s adoption story line bothers me. A great deal.
My bad? (As Holden would say.) My bad, because I subjected my kids to a movie with a negative adoption message. I forgot to read the reviews and heard through word of mouth from parents, who are not sensitive to adoption and its issues, that the movie was great. The movie wasn’t for me and my family, not even close.
Can’t writers and production houses have some sensitivity to adoption? Can they stop peddling misinformation?