Here at Set In Motion we usually back everything and anything that James Franco does. Partially because he’s a smart cookie who makes informed decisions and understands the circumstances of different people, and largely because he is a super babe. Honestly. The man is a walking god.
Unfortunately, this week we’re not so sure. James’ has decided to state his opinion on the latest Twilight instalment, Breaking Dawn, and the sex scenes that it includes. Here’s what he had to say:
“The protagonists finally marry, having waited until the wise old age of eighteen, and since the book and the film dutifully show them being wed, they are then allowed to fuck each others’ brains out. For a film that claims to be sexually responsible, the Twilight movies are awfully dependent on teenage sex to attract viewers. The actors prance about like pieces of meat, their disturbingly developed bodies on full display; Taylor Lautner’s rippling teenage chest is just a little better than the child beauty-pageant stars at the end of Little Miss Sunshine.”
So, here’s the thing; does he make a valid point?
Honestly, I’m on the fence with this one. I think he is quite right in that, considering it is essentially a film for young teenagers, the sex scenes were over the top, but I also believe it was an over-reaction. As someone who started reading the books years ago, I understood even then that while there weren’t actual sex scenes for the first three books, the sexual innuendos were strong; I think everyone knew what the both of them were thinking.
On top of that, I also believe that while it is wrong to show 13 year olds sex scenes (but might I add, why are 13 year olds getting involved in story lines concerning vampires? All I had was The Babysitters Club), Bella and Edward ARE 17 and 18, and at the end of the day, 17 and 18 year olds are going to be having sex.
I think the most insight that James Franco brings into this is not what is wrong with The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, but what is wrong with the Hollywood film industry in general; why is it necessary that actors have to be paraded around half-naked to attract fans?
And more importantly, did James Franco REALLY go see the film?
What do you think? Was James over the top, or does he make a good point? Would you have seen Breaking Dawn if the sex scenes weren’t included? Do you think that it was a suitable movie for younger teenagers?
Let me know!