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Chiara Offreduccio (St. Clare) was born in 1194. It is said that when her mother had Chiara in her womb, an angel appeared to her and said, "your child will be a light that will illuminate the world!" Hence, her mother named the child Chiara, which means "light. As G.K. Chesterton put it, St. Clare was a romantic figure just like Juliet was. However, instead of running away from her family in order to be with an earthly man, Clare gave up everything and ran away from her family for the love of her Savior!

Friday, June 16, 2006

"Franciscansploitation": Nacho Libre

Now I've heard about Franciscans breaking into the rap industry (Fr. Stan Fortuna)....but Franciscans dabbling in WWF style wrestling? The film Nacho Libre starring Jack Black, which comes out today, takes this wrestling idea and runs with it....unfortunately, it seems to have tripped.

The premise of the film is that a Franciscan Friar from Mexico (Jack Black) enters a "Lucha Libre" wrestling contest in order to raise money for his monastery.....and impress a nun. (Just a note to all of the wonderful Franciscan Friars out there: you've already impressed us women!...you don't need to cast aside your habits for spandex wrestling unitards in order to prove yourselves, as this movie suggests )

Despite my hopes of the film turning out to be inocuous, the U.S. Council of Catholic Bishops movie reviewers (think former Legion of Decency) have given the film a rating of "O"- For Morally Offensive. This is the same rating that they gave to The DaVinci Code. Translation: you should NOT see this movie!

Here is an excerpt from the USCCB's full review:

Director and co-writer Jared Hess' unfunny follow-up to "Napoleon Dynamite" is utterly lacking in charm, wit or taste. Beyond the pervasive crude humor, the puppy-love relationship of its protagonists, both in religious orders -- regardless of whether they've taken "final vows" -- precludes recommendation. The "vows" reference, by the way, comes midway through the movie, but seems merely calculated to make the relationship more acceptable. Though their intimacy only goes as far as Nacho coming to Sister Encarnacion's room to eat toast, and going out on a "date" where at one point he pulls her toward him for protection from advancing tough guys, the flirtation is unseemly, going beyond Hollywood's past restraint in showing leading men chastely bonding with their clerical co-stars: "The Singing Nun," "Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison," and "The Nun's Story" come to mind.

In closing, don't contribute to "Franciscansploitation" by going to see this movie....go rent The Flowers of St. Francis instead.

Also....brown habits are so much more slimming than spandex wrestling pants, no?


Blogger Brother Lesser said...

Thanks for the gift of joyous laughter you gave me this morning!

Spandex indeed....can you just see the remake of the movie "Brother Sun, Sister Moon" with all of the brothers running around in spandex?

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