June 23, 2010

The Blues Brothers is a Catholic Film

I've now said it so many times it needs no introduction, but Blue Brothers is one of my favorite movies, and has been a family favorite since we were very little.  It actually was released 30 years ago this week, and became a family favorite because Mom and Dad were married 30 years ago next week, and watched it on their honeymoon.  They didn't even like SNL...

Well, the so called (though it isn't really) "Vatican Newspaper" L'Osservatore Romano has now added the brilliant Blues Brother's to their list of great Catholic films

Says the Telegraph:
Its approval of the 1980 film, starring John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd, is all the more surprising given some of the much-quoted lines from the film, including: "Curtis, I don't want to listen to no jive-ass preacher talking to me about Heaven and Hell." At one point in the film they are told: "Boys, you got to learn not to talk to nuns that way."
On the otherhand, the film shows a convent and ruler snapping nun who also happens to be the only family the Blues Brothers actually have.  Not to mention the fact that we're all on a mission from God.  Oh yeah, and while the film has tons of hilarious violence (in the form of car crashes), only two people in the entire film actually get hurt: the nazi's.  Which is pretty awesome.  (Also awesome.)

I have no idea what the film's creators are thinking about this distinction, but I sure hope Ray Charles and Jim Belushi are up in heave making some crazy blues music to celebrate.

HT:  Joe Carter, First Thoughts

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