Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Happy Valley

Talk about a depressing movie (documentary). It's about the drug issues in Happy Valley. I went into the show thinking it was going to talk about the meth problems around, but that wasn't really touched on. It was more about how teens and adults get hooked on pain pills (and how that leads to harder stuff like heroine). Quite a few of the people interviewed said how the religion and culture here hinders people from admitting that they have a problem, so they don't get help. I can see how that could be the case, although I think I was trying to fight that idea.

Most kids are taught that drugs are bad (ie. the DARE program in schools). Unfortunately some kids don't get the anti-drug idea reinforced at home (one of the stories in the documentary talked about a girl getting high with her mom). One drug officer in the show said he'd been at parties where many of the kids taking pills (like percocet) were LDS, and they didn't think they were breaking the Word of Wisdom because it was a pill. Wow!

It made me really scared for my kids. Some of the parents of kids who had died from drug ODs seemed like they had good relationships with the kids. How can you avoid/prevent your kids from getting involved with this junk? How can kids be taught about the dangers of drugs, and not get it? I'm so glad my friends were good, and weren't into these things.

The editing in this was a bit distracting at times, but I'm glad I watched it. It helps strengthen my resolve to build my relationship with my kids. I want them to feel like we're friends, and want to be at our house instead of always going to friends' houses.

Sherlock Holmes

This was a pretty good film, but it was freakier than I expected. The way it showed Sherlock figuring things out was cool (the slow mo and the details he noticed). It was definitely left open for a sequel.

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

The title of this movie sounded familiar, so when I saw it at the library I thought I'd give it a try (it was free you know).

The basic storyline is about four close friends that will be going separate directions during their summer break (they're all 16 I think). They are out shopping before they leave and find a pair of jeans that (miraculously) fits all of them. They decide to rotate the jeans around during the summer, and the movie tells what happens to each girl during the break.

I liked their friendship, but I was TOTALLY bugged by the blonde girl (skank). Yes, she had some issues with her mom having past away and all, but going after a college guy who had to have been over 18 just made me mad. The age issue happened with the girl who went to Greece too.

So, I wouldn't recommend it. There are plenty of friendship movies out there that have legal relationships in them.