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Sticks and Stones

A few reasons movies are not better than ever.

Feb 21, 2011, Vol. 16, No. 22 • By JOHN PODHORETZ
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And of course, all I could think was: My daughters are going to love Natalie Portman when they’re older, in part because she’s proudly Jewish, and somehow they are going to stumble on this horrendous pile of dung, and they are going to think that they should talk and act this way, and .  .  .

After 90 minutes watching it, I might have been better off seeing a thousand children getting killed onscreen, because the depiction of the lives of the overaged children in No Strings Attached is, in its own way, as nightmarish and appalling as the rape in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

I guess I should have just stayed home. As more and more people are.

John Podhoretz, editor of Commentary, is The Weekly Standard’s movie critic.

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