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'PASSION' YOUTH APPEAL
Variety ^ | 3-10-04 | GABRIEL SNYDER

Posted on 03/11/2004 7:39:28 AM PST by truthandlife

Who's seeing "The Passion of the Christ"?

Much has been made of how the pic has brought in older auds who prefer church pews to megaplexes. But the pic is also pulling in younger, nonreligious auds.

It is this bifurcated crowd that has turned Mel Gibson (news)'s crucifixion depiction into a cultural phenomenon which has racked up $224 million in its first two weeks of release.

"It looks surprisingly like the audience for a lot of our films," said Rick King of AMC, nation's second-largest chain. He said the heaviest demographic for "Passion" shows was ages 18-30. "Most of the people I'm seeing look like they've been in a theater before," he said.

Younger filmgoers make up the bulk of "The Passion" crowd, but Bob Berney, whose Newmarket is distributing the pic, said the aud --- as a whole --- is older than average. "The R-rating is limiting younger kids, but it is getting teens and college kids," he said. But, "like ('My Big Fat Greek Wedding') it's also getting an older audience."

Young males who flock to slasher pics seem to be taking an interest in "The Passion," which has been widely characterized as gory by reviewers.

Fangoria editor Anthony Timpone said, "It's sparked an interest in my readership because of the extreme nature of the it as well as the controversy." The magazine hasn't covered "The Passion," but Timpone said horror helmer David Cronenberg (news) recently suggested he should. And at least one horror fan site, E-Splatter.com, has given "The Passion" the thumb's up: "As a horror fan, I was more than satisfied. This is not some kiddie Christ film. This is the real deal."

And Berney is happy to have their business. The strength of the pic, he said, has been its ability to attract both regular and infrequent moviegoers.

The Newmarket exit polls also found that the pic is playing much better among Latino and African-American auds.

"The Latino response has been particularly strong," Berney said. "It has been the strongest group that has said they were going to see it a second time or more."

On opening weekend, he said women outnumbered men in the audience by about 60% to 40%, but that as the pic has played, the aud is now evenly divided between male and female.

Geographically, Berney said the strongest cities have been in the South, like Atlanta and Dallas.

There have been some surprising underperforming cities, however: Salt Lake City, home of the Mormon Church, and Boston, which has a large Catholic community, are not "The Passion's" strongest towns.


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1 posted on 03/11/2004 7:39:31 AM PST by truthandlife
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To: truthandlife; JohnHuang2; toddst; Dataman; sola gracia; George Frm Br00klyn Park; JenB; Jerry_M; ...
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2 posted on 03/11/2004 7:40:30 AM PST by truthandlife ("Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God." (Ps 20:7))
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To: truthandlife
There have been some surprising underperforming cities, however: Salt Lake City, home of the Mormon Church, and Boston, which has a large Catholic community, are not "The Passion's" strongest towns.

Boston is about as "Catholic" as John Kerry or Ted Kennedy.

Catholicism and a pro-abortion political stance are mutually exclusive.

3 posted on 03/11/2004 7:44:04 AM PST by presidio9 ("By extending the reach of trade, we foster prosperity and the habits of liberty." -Adam Smith)
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To: truthandlife
"Most of the people I'm seeing look like they've been in a theater before," he said.

I wonder what he means by that?

4 posted on 03/11/2004 7:48:19 AM PST by Dataman
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To: truthandlife; Ragtime Cowgirl; Joy Angela; Carl/NewsMax; Clinton Is Scum
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5 posted on 03/11/2004 7:51:53 AM PST by ALOHA RONNIE (Vet-Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.LZXRAY.com)
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To: truthandlife
They say this movie is anti sematic but I don't here the Germans complaining about Schinlers List...
6 posted on 03/11/2004 7:53:46 AM PST by ptavares
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To: presidio9
Somehow, the Christian liberals have abandoned their religion in favor of the New York Times trashing of this wonderful movie. There are a lot of simple minded "stupid" Christians who bought into the media propaganda that this movie is violent. To all these idiots I say: "if you deny me on earth, I will deny you in heaven"
7 posted on 03/11/2004 7:54:58 AM PST by philosofy123
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To: presidio9
Boston is about as "Catholic" as John Kerry or Ted Kennedy.

Maybe the author was facing a deadline so he just made a bunch of stuff up that he thought sounded sophisticated. For example, even if he had sound scientific data -- which he obviously does not -- he wouldn't be able to draw the conclusion below:

Young males who flock to slasher pics seem to be taking an interest in "The Passion," which has been widely characterized as gory by reviewers.

8 posted on 03/11/2004 7:55:53 AM PST by Dataman
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To: ptavares
They say this movie is anti sematic but I don't here the Germans complaining about Schinlers List...

What?

Speak up. I can't here you.

9 posted on 03/11/2004 7:57:11 AM PST by Dataman
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To: Dataman
"The Passion," which has been widely characterized as gory by reviewers.

This is another fallacy propagated by the left to persuade people to avoid this movie. There are plenty of critically-acclaimed popular films with much more blood and violence.

The left has tended to fixate on the "extended and overly-graphic" scourging (which "is not in the Gospel"). In reality, the camera is mostly on the faces of the Romans, Satan, the Blessed Mother, and Mary Magdalene. I wonder if more than a dozen blows are actually on camera.

10 posted on 03/11/2004 8:22:25 AM PST by presidio9 ("By extending the reach of trade, we foster prosperity and the habits of liberty." -Adam Smith)
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To: Dataman
"Most of the people I'm seeing look like they've been in a theater before," he said.
I take it that theaters have changed in the past decade from flat floors to statdium seating so that the view is less likely to be obstructed. And the theaters are typically multiscreen. Thus if in fact you haven't been to a movie since Gone With the Wind, it's likely that that would be apparent to someone watching you find your way to a particular picture showing in a modern theater.

11 posted on 03/11/2004 8:36:33 AM PST by conservatism_IS_compassion (Belief in your own objectivity is the essence of subjectivity.)
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To: presidio9
The left has tended to fixate on the "extended and overly-graphic" scourging (which "is not in the Gospel").

That's another half-truth of the left. The scourging is certainly accurate as we know both from Roman history and Isaiah.

12 posted on 03/11/2004 8:45:47 AM PST by Dataman
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To: presidio9
The left has tended to fixate on the "extended and overly-graphic" scourging (which "is not in the Gospel"). In reality, the camera is mostly on the faces of the Romans, Satan, the Blessed Mother, and Mary Magdalene. I wonder if more than a dozen blows are actually on camera.

I agree. "Braveheart" is far more violent than "Passion". The difference is that the violence in the "Passion" is totally directed one single innocent man.

13 posted on 03/11/2004 8:50:37 AM PST by elbucko
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To: elbucko
The difference is that the violence in the "Passion" is totally directed to one single innocent man.

Wake up, Buck.

14 posted on 03/11/2004 8:54:10 AM PST by elbucko
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion
Thus if in fact you haven't been to a movie since Gone With the Wind, it's likely that that would be apparent to someone watching you find your way to a particular picture showing in a modern theater.

No, that would be acting like they'd been in a theater before. The claim was that they looked like they'd been in a theater before.

What we have here, IMO, is more of the author's bias that the religious crowd that made this movie a hit are a bunch of melons just out of the patch.

15 posted on 03/11/2004 9:02:19 AM PST by Dataman
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To: truthandlife
There have been some surprising underperforming cities, however: Salt Lake City, home of the Mormon Church, and Boston, which has a large Catholic community, are not "The Passion's" strongest towns.

Come back to The Written Word... The Written Word Made Flesh... Salt Lake City and Boston.

16 posted on 03/11/2004 9:07:43 AM PST by unspun (The uncontextualized life is not worth living. | I'm not "Unspun w/ AnnaZ" but I appreciate.)
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To: presidio9
"In reality, the camera is mostly on the faces of the Romans, Satan, the Blessed Mother, and Mary Magdalene. I wonder if more than a dozen blows are actually on camera."

Exactly. And Christ's dignity as he responds to the punishment. The blows are not the focus at all.

17 posted on 03/11/2004 10:03:32 AM PST by AMDG&BVMH
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To: truthandlife
Like I said on another thread, I teach at the U. of Dayton and would estimate that out of my 110 students, probably 40% have already seen it and several others indicated they were going to see it. We don't have a commuter campus, and the good theaters aren't in walking distance, so I have a feeling many are just waiting for rides.
19 posted on 03/11/2004 11:56:05 AM PST by LS (CNN is the Amtrack of news.)
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20 posted on 03/11/2004 12:02:30 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: philosofy123
Somehow, the Christian liberals have abandoned their religion in favor of the New York Times trashing of this wonderful movie.

Liberal christians are no different than liberals in general - with them its all about politics, and they automatically hate everything conservative.

They've caught a whiff of conservativism surrounding this film & accompanying hoopla, so presto, they're opposed to it.

And, as usual, the truth of it skips right past them.

21 posted on 03/11/2004 12:03:53 PM PST by skeeter
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To: unspun
Come back to The Written Word... The Written Word Made Flesh... Salt Lake City and Boston.

Well, I would hold off on forming opinions about those cities based on this newstory. Remember the old saying "don't believe everything you read in a newspaper"

This statement has no source, and it seems like the kind of parting cheap shot that a securlarist journalist would take without knowing it. It might be down comparitively speaking, but I doubt its as bad as this makes it sound there.

22 posted on 03/11/2004 12:13:37 PM PST by PeoplesRep_of_LA (Treason doth never prosper, for if it does, none dare call it treason)
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To: truthandlife
"Most of the people I'm seeing look like they've been in a theater before,"

My sweet and very Catholic mother-in-law went to see The Passion yesterday. When I spoke with her she said that she would have to go and see it again immediately. Curious, I asked her what was the last movie she saw at the theater. "The Shoes of the Fisherman" - 1968 - starring Anthony Quinn.

23 posted on 03/11/2004 12:17:32 PM PST by Ol' Sox
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To: truthandlife
But the pic is also pulling in younger, nonreligious auds.

Great news!

The idea that a lot of these young adults are horror-film addicts drawn in by the gore seems like a big stretch.

24 posted on 03/11/2004 12:35:24 PM PST by Aquinasfan (Isaiah 22:22, Rev 3:7, Mat 16:19)
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To: unspun
SLC is only minority Mormon. There are a lot of libs there who define themselves against Mormonism and conservative christianity
25 posted on 03/11/2004 8:07:58 PM PST by churchillbuff (?)
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To: truthandlife
and Boston, which has a large Catholic community, are not "The Passion's" strongest towns.

That's because Boston has a large number of 'nominal' Catholics. They identify as such because of family history, but don't practice their faith much.

26 posted on 03/11/2004 9:58:35 PM PST by SuziQ
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To: LS
so I have a feeling many are just waiting for rides.

The Newman club oughta rent a bus to help them get there!

27 posted on 03/11/2004 10:01:09 PM PST by SuziQ
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To: Ol' Sox
"The Shoes of the Fisherman" - 1968 - starring Anthony Quinn.

Great movie!

We'll probably go next week. Our daughter's Youth Minister assigned a viewing of it for her Confirmation class's 'Faith and Pop Culture' Class. I can't wait to hear what the kids thought of it.

28 posted on 03/11/2004 10:03:01 PM PST by SuziQ
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To: truthandlife
I saw the film in NY, at the midnight showing. A packed house. Lots of Spanish voices, many young Hispanics, many dressed in hip hop style. This film is being seen by young people.
29 posted on 03/12/2004 4:38:16 AM PST by Commie Basher
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To: skeeter
I fail to see how this movie is conservative or liberal. It is about Jesus, and according to the bible. Hence ALL Christians should support it.
30 posted on 03/12/2004 5:35:57 AM PST by philosofy123
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To: philosofy123
I fail to see how this movie is conservative or liberal. It is about Jesus, and according to the bible. Hence ALL Christians should support it.

Yes, but as I said, liberals politicize everything.

31 posted on 03/12/2004 6:26:31 AM PST by skeeter
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To: skeeter
Yes, but as I said, liberals politicize everything.

I agree, but I would like to add these are not REAL Christians. If you denied me on earth, I will deny you in heaven!

32 posted on 03/12/2004 6:50:23 AM PST by philosofy123
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Um, guys? When did we decide that people who didn't see movies about christ, even well done movies that are deeply spiritual, become a criteria for being considered christian. I cite "spirit of law, not letter of law" with regard to the 'R' rating, but My mom doesn't. Know what? I still consider her a chrisitian.

Honestly, what do think christ is more interested in, Movie attendance or . . . anything else? I really don't know that anyone is going to grow closer to the lord in the theater than, say, with an hour spent in the New Testament.

33 posted on 05/03/2004 3:03:02 PM PDT by sociotard (I am the one true Sociotard)
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To: SuziQ
The Newman club oughta rent a bus to help them get there!

At my school, I know that InterVarsity and Campus Crusade did precisely that.

34 posted on 05/03/2004 3:17:39 PM PDT by jude24 (sola gratia)
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To: sociotard
When did we decide that people who didn't see movies about christ, even well done movies that are deeply spiritual, become a criteria for being considered christian? I cite "spirit of law, not letter of law" with regard to the 'R' rating, but My mom doesn't. Know what? I still consider her a chrisitian.
My criterion for who is a Christian is, "deciding to be a Christian, and to trust God to 'save to the uttermost' through Jesus Christ." Nothing in there about going to a movie, but plenty about nurturing one's own faith. Seeing the movie might be compared to going to a revival service. I myself have not gone to see it, but am confident that one day I will - most likely, at this rate, in the form of a DVD.

35 posted on 05/04/2004 4:25:42 AM PDT by conservatism_IS_compassion (Home(page) is where the (political) heart is.)
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To: sociotard
You don't have to go and see the movie to show that you are Christian; but, you have to purchase at least one ticket and give it awy or even trash it. The idea is, the movie was attacked because of its Christianity theme, as a Christian, you are suppose to help your fellow Chritians. If all the christians where so stupid as to don't see the movie because of its R rating, then the enemies of Christianity would win, and in the future all Christians would have been silenced.
36 posted on 05/04/2004 5:40:35 AM PDT by philosofy123
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