I really think the movie shows alcoholism as a problem, not as something funny or enjoyable. It is quite interesting to see this discussion because such questions have never been raised here, in Brazil, about the movie. The general view around here, which I share, is that Captain Haddock's problem is issued as, well, a problem and that the movie focus more on him overcoming it than on any kind of alcohol endorsement. Therefore I can't really see the Captain's alcoholism as a negative issue of the movie.
I think some parents should completely avoid going with their kids to movies, if they're concern/shocked about some alcohol scene ( Tin-Tin or Hugo).
They should concentrate their concerns on the HUGE amount of violence their little darlings absorbs every day between wii and xbox game. Have they ever played with their kids one of those violent game?
TinTin gave the message that alcoholism is bad and hard to conquer. I didn't see it glamourizing alcohol at all and was surprised others thought. The movie portrayed the messages that it's hard for an alcoholic to get sober, how stupid you can be when you're drunk, how vulnerable you are, how you lose important things when drinking, there will be relapses, and also that alcoholism can be battled - albeit with difficulty. The idolized character (Tintin) was promoting sobriety. I'm thinking its clear the writers wanted alcoholism portrayed with its difficulties. I'm not liberal with my daughter's movie-viewing, but not as right-winged as others either - but this was DEFINITELY NOT a drinking-promoting storyline.
How about we let the movies entertain and the parents do the parenting and teaching. If you think this movie has a negative message about alcohol, don't take your kids. Or better yet take them and talk to them about it afterwards. Why do you want to let movies teach your kids their life lessons?
What a load of crock. There is a lot of alcohol at the grocery store, too. Does that mean kids arent allowed in or will be tempted to drink becausse of it?! They said the same thing about Harry Potter, and you know what? I doubt one single kid was tempted to become an alcoholic. What about old Mickey cartoons where the bad guy always smokes a cigar? Come on people!! She used rightly it becomes a pleasant part of culture, and kids need to be taught its proper place.
Its obvious that none of the above folks that commented have seen the movie, and/or they don't have children themselves and couldn't give a rats ass. They used Captain Haddocks liquor as Popeye uses spinach. Ability to remember things lost forgotten, super strength, etc... "Oh look, the captain got drunk and lit the lifeboat on fire, har-har." Really? I dont believe it will make children go out and drink, but gives kids a false perception of right and wrong, as well as what's funny. Additionally, since this film was marketed for small children, it would imprint them with images they don't quite grasp, but will linger for some time. When trailertrash, I mean trailerfan, saw the alcohol usage in Raiders, it wasnt glamorized as in Tintin.
what a joke. This is an idiotic op piece littered with improper assumptions ( smoking in movies was the cause for kids smoking) and unbalanced comments ( as KnaveRupe points out above).
Please tell me you have another real job.
Let's see if I've got this right:
Violence in Mission Impossible = ok.
Alcohol in Tintin = Helen Lovejoy lamenting "Won't somebody PLEASE think of the children?!"
Is that a fair summary?
all i can say is i remember plenty of booze at the beginning of "Raiders" when i was a kid...and i still don't drink...i don't think adventure movies like this one glamorize alcohol consumption...i think movies like "Arthur" might present a bigger issue...
"Welcome to the party, pal."
"I am serious... and don't call me Shirley."
"When am I gonna learn how to punch?"
"These go to eleven."
"Benjamin, have you ever been severely beaten about the face & neck?"
"Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming."
"You're gonna need a bigger boat."
"Jessica's got cable."
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