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The podcast’s back with something new. There’s a horror movie atop the American box office; it’s made more than $100 million. What’s rarer still is that it’s for adults. Rarest of all, it dramatizes American middle class parents’ terror of the uncertainty surrounding their kids’ lives and futures. John Krasinski stars and also directed this remarkable success; Scott Beck and Bryan Woods wrote the screenplay (with him) and produced; and Emily Blunt gives the kind of performance that wins Oscars, if the Academy had any judgment. So my friend Pete and I are here to show how the movie reflects on American society and the good that art can do, if but people pay attention to it!
We talk about the movie, without spoiling the surprises that make horror a pleasure, even if the experience isn’t simply pleasurable…
We also talk about parenting and how fears give rise to isolation, less socialization, less community help, and thus more need for control. Individualism is forever rising. The movie very deftly moves from this to a sacrifice-protection mode of discussing the ideals of parenthood that gives dignity even to helicopter parenting.
We also talk about the social consequences of lacking the art to address the matter publicly. People either claim they’re doing fine or they turn their fears into safety hysterias that never address the fundamental attitude to life, children, and community.
We also talk about the reasonable attitude in-between nostalgia and Progress, counting the things that have gotten better and those that have gotten worse and try to find some path to moderation.