Florida Lawmaker Wants to Cut Funding For Good Movies
No Smoking, No Sex, and No Gays or No Money
By Joe Bodolai © 2010, All rights reserved.
Florida State Representative Stephen Precourt has attached a provision into a $75 million tax incentive bill designed to attract film production that would only fund “family-friendly” movies.” Movies that included “non-traditional family values” such as smoking, sex, nudity, gay characters, or “profane language” would not be eligible for funding.
Precourt explained: “Think of it as like Mayberry. That’s when I grew up — the ’60s. That’s what life was like. I want Florida to be known for making those kinds of movies: Disney movies for kids and all that stuff. Like it used to be, you know?”
So Rep. Precourt wants movies to be like the ‘60’s? I’m all for that. That decade gave us great movies, like Psycho, Easy Rider, The Graduate, Dr. Strangelove, Midnight Cowboy, Bonnie and Clyde, La Dolce Vita, Breathless, Jules et Jim, and many more. None of these films would qualify for Mr. Precourt’s funding.
Nor would classics such as Casablanca, The Godfather, Chinatown, Annie Hall, and an Oscarload of others.
Films that likely would qualify for Mr. Precourt’s funding include Free Willy III, The Adventures of Pluto Nash, Leonard Part 6, Car 54 Where Are You?, and, of course, From Justin to Kelly.
I’m on my way to Florida to pitch him “Return to Mayberry: The Straight Ladies’ Pie Contest”.
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