Submitted by GST
I just finished watching a movie on HBO called Elephant by Gus Van Sant, the fellow who made the movie about the junkies with Matt Dillon, which I remember liking, though I don’t remember much else about it now. I realize that Elephant came out in 2003, but I didn’t see it until almost 2006, so only now do I have something to say about it.
The end credits had one of the lamest disclaimers I’d ever seen, and I read lame disclaimers for a living. You may recall that the movie is based on the massacre of students and a teacher at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado in 1999. There are a few notable differences between the Columbine Massacre and this movie, but there’s no mistaking the fact that this movie is about that day in Littleton. Nevertheless, those that wait to the bitter end of this execrable movie are treated to a standard movie credit disclaimer, approximately: "The characters and events depicted in this movie are wholly fictional, and any resemblance to any actual events or persons, living or dead, is purely coincindental."
Give us a break! Purely coincidental? I wonder if, after Gus Van Sant made this movie and then someone told him about the actual Columbine Massacre, he said, "What pure coincidence! That’s just like my movie!" I want to meet the movie business lawyer who thinks that he can secure protection from false light invasion of privacy or defamation claims with that fatuous disclaimer.
I realize that this is something short of an actual review.
Final note: This clinker is my last post here at Nine Moons. Thanks to Rusty for being a gracious and indulgent host, especially considering, well, you know.