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By Pastor Kelly Boggs

February 2, 2005

Some movies seek to entertain. Some movies aspire to inform. Some movies aim to inspire. However, there are some movies that are designed only to seduce. Such is the case with a recently released film that has been nominated for an Academy Award in the category of Best Picture for 2004.

“Million Dollar Baby” (rated PG-13 for violence and strong language) has so vamped movie critics, that while they are almost unanimous in praise for the film, they are conflicted in how to describe it.

Some film analysts have called it one of the best sports movies ever made. Many have hailed it a boxing movie that emphasizes people rather than pugilism. Other critics maintain it is a tale of heroic love.

A successful seduction has taken place when the victim does not even realize that he or she has been taken advantage of. “Million Dollar Baby” takes its audience on an emotional ride that will cause many unwary watchers to question the very nature of love and life.

If you plan on seeing “Million Dollar Baby,” and do not want to know the story line or how it ends, turn back now because the mask will be yanked off this cinematic lothario.

“Million Dollar Baby” hides behind boxing and feigns love, but it is nothing more than a subtle propaganda piece for euthanasia.

The movie revolves around two main characters: Frankie Dunn and Maggie Fitzgerald.

Frankie, played by actor/director Clint Eastwood, owns a gym in Los Angeles where he trains fighters. Hilary Swank, in the role of Maggie, is a 31 year-old waitress who wants to join the world of women’s boxing.

Reluctantly, Frankie agrees to train Maggie. Once under the tutelage of the great Dunn, she is transformed into a winner. Victory follows victory until Maggie is fighting for a world title.

At this point, approximately three-quarters of the way into the story, the movie successfully establishes empathy for the main characters.

The audience appreciates Frankie, a complex man who regularly attends Mass and peppers his priest with questions about life. His dedication to Maggie’s success is admirable.

Movie goers are inspired by Maggie. She is a hard working woman seeking to prove to herself, and her family, that she is a person of worth.

The relationship between Frankie and Maggie is platonic. The pair shares a love that is built upon mutual respect.

What is not to like about the protagonists? All that is left is to cap the movie going experience is for Maggie to win the title and she and Frank drink a toast to their success.

With the audience sufficiently swayed, “Million Dollar Baby” throws a sucker punch that seduces the audience into viewing euthanasia as a loving and heroic action.

Between rounds during the title bought, Maggie’s insidiously evil opponent strikes her with a savage blow from behind. She falls headfirst into her boxing stool and breaks her neck.

Maggie is hospitalized as a quadriplegic, her life sustained by a respirator. She is given no hope of recovery. Believing her life is over, she asks Frankie to help her die. He refuses.

Time passes and Maggie develops a horrendous infection in her leg that results in the loss of the limb. Again she asks Frankie to hasten her death. He resists.

Hoping to bleed to death, Maggie attempts suicide by biting her tongue. She is unsuccessful. However, enough is enough and Frankie makes the decision to do the “right” thing and end Maggie’s suffering.

Frankie enters his friend’s room at night. He kisses Maggie on the forehead, disconnects her breathing tube and injects a large does of adrenaline into her I.V. He slips out of the room and Maggie dies.

Thus, the audience comes to the end of carefully contrived emotional roller coaster ride, the finally plunge designed to seduce movie goers into considering euthanasia as a loving and heroic option.

When asked about “Million Dollar Baby’s” plot twist, USA Today reported that director Eastwood said, “The picture doesn’t really sum up any policies one way or another.” He added, “It just happens to be the ultimate drama for one particular person. How people feel about that is up to them.”

Someone should inform Mr. Eastwood that there is no such thing as value free art. Whether or not he wants to accept it, the message conveyed in “Million Dollar Baby” is that some people are better off dead.

Jesus said, “Greater love has no one than this, than one lay down his life for his friends.” However, according to “Million Dollar Baby,” greater love is revealed by killing your friend, if that friend is unable to experience a “quality life.”

© 2005 Kelly Boggs - All Rights Reserved

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A native of Texas, Kelly Boggs now makes his home in the Pacific Northwest. He is the pastor of Valley Baptist Church located at McMinnville, Oregon. He also serves as the Chairman of the Ethics and Religious Commission for the Northwest Baptist Convention. He is a graduate of the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

In addition to his columns, Kelly writes a weekly opinion piece for Baptist Press, the official news agency of the 16-million member Southern Baptist Convention. His columns have appeared in numerous regional and national publications including the Washington Times. Kelly has been a guest on a variety of radio and television programs to discuss the critical issues facing America. He recently launched The Sentinel Institute which is dedicated to shining the light of truth into the fog of popular culture. You can visit the SI web site at  E-Mail









A successful seduction has taken place when the victim does not even realize that he or she has been taken advantage of.