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* Warning: In the following article, you will see some disturbing images and hear some language that may offend you.*

My family and I are movie fans. We pride ourselves of being open minded and we like to discuss movies for what they are. Once we started watching American History X, some us couldn't look away and others left the room in disgust. After this movie, my family started to be very selective in what we could watch together. My dad even came up with his legendary statement of: "I watch movies to have a good time, not to suffer" after watching this movie. To give you a better picture, It went over something like this:

Family Night!
Family Night!

Don't worry. I wasn't "Homer" that day. My reaction was more like the green shirt guy. But at the end of the day, it became one of my favorite movies of all time.

It was a very awkward moment for sure. There had been other movies that had created very awkward and tense moments in our living room: Requiem for a Dream (2000), Irreversible (2002), Gone Girl (2014); but this movie was the one that started it all.

Here are the moments that cause a temporary division in my family while watching American History X. In the previous articles for the #5 Day Movie Challenge, I described the scenes and what meant for me but on this one, I will let the scenes speak for themselves. There's nothing more awkward than silence in a full room of people. And I believe that if I give my opinion, I would be doing a disservice to both the scenes and the challenge.

*Viewer Discretion is Advised*

Scene #01 - "Say Goodnight"

Scene #02 - "The Shower Scene"

Scene # 03 - "Hate is Baggage. Life's Too Short to Be Pissed Off All the Time. It's Just Not Worth It"

Still with me? That's one hell of a roller-coaster of emotions, right?

The reason I like this movie is because you see the rise and fall of a simple man. How the consequences of your actions eventually catch up with you and how, even if we have an authoritative figure (like our parents) in our lives, we still have the right to choose for ourselves and create our own judgement. We can not spend the rest of our lives blaming others for our failures because the day someone or something humbles us (e.g. the shower scene), it could be devastating. For me, that scene is the turning point in the life of the main character.

Personally, I think the ending is brilliant but cruel. I think they deserved a little bit of redemption at the end but I'm not sure if it would had the same impact.

I remember one time my English teacher asked us to bring a movie so we could analyze it in class. One classmate brought this movie and my teacher sped through the curb stomping scene saying that it was pointless to watch unnecessary violence and she walked out during the shower scene.

Yeah... awkwaaard...


Well, there you have it. Thank you so much for your time and I hope you enjoyed the read.


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