"Full Metal Jacket": Not a Family Film Argumentative Essay by Nicky

"Full Metal Jacket": Not a Family Film
An argument that the film "Full Metal Jacket" directed by Stanley Kubrick is not fit for family entertainment.
# 151049 | 1,413 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2012 | US
Published on May 20, 2012 in English (Argument) , Film (Analysis, Criticism, Etc.)

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The paper argues that "Full Metal Jacket" is too violent, it glamorizes an ideal of hypermasculinity and bullying, it contains humor and satire that children would not understand and it offers a negative depiction of the military. The paper contends that this film is over the top in terms of violence and depravity and is definitely not suitable for children.

From the Paper:

"My second criterion that the film is simply not appropriate for younger viewers is the extreme use of violence in the film. Of course, war is a violent topic, and ultimately, this is an antiwar film, portraying the military and their training in negative ways to get the point across. However, children might not understand the nuances of the film, and the extreme violence would not help them understand this is really a film that does not support war. They might see the violence as exciting and even stimulating, while not understanding the underlying message of the film. Kubrick did not intend this film to be viewed by children - it was rated R at the time, which means children under sixteen have to be accompanied by a parent. The violence, such as the shooting of the female sniper at the end, the shooting of the DI, the suicide, and the fanatical murder of Vietnamese women and children is not appropriate for children, and it is hard for many adults to watch. It is extreme violence, and it may be war, but not everyone has to experience the effects of war to understand the horror of war."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Full Metal Jacket. Dir. Stanley Kubrick. Perf. Matthew Modine, Vincent D'Onofrio, R. Lee Ermey. Warner Brothers, 1987.
  • Gates, Philippa. "'Fighting the Good Fight:' The Real and the Moral in the Contemporary Hollywood Combat Film." Quarterly Review of Film and Video, 22, 2005. 297-310.
  • Gruben, Patricia. "The Invention of a Protagonist in Full Metal Jacket." 270-279.
  • Perel, Ziveh. "Individuality and Group Identity in Stanley Kubrick's Marine Corp." 223-232.

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