We saw The Lorax this weekend, and my kids really liked it. No, no one in the story is actually adopted, which is a relief given the prevalence of adoption in children's movies. Yes, adoption was mentioned. Yes, it was just a kind of throw-away line, but I hated that the producers/directors decided to go there. I don't think Dr. Seuss would be proud.
I can't quote it exactly, but it went something like this: the richest (and most evil) man in town visits the home of our young hero. Mom introduces hero to evil-doer, who says something complimentary. Mom replies with a giggle, "You want to adopt him? Just kidding!" Hilarity ensues.
But maybe not so funny if you're a child who feels her birth mother gave her away, or a child whose past experience of being given away leaves behind that anxiety that it will happen again. . . .
Based on the trailer, I was prepared for the sexist "THAT'S a woman?!" line (yes, women are still women when they are old and fat and ugly, not just when they are swimsuit models on the cover of Sports Illustrated). Didn't see the adoption "joke" coming.
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