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Adult Goes to War

17 Sep, 2007 By: Erik Gruenwedel

While pundits on both sides of the political aisle last week spun comments about possible U.S. troop reductions in Iraq, Hollywood continued to churn out content on the conflict.

Director Brian De Palma last month made the rounds at the Venice Film Festival with his new film, Redacted, which underscores the horrors armed conflict can wreak on communities caught in the crosshairs.

The film, which reportedly is based on the rape and murder of a 14-year-old Iraqi girl and the killing of her family members by U.S. soldiers, is scheduled to be released in 2008 simultaneously in theaters (Mark Cuban's Landmark Theatres), on DVD (from Magnolia) and on the Internet (HDNet).

Initial screenings in the United States caught the ire of conservative commentator Bill O'Reilly, who said De Palma's film did a disservice to the men and women of the U.S. Army in Iraq. He said the director of Scarface had a right to make the movie, and Cuban had a right to distribute it. He also said the consumer had a right not to watch.

Spoken like a free-market enthusiast.

I wonder what he might think about Coming Home, a new feature-length, direct-to-DVD released this week. The fictional account follows Brian Parsons, an Army reservist who gets called back to Iraq, leaving behind his girlfriend, Sarah, and best friend, Jimmy, whom he entrusts to look after her.

The film features poignant moments and explosive battle scenes. It also contains 10 hardcore safe-sex scenes, hence the three-hour running time. Needless to say, delegating your girlfriend's loneliness to your buddy (especially a porn star) might not be the best decision.

Distributed by Wicked Pictures and directed by award-winner Brad Armstrong, who helped shape Jenna Jameson's career, Coming Home is not Courage Under Fire or even very good.

Then again, it's not misogynistic or horrific. It's just consensual sex.

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