The Truth About Men in Black

It’s been fifteen years since the original Men in Black hit movie theaters. Over Memorial Day weekend, Men in Black 3 brought Agents J and K (Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones) back to the big screen. Their odd couple chemistry was just as amusing this time as it was the first time around, and Josh Brolin’s portrayal of a young Agent K was fantastic. His performance made the movie worth the price of admission.

The thing that caught me totally by surprise was the movie’s theme. More than once characters were encouraged to speak the truth, and Agent J tells a group of bystanders not to lie to their kids. The entire movie was an example of how hiding the truth can damage a relationship.

A Hollywood blockbuster promoting honesty? I mean, this is Hollywood we’re talking about, right? The land of “fake believe” is lecturing us on keeping it real.

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Maybe it’s a sign of where we are in America right now. With a new scandal hitting the headlines every other day, we’ve grown tired of being lied to and manipulated. We’re tired of being treated like we “can’t handle the truth.”

But I hope it’s more than that. I hope it’s a sign of where America is heading—a place where people aren’t afraid to admit they don’t have all the answers. They’re not afraid to say they made a mistake. A place where flawed people work together to make things better. It could happen. We’ll just have to scrounge up some of that famous American bravery and take a step in the right direction. If the Men in Black can do it, so can we.

©2012 Kim Vandel

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