Film criticism apparently runs in my family. My nephew Jason, now 5 years old, pops in at TDYLF from time to time with reviews of films that he has seen. It started with Cars 2, and continued with Arthur Christmas. I asked my brother- my nephew’s father- over the weekend if he wanted to see The Blues Brothers (1980) on the big screen. His first question was “Is it ok if Jason comes along?”. And so it came to pass that Jason’s father and uncle took him to see an R-rated movie at age 5. Afterwards, I sat down with Jason and asked him his thoughts about the movie. Here’s the full transcript:
Side note: my nephew’s trip to see this movie also came with a frank discussion about foul language and bad behavior, which is really the only transgression that pushed The Blues Brothers to an R rating.
John: You saw the Blues Brothers. Did you like it? What was your favorite part?
Jason: (demonic giggling) My favorite part was when… when… um… um… EVERYTHING!
John: Everthing? Did you like the part where the car ran into a mall? Was that funny?
Jason: No. I like everything.
John: Still everything, huh? Did you have a favorite song? Maybe Sweet Home Chicago?
John: No? Sweet Home Chicago wasn’t your favorite song?
John: Who’s your favorite Blues brother? Jake or Elwood?
Jason: I think the one with the… uh… is Jake the skinny one or the fat one?
John: Jake is the fat one, and Elwood is the skinny one.
Jason: I like Elwood.
John: You like the skinny one better?
Jason: He’s skinny like me!
John: What else did you like about the movie?
John: Everything still? You’re sticking to that answer, aren’t you?
John: Did you like the music?
John: You didn’t like the music? But you were dancing to it.
Jason: (giggling) Nuh-uh.
John: You were too!
Jason: I was just joking when I was dancing.
John: Do you have anything else you want to say about the Blues Brothers?
John: Did you have fun at the movie?
Jason: …except my doggie.
John: Did the dog go?
John: Did they use some words in the Blues Brothers that you shouldn’t use?
John: You wouldn’t say those words if I asked you, would you?
Jason: (giggling) No. How about cuckoo?
John: Cuckoo? I think you could maybe use that word in the right situation.
John: Was that one woman angry with Jake, the fat Blue?
John: Did you like the part where they drove through the mall in their car?
John: Do you think it’s a good idea to drive through the mall with your car?
Jason: (giggling) No. I want to say something else.
John: What else would you like to say?
Jason: Um… it was kinda funny. I liked the part where the woman in the church slammed them with that stick.
John: Because they were saying all of those bad words?
Jason: Yeah. That was funny!
John: What was her name? Do you remember? Was it the Penguin?
John: What other parts did you think were funny?
Jason: (shrugs shoulders) That’s all the funny parts.
John: What parts did you like? Besides everything?
John: (laughing) Was there any specific part that you really, really liked?
John: So on a scale from 1 to 10, how good was the Blues Brothers?
Jason: No, no, I mean ten. Ten.
John: Did you like it more or less than the Smurfs?
Jason: Uhhhhhhhhhhhh… BLUES BROTHERS!
John: You liked it better than the Smurfs?
John: How about Arthur Christmas?
Jason: What’s Arthur Christmas?
John: It’s about that boy in the sweater who saves Christmas. He’s Santa’s son. Do you remember when we went to see it?
John: (laughing) You don’t remember it at all? You DEFINITELY like the Blues Brothers better than that one, huh?
Jason: And I like…
John: The Muppets? Did you like Blues Brothers better than the Muppets?
Jason: Yeah, just Blues Brothers. What was your favorite part? Let me ask YOU the questions!
John: My favorite part?
Jason: You have to speak into the microphone.
John: Will do, sir. My favorite part… I liked the end where they were performing in that concert. Remember the end? The big concert?
Jason: (giggling, long pause)
John: Alright, all done.