Is THE SONG a good film for little kids? Well, would you read the Song of Solomon to a 6-year-old?
The Bible's romantic, sultry Song of Solomon was penned 3,000 years ago by an ancient lovestruck king of Israel.
It's been called a love letter to his wife, "Rose of Sharon," but it can only be described as "theologically sexy," muses Anna Madsen, an ordained Lutheran pastor with a Ph.D. in systematic theology from the University of Regensburg, Germany,
"I love that. Theologically sexy," she writes on the website OMG: Center for Theological Relevance. "Scripture can be shockingly, sublimely, sensually, sexy."
Indeed, "the Song of Solomon is nothing, really, but a poem about extravagant lovemaking, male and female," she notes, "yearning and searching and hiding and finding."
One reason that the Song of Solomon rarely makes it into children's Sunday School literature is that Solomon was unabashedly graphic. Rose's breasts are compared to fawns. She describes his manhood as sweet fruit and a bag of myrrh. He responds that her charms are a garden of pomegranates that should be eaten, that her lips and mouths are honey and milk.
"Your lips distill nectar, my bride; honey and milk are under your tongue," he rhapsodizes, "the scent of your garments is like the scent of Lebanon. A garden locked is my bride, a garden locked, a fountain sealed." What he writes next is not for G-rated audiences.
"Awake, O north wind," she responds coyly, "and come, O south wind! Blow upon my garden that its fragrance may be wafted abroad. Let my beloved come to his garden, and eat its choicest fruits."
With that in mind, should you bring your kindergartners to see THE SONG, the City on a Hill Studio movie scheduled for nationwide release September 26? When Morgan Lee at the Christian Post asked whether the film's storyline would be appropriate for a family audience, director Richard Ramsey hedged slightly, then pointed out that "not every biblical subject is appropriate to every age group."
"I think the same thing will be true of films dealing with faith and biblical subjects," he added.
THE SONG's producer, Tony Young told the Post that believes that the movie's message and music will give THE SONG far-reaching appeal.
"We think this film will appeal to a broad range of audiences…particularly anyone who enjoys movies with great music, an engaging love story, and an overall message of what truly satisfies in life," he told Lee. "We feel like these things are equally appealing to both Christians and non-Christians alike and will play well with both audiences because the acting, production values and storytelling are what the audience of a film are most focused on when they come to see it and all are great in this film."
The moral complexities in the life of Solomon are part of what made the content of the film interesting for Ramsey.
"One of the things that intrigues me." he told the Post, "is just that he deals with really gritty, rough, not sugar-coated issues. Song of Solomon, Ecclesiastes -- it's very unlikely you're going to see any verses lifted out and made into a cross-stitch to hang on your mom's wall. I think he's really intriguing that way."