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Superbad

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Source: Catholic News Service

Two nerdy high school friends (Jonah Hill and Michael Cera), who are about to graduate and go to different colleges, team up with their more dweebish sidekick (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) to pursue the girls of their dreams (Emma Stone, Martha MacIsaac and Aviva), elude the local police (Bill Hader and Seth Rogen) and have a series of outlandish adventures as they fight for their right to party. A jaded "American Graffiti" for the new century, director Greg Mottola's film is unremittingly low-minded and vulgar, though in the end the main protagonists' plans of sexual conquest come to naught, in the case of at least one, as the result of a reasonably respectable moral choice. Unceasing rough, crude and crass language; premarital sexual activity; some gross-out humor; much sexual humor and innuendo, much of it coarse; porn imagery; underage drinking; drug use; and a scene with disturbing violence. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is O -- morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.



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Hilary of Arles: It’s been said that youth is wasted on the young. In some ways, that was true for today’s saint. 
<p>Born in France in the early fifth century, Hilary came from an aristocratic family. In the course of his education he encountered his relative, Honoratus, who encouraged the young man to join him in the monastic life. Hilary did so. He continued to follow in the footsteps of Honoratus as bishop. Hilary was only 29 when he was chosen bishop of Arles. </p><p>The new, youthful bishop undertook the role with confidence. He did manual labor to earn money for the poor. He sold sacred vessels to ransom captives. He became a magnificent orator. He traveled everywhere on foot, always wearing simple clothing. </p><p>That was the bright side. Hilary encountered difficulty in his relationships with other bishops over whom he had some jurisdiction. He unilaterally deposed one bishop. He selected another bishop to replace one who was very ill–but, to complicate matters, did not die! Pope St. Leo the Great kept Hilary a bishop but stripped him of some of his powers. </p><p>Hilary died at 49. He was a man of talent and piety who, in due time, had learned how to be a bishop.</p> American Catholic Blog True freedom lies in the ability to align one’s actions freely with the truth, so as to achieve authentic human happiness both now and in the life to come. Jesus promised, “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free” (John 8:31–32).

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