Who's Seeing 'The Road' This Weekend?

It's the day before Thanksgiving, which means you'll soon be eating turkey (or Tofurky) and doing some early Christmas-and-Chanukkah shopping. And maybe you'll even catch a holiday movie, like The Road, which opens today.

On second thought... do you really want to see The Road on Thanksgiving weekend? This is a movie about a dying man helping his son navigate unspeakable horrors in a post-apocalyptic wasteland. There's lots of death, and child-killing, and cannibalism. It's not exactly A Christmas Carol.

And yet the filmmakers are hoping that the same people seeing A Christmas Carol will be lining up for The Road. Like The Passion of the Christ a few years back, The Road is being promoted specifically to Christian audiences, with early screenings for pastors. Says one of the movie's Web sites:

The Road will provide a catalytic opportunity for the faith community to spark dialogue about vital overarching questions of life, such as fear vs. faith, good vs. evil and hope vs. despair with people that they may not see in church on Sunday, but will surely join them for a movie on Saturday night.

So by "people that they might not see in church on Sunday," do they mean cannibals?

If churchgoers don't flock to The Road, the fallback audience seems to be Oprah viewers: specifically, the people who read the Cormac McCarthy novel when it was featured on Oprah's book club. The movie's trailer is loaded with touching father-son moments and inspiring dialogue, even though the movie by all accounts is bleak and emotionally grueling.

But hey, maybe you'll need a break from all that holiday cheer. If you're feeling Grinch-y, The Road may be just the thing to make you appreciate that Thanksgiving dinner... and the fact that the world human race is still alive and kicking.

Want a more family-friendly film this weekend? Watch our exclusive clip of Fantastic Mr. Fox!

Do you think The Road is too dark to watch on Thanksgiving? Chime in below!

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