The utterly pointless penguin

I just started watching “The Blues Brothers” on AMC, but I had to turn it off. I simply couldn’t stomach what the censors had done.

One of the funnier moments of the movie was the scene in the beginning, where the Brothers go to visit the nun who raised them in the orphanage (“the Penguin.”) During the course of the visit, Jake (John Belushi) drops a casual profanity, and gets smacked with a ruler. He reacts in pain and anger with yet more swearing, and gets more and more abuse from the Penguin. Elwood (Dan Aykroyd) tries to defend him, and also lets slip a bad word or two. The Penguin ends up breaking her ruler while hitting them, getting out a yardstick, and chasing them from her office.

On AMC, though, this scene was just rendered utterly meaningless. In order to air the movie, they had to remove all the stronger profanities.

Including all the ones from the “Penguin” scene.

So we are left with a bit of exposition that ends when the nun, for no perceivable reason, starts violently beating on Jake and Elwood. What was an extrapolation from the classic stereotype (nun rapping misbehaving boys with ruler) is now simply random violence.

I think I need to get the DVD, and no more watching movies on AMC that originally had a rating stronger than PG. It’s simply a waste of time.

J.

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