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Well, this is weird. Gerald R. Molen, producer of the slanted anti-Obama documentary “2016,” you know, is a Mormon. Like Mitt Romney. That’s why he’s backed the movie. But what’s really strange is that the first movie Mormon Molen executive produced back in 1987 was “Bright Lights, Big City.” The Michael J. Fox film was based on the popular story by Jay McInerney about partying unapologetically with massive amounts of cocaine. It was a bad movie. But Molen must have liked the premise– he raised the money for “Bright Lights, Big City.” I can’t think of a movie that would more violate the Mormon sensibility and lifestyle.

Later, Molen–who was raised in North Hollywood, California but likes to say he’s from Montana–went to work for Steven Spielberg’s company, and has producer credits on five of his movies including “Schindler’s List.” Molen likes to promote himself as the sole producer of that film. But really all of Steven Spielberg’s movies are made by Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall. Molen simply worked for them.

With the money he made from Spielberg, Molen’s other movie credits are dreadful. They include “The Other Side of Heaven” (2001) which was sort of like the serious non musical version of “The Book of Mormon.” It’s very bad, although it does feature Anne Hathaway in her film debut. Also, the even worse “View from the Swing,” which no one has really heard of, and the Mormon fable “The Legend of Johnny Lingo,” also a failure– which brought Molen’s film career to an end in 2003.

Earlier this year, Molen was dis-invited from giving a commencement speech in Montana because of his nutty politics.

As for “Bright Lights, Big City”–lines of cocaine are snorted right up the middle of the street in that one. Mr. Molen must have thought all that white stuff was the salt in the Salt Lake!

“2016” finished in fourth place on Friday night.

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
4 replies to this post
  1. I am a huge fan Roger, there are probably 6 websites that I check every day and yours is one. After reading your articles for several years, I realized it is your sensibilities that make you such a good writer. That being said this is the first post that has made me cringe. I understand your criticism of the producer and of Mormons, but must you drag BLBC into it?

    There are many ways we can criticize the right–or our Mormon brethren– without trivializing the work of a good writer. You would not criticize one for producing an adaption of Fitzgerald and all of its depictions of the devil-may-care 20’s and loose women. Ok, perhaps that was a stretch, but you get the point.

    Since we are getting political, it is probably ironic that a great deal of your traffic is driven by Drudge. Strange.

  2. Molen never raised the money for BL, BC. The film was financed/distributed by UA, when they were still in the studio biz, and Molen was hired to line produce the film. Nothing more or less.

    He likes to say he’s from Montana…maybe because he is! Imagine that!

    I don’t like the Obama movie anymore than you do, but facts are facts.

  3. I don’t know who you are, but, from your biased comments about the producer, I definitely know you are not a conservative…..and you certainly do not want the voters to see this factual film which will expose Obama’s plan of bringing down the greatest country in this entire world. Who cares what this producer did 30 years ago; what has his faith got to do with backing up this movie….. You are discrimating against Molen on the grounds of his faith and also our new-to-be elected President, Mitt Romney; and how dare you put Senator Romney on the same level as Molen. You are trying your damness to avert the true issue of this film because you are running scared of how it will expose Obama for who he is, a MUSLIM NOT BORN IN THIS COUNTRY who is a far,far leftist, marxist, progressive, socialist liberal who HATES this country AND IS TRYING TO TAKE IT DOWN. Get on your knees and pray that Obummer does not get another 4 years of destroying our great country, THE USA, because it was founded on God’s precepts, and if he gets in, God will allow this world to end soon. I pray that every American will go to see this movie and that God will open their eyes to see and ears to hear the truth that He is trying to convey. WAKE UP AMERICA!

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