Whenever Hollywood tackles a serious social issue it is a gamble.  Drama that makes for good storytelling doesn’t always present the most realistic…

Whenever Hollywood tackles a serious social issue it is a gamble.  Drama that makes for good storytelling doesn’t always present the most realistic portrayal.  The result can either go to a cartoonish extreme (think: 30 Rock with Tracy Morgan in “Hard to Watch”) or worse it can romanticize the streets in a way that can do more harm than good.

So, when the buzz hit that Vanessa “High School Musical” Hudgens, fresh from spring break was further shedding her “good girl” role by playing a pregnant runaway teen from an abusive home, some of us at NRS held our collective breath that the outcome would be straight cheese or over glamorized. Handling between 300 to 500 calls a day from youth, many who are dealing with the same issues as Hudgens’ character Apple, means you tend to take these things seriously.

And, all the media hype about “bad girl” roles cuts against our non-judgmental philosophy.

That said, at first glance, “Gimme Shelter” released January 24th looks like it is playing things the right way (check out the trailer below).  A “social issue” movie done well not only raises awareness, but it can let teens know they aren’t alone in what they are facing. That is a service that we provide for our callers, just letting them know we here to listen, here to help.

You be the judge, does the trailer seem like something you can relate to? Can you think of serious movies on serious topics that helped you through a tough time? Post your responses in the comment section and if you know someone who needs help, please pass along our number.

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