I haven't thought about it in a while but recently my pal Bob's girlfriend, Anita, saw the movie Zoo. I heard the report secondhand from Bob and didn't get any direct feedback from Anita, who is a dedicated animal person, currently caretaking 200-ish cats and a more than a dozen dogs. I'm curious to hear her comments; I'll hafta talk to her soon.
The title of this post and the reason this movie is interesting to us is because MJ's in the movie, which opened at Sundance in 2007 to a lot of buzz, and she's listed in the credits. She plays the girl who winds up at the end of the movie owning the horse which is the central focus of the story. Well, it's difficult to precisely define the horse's status.
The movie is based on a case here in the Seattle area which took place in the Summer of 2005 when a man died after having sex with said horse. The rest, as they say, is history - legal, social, moral, whatever kinda history interests you. As a result of these events, the horse was placed with the rescue group Hope for Horses where MJ has spent a lot of volunteer hours. The filmmakers had some of the HfH people play themselves and MJ played the girl who adopted the horse after it was all over.
Not a fun family movie to watch with the small kiddies but an interesting, well-crafted movie which is topical in the context of the recent spate of right-wing crap equating gay marriage with zoophilia. Please!
If you watch the movie, MJ appears very near the end.