October 20th, 2009
10:53 AM ET
Warning: mild 'Astro Boy' spoilers ahead.
Monday night, I covered the premiere of "Astro Boy" in Hollywood.
So, what do "Astro Boy" and "Balloon Boy" have in common? Neither of the boys lived up to their parents’ desires.
"Astro Boy" is a robot created by a scientist in the likes of a son he lost, in hopes of filling a void. "Balloon Boy" is about a son named Falcon Heene, used by selfish, fame-chasing parents as a tool in a fictional scenario.
Astro Boy is not able to meet his father's needs and goes on a journey in search of acceptance. Falcon goes on numerous public interviews and gets sick on national TV, and now his parents are being accused of carrying out a hoax.
Eventually, Astro Boy becomes a hero who saves a city –- Balloon Boy’s future is questionable.
While most stars on the red carpet chose not to voice their opinions on the Heene family, Eugene Levy summed it up like this: “This is a guy who takes his kids to chase hurricanes and thinks it’s cool. That’s where you have to start. The story right now has come almost full circle… it’s pretty bizarre, this is not your typical family situation.”
Where do you think the future lies with Falcon Heene and his brothers, his whole family?
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