|Goals of Marxism|
— Ted Baehr
Critical theory is an ideological effort of representatives of Frankfurt School such as Max Horkheimer to challenge all previously accepted standards in every aspect of societal life from a Marxist perspective. This was to be performed by means of circulating every negative thing one could possibly say about traditional society in books, movies, TVs, schools, colleges, and even a clergy so that youth would be endlessly indoctrinated.
This youth, known also as Baby Boomers, internalized their criticisms when being repeatedly exposed to brainwashing about what they came to refer to as 'establishment' portraying it as bunch of racists, overly religious, sexually deprived sexists, who were xenophobic, Indian-killers, antisemites and soon movies and songs began to reflect these new 'values' spreading them throughout the nation's youth culture. Critical theory was doing its job, especially on people like Charles Manson and John Lennon.
Even though in reality the baby boomers of 1960s were most free, most affluent and most privileged of any youth in any age, they were bored with their lives and swallowed the Frankfurt school's propaganda in form of books like The Death of the Family, Escape from Freedom, Sexual Revolution, The Joy of Sex, The Authoritarian Personality and counter-culture drug movies like Easy rider, The wild angels, and Born Losers, attacking especially a family unit as a Christian institution and basic building block of middle class. So along came movies like The battle of the sexes, How to murder your wife which depicted the family as sexually repressed and dysfunction and instilled the cultural pessimism about families.