"A lonely, confused young man gets addicted to pornography. His roommates know, but they do nothing to help him," a voice intones over somber violins at the beginning of a four-minute anti-masturbation ad from Brigham Young University-Idaho that only gets weirder as it goes.
The film is narrated by the University's president. As he speaks, a young man who has fallen prey to his internet browser suddenly finds himself wounded on a battlefield. His roommate bravely rescues him from the enemy: people who mind their own business.
Later in their dorm room, the roommate finds the courage to knock on the young man's bathroom door, again rescuing him from "the enemy" — presumably his hand this time. Finally they share a moment at a party, locking eyes across the room. Fade to black.
"As such we regard addiction to pornography as a harmful and destructive vice. We also regard each other as brothers and sisters who believe we have a Christian obligation to watch out for the spiritual and physical well-being of those around us.
"The sole purpose of the video is to illustrate those principles for BYU-Idaho students as well as to encourage them to reach out in a spirit of love and concern if someone they know is struggling with any form of addiction."