dignify= to raise the status of

I will not dignify/raise the status of your question by answering...

But I read recently,

The film will not dignify a response.

Is this also grammatical? If so, what does it mean? Doesn't seem to make sense to me

The film will not dignify a response.

I think the expression is used ill-advisedly. It makes no sense to me either.

I'd analyze it as a transformation of an idiom, which is a process that seldom works.

Edit. The more I read it the more I realize that it's not even a correct transformation.

Let's call it an attempted transformation.

BTW, "ill-advisedly" seems like one that works! Emotion: big smile

(Opinions to the contrary are welcomed.)

The subject quote is grammatical, by the way.

This film will not dignify his reputation.
This film will not elicit a response.
Agree, agree, agree. Thank you, thank you, thank you.