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(2006), PG-13 ["lite" PG-13*] (1hr 36min)

Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
JAnuary 28, 2006
65 out of 100

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(This section may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)

If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary.

(2006), PG-13 ["lite" PG-13*] -- .. is equivalent to most G-rated films in *three* of the six CAP investigation areas.

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Mother B Productions, Touchstone Pictures
Distribution (US): Buena Vista Pictures
Director(s): Justin Lin
Producer(s): Gym Hinderer, Steve Nicolaides, Damien Saccani, Mark Vahradian
Written by: David Collard
Cinematography/Camera: Phil Abraham
Music: Brian Tyler
Film Editing: Fred Raskin
Casting: Gail Goldberg. Mike Lemon. Donna Morong. Marcia Ross
Production Design: Patti Podesta
Art Direction: Christopher Tandon
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

Annapolis is one of the highest scoring PG-13 films I can remember. With a final score of 65, it is only three points out of 100 under the bottom of the scoring range earned by PG movies (68 to 86 out of 100) in the comparative baseline database. Annapolis is a "lite" PG-13 ... with a few sharp immorality teeth ... particularly in language and alcohol and to a lesser extent in violence.

The CAP analysis model certainly found programming in the investigation areas of Impudence/Hate (mainly language) and Drugs/Alcohol (only alcohol and drinking) equivalent to most R-rated films. The CAP model also found programming in the Wanton Violence/Crime investigation area (due mostly to boxing violence) indeed equivalent to most PG-13 films. However, Annapolis is equivalent to most G-rated films in three of the six CAP investigation areas (in Sexual Immorality, Offense to God and Murder Suicide).

Jake S. Huard (James Franco) is a shipyard welder. Jake is also an amateur boxer. But Jake is unhappy. He longs to be accepted into the Annapolis Naval Academy. After a few dozen attempts through his Congressman, Jake is accepted.

On his last night before beginning his training at Annapolis, Jake has a little fling at the local bar where he meets Ali Halloway (the Panamanian Jordana Brewster), an attractive, bright and self-confident young lady whom Jake apparently hoped would be a conquest for the night. Jake announces himself as starting the Annapolis Naval Academy training the next day as if he was going off to war tomorrow. Though Ali brushes off Jake's approaches, she accepts Jake's invitation of a tour of Annapolis when Jake becomes able to give her a tour. Ali has an ulterior motive in her acceptance of Jake's invitation.

Lo and behold but whom does Jake meet his first day at Annapolis? The energetic little target he met at the bar yesterday -- Ali Halloway. Ali is not one of the plebes of Annapolis but one of the instructors. One can imagine what thoughts and fears ran through Jake's head as he stood in shock at seeing in a position of authority over him the one whom he treated as a target yesterday who would now be giving him a "tour" of the academy.

Another of Jake's superiors is Lt. M. B. Cole (Tyrese Gibson) who takes either an instant liking to Jake or an instant disgust. Gibson's perfect-for-the-part poker face makes it difficult to tell. It is not until Jake tests his boxing mettle against Cole's that the two seem to find respect for each other. Indeed, the show soon takes on a "Rocky" appearance with a black and vastly improved "Ivan Drago" (Dolhp Lundgren of Rocky IV).

Annapolis will not likely be any box office dazzler but it has some "mettle" of its own as a well-knitted fabric of entertainment sure to please the military film genre crowd. In addition to the rigors of academy life, there is conflict and romance to be had. And even more noteworthy is that the romance does not involve anyone getting in bed with anyone.

There are, however, behaviors that you as mom/dad may want to know about before deciding whether this film is fit for your family.

One of the plebes who fails the physical training chooses to attempt suicide. What a signal for 13-year olds!

Sidebar Note: Under the CAP analysis model procedures, only portrayal of completed suicides (and murders) are noted in the Murder/Suicide investigation area. Attempts at suicide and murder are incorporated into the Wanton Violence/Crime investigation area.

Other matters of the violent nature in Annapolis include many episodes of boxing violence. [Prov. 16:29]

While no uses of the most foul of the foul words were noted, use of the three/four letter word vocabulary is frequent. [Col. 3:8] There are also uses of God's Name in vain with the four letter expletive in this PG-13 film. [Deut. 5:11]

In view of the recent findings of professional public health agencies and a university research group, it is wise to inform you of the frequent drinking of alcoholic beverages in Annapolis. The American College of Physicians (ACP) found that drinking of alcoholic beverages in entertainment clearly leads to abuse of alcohol by the elementary school age stratum ... the very target of this film if only by its MPAA classification. [Eph. 5:18] More on this is available in the application of Ephesians 5:18 below.

Please consider closely inspecting the listing in the Findings/Scoring section before you make your decision whether to permit your kids (which includes at-home teens) to view Annapolis.


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  • Prov. 16:29 A violent man entices his neighbor and leads him down a path that is not good. ["A violent man" can be the one on the screen, too. Now you know why violence, especially in and as entertainment, can embolden the viewer into aggression, especially youth. See "Joint Statement on the Impact of Entertainment Violence on Children Congressional Public Health Summit" ]
  • Col. 3:8 But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.
  • Deut. 5:11 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. [Vain is shav' {shawv}: emptiness, nothingness, vanity, such as an expletive. With or without the four letter expletive, the use of God's name in any way other than respect, reverence or thoughtful discussion is in vain. That includes the popular three syllable sentence with His name trailing it AND the misuse of Jesus' name.]
  • Eph. 5:18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. ["Wine" can be any intoxicating substance including illegal drugs or abuse of prescription drugs. This issue is do not get intoxicated. Though it is not a sin to drink, it is a sin to get drunk OR to influence to get drunk or to drink in defiance such as underage drinking. A study by the American College of Physicians (ACP) has found an undeniable link between the presentation of alcoholic beverages and tobacco in and as entertainment and abuse of them and arrogance/defiance with them by adolescents. And teaching/causing youth to abuse alcohol/tobacco (or drugs) by emboldening youth with them in and as entertainment invokes Luke 17:2. If alcoholic beverages in entertainment were not a problem for our young, why is there and why has there been such a push to get and keep booze commercials off prime time broadcast TV? Even the University of Connecticut corroborates the ACP finding.

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about when what is vile is honored among men [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences to younger and younger audiences every year when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, pay for it, enjoy it, want it].
  • Col. 2:8 Beware lest any man [by his influence] spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.
  • Rom. 5:19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
  • Jude 1:4 For there are certain men* crept in unawares [secretly slipped in among us], who were before of old ordained to this condemnation [whose condemnation was written about long ago], ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness [a license for immorality], and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto [or for] one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto [or for] me.
  • Luke 17:2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. [Offend: skandalizo {skan-dal-id'-zo} - scandalize; to entice to sin; to cause a person to begin to distrust and desert one whom he ought to trust and obey; to cause to fall away. I suspect "offend" includes sexually abusing the little ones. "Little ones": mikros - little;, small of age; younger which can include at-home teens].
  • Ps. 119:133 Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me [let no sin rule over me].
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil. ["Evil" includes all things that are sinful.]


    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
    (The objective heart of the CAP Analysis Model, independent of and insulated from the Summary/
    Commentary section.

    Annapolis (2006) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • boxing violence and lust for it, repeatedly
  • gambling
  • attempted suicide

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • 25 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • son showing disrespect for his father
  • massive tattoos

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • dressing to maximize the human form and/or skin exposure
  • adult in underwear
  • sexual conquest talk
  • sexual insult

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • drinking, repeatedly
  • booze, repeatedly
  • bar, repeatedly
  • planning on getting drunk

    Offense to God (O)
  • four uses of God's Name in vain with the four letter expletive and once without

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • none noted

  • Christian Educators Association International



    There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our more than eight years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.

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