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(2004), PG
Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
June 18, 2004
61 out of 100

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If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary likely using a mix of KJV and NIV.

(2004), PG

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Walden Media, Spanknyce Films, Walt Disney Pictures
Distribution (US): Buena Vista Pictures
Director(s): Frank Coraci
Producer(s): Phyllis Alia, Bill Badalato, Jackie Chan, Willie Chan, Jeff Geoffray, Dallas Hartman, Walter Josten, Aimee Keen, Alex Leung, Hal Lieberman, Henning Molfenter, Alex Schwartz, Solon So
Novel: Jules Verne
Screenplay: David N. Titcher, David Benullo, David Andrew Goldstein
Cinematography/Camera: Phil Meheux
Music: Trevor Jones
Film Editing: Tom Lewis, Francesca Dodd
Casting: Avy Kaufman
Production Design: Perry Andelin Blake
Art Direction: Robert Cowper, Gary Freeman, Sebastian T. Krawinkel, Pat Tagliaferro
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

I wouldn't have believed it possible! Does anyone remember the CAP Rule of 1000? Around the World in 80 Days is a perfect example of it. Tons of lesser examples of assault on morality and ethics to get the same "feel" of a more severely rated movie with fewer but more severe examples.

Inventor Phileas Fogg (Steve Coogan) entered into a wager with the head of the prestigious English Academy of Science, Lord Kelvin (Jim Broadbent) that he can travel around the world in eighty days. Kelvin wagered his position of high esteem against Fogg, insufferable Fogg in Kelvin's eyes, agreeing never to invent again.

Prior to the Earth-shaking wager, Fogg met Passeportout/Lau Xing (Jackie Chan) who had just robbed the Bank of England of a precious jade statue of Buddha that was taken from his Chinese village. Xing was in England to get it back. In a desperate attempt to foil the police, Xing agreed to replace Fogg's disgruntled valet and be Fogg's new experiment guinea pig.

The trip took the daring duo from London to Paris (Day 2) to Istanbul (Day 10) to China (Day 41) to San Francisco (Day 61) to New York (Day 72) back to London (Day 80, or so we are to think). In France, Fogg acquired a third party, Monique La Roche (Cécile De France) who became a love interest for Fogg. In Istanbul, Prince Hapi (Arnold Schwarzenegger) wanted to make Monique his seventh bride ... for Tuesdays. In China, Xing met his family at his home village, returned the statue he stole from the Bank of England and stayed there. So did Monique I think. However it happened, Fogg is alone in San Francisco and broke ... until Xing and Monique show up in San Francisco. The trip continues. And so do the hundreds of lesser issues of ignoble behavior, which I am not going to summarize here. This Summary/Commentary section must be shortened to reduce costs. Please refer to the listing of them in the Findings/Scoring section.


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***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences and present it to younger and younger audiences every year] when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, pay for it, enjoy it, want it, submit to it. I call attention to Ps. 12:8 to warn of the creeping desensitizing power of "entertainment."]
  • 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 (KJV) Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (NIV) Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.
  • Rom. 5:19 For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.
  • Jude 4 For certain men* whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change [warp, distort, falsely represent, situationally redefine, counterfeit, conditionally apply] the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. [*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 would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. [cause by teaching or example]
  • Ps. 119:133 Direct my footsteps according to your word; 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.


    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 heart of the CAP Analysis Model)

    Aound the World in 80 Days (2004) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • illegal flight to avoid lawful capture
  • bank robbery
  • impalement injury
  • order to kill
  • blade threat, repeatedly
  • martial arts violence, repeatedly
  • action violence, repeatedly
  • assault, repeatedly
  • :I want to die. Please kill me"
  • knives to neck threat
  • "Kill them. I want their heads"
  • long martial arts combat with blades sequence, repeatedly
  • knife impalement, twice
  • attempted murder by blade
  • man thrown out three-story window with large luggage following him
  • another attempted murder

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • four uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • lies, repeatedly
  • extortion to force the truth
  • attempt at public urination with discussion about it
  • deceit to further theft

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • attention drawn to underwear
  • attention to crotch - throwing dart in crotch of painting
  • painting of half-naked man
  • crude humor rye: "naked man"
  • posterior humor
  • attention to crotch - pain
  • statue nudity, repeatedly with comments about it
  • adult in underwear
  • sensual suggestion
  • attention to crotch - hot water
  • excessive cleavage
  • additional attention to crotch, repeatedly
  • "sex tent"
  • additional crude humor, repeatedly
  • exhibitionism

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • smoking
  • drinking, repeatedly
  • drunkenness

    Offense to God (O)
  • polygamy
  • putting faith in an object likened unto man
  • one use of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • none noted


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    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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