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(2006), PG ["Hard" PG*] (1hr 25min)

Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
January 12, 2007
67 out of 100

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(While the Scriptural references are certainly not subjective, my commentary may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)

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

(2006), PG ["Hard" PG*] -- ... with revealing pants, not only in form but in feature as well.

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Europa Corp., Avalanche Productions, Apipoulaï, Canal+ (participation), Sofica Europacorp
Distribution (US): EuropaCorp. Distribution, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), The Weinstein Company
Director(s): Luc Besson
Producer(s): Luc Besson, Stéphane Lecomte, Emmanuel Prévost Written by: Luc Besson, Céline Garcia
Cinematography/Camera: Thierry Arbogast
Music: Eric Serra
Casting: Todd M. Thaler
Production Design: Hugues Tissandier
Art Direction: Patrice Garcia, Philippe Rouchier
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

Ten year old Arthur is pining the absence of his parents (Penny Balfour, Doug Rand) on his birthday as Granny (Mia Farrow) cares for him ... and has been for 6 months. Grandpa Archibald (Ron Crawford) is also missing after an adventure into Africa where he has been captured by a tribe of super-tall warriors. Actually, it wasn't Africa. It was Connecticut.

The tribe of tall [tale] warriors had given Archibald a treasure for teaching the tribe many things. It was a huge amount of rubies. To avoid losing his treasure to either thief or absent-mindedness, Archibald hid his treasure in a secret place no one would find ... in the land of the Minimoys ... in his back yard.

Creditors are barking at the door for the property. Arthur knows that the rubies would pay off all debt and secure his grandfather's house forever. So, Arthur sets off to the land of the Minimoys to find the treasure.

Following the trail left by his grandfather's diary, Arthur embarks on a quest to recover the treasure and save the house. Archibald left clues and instructions in several places around the house. Step by step With the help of the tall warrior Arthur finally locates the land of the Minimoys. The trouble is, the Minimoys are about 2.5 millimeters tall. Using some moonbeam science Arthur is transported through his grrandfather's special telescope into the land of the Miminoys, from the real world into the land of animation.

Finding himself asking the king of the Minimoys (voice of Robert De Niro) for help in finding the treasure, the king's daughter princess Selenia (voice of Madonna) becomes Arthur's aide and escort along with the help of Selenia's brother Betameche (voice of Jimmy Fallon). Together, the trio journey to the realm of the Evil Maltazard (voice of David Bowie) who has been hexed from a Minimoy into a lecherous monster, but no more of a monster than his son, Darkos (Jason Bateman).

Sounds like a bit of fun, doesn't it? It could be. Depending on your perspective. But from a morals perspective, this film has some concerns.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
The violence content of *Arthur and the Invisibles* overshadowed even the sexually-oriented content as noted below. The Wanton Violence/Crime (W) investigation area revealed onscreen matters such as a sword threat to the throat, a sword fight, some battles that approached intense, the impalement of some living critter to eat it and the character Max (voice of Snoop Dog) having the ends of all his fingers cut off. [Prov. 16:29]

Impudence/Hate (I)
The gist of the content regarding impudence and/or hate involved mainly a ten year old child: sneaking against grandmother's rules; being alone outside at night; disrespectful talk about his father plus Maltazard letting his son, Darkos drown to save himself. The deed of Maltazard is an example of "cowardly" in Rev. 21:8. [Heb. 13:17, Rev. 21:8] There were no uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary noted.

Sexual Immorality (S)
One of the concerns is why the artists made Selenia with revealing pants, not only in form but in feature as well. Pants on other characters did not, for example, shadow the gluteous fissure (nor was there as much screentime on others who wore pants). The character Max (voice of Snoop Dog), though of much lesser screentime, wore an outfit which offered a large helping of semi-thong nudity. Another character wore an outfit highly suggestive of him being male. [1Cor. 8:9]

Drugs/Alcohol (D)
There were no matters of alcohol consumption or illegal drugs noted. However, abuse of a prescription drug was noted. Grandma accidentally, due to Arthur's misbehaving, consumed a non-fatal overdose of "sleeping drops."

Offense to God (O)
This investigation area found the use of God's name in vain though without the four letter expletive [Deut. 5:11], a character calling others "You fools!" [Matt. 5:22] and evil fantasy creatures including wizards. [Rev. 21:8].

Murder/Suicide (M)
There were no murders or suicides noted.


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  • Prov. 16:29 A violent man entices his neighbor and leads him down a path that is not good. [The issue is the violence. "A violent man" can be a man, woman OR the men/women/character demonstrating the violent behavior/action on the screen. Now you know why violence, especially in and as entertainment, can embolden the viewer into aggression, especially youth. See also Joint Statement on the Impact of Entertainment Violence on Children Congressional Public Health Summit. Further, God speaks darkly of violence 56 times in the Old and New Testament of the KJV. And see 1 Cor. 15:33 below.]
  • Heb. 13:17 Obey them that have the rule over you [fair *and* responsible authority, properly appointed], and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account [report to God], that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.
  • 11Cor. 8:9 But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are weak. ["Liberty" - power of choice, in this case of the filmmakers to draw characters in revealing dress, not only in form but in feature as well. "Stumblingblock" - that over which a soul stumbles i.e. by which is caused to sin: anything that can cause another to sin such as a tease or lure to do or think/feel wrongly.]
  • 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.]
  • Matt. 5:22 But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment [krisis: accusation, trial]: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca [senseless, empty headed: a term of reproach among Jews at the time of Christ], shall be in danger of the council [sunedrion: adjudication]: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool [moros: impious, godless], shall be in danger of hell fire.
  • Rev. 21:8 But the [unforgiven] cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars -their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.

    ***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 Be not deceived: evil [kakov: of a bad nature, not such as it ought to be] 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 one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto 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.]
  • 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.)

    Arthur and the Invisibles (2006) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • brutality and cruelty to a debtor
  • fantasy violence
  • action violence, repeatedly
  • 10 year old boy driving a truck
  • sword fight
  • battle violence, repeatedly
  • sword threat to throat
  • impaling a living creature to eat it
  • images of all fingers cut off, repeatedly

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • adolescent sneaking to disobey, several times
  • adolescent sneaking out of house at night
  • child wandering about outside alone at night
  • adolescent disrespect of father, a couple times
  • a father letting his son drown
  • lies, at least twice

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • scenes of form-fitting outfit on one female character, more so than any other character, repeatedly
  • scant dress on male character, several scenes
  • very suggestive attire on another clearly male character
  • pelvic thrusts in dance

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • accidental non-fatal overdose of "sleeping drops" due to mischief

    Offense to God (O)
  • two uses of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive
  • "You fools!" [Matt. 5:22]
  • fantasy evil creatures, repeatedly

    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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