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(2004), PG-13 [R-13*]
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CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
January 15, 2005
32 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 likely using a mix of KJV and NIV.

(2004), PG-13 [R-13*] -- I beg that this is not a prelude of ...

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Warner Bros., Miramax Films, Initial Entertainment Group, Forward Pass, Appian Way, Cappa Productions
Distribution (US): Warner Bros., Miramax Films
Director(s): Martin Scorsese
Producer(s): Chris Brigham, Chris Brigham, Sandy Climan, Colin Cotter, Leonardo DiCaprio, Charles Evans Jr., Graham King, Dan Maag, Michael Mann, Aslan Nadery, Joseph P. Reidy, Volker Schauz, Philip Schulz-Deyle, Rick Schwartz, Martin Scorsese, Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein, Rick Yorn
Written by: John Logan
Cinematography/Camera: Robert Richardson
Music: Howard Shore, Johann Sebastian Bach, Hoagy Carmichael, George Gershwin, Harry James, Reverend Charles Johnson, Arthur Johnston, Irving Kahal, Jimmy McHugh, Glenn Miller, Artie Shaw, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Fats Waller
Film Editing: Thelma Schoonmaker
Casting: Ellen Lewis
Production Design: Dante Ferretti
Art Direction: Martin Gendron, Robert Guerra, Michele Laliberte, Claude Paré, Réal Proulx, Daniel Ross
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

I am so sorry I could not have much sooner gotten this to you folks who regularly use our service, especially to those who say they will not view a film until they have seen the CAP analysis of it. But until donations reach a reasonable point consistently and long-term, such delays, as well as not being able to analyze many new releases, are likely to continue. This report may be a month late but it is still useful to the thousands who wait until a film makes it to video.

PG-13 movies which earn the same final scores that R-rated movies earn, i.e., the "R-13" movies, are getting worse. And Harvard University agrees with us. Harvard made their findings a full four years after we published our finding but Harvard agrees with us nonetheless. The scoring range earned by R-rated movies in the comparative baseline database is 54 and below out of 100. This PG-13 The Aviator earned a final score of 32 while most R-13 films, it seems, earn scores in the lower 50s and the upper 40s out of 100. When adequate funding is provided, we will be able to tell you for sure after compiling the massive data we have been gathering since the last calculations in 2002.

Part of that final score of 32 is due to display of adolescent nudity. Yes, adolescent nudity has hit PG-13, fully approved for 13 year olds by the "parents" which comprise the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). How far have we morally sunk, folks? How far indeed? The young Howard Hughes is shown at the beginning of the film nude from the rear, standing in a bathing tub with a little shading and defocusing of his posterior. He is then shown from behind him with his mother washing his front. By hand. With a smile on her face, a downward gaze in her eyes and a downward reach of her arm, using her warnings of a "dirty world" as justification for what appeared to be her immoral interest in her young son. And at the end of the show, the young Howard Hughes is again shown in the same bathing situation but from his front. I beg that this is not a prelude of a growing fetish of Hollywood with adolescent nudity.

The adult Hughes (Leonardo DiCaprio) is also shown fully nude prancing about in the middle of the show. PG-13 indeed! And how many Academy Award nominations is it? Five? Rather revealing of the American entertainment diet, eh? Or at least the standards of those who decide which films earn awards. I suppose a lot of people will try to excuse such behavior as "art" because it is in a high powered movie. And because it is the "truth." Such abuse may be true of Hughes' life but that truth does not excuse the demonstration of such "truth" in and as entertainment.

By the way, DiCaprio is party to lowering the moral threshold of permitting nudity before your 13 year old kids with Titanic (1997) where his co-star, Kate Winslett gave an exhibition of her ... self ..., front and back. I remember that film well because I was a computer lab teacher at a Christian school for a large church and just about everyone who could navigate his/her own box of popcorn saw it. I got in trouble for even mentioning the display of nudity in and as entertainment was sinful. I left that enlightened, progressive Christian school and two years later the school/church became a vacant lot, certainly not because I left but maybe because "enlightened, progressive" and Jesus do not get along well. Now DiCaprio is party to lowering the threshold of acceptability even further with adolescent nudity in PG-13 movies. Maybe he didn't write the movie but he could have said "No" when asked to star in it.

The Aviator is a film about Howard Hughes. And his closets. All of them I suspect, with most of the tedious 2 hours and 25 minutes (without the previews, trailers and credits) of cinematic focus and interest in the contents of the closets as the big screen tries to expose Hughes' obsessions with movies and aviation. And his fear of germs from others. There, I suppose, is the "justification" for the child pornography bathing scenes that opens and concludes this R-13 film. Another case of showing it when it could have instead been told.

Hughes' obsession with making a movie named Hell's Angels, a World War I epic in the 1940s about military warplane flyers re-shot to make it a "talkie", cost him an unprecedented $4 million. As a result of rubbing elbows with Hollywood stars and starlets, an immoral relationship developed between Hughes and Kathryn Hepburn (Cate Blanchett). Others such as Eva Gardner (Kate Beckinsale) and Faith Dominique (Kelli Garner) also walked where Hepburn tread ... into Hughes' bed.

Granted, there was much more to the performances than the sexual matters, but the purpose of this ministry is to tell you of the immoral content more than any entertainment value so you might be in a better position to make an informed moral decision on your own whether a film is fit for your family or not: a decision that does not depend on the secular reviews which very rarely even mention any sinful demonstrations any more than the say-nothing MPAA. Typically, the secular reviews speak no further than "affair" and speak of if in the same style as the performers -- in a bland and matter-of-fact manner as if nothing wrong is done. [Prov. 30:20]

Hughes bought the Trans World Airline and used it as a tool to break into international flights previously under monopoly of the Pan American airlines owned by Juan Trippe (Alec Baldwin). Having interest in PanAm airlines and fearing a severe monetary loss if Hughes was successful, together with Senator Owen Brewster (Alan Alda) Trippe launched a Congressional campaign against Hughes to besmirch him into bankruptcy or at least discredit, anything to prevent Hughes from getting into the international flight market.

There is much more to this nearly two-hour film, but I must reduce costs until donations meet the need.

The most severe point loss was in Impudence/Hate (I), due to foul lagnuage [Lev. 26:19, Col. 3:8], and in Sexual Immorality (S) [1Ths. 4:1-5]. These two investigaton areas found matieral enough for the film to earn a zero score in each. Likewise Offense to God (O) earned a zero score due to the 55 uses of God's name in vain, 38 with the four letter expletive [Deut. 5:11]. Wanton Violence/Crime (W) found material equivalent to most PG-13 films in the comparative baseline database [Prov. 3:31-32, Hab. 2:9] but Murder.Suicide (M) discovered programming equivalent to most G-rated movies. And because of all the smoking, drinking and night club scenery, The Aviator was equivalent to most R-rated films in Drugs/Alcohol (D) in the comparative baseline database. [**]

The listing in the Findings/Scoring section, the heart of the CAP analysis model, is what most of you come to our pages to see.


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  • Prov. 30:20 "This is the way of an adulteress: She eats and wipes her mouth and says, 'I've done nothing wrong.'" [Though this verse uses "adulteress" to make its point, the heart of the matter is the arrogance of "What's the big deal!" defense of wrong-doing.]
  • Lev. 26:19 I will break down your stubborn pride [arrogance, self exaltation] and make the sky above you like iron and the ground beneath you like bronze. [Yes, it is arrogance and self-exaltation which gives us the haughtiness to violate clean speech.]
  • 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.
  • 1Ths. 4:1-5 Finally, brothers, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more. For you know what instructions we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus. It is God's will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control his [or her] own body [which includes control of drives, touching, seeking, lusting (even after images), promiscuity, etc.] in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the heathen, who do not know God;
  • 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.]
  • Prov. 3:31-32 Do not envy a violent man or choose any of his ways, for the LORD detests a perverse man but takes the upright into his confidence.
  • Hab. 2:9 Woe to him who builds his realm by unjust gain to set his nest on high, to escape the clutches of ruin!
  • ** A recent study by the American College of Physicians (ACP) revealed that adolescent exposure to drinking and smoking in entertainment leads to an undeniable increase in alcohol and tobacco abuse among underage kids. The finding entitled Relation Between Parental Restrictions on Movies and Adolescent Use of Tobacco and Alcohol reports that of 4544 youths from grades 5 through 8 of fifteen Vermont and New Hampshire middle schools (90% were under fourteen years old - the "PG-13" age) only 16% were completely restricted from viewing R-rated movies. The report further states the prevalence of having tried smoking without parental knowledge was 35% for those with no restrictions on viewing R-rated movies, 12% for those with partial restrictions, and two percent for those with complete restrictions. The prevalence of having tried alcohol without parental knowledge was 46% for those with no restrictions, 16% for those with partial restrictions and four percent for those with complete restrictions. Rather revealing of the influences of the entertainment industry wouldn't you say? The study selected R-rated movies because the study claimed R-rated movies typically present more drinking than movies of other classifications. Whether the movie is rated R or not, the focus is the influence of adolescent exposure to drinking and smoking in and as entertainment. And influencing children to sin with drink in and as entertainment screams of violating Luke 17:2.

    ***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, excuse 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)

    The Aviator (2004) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • warfare
  • fight
  • political underhandedness and corruption, repeatedly
  • attempted vehicular homicide
  • intense plane crash with gore
  • human aflame, repeatedly

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • 77 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • one use of the most foul of the foul words
  • lies

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • full rear adolescent nudity
  • mother hand washing adolescent son
  • women as display toys, repeatedly
  • vulgar touch with vulgar talk
  • request for and offers of sex
  • sexual references
  • women as touch toys
  • anatomical references
  • homosexual reference
  • co-stripping for sex
  • inappropriate touch
  • making out, dressed
  • cohabitation, long term
  • mammary display, clothed
  • excessive cleavage
  • women as seduction tools
  • making out with fondling inside clothes
  • pedophilia with a 15 year old
  • man in tub
  • full male nudity, genitals unseen
  • full rear and side male nudity, repeatedly
  • additional full and partial nudity
  • full frontal adolescent nudity

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • night clubs with booze
  • drinking, repeatedly
  • smoking, repeatedly

    Offense to God (O)
  • 38 uses of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive and 17 without
  • darwinism
  • adultery, repeatedly

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • gunfire execution
  • jump suicide

  • Christian Long Distance



    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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