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(2007), PG [PG*] (1hr 21min)

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November 3, 2007
November 4, 2007

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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.

(2007), PG [PG*] ... "How about a suicide pact?"

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): DreamWorks Animation
Distribution (US): DreamWorks SKG, Paramount Pictures
Director(s): Steve Hickner, Simon J. Smith
Producer(s): Jerry Seinfeld, Christina Steinberg, Cameron Stevning
Written by: Jerry Seinfeld, Spike Feresten, Barry Marder, Andy Robin
Music: Rupert Gregson-Williams
Production Design: Alex McDowell
Art Direction: Christophe Lautrette
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

Please note that the CAP analysis model treats any behavior by personified animated characters which can be duplicated by or subjected to children to have the same influence as that performed by live actors and actresses. For example, if a female animated character is dressed sensuously, it is noted. If a character is assaulted in an animated feature it is treated as if the character is assaulted in a live action film. We need to be aware that a bad influence does not have to be real to influence badly. Further, not everyone who sees a Ford Taurus commercial buys one. But some do -- because  of the commercial. Likewise with onscreen behavior and imagery. Not all viewers are victimized by the bad influences onscreen. But some are. Maybe many. Especially the morally vulnerable and malleable -- because  of the bad influences.

With a CAP final score of 79 Bee Movie  is fully equivalent the low side of middle-of-the-road PG films. It is a fun film with something to say, but it has teeth. Sharp teeth. Particularly in violence. This film is after all rated PG which means there is something in it the MPAA felt was not appropriate, but their label "PG for mild suggestive humor, and a brief depiction of smoking" says nothing. We say everything.

A homosexual reference is included as are a few lite notations of heterosexually oriented behavior, comments and imagery. The homosexual reference is the queen bee is not a female but is a male in "drag", i.e., "drag queen" which is clearly  a device used to include homosexuality in the program delivery. Another example is the main bee flying near the feet of a woman dressed in a tennis micro-skirt with the view upward from her knees as she walks. But of a likely more serious matter is a comment by the lead bee character to his human girlfriend "How about a suicide pact?" with a short discussion on how to do it! More assaults on wholesome thinking and behavior are revealed in the individual investigation area discussions below.

New York honey bee Barry B. Benson (Jerry Seinfeld) and buzzing pal Adam Flayman (Matthew Broderick) have graduated the three-day high school and three-day college and are ready to take their places in the business of life. But there was only one career choice - Honex. Honex makes honey.

In spite of the vast and quickly changing choices of positions within Honex, Barry decides he wants to get out of the hive. Only the Pollen Jocks are allowed to venture outside the hive. They must. They are the bees which pollinate the flowers that make the nectar the bees collect to make honey.

So Barry gets his wish and becomes a Pollen Jock. On his first trip Barry meets a pair of tennis playing humans, Vanessa (Renée Zellweger) and her live-in boyfriend Ken (Patrick Warburton). After a Rube Goldberg series of slapstick shenanigans Barry and Vanessa strike up a romantic relationship in spite Ken's protests.

Part of Barry's real world discoveries is that humans eat honey! So, Barry decides to sue mankind.

There are other subplots to this rather intricate weaving of a personified insect world with humans and our plethora of bug-endangering activities taken for granted. But the rest are for your discovery should you opt to view this film.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Above I mention "Rube Goldberg shenanigans." There are a lot of them. A l-o-t. None of which is that particularly violent but the fact that there are so many yields a total violence envelope equivalent to some R-rated films. For more information on this technique of loading a lesser-rated film with lesser examples of violence to get the same effect as more severely rated films, see our publication CAP Rule of 1000.

Violence of most significance is Barry inviting Vanessa to enter into a suicide pact. This is not a topic to be taken so lightly it can be flippantly tossed about as humor. In another case, a bee spouts "I'd be better off dead." It is a volatile mixture to combine the desensitization caused by the use of such "humor" in and as entertainment with the general trend of the lowering of coping skills among our youth. These factors stirred in with the already explosive nature of youth [Prov. 22:15] are likely to be multiplicative. [Prov. 16:29]

Impudence/Hate (I)
The story starts with "adolescent defiance" of parental controls and wishes as Barry defies his father's wisdom for him. [Prov. 29:15] Though Barry's father is portrayed as a bumbling dolt, the imagery of defying parental wisdom is there. [Prov. 4:1]

Sexual Immorality (S)
Though there is no nudity in this PG film, there certainly are innuendo and suggestive imagery. To show all that is visible from the ground up a woman's micro skirt is certainly "sexual." And it is obviously intended to be that way since there are hundreds of other angles the scene may have been shot portraying a bee's perspective that would have served the perspective just as well. If you doubt that scene was intended to be sexual, remember some old songs in which a man wished he was the sidewalk as the girls go by.

As pointed out above, there was one politically correct suggestion of homosexuality in the form of the queen bee being a male bee in "drag." Various homosexuality protagonists are trying to get teaching that the practice of homosexuality is normal, acceptable, natural, etc. into classes as young as kindergarten and preschool. Why not include "little kid" films in the campaign as well? [1Cor. 6:9-10] If you think these "Babylonians" will go away in our lifetime, think again. [Jer. 37:9 - 10] As long as we turn deaf ears to it and stick our heads in the sand about it, it will grow. And grow. And grow. But alas it will never go away completely -- until Jesus finally locks up Satan with a simple rotation of His Hand holding the keys to the gates of Hell.

Drugs/Alcohol (D)
The only instance of drugs and/or alcohol was the depiction of smoking the MPAA included in their label.

Offense to God (O)
There are three instances of matters which fit into this investigation area: "You fool" [Matt. 5:22], "Bee Jesus" and mockery of God and His Ways. [Gal. 6:7]

Murder/Suicide (M)
While there is a great deal of slapstick violence which would kill, there are no murders or suicides noted. Note that this investigation area incorporates only portrayals of the act of murder or suicide. Suggestions of them, references to them and attempts at them and acts of war or police action are incorporated into the Wanton Violence/Crime investigation area.


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  • Prov. 22:15 Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child;
  • Prov. 16:29 A violent man entices his neighbor and leads him down a path that is not good. [The issue is the violence, no matter how "small" it might seem and its effect on an observer. "A violent man" can be a man, woman OR the men/women/characters demonstrating the violent behavior/action on the screen. Knowing of Prov. 16:29 you now 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.]
  • Prov. 29:15 The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame.
  • Prov. 4:1 Listen, my sons, to a father's instruction; pay attention and gain understanding.
  • 1Cor. 6:9-10 Do you not know that the [unforgiven] wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.
  • Jer. 37:9 - 10 "This is what the LORD says: Do not deceive yourselves, thinking, 'The Babylonians will surely leave us.' They will not! Even if you were to defeat the entire Babylonian army that is attacking you and only wounded men were left in their tents, they would come out and burn this city down."
  • 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 [any session or assembly or people deliberating or adjudicating]: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool [moros: impious, godless], shall be in danger of hell fire.
  • Gal. 6:7 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked [mukterizo {mook-tay-rid'-zo}: to turn up the nose or sneer at, deride]. A man reaps what he sows.

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Jer. 37:9 This is what the LORD says: Do not deceive yourselves, thinking, 'The Babylonians [the destroyers from within] will surely leave us.' They will not!
  • 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, 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.)

    Bee Movie (2007) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • slapstick violence, repeatedly
  • self stab with a fork
  • action violence, repeatedly
  • hitting face of another character, repeatedly
  • "sword" fight
  • "How about a suicide pact" with discussion on how to do it
  • impersonating a police officer
  • vehicle theft
  • slapping contest

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • disobedience of parental rules
  • lie to impress
  • lie
  • conceit
  • valuing insect life equal to human life
  • "I'd be better off dead"

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • camera angle to force viewer to look up a woman's micro skirt
  • homosexual reference to "drag queen"
  • sexual innuendo
  • cohabitation
  • attention to exaggerated and amplified posterior (dressed)

    Drugs/Alcohol (D)
  • smoking, once by two characters

    Offense to God (O)
  • "You fool"
  • "Bee Jesus"
  • mockery of God and His Ways

    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 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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