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(2011), PG [PG*] (85.5min)

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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.

(2011), PG [PG*] ... Christmas may not happen this year

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Universal Studios, Universal 1440 Entertainment
Distribution (US): Universal Studios Home Entertainment
Director(s): John Putch
Producer(s): Jeff Freilich, Ellen Rutter
Written by: Steve and Daniel Altiere
Cinematography/Camera: Ross Berryman
Music: Chris Bacon
Film Editing: John Gilbert
Casting: Jeff Gerrard DiGerolamo
Production Design: Craig Sandells
Viewed on Universal Studios Home Entertainment DVD

By blunder after blunder, Santa's stables elf, Henry (Kyle Massey) falls out of Santa's sleigh and ends up in Woodhaven, Minnesota. Henry lost Santa's bag of toys and must retrieve it else Christmas may not happen this year.

Divorced Christine Cooper (Kim Rhodes) and her son Mason (Munro Chambers) are in charge of caring for the famous Beethoven St. Bernard dog. Three days before Christmas, Christine has job responsibilities that force her to leave Beethoven in Mason's care as Mason ties to sell hot chocolate on the cold, snow-covered streets of Woodhaven. After a pout bout Mason realizes there is money to be made by selling photographs of people posing with the famous Beethoven. After several photographs, Henry appears in Santa's sleight above the city that only Beethoven notices. Beethoven, being a dog, chases after Henry in Santa's sleight, wrecking Mason's curbstone business.

Once at Henry's landing spot -- atop a tall pine tree - Mason and Beethoven hear Henry's story in disbelief. As things progress, shyster Sylvester Smirch (Robert Picardo - "Doc" on Start Trek's™ Voyager series) gets hold of Santa's bag of seemingly endless toys and sells them at exorbitant prices since all other toy stores are out of toys now that it is three days before Christmas.

Now that Henry has convinced Mason - and Beethoven - of his true identity, the trio spend time finding and retrieving Santa's toy bag.


Following are brief discussions of the content per individual content investigation area. As always the Findings section of this report, the heart of the CAP Analysis Model, is the best source for discovering the full accounting of the content of this film.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 45 out of 100
Violence in this film is mainly in the form of slapstick violence. But no matter the from of violence, it takes its toll on the viewer, especially the young. God warns us of violence in many verses, Proverb 16:29 for one. In it He warns that violence is "catching", that it can lead one on the path that is not good. Also, four public health agencies jointly published that viewing violence in and as entertainment can lead to real life violence and can led the viewer into believing violence is an acceptable means of settling conflict.

In addition to some criminal behaviors such as fraud and price gouging, there is enough content applicable to this investigation area to be equivalent in magnitude or total envelope to the violence/crime in some R-rated features, not in a few individual extreme examples of assault on morality and decency typical of R-rated features but in the sheer number of examples of "lesser" assaults. See our CAP Rule of 1000 publication for more information on this cinematic loading technique.

Impudence/Hate (I) - 26 out of 100
With a content area score of 26, there is also enough content found by this content investigation area to be equivalent in magnitude to some R-rated features. Also not because of individual extreme examples of assault on morality and decency but in the sheer number of examples of "lesser" assaults. Repeated lying [Rev. 21:8], a long sequence of flatulence [Eph. 5:4] plus a number of other matters of impudence revealed in the Findings section together combine to drag this area score down to R-equivalence, again not because of a few individual extreme examples of assault on morality and decency typical of R-rated features but in the sheer number of examples of "lesser" assaults.

Sexual Immorality (S) - 73 out of 100
In addition to a scene of attention to the posterior near the beginning of the show, Beethoven doing a crotch nuzzle on Henry, camera angles to force viewers on Christine's posterior and attempts at anatomical humor caused the loss of slightly more than 25% of the starting 100 points in this investigation area. [Ps. 12:8]

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 100 out of 100
Not one instance of tobacco, alcohol, illegal drugs or abuse of prescription drugs was found.

Offense to God (O) - 69 out of 100
A reference to divorce [Mal. 2:16], a euphemism of Jesus' name [Deut. 5:11] and a Christmastime story without Jesus combine with another Hollywood rejection of CHRISTmas with "I mean, for Heaven's sakes, that's what Christmas is about, gifts and glamour and presents. Lots of presents." The Reason for the season is CHRIST. That is why it is called CHRISTmas. Even the Federal government calls December 25th "Christmas Day." That the secularists have commercialized Christmas does not stop it from being CHRISTmas.

Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
Not one instance of murder or suicide was found.



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  • Prov. 16:29 A violent man enticeth his neighbour, and leadeth him into the way that is not good. [The issue is the violence, the 'way that is not good' no matter how "small" or "fantasy" or "justified" the violence might seem, and its "leading" effect on the observer. "A violent man" can be any character of any age, any gender, human or not in the act of committing (demonstrating in the case of entertainment) violent behavior/action whether for good or evil OR the violent behaviors/actions themselves. Such exposure can and does embolden the viewer into aggression, especially youth. It took years for the American professional health community to finally affirm, probably without knowing it, that which God told us in 1 Cor. 15:33 below. See also Joint Statement on the Impact of Entertainment Violence on Children: Congressional Public Health Summit for more information. Their findings include:
    --> Children who see a lot of violence are more likely to view violence as an effective way of settling conflicts. Children exposed to violence are more likely to assume the acts of violence are acceptable behavior.
    --> Viewing violence can lead to emotional desensitization towards violence in real life. It can decease the likelihood that one will take action on behalf of a victim when violence occurs.
    --> Entertainment violence feeds a perception that the world is a violent and mean place. Viewing violence increases fear of becoming a victim of violence, with a resultant increase in self-protective behavior and a mistrust of others.
    --> Viewing violence may lead to real life violence. Children exposed to violent programming at a young age have a higher tendency for violent and aggressive behavior later in life than children who are not so exposed.
    Further, God speaks darkly of violence 56 times in the Old and New Testament of the KJV.]
  • Rev. 21:8 But the [unforgiven] fearful [deilos {di-los'}; timid, cowardly], and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers [sexually immoral], and sorcerers [all forms of evil/magic to force or do harm], and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. ["Timid" as used in this verse does not mean humble or meek. It means cowering in fear when, e.g., someone threatens your loved one and you hide in the shadows to save yourself as your loved one is victimized.]
  • Eph. 5:4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.
  • Mal. 2:16 "I hate divorce," says the LORD God of Israel, "and I hate a man's covering himself with violence as well as with his garment," says the LORD Almighty. So guard yourself in your spirit, and do not break faith.
  • 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 in slang or profanity. With or without the four letter expletive, the use of God's name in any way other than respect, reverence or responsible discussion and in praise and prayer is in vain. That includes the popular three syllable sentence with His name trailing it AND the misuse of Jesus' name or title even if as a euphemism. So, trying to excuse such expressions with "I was talking TO God/Jesus when I said that" or It's just words" or "I was acting" will not work with Him. Nor will "Everybody says that" excuse the sin of using His name in vain. If everyone on the planet who has ever drawn a breath used His name in vain, it would still be a sin to do so. If no one ever did, it would still be a sin to do so. Whether we believe it or not. Whether we like it or not. Whether we care or not.]

    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 when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend what is vile, embrace it, enjoy it, want it, submit to 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 [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.)

    Beehtoven's Christmas Adventure (2011) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 45 out of 100
  • several episodes of slapstick violence
  • price gouging for profit
  • hit to the head, twice
  • fraud/profiteering, repeatedly
  • unlawful confinement
  • kidnapping

    Impudence/Hate (I) - 26 out of 100
  • one use of profanity
  • flatulence, repeatedly
  • lying, repeatedly
  • rudeness
  • name-calling, repeatedly
  • denial of the truth (another lie)
  • teen disrespect of mother
  • one use of crude term

    Sexual Immorality (S) - 73 out of 100
  • attention to posterior
  • elf awakening by a dog licking his face and muttering as if a woman was licking his face
  • crotch nuzzle
  • attempt at anatomical humor, twice
  • camera angle to force viewer on private parts, twice

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 100 out of 100
  • none noted

    Offense to God (O) - 69 out of 100
  • reference to divorce
  • euphemism of Jesus
  • Christmas without Jesus
  • "I mean, for Heaven's sakes, that's what Christmas is about, gifts and glamour and presents. Lots of presents."

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
  • 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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