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(2004), PG
Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
May 5, 2004
62 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 -- ...without the bedroom boom-boom so typical ...

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Bobby Jones Films LLC, Dean River
Distribution (US): Film Foundry Releasing LLC, Andy Gruenberg
Director(s): Rowdy Herrington
Producer(s): Jason Behrman. Kim Dawson, Rick Eldridge, Rick Eldridge, Tim Moore, Dave Ross, Jim Schmidt, John Shepherd
Story: Rowdy Herrington, Kim Dawson
Screenplay: Rowdy Herrington, Bill Pryor
Music: James Horner
Film Editing: Pasquale Buba
Casting: Beverly Holloway, Sandra McLaren
Production Design: Bruce Alan Miller
Art Direction: Dave Arrowsmith, Thomas Minton
Viewed At: Hollywood-Wallace Theaters, Burleson, TX

Sidebar Note: I am so sorry it has taken so long (6 days) after viewing this movie to get this analysis posted. My health and a shoulder injury which made it impossible to type plus a new foster placement took their toll. I will do my best to see to it that this does not happen again. When we find the funding to support a staff I could better assure you of timely postings of our analysis and even conduct analyses of many films before they are released to the general public.

This analysis is for T&LH, who provided a most timely and sizable donation that made this analysis possible, who said in the card with their donation: "The Bobby Jones movie sounds interesting. I'm hoping it will have a positive influence (or only slightly negative)." I am thankful I can say I didn't write this film nor did I give it a PG rating.

Bobby Jones, Stoke of Genius earned an interesting thermometer pattern indeed: 97 - zero - 89 - zero - 86 - 100. Of the more than 850 film analyses we have done over the recent nine years, I have never seen a set of scores quite like the ones for this film. The scoring distribution of this film is mathematically equivalent to G - R - G - R - G - G in the respective investigation areas of Wanton Violence/Crime (W), Impudence/Hate (I) Sexual Immorality (S), Drugs/Alcohol (D), Offense to God (O) and Murder/Suicide (M). Thus the reason for the final score of 62 which is equivalent to scores earned by PG-13 movies in the CAP comparative baseline database of movies. This film, while presenting several fine qualities and some noble content, was saturated with foul language (much of it by an adolescent) [Col. 3:8] which was, of course, treated nonchalantly, and with drinking, drunkenness and smoking [Eph. 5:18]. That there was no sexually explicit programming does not automatically justify giving it a PG rating.

I've said it before and I'll probably say it again. The MPAA are morally brain dead. That they would classify as PG a film with as much use of foul language and as much drinking, drunkenness and smoking as R-rated films is contemptible. Maybe all the rumors that the MPAA can be bought are true. I don't know and I don't care. My job is to give you the information YOU need to make an informed moral decision on your own whether a film is fit without having to see it first.

Robert "Bobby" Tyre Jones, Jr. (James Caviezel) was born in 1902 to southern Colonel, "Big Bob" Jones (Brett Rice) turned lawyer through the domineering, "bible-thumping" control his father, Robert Tyre Jones, Sr. (Dan Albright). By watching other golfers and by following them along the course while hidden behind the tree line, Bobby grew to love the game. And he grew to be good at it. Indeed the best in the world. The only one ever to win the US Open Championship, the British Open Championship, the US Amateur Championship and the British Amateur Championship in the same year.

Bobby never turned pro. He always maintained his amateur standing. Not earning an income from being the best in the golf business, Bobby had to earn a living. He, too, like his father, became a Harvard law school graduate as he traipsed the lush green courses banging a little white ball around. Expertly. Even the not-so-lush original golf course, The Old Course in St. Andrews, Scotland which was formed by a glacier. It was here the golf game was invented and where the reason for 18 holes was discovered. Angus (Paul Freeman), Bobby's elderly and most wise caddy for the British Open at The Old Course told Bobby "A bottle of Scotch has 18 shots and they reckoned that when the bottle was empty the game was over."

While attending Georgia Institute of Technology (one of Bobby's two degrees), Bobby met Mary Malone (Claire Forlani). His first glimpse of her was at a soda fountain ... part of the glimpse was from the floor. As he watched her leave, his brain left with her which took him to the floor as his head stretched farther than the stability of his chair permitted. Quite smitten with Mary, and she with he, Bobby proceeded to follow Mary. As Mary rolled away in a bus, Bobby took after the bus on a bicycle, staring at her always until the back of a truck abruptly interrupted his view of her ... and his pursuit of her. But not to worry. As Mary scanned the area fretting whether Bobby was hurt, as she turned inward toward the interior of the bus to scan traffic for Bobby on the opposite side, Bobby was sitting next to her. And the love story began. A non-sexual love story believe it or not. What a refreshing love story! Warmth and tenderness with strength of commitment and MARRIAGE without the bedroom boom-boom so typical of modern entertainment.

However, the use of so much foul language, much of it by an adolescent and the presentation of much drinking and drunkenness made this movie mathematically equivalent to a middle-of-the-road PG-13 in accordance with the comparative baseline database of movies.

There is much more to the story in this 120-minute tale of the greatest golfer to ever live, but I must shorten the Summary/Commentary section of our reports to hold costs down.

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  • Col. 3:8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.
  • Eph. 5:18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. ["Wine" can be any intoxicating substance. Though it is not a sin to drink, it is a sin to get drunk. A recent study has found an undeniable link between the presentation of alcoholic beverages and tobacco in and as entertainment and abuse of them by adolescents. And teaching/causing youth to abuse alcohol/tobacco by emboldening youth with them in and as entertainment invokes 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, 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)

    Bobby Jones, Stroke of Genius (2004) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • physical assault (hit in the jaw)

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • 38 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary with 11 of them by an adolescent
  • adult tantrum, repeatedly
  • arrogance about self
  • hatefulness by jealousy
  • unreasonable domineering [grand]father

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • camera angle to force viewer on to private parts
  • offer of sex
  • adulterous kiss
  • man in tub

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • smoking, repeatedly, often
  • drinking, repeatedly, often
  • booze
  • drunkenness, repeatedly
  • "Let's go get drunk"

    Offense to God (O)
  • belief in the zodiac twice, once as a mother's teaching of her young child
  • two uses 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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