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(2005), PG-13 [R-13*] (1hr 57min)

Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
August 30, 2005
50 out of 100

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(2005), PG-13 [R-13*] -- ...fairy nightmares is more fitting than fairy tales.

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Mosaic Media Group, Dimension Films, Summit Entertainment, The Weinstein Company, Reforma Films
Distribution (US): Dimension Films, Miramax Films
Director(s): Terry Gilliam
Producer(s): Daniel Bobker, Michel Cheyko, Jake Myers, Charles Roven, John D. Schofield, Michael Solinger
Written by: Ehren Kruger
Cinematography/Camera: Newton Thomas Sigel
Music: Dario Marianelli
Film Editing: Lesley Walker
Production Design: Guy Dyas
Art Direction: Andy Thomson, Frank Walsh
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

Fairy tales or fairy nightmares? With a final score of 50 out of 100 for this PG-13 film when R-rated films in the comparative baseline database earned scores of 54 and below, fairy nightmares is more fitting than fairy tales.

The Forest of Marbaden is the last stand of Wilhelm (Matt Damon) and Jacob (Heath Ledger) Grimm's deceit and trickery. The conniving pair dupe town after town with their stagings of exorcisms and monster exterminations to bilk the people of their money. [Hab. 2:9] In the French occupied German town of Karlstat of 1978, Will and Jacob meet their nemeses.

First in the long list of adversaries, rather a romantic adversary, is Angelika (Lena Headey) who seems to be the only one who can help the Grimms tackle their prey in the Forest of Marbaden, a prey that has been snatching the town's young maidens.

This "lite" R-13 is a collection of adaptations of the Grimm Fairy tales amplified by the power of the audio-visual tools of today. Little Red Riding Hood (Alena Jakobova) and others make "cameo" appearances, even if only by suggestion. But in this modern version, one character from the bottom of a gooey well eats a little child.

And an evil witch (Monica Bellucci) is there, too as well as portrayal of much evil magic to control and create. A character who shape-shifts between wolf and man (I believe Tomás Hanák) makes a couple short appearances. There is murder by axe, murder by gunfire, unholy acts and beings, very graphic impalements of bodies with piercing weapons and even by the branches of a tree. A village girl's face is melted. One human is ripped apart at the waist. [Phil. 4:8, Rev. 21:8]

This report is already about two weeks late so I am not going to spend any time preparing the usually somewhat detailed discussion of the plot and story. Let the listing in the Findings/Scoring section peak for content of this "lite" R-13 film.


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  • 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!
  • Phil. 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
  • Rev. 21:8 But the [unforgiven] fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers [those who practice evil magic including witches, warlocks, wizards, sorcerers, spiritists, diviners, necromancers, etc.], and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
  • 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.

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about when what is vile is honored among men [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences to younger and younger audiences every year when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, pay for it, enjoy it, want 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 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 you], 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 [or for] one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto [or for] 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 - 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. "Little ones": mikros - little;, small of age; younger which can include at-home teens].
  • 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.

    The Brothers Grimm (2005) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • witch killing
  • action violence, repeatedly
  • animal threat terror
  • suggested animal killing of little girl
  • torture to talk
  • firearms to control
  • gutting/skinning animal
  • knife threat
  • animal consumption of a child
  • reckless gunfire
  • animal attack, repeatedly
  • human ripped apart at waste
  • firearm threat, repeatedly
  • torture of many
  • threat with rotating blades
  • animal mutilation
  • threat to murder many innocents to force compliance
  • brother beating/hitting brother, repeatedly
  • assault of woman to influence her loved ones
  • explosive startle
  • child's body floating to surface of pool
  • decayed body
  • attempted murder by axe, repeatedly
  • two severed heads
  • physical brutality, repeatedly
  • attempted murder by incineration
  • gunfire to intimidate
  • sword fight
  • slice by sword
  • defensive killing by impalement through chest
  • blade impalement in chest
  • graphic removal of objects impaled in bodies, repeatedly
  • great fall with two deaths

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • five uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • brothers arguing and blaming sister for coming death
  • deceit
  • cheating

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • many prostitutes
  • two prostitutes in bed with one man
  • excessive cleavage, repeatedly

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • many drinking
  • many drunk
  • booze

    Offense to God (O)
  • unholy and demon-like beings, repeatedly
  • unholy power to control, repeatedly
  • revelry
  • unholy control of shawl
  • animated plant life attacking people, repeatedly
  • seeking guidance from animals
  • "You're a fool!" [Matt. 5:22]
  • little girl losing eyes, mouth and nose to magic
  • animal shape-shifting to a man and back, repeatedly
  • offering a child in sacrifice
  • resurrection by pill
  • magic to make glass slippers
  • screaming decayed body
  • magic to extinguish a forest fire with the breath
  • magic to drown
  • magic to control against will
  • unholy power to force things to happen, repeatedly
  • many unholy resurrections

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • plant murder of human by root as lance
  • gunfire murder, repeatedly
  • murder by axe

  • Christian Educators Association International



    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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