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(2004), PG -- ... a "13-PG."
Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Producer(s): Mikkel Bondesen, James Dodson, James Dodson, Jeffrey Graup, Andrew Lazar, Damien Saccani, Uwe Schott
Written by: Nicolai Arcel, Hans Fabian Wullenweber
Screenplay: Michael Brandt, Derek Haas
Cinematography/Camera: Julio Macat, Erlend Loe
Music: George S. Clinton
Film Editing: Stuart Levy
Casting: Douglas Aibel, Michael Hothorn, Donna Isaacson
Production Design: Tom Meyer
Art Direction: Denise Hudson
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6
Just because the MPAA says a movie is PG doesn't mean it is morally the same as other and previous PG movies. Specifically, just because a movie presents only one clear use of the three/four letter word vocabulary and one muffled use with no nudity does not make the movie safe. When a film uses dozens of examples of behaviors challenging that which is acceptable instead of using fewer but more severe issues of aberrant behavior, the effect is the same and thus desensitizes us to the pushing downward of the threshold of acceptability regarding God-ordained morality and ethics. [Ps. 12:8] See our "CAP Rule of 1000"
Note, however, that the previews and trailers before the show, which are supposedly suitable for all ages, presented more uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary than the two uses (one muffled) in Catch That Kid. And likewise with the use of God's name in vain -- twice --both times without the four letter expletive (which does not excuse it) [Duet. 5:11].
If you expect to be reminded of Spy Kids 1, 2, 3-D, you will be. This is another episode of adolescent daring deeds but instead of a brother-sister duo saving the world it is three unrelated tweenagers trying to save the father of one of them. Maddy Phillips (Kristen Stewart, "Sarah" from Panic Room, Austin (Corbin Bleu) and Gus (Max Thieriot) steal $250,000 from the vault at Maddy's mother's bank. [Hab. 2:9; Ps. 62:10] Maddy's mother Molly (Jennifer Beals) is chief of security at the bank. How convenient.
The vault is an impregnable steel monolithic monster suspended 100 feet. It is the proud brainchild of Molly. Quite a feat from one who was a welder by day and thnderthighs by night. It would take a mountaineer to get to the vault let alone in it. How convenient (#2) it was that Maddy's father, Tom (Sam Robards) loved mountain climbing and that Molly had picked up her father's skill. As irony would have it, Tom's love for mountaineering was what caused Tom to suffer an injury that would take $250,000 worth of surgery to repair which was what "caused" his daughter and friends to steal the money.
Tom owned a go-cart racing track which the trio frequented. Gus was the mechanic of the trio, who served on the go-cart racing team pit crew of his mean and hateful older brother, Skip (Stark Sands). Austin was the computer guru. What a combination of talents in friends. Together with Molly, the trio concocted an array of gadgets and skills to break the impregnable bank vault. And they got away with it, Maddy' with her mother's blessing and protection. (The parents of Gus and Austin were nowhere to be seen.) [Isa. 5:20; Hab. 2:12]
While there were only two uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary [Col. 3:8] there were dozens of other examples of impudence/hate: deceit to mother; teen defiance of mother's wishes; name-calling; teen speaking of it being childish to use "butt" instead of the other word for it, stating by inference that to use the three/four letter word vocabulary is "grown up"; teen arrogance against both mother and father; a plethora of lies and lying to cover lies. The listing in the Findings/Scoring section will reveal why this film is a "13-PG." [Is. 30:1]
At the risk of again being accused of "We know what you like!", I will again point out a movement within the entertainment industry. Nowadays younger and younger girls are used in almost every conceivable way to champion and make fashionable some exaggerated and manufactured notion of sensuality: to make them sensual by fabricating an appearance of sexuality by increasingly invasive poses, outfits and forced angle of viewing. Device after device are used to focus display of "kiddie" sexuality. And I, for one, am getting tired of it. [Prov. 30:12 - 13]
Almost all near- and post-pubescent young ladies want to be attractive and we should certainly encourage cleanliness with good health and hygiene, but there is no good reason to manufacture sensuality let alone at an age least capable of managing the fires of it. Stewart is certainly not the most severe victim of such tactics but she is indeed somewhat manipulated by them. Stewart is indeed a talented agile and athletic young lady but it seems more camera time was spent on her anatomy than her talents. Stewart was victimized with numerous impolite camera angles to challenge wholesomeness. She was also placed in the "adult world" by having her wear an evening gown and placing her in poses which push down the threshold of acceptability. [also Ps. 12:8] More of the stealing of childhood from children.
Building on an email from Dr. Barry Creamer, sin spirals downward. The more carnal and rebellious - the more sinful - a person becomes, the more unashamed and demonstrative s/he becomes. Then is when that which was once morally unacceptable becomes morally invisible and little by little that which is vile becomes honored and the more the victim finds ways to reject His Word in favor of sin. [Isa. 13:11]
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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.
Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
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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.|