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(2004), PG-13
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July 24, 2004
46 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-13 -- I could almost swear Catwoman was into kinky...

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Warner Bros., DiNovi Pictures, Frantic Films, Maple Shade Films
Distribution (US): Warner Bros.
Director(s): Pitof
Producer(s): Denise Di Novi, Michael Fottrell, Alison Greenspan, Edward McDonnell, Benjamin Melniker, Michael E. Uslan, Sara E. White
Characters; Bob Kane
Story: Theresa Rebeck, John D. Brancato, Michael Ferris
Screenplay: John D. Brancato, Michael Ferris, John Rogers
Cinematography/Camera: Thierry Arbogast
Music: Klaus Badelt, Timothy Andrew Edwards, Blake Neely
Film Editing: Sylvie Landra
Casting: Heike Brandstatter, Coreen Mayrs, John Papsidera
Production Design: Bill Brzeski
Art Direction: Dan Hermansen, Don Macaulay
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

Subjectively speaking, Catwoman is one of the most intellectually empty and unentertaining films of eye candy of the nearly 900 films I have seen. It was choppy. Building characters seemed incomplete, dry and superficial. More time was spent on Patience Phillips than on Catwoman. I wouldn't even rent it. Save that $50 cost of a family night at the movies for the plate on Sunday morning or Wednesday night. But that is just my opinion.

Shades of sadomasochism! I could almost swear Catwoman was into kinky by the black leather and straps outfit she wore, complete with whip. Much of her upper torso skin, including massive excessive cleavage exposure and including below-navel skin -- front and back, was fully viewable by every thirteen year old (and younger) in the audience. Slits and rips of various size in the pants of her outfit bared even more skin in this, yet another R-13 including much of Berry's buttocks skin. Indeed, Catwoman is but another datapoint in the R-13 finding we started back in 2000 with which Harvard University now agrees. [Ps. 12:8]

Berry's outfit appeared as though there were more square inches of open space exposing skin than leather. Of course, the poster does not show this nor do the trailers show as much as was shown in the movie. In a way that is good. People who see the advertisements do not have to tolerate so much of Berry's skin exposure. But not so good for people who expect the advertisements to be truthful about what is actually seen in the show. And I heard on a movie talk show that Berry was comfortable with the outfit. [Col. 2:20 - 23]

Patience Phillips (Halle Berry) was an ad artist working for the insufferably brutal George Hedare (Lambert Wilson) of Hedare Enterprises which manufactured a soon to be released skin cream that guaranteed to eradicate unwanted wrinkles and folds in facial skin. Unknown to the public was that the cream was poisonous and caused hideous deformity and death. Phillips discovered this by stealth and breaking and entering into a Hedare facility. So protective and greedy were the conspirators of Hedare they killed Phillips by flushing their waste waters through the drain pipe in which Phillips was hiding. [Hab. 2:9]

Yes, it was murder. But a cat resurrected Phillips by breathing some sort of green vapor into Phillip's face. The resurrection was not free of cost, though. Phillips was given cat-like powers and was doomed to serve as a catwoman for the rest of her life in exchange for the gift of life.

As Phillips discovered more and more of her new skills, she became bent on getting revenge on those responsible for her death. But standing in the way was police detective Tom Lone (Benjamin Bratt) who met Phillips as she appeared to be poising herself for suicide but was rather trying to rescue a cat on the exterior ledges of her apartment building. And from there a romance grew. Between Lone and Phillips, that is. Also grew anther relationship. A cat-n-mouse relationship with Lone as the mouse. For a while anyway, then Phillips became the mouse, or rather the prey -- the sexual prey -- of Lone. Yes, there is the PG-13 obligatory intercourse in this movie though it was free of nudity. All that was seen was Phillips on a double bed the morning after to one side of the bed with the other side clearly having been used ... by Lone who was walking about half-dressed. [1Cor. 7:2]

It was clear that this Catwoman was a testing the waters for further sequels. Let us hope there are no more unless she gets dressed, next time with real clothes.

In addition to the issues of sexual immorality draining the final score, so did violence. Both investigation areas revealed enough assaults on morality and ethics to steal all 100 of the starting 100 points in Wanton Violence/Crime and Sexual Immorality.

Though drinking was not as heavy as is typical of many PG-13 movies, it is of significant concern since the target audience is the most vulnerable to its influence in and as entertainment according to a study by the American College of Physicians (ACP), Relation Between Parental Restrictions on Movies and Adolescent Use of Tobacco and Alcohol. The study revealed that adolescent exposure to drinking in entertainment leads to an undeniable increase in alcohol abuse. The finding reports that of 4544 youths from grades 5 through 8 of fifteen Vermont and New Hampshire middle schools (90% were under fourteen years old) only 16% were completely restricted from viewing R-rated movies. The prevalence of having tried alcohol without parental knowledge was 46% for those with no restrictions, 16% for those with partial restrictions and four percent for those with complete restrictions. Rather revealing of the influences of the entertainment industry wouldn't you say? The study selected R-rated movies because the study claimed R-rated movies typically present more drinking than movies of other classifications. Whether the movie is rated R or not, the focus is the influence of adolescent exposure to drinking in and as entertainment. And influencing children to sin with drink in and as entertainment screams of violating Luke 17:2. While drinking in and of itself is not sinful, drinking to excess is AND influencing abuse of it such as with the 46% of the fourteen year old kids and under above is.

Please consider carefully the listing in the Findings/Scoring section before you decide whether this film is fit for your family.


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  • Col. 2:20 - 23 Since you died with Christ to the basic principles of this world [honor Him in your Salvation], why, as though you still belonged to it, do you submit to its rules: [for example...] "Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch!"? These are all destined to perish with use, because they are based on human commands and teachings. Such regulations indeed have an appearance of wisdom, with their self-imposed worship, their false humility and their harsh treatment of the body, but they lack any value in restraining sensual indulgence. [In other words, if you have accepted Christ as your Lord and resurrected Savior, why do you still think it is okay to perform sexual behaviors outside of a heterosexual marriage and tease with your body through exhibitionism because the world ("everybody else") does so and indeed encourages and emboldens such values but your Savior's Word says it is not okay?]
  • 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!
  • 1Cor. 7:2 But since there is so much immorality, each man should have his own wife, and each woman her own husband.
    ***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)

    Catwoman (2004) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • images of a drowning victim
  • rescue violence and peril
  • gunfire to kill, repeatedly
  • order to kill
  • long series of gunfire to kill
  • reckless driving
  • images of murder victim, repeatedly, some were still photos
  • breaking and entering with robbery/theft
  • fighting, frequent and sometimes graphic
  • slicing of a face
  • assault
  • ignoring a police command
  • grand theft - auto
  • attempted murder
  • gunfire injury
  • defensive assault, repeatedly
  • stabbing
  • beating
  • death by great fall
  • coaching to break the law

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • three uses f the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • employer brutality
  • risking human life to save a cat
  • cover-up of health danger for money
  • lies to implicate

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • stills of dressing to maximize the female form and/or skin exposure
  • excessive cleavage, frequent
  • still of obscured female nudity
  • hints of homosexuality
  • camera angle to force viewer on private parts, repeatedly
  • vulgar positioning, woman on man
  • rude leering
  • below navel skin, repeatedly
  • crotch kick
  • outfit exposing flesh under it, repeatedly, frequent
  • making out
  • co-stripping for sex
  • after-intercourse imagery
  • still of partial nudity
  • sexual innuendo
  • cohabitation for sex

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • drinking, repeatedly
  • bar with drinking

    Offense to God (O)
  • one use of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive
  • images of witchcraft and idolatry
  • revelry
  • resurrection by the breath of a cat
  • worship of idols
  • cat able to foresee future
  • seeking revenge
  • adultery

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • murder by drowning



    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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