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(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.
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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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)
Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
|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.|
|In the name of Jesus: |
Lord, Master, Teacher, Savior, God.
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