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(2009), NR [G-NR*] (86.5min)

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(While the Scriptural references are certainly not subjective, my commentary may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)

If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary.

(2009), NR [G-NR*] ... more than a legal argument develops

Production (US): Advent Film Group, Brightline Pictures and M-Cross Entertainment in Association With Patrick Henry College
Distribution (US): Provident-Integrity
Director(s): Manny Edwards, George D. Escobar, Mike Holcomb, Benjamin Adams, David Rust
Producer(s): Manny Edwards, George D. Escobar, Brian Gatley
Story and Screenplay by: Manny Edwards, George D. Escobar, David Halbrook
Additional Story by: Dr. Michael Farris, Benjamin Adams
Cinematography/Camera: Pruitt Allen
Music: David Gilchrist
Casting by: George D. Escobar, Benjamin Adams
Film Editing: Manny Edwards, Luke Becker
Viewed on Provident-Integrity Home Entertainment DVD

"Fiat justicia, et pereat mundus" is a central theme used by this film. Literally translated from Latin it means "Let justice be done, and the world perish." My interpretation of its use in this film is 'let the world perish as long as justice is served.' The application of that interpretation is embedded into the story with "Do what is right. Come what may." but I will not discuss it any further lest I spoil the film too much.

Caleb Hogan (Austin Kearney), a Christian college student, is trying his best to get into the Patrick Henry College: for Christ and for Liberty, "home of the best moot court team in the country." "Moot court?" I had to look it up. Moot court is a law school competition where students prepare pre-trial appellate cases usually assigned to the student to be heard by judges made up by law professors, local attorneys and occasionally by members of the judiciary.

In this case, Caleb and his partner are to argue for the reversal of the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision which gave authority to minor girls to obtain an abortion without parental consent or knowledge. Caleb's Christian father, Don (Kenneth Jezek) is all in favor of paying for Caleb's expenses at Patrick Henry College. Caleb's most serious obstacle is his mother, Judith (Karen Jezek). Judith is a feminist member of a prominent law firm which is grooming Caleb to become a full partner in five years. But since the Patrick Henry College is Christian and Judith is agnostic she extorts Caleb by agreeing to pay for the first year of college expenses but to get continued funding he must win the National Moot Court Championship.

As a function of the mooting, Caleb is chosen as partner to Rachel Morton (Victoria Emmons), a deeply convicted Christian girl. As Rachel and Caleb prepare their argument, more than a legal argument develops. While Caleb delivers his argument at the National Moot Court Championship against the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision his mother Judith simultaneously argues a case before the Supreme Court in favor of abortion.

As the story builds and grows, some intelligent and hard-to-argue rationale is delivered to answer the question "When does life actually begin?" The film uses content that may cause discomfort but note that each item of what might be considered ignominy is integral to the story. We simply tell you what is there. You decide whether the content is acceptable to your family or other audience. While it is our policy not to make recommendations about films, I will break with my own policy and suggest this film might well be worth your time and effort.

Come What May presents a well constructed cinematic fabric using mostly unknown performers who are, for the most part, capable of delivering a convincing performance. The Patrick Henry College teamed up with the Advent Film Group to bring you this thought-provoking journey into the legal world.


Following are brief discussions of the content per individual content investigation area. As always the Findings section of this report, the heart of the CAP Analysis Model, is the best source for discovering the full accounting of the content of this film.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 96 out of 100
The only matter that applies to the investigation standards of this content investigation area is the extortion of Caleb's performance in the National Moot Court Championship by his mother using college funding as leverage. [Ps. 62:10]

Impudence/Hate (I) - 81 out of 100
A number of times Judith argues with Don. [Eph. 5:22 - 25] Caleb uses deception once to influence Rachel. [Prov. 24:28] It is the findings of this content investigation area that warrant the display of the yellow CAPCon Alert light (top left corner of this page) which indicates the content revealed by this investigation area warrants sober attention to the listing in the Findings section of this report.

Sexual Immorality (S) - 100 out of 100
Nothing even remotely associated with sexually immoral behavior or imagery is present in this film. One time after burning the midnight oil in Caleb's father's house to prepare their case Caleb and Rachel fall asleep on the couch, one next to the other. A nice touch by the filmmaker was seen as Don whispered in Caleb's ear that he should move to a chair.

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 92 out of 100
Dinner wine is seen twice. [Eph. 5:18] No possession or consumption of illegal drugs or tobacco was found nor was abuse of prescription drugs found.

Offense to God (O) - 92 out of 100
Arguments about moral relativity [2 Tim. 3:16] are heard as is anti-Creationism. But no witchcraft, sorcery or other such unholy practice is seen.

Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
No murders or suicides were portrayed in this film.



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  • Ps. 62:10 Do not trust in extortion or take pride in stolen goods; though your riches increase, do not set your heart on them.
  • Eph. 5:22 - 25 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
  • Prov. 24:28 Be not a witness against thy neighbour without cause; and deceive not with thy lips.
  • Eph. 5:18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. [Since "drunk" is methusko {meth-oos'-ko}: to intoxicate; make drunk; to get drunk; become intoxicated, "wine" can be any intoxicating substance including illegal drugs or abuse of prescription drugs. The issue is do not abuse the body by intoxicating it [1 Cor. 6:19]. Though it is not a sin to drink, it is a sin to get drunk OR to influence to get drunk OR to drink in defiance such as underage drinking.]
  • 2 Tim. 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

    Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry

  • Jer. 37:9 - 10 This is what the LORD says: Do not deceive yourselves, thinking, 'The Babylonians [the destroyers from within] will surely leave us.' They will not! Even if you were to defeat the entire Babylonian army that is attacking you and only wounded men were left in their tents, they would come out and burn this city down. [The "destroyers form within" do not have to be army warriors. They can be the ones who destroy through corruption of moral standards as well, such as filmmakers who perpetuate desensitization against wholesome standards. They aren't going anywhere, folks. Not until Jesus comes again.]
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend what is vile, embrace it, enjoy it, want it, submit to 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 [kakov: of a bad nature, not such as it ought to be] 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 us], 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 one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto 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 {skan-dal-id'-zo} - scandalize, to entice to sin. And remember, mom/dad, "little ones" is mikros, meaning less by birth; younger. All of your children are younger than you and less by birth than you. So, "little ones" includes 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.)

    Come What May (YEAR) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 96 out of 100
  • extortion with continued college funding as leverage

    Impudence/Hate (I) - 81 out of 100
  • marital friction, repeatedly
  • deception
  • arguments for abortion, repeatedly

    Sexual Immorality (S) - 100 out of 100
  • none noted

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 92 out of 100
  • dinner wine, twice

    Offense to God (O) - 92 out of 100
  • argument for moral relativity
  • anti-creationism

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
  • none noted

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