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(2006), PG-13 ["Hard" PG-13*] (1hr 56min)

Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
November 22, 2006
57 out of 100

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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.

(2006), PG-13 ["Hard" PG-13*] -- ... a story that will not let you leave your brain at the door.

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Touchstone Pictures, Jerry Bruckheimer Films, Scott Free Productions
Distribution (US): Buena Vista Pictures, Walt Disney Company
Director(s): Tony Scott
Producer(s): Jerry Bruckheimer, Ted Elliott, Don Ferrarone, Chad Oman, Terry Rossio, Pat Sandston, Mike Stenson, Monte Swann, Barry H. Waldman
Written by: Bill Marsilii, Terry Rossio
Cinematography/Camera: Paul Cameron
Music: Harry Gregson-Williams
Film Editing: Jason Hellmann, Chris Lebenzon
Casting: Kerry Barden, Denise Chamian, Billy Hopkins, Suzanne Smith
Production Design: Chris Seagers
Art Direction: Drew Boughton, Gary Diamond, Scott Plauche
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

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Finally! With a final score of 57, Deja Vu is a PG-13 film that earned a PG-13 equivalent score! The score of 57 places Deja Vu  toward the bottom of the cell of PG-13 scores in the comparative baseline database (55 to 67 out of 100) -- a "hard" PG-13 at only three points above the "R-13" threshold of 54 -- but a PG-13 score nonetheless.

But know still this film is fully equivalent to many R-rated films in the comparative baseline database regarding content revealed by two of the six CAP investigation areas: in Wanton Violence/Crime (W) and Murder/Suicide (M), thus the reasons for the red CAPCon Alert light. On a lighter note, Deja Vu  is equivalent to PG films in the comparative baseline database in Impudence/Hate (I) and in Sexual Immorality (S), is a "very lite" PG in Offense to God (O) and is a solid G in Drugs/Alcohol (D). For more information on investigation area equivalence, see the individual investigation area discussions below.

On Fat Tuesday of the 2006 Mardi Gras 543 men, women and children, many of them military personnel and their families, enjoy a leisurely trip on the Senator Alvin T. Stumpf ferry in the barely operational post-Katrina New Orleans. As a ferry operator inspects on-board vehicles explosives envelop the ferry in an inferno. The impression given of the ferry population was "government" which is what domestic terrorist Carroll Oerstadt (Jim Caviezel) was targeting.

Agent Doug Carlin (Denzel Washington) has been selected to work with FBI agent Pryzwarra (Val Kilmer) who heads an elite high-tech unit with access to Snow White. Snow White is a device capable of viewing the past. Four days and six hours of non-rewindable viewing into the past. Snow White can connect with any surveillance equipment on the planet and can thus project three-dimensional digital images of the past within a limited range. Now Carlin has a window into the past. Once he finds the people he feels are directly connected with the bombing, planning investigation operations is a piece of cake. But the longer he takes finding the right people, the more is lost to time. As Carlin proceeds in time, the four-day, six-hour window into the past advances, too, and vital information may be lost. Forever.

A connection is suspected by Carlin between the bomber Oerstadt and a young murder victim, Claire Kuchever (Paula Patton). Carlin capitalizes on the features of Snow White to discover whatever he can about Claire's life in the recent four days and six hours and slowly builds an intricate timeline leading up to both Claire's murder and the bombing. Can he use this evidence that has already passed to prevent what has already happened? One might think so since the window provided by Snow White seems to be an actual bridge in time rather than just images.

Some clever manipulations of Einsteinian science make for a story that will not let you leave your brain at the door. If someone manipulates the past and causes it to change, will that in turn change the present which is dependent on what has happened? And if the present is changed from within the past, will dependent events cascade to where things that have happened never happened or someone here now never existed? Or if you alter past events do you instead become part of them? The film sets up such paradoxes in a way that invites the viewer to play around with them and come up with their own theories. One theory explored by the writers was portrayed in quite possibly the very first car chase involving two cars from different times at the same time.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
With a Wanton Violence/Crime investigation area score of zero out of 100, this PG-13 movie is easily equivalent to some R-rated films in violence. This investigation area found enough violence to cause loss of all the starting 100 points. The violence content is, at times, rather intense: incineration of hundreds of people including children; a pile of dead, burned bodies; a body with extensive burn and trauma gore; much gunfire to kill; more. [Prov. 16:29, Prov. 3:31]

Impudence/Hate (I)
Deja Vu  is clearly equivalent to most PG-13 films in the comparative baseline database regarding profanity. Note that it is not equivalent in profanity content to the increasingly present "R-13" films (PG-13 films which earn the same final scores as R-rated films). [2 Tim. 2:16 - 17, Prov. 8:13]

Sexual Immorality (S)
With the same Sexual Immorality investigation area score as the score for Impudence/Hate (63 out of 100), morally speaking this film is about the same magnitude regarding sexually immoral behaviors as it is with profanity. There is female nudity with an exposure to the gluteous fissure plus lots of adult in underwear. Innuendo is lite but in one case immoral sex is encouraged as a relief. This investigation area found film content to be equivalent to most PG-13 films in the comparative baseline database. [Mark 7:21, Gal. 5:19]

Drugs/Alcohol (D)
Deja Vu  has a score in Drugs/Alcohol surprisingly high for a teen flick. No drugs or alcohol nor prescription drug abuse were noted. Only smoking. This investigation area found the content to be equivalent to many G-rated films. [1 Cor. 6:19]

Offense to God (O)
With two uses of God's name in vain though without the four letter expletive plus some mockery of God's Word, the film content teeters on the cell boundary between G- and PG-equivalence to the films in the comparative baseline database. [Deut. 5:11, Gal. 6:7]

Murder/Suicide (M)
This investigation area found enough assaults on morality and decency to earn the second lowest of the six investigation area scores. With a score of 43 resulting from at least seven gunfire murders and one sacrificial suicide, the Murder/Suicide content is easily equivalent to many R-rated films. [Rev. 22:15]


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  • Prov. 16:29 A violent man entices his neighbor and leads him down a path that is not good. [The issue is the violence. "A violent man" can be a man, woman OR the men/women demonstrating the violent behavior/action on the screen, too. Now you know why violence, especially in and as entertainment, can embolden the viewer into aggression, especially youth. See also "Joint Statement on the Impact of Entertainment Violence on Children Congressional Public Health Summit" . Further, God speaks darkly of violence 56 times in the Old and New Testament of the KJV. And see 1 Cor. 15:33 below.]
  • Prov. 3:31 Envy thou not the oppressor [man of violence, extortionist, etc.], and choose none of his ways.
  • 2 Tim. 2:16 - 17 But shun profane [ungodly] and vain babblings [empty, useless]: for they will increase unto more ungodliness. And their word will eat as doth a canker...
  • Prov. 8:13 The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate. ["Froward" is perverse. "Perverse" is aside from the right path, to pervert, to corrupt. "Froward mouth" then includes profane speech. And arrogance is what emboldens one to use profane speech.]
  • Mark 7:21 For from within, out of men's hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery,
  • Gal. 5:19 The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery;
  • 1 Cor. 6:19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? [And if our body is the temple of Christ it is unwise to abuse it.]
  • Deut. 5:11 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. [Vain is shav' {shawv}: emptiness, nothingness, vanity, such as an expletive. With or without the four letter expletive, the use of God's name in any way other than respect, reverence or thoughtful discussion is in vain. That includes the popular three syllable sentence with His name trailing it AND the misuse of Jesus' name.]
  • Gal. 6:7 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked [mukterizo {mook-tay-rid'-zo}: to turn up the nose or sneer at, deride]. A man reaps what he sows.
  • Rev. 22:15 Outside [of Heaven] are the dogs, those [unforgiven] who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.

    ***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 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; to cause a person to begin to distrust and desert one whom he ought to trust and obey; to cause to fall away.]
  • 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.)

    Deja Vu (2006) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • pile of dead burned bodies
  • body recovery operations
  • body with extensive burn/trauma gore, repeated views
  • reckless driving, repeatedly, some causing property damage and personal injury
  • leaving the scene of a traffic accident
  • traffic collisions, some graphic
  • incineration of murder victim
  • police armed aggression
  • detailed talk of murder and the mechanisms used
  • firearm threat, repeatedly
  • vehicle theft
  • abduction
  • saturation of a body with diesel fuel to incinerate
  • action violence, repeatedly, of varying intensities
  • gunfire to kill, repeatedly
  • attempted murder by fire
  • gunfire injury gore, repeatedly

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • 12 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • massive tattoos

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • adult in underwear, repeatedly
  • below navel skin exposure
  • gluteous fissure exposure
  • female nudity
  • woman in shower
  • encouraging sex as a relief
  • innuendo
  • camera angle to force viewer on private parts

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • smoking, repeatedly

    Offense to God (O)
  • two uses of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive
  • mockery of God's Will

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • hundreds of murders by domestic terrorism
  • gunfire murder, seven

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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.

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