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(2011), PG [Ulra-lite 13-PG*] (1hr 34.8min)

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June 26, 2011
June 27, 2011

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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.

(2011), PG [Ultra-lite 13-PG*] ... almost two peas n the same pod

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Color Force, Fox 2000 Pictures
Distribution (US): Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
Director(s): David Bowers
Producer(s): Nina Jacobson, Jeff Kinney, Bradford Simpson, Ethan Smith
Screenplay by: Gabe Sachs, Jeff Judah
Book: Jeff Kinney
Cinematography/Camera: Jack N. Green
Music: Ed Shearmur
Production Design: Brent Thomas
Viewed on Fox Home Entertainment DVD

If just one lie or one episode of mischief or one skirmish of social warfare or any other example of assault on morality and deceny had been left out Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules (PG) would have earned a CAP final score in the range of scores earned by PG movies (68 to 86 out of 100) in the comparative baseline database of movies. As it is, the movie earned a final score of 67 which places it at the top of the scoring range earned by PG-13 movies (55 to 67 out of 100).

Below is a comparative of the scoring for each of the two versions of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid franchise so far. I am confident the caliber of our readers is such that you do not need to me discuss what the comparative reveals. But should you have any questions, feel free to ask.

By the pattern formed by the heights of the columns both films are almost two peas n the same pod. The second version is just more of the same and more of it. Especially lying and deceiving (the Impudence/Hate [I] investigation area - the second of the six themometers).

Greg Heffley (Zachary Gordon) is now in the second year of middle school and his brother, Rodrick (Devon Bostick), now 16, is still at moral war with Greg. Rodrick lies frequently and forces Greg to join him in the lies. One of the lies led to Rodrick throwing a party against specific and direct instruction from their father, Frank (Steve Zahn) and mother Susan (Rachel Harris). During the party Rodrick locked Greg and his friend Rowley Jefferson (Robert Capron) in the basement to keep them out of sight of his friends.

Now that Grey is free of the cheese touch, he is free to scout out the girl situation at Westmore Middle School. The one that catches his eye the most is new girl Holly Hills (Peyton List). Holly is an over-achiever while Greg is an under-achiever. The two should mix well. And eventually do. But only after a number of humiliations and embarrassments in front of her. It is only after Rowley drafts Greg into being his magic show assistant at the Plainview Most Talented talent contest that Holly gets to see Greg in a real light. While all this is happening, Rodrick is preparing for the talent show as well as a goth-appearing rock musician.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 40 out of 100
Nothing really individually noteworthy in content was found by this investigation area. There was just so much of it, enough to warrant being equivalent to some R-rated features in violence. The violence content of this film is another good example of what the CAP Rule of 1000 reveals, specifically that a film with many examples of lesser assault on morality and decency (such as the violence content in this film) is morally equivalent to the magnitude of the influence of fewer but more extreme examples.

Examples of the violence content of this film include cartoon bullying, arrogant driving with reckless endangerment, locking boys in the basement and threats. While none of these examples of the violent nature caused any blood or gore, they are violence nonetheless. No matter how "small" the violence, it has an impact on the observer. God put it rather succinctly by warning us in Prov. 16:29 that violence is "catching": that it can lead the observer in a "way that is not good." Strangely enough and likely without knowing it, man has plagiarized God's Word about the influence of violence by four public health agencies jointly warning us that "viewing violence may lead to real life violence." When are we going to listen?

Impudence/Hate (I) - Zero out of 100
Lying was rampant. God is adamant about lying. He even made one of the Ten Commandments to specifically address lying. [Exod. 20:16] God even warns that the [unforgiven] liar will not make it into Heaven. [Rev. 21:8] Just as viewing violence is "catching" so is viewing any other behavioral property. In other words, viewing lying for whatever reason can embolden the viewer to lie and can desensitize the viewer to the consequences of lying. "Violence" in the phrase "viewing violence may lead to real life violence" can be replaced with any term of behavioral choice and be as accurate. For example "viewing lying/hatred/arrogance/rebellion/profanity may lead to real life lying/hatred/arrogance/rebellion/profanity." And likewise can "violence" be replaced with "humility", "honor", "honesty", integrity", etc. and still be accurate.

In addition to lying a few euphemisms of profanity were heard. [Eph. 4:29] There are too many instances of content applicable to this investigation area to even summarize here, Please look to the listing in the Findings/Scoring section (the heart of the CAP Analysis Model) for a complete listing of the findings made by this investigation area.

Sexual Immorality (S) - 82 out of 100
Aside from a couple items of posterior "humor", the only sexually oriented content found was a long sequence of an adolescent boy running around a rest home wearing only his briefs.

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 96 out of 100
One boy lip synched a song that included drinking and drunkenness.

Offense to God (O) - 82 out of 100
God's name was abused twice in the teen-popular three-syllable sentence with God's name trailing it. [Deut. 5:11] Rodrick tried his best to look gothic. And twice Rodrick raised the "rock" hand gesture. This hand gesture was started by the hard rock industry. It makes sense that an evil gesture be adopted by the hard rock industry since such a maneuver is of the rebellious nature. Little do many know that such a hand gesture is also used as a sign of recognition between Satanists. It is called the mano cornuto.

Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
No murders or suicides were found.


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  • Prov. 16:29 A violent man enticeth his neighbour, and leadeth him into the way that is not good. [The issue is the violence, the 'way that is not good' no matter how "small" or "justified" the violence might seem, and its "leading" effect on the observer. "A violent man" can be any character of any age, any gender, human or not in the act of committing (demonstrating in the case of entertainment) violent behavior/action whether for good or evil OR the violent behaviors/actions themselves. Such exposure can and does embolden the viewer into aggression, especially youth. It took years for the American professional health community to finally affirm, probably without knowing it, that which God told us in 1 Cor. 15:33 below. See also Joint Statement on the Impact of Entertainment Violence on Children: Congressional Public Health Summit for more information. Further, God speaks darkly of violence 56 times in the Old and New Testament of the KJV.]
  • Exod. 20:16 You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
  • Rev. 21:8 But the [unforgiven] fearful [deilos {di-los'}; timid, cowardly], and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers [sexually immoral], and sorcerers [all forms of evil/magic to force or do harm], and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
  • Eph. 4:29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Jer. 37:9 This is what the LORD says: Do not deceive yourselves, thinking, 'The Babylonians [the destroyers from within] will surely leave us.' They will not!
  • 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, 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.)

    Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules (2011) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 40 out of 100
  • cartoon bullying and slapstick violence
  • arrogant driving, some with reckless endangerment
  • physical torment of younger brother, repeatedly
  • locking younger brother and friend in basement
  • teen assault of teen (unseen, just heard)
  • rough handling of younger brother by older brother
  • attempted assault
  • threat at younger brother for revealing lies

    Impudence/Hate (I) - Zero out of 100
  • three euphemisms of profanity
  • "It ain't good enough, no matter what 'it' is" attitude, repeatedly
  • adolescent arrogance and tormenting
  • punk rock, repeatedly
  • social warfare in middle school, repeatedly
  • name-calling, repeatedly
  • disrespect by teen of parents, repeatedly
  • lies, frequent
  • coaching to lie, repeatedly
  • deceiving parents, repeatedly
  • teen party in direct violation of parental instruction
  • adolescent boys watching inappropriate video
  • older brother praising younger brother for lying
  • cheating
  • manipulating parent with falsifying abilities
  • "Chicks dig bad boys"
  • teen mischief, repeatedly
  • belittling younger brother for revealing lie
  • boy in girls restroom
  • son putting video of mom online

    Sexual Immorality (S) - 82 out of 100
  • skimpy swimsuit on adolescent boy
  • posterior in face
  • posterior "humor"
  • long sequence of adolescent boy in underwear

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 96 out of 100
  • adolescent lip-synching song of drinking and drunkenness

    Offense to God (O) - 82 out of 100
  • horned hand (Mano Cornuto)

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

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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 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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