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(2006), PG [Solid G-PG*] (1hr 45min)

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July 31, 2011
July 31, 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.

(2006), PG [Solid G-PG*] ... PG by the MPAA for "thematic elements" (spelled C-h-r-i-s-t-i-a-n)

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Destination Films, Samuel Goldwyn Films, Sherwood Pictures, Carmel Entertainment, Provident Films, Kendrick Brothers
Distribution (US): Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Director(s): Alex Kendrick
Producer(s): Tracy Goode, Brad Weston, Michael C. Catt, Jim McBride, Terry Hemmings, Stephen Kendrick, Alex Kendrick, David Nixon
Story & Screenplay by: Alex & Stephen Kendrick
Cinematography/Camera: Bob Scott
Music: Mark Willard
Film Editing: Alex Kendrick
Production Design: Cherie VanCleave
Casting by: Terri Catt, Jiim McBride, Alex Kendrick, Stephen Kendrick
Viewed on Sony Pictures Home Entertainment DVD

Facing the Giants is rated PG by the MPAA for "thematic elements" (spelled C-h-r-i-s-t-i-a-n). Facing the Giants is a Christian-made film about Christian things in a Christian way. That, in the minds of the politically correct MPAA, apparently is at least PG. Though the MPAA rated the film PG it earned a solid G-equivalent CAP final score of 96 out of 100, making it a G-PG.

The film is founded in Matthew 19:26 "But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this [Salvation, from Matt. 19:25] is impossible; but with God all things are possible." Note that His Word says "all things." Not "some things" or "most things under certain conditions" or "occasionally all things." It says "all things." The entire film is built upon how God is capable of anything He wishes, even if it is something, in our perspective, as simple as a football team becoming state champions after a 6 straight years of losing.

With his wife, Brooke (Shannen FIelds) at his side, Grant Taylor (Alex Kendrick) has been coaching the Shiloh Christian Academy football team. But for 6 years they have not had a winning season. The Academy management is considering putting assistant coach, Brady Owns (Tracey Goode) in the head coach position. This was reason for God to make a[nother] move in Grant's life.

Into Grant's life comes Mr. Bridges (Ray Wood), a man who has been praying for the students by passing over all the lockers in prayer every week since before Grant arrived. The message Mr. Bridges had from God for Grant was to prepare his fields for rain. The story Mr. Bridges told was that two farmers who were in desperate need of rain both prayed to God for rain. But only one farmer prepared his fields for rain. Now the question is which farmer trusted God the most? Grant proceeded to "prepare his fields for rain": to prepare his team for rains of God's grace; to prepare his team to give glory and praise to God for the rain of grace He will soon shed on them.

I am not going to spoil how Grant prepared his fields for rain in case you would like to view this film.

The following paragraphs briefly discuss the questionable contents, if any, found in each investigation area. Because this film earned a score of 87 or more in each of the six CAP Investigation areas, it has earned the rare green CAPCon Alert Light.

In support of the morally high final score, the CAP influence density (ID) of 0.08 is one of the lowest (best) ID scores I have seen. Films rated PG in the developmental comparative baseline database earned ID scores of 0.24 to 0.54, the lower the figure the better the score. G-rated films in the baseline database earned ID scores of 0.00 to 0.23. This film earned an ID score of 0.08.

While it is my own ministry policy to not make any recommendations about whether to see a film, mom/dad, this is a good film!

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 87 out of 100
The only violence in the entire film is relatively frequent football violence and a rather animated teaching session by Coach Taylor.

Impudence/Hate (I) - 90 out of 100
The only impudence and/or hatred content is a son defying his father, a minor tantrum by Coach Taylor and an episode of poor sportsmanship by an opposing team. [2Tim. 2:5] There is no profanity in this film whatsoever. Not even euphemisms or abbreviations of profanity.

Sexual Immorality (S) - 100 out of 100
There is absolutely nothing even approaching sexually immoral behavior or display in the entire 105 minutes of program. Even a cheer routine in which a cheerleader lifted her legs and spread them apart was performed facing away from the camera.

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 100 out of 100
No bars, possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs nor abuse of prescription drugs were found.

Offense to God (O) - 97 out of 100
The only instance applicable to this investigation area was one of the team members doubting the reality of God. God's name was not used even once in vain, with or without the four letter expletive. Not even in the popular three syllable sentence with his name trailing it. There were no instances of occultism, satanism, demonism evil manifestations or anything of the kind.

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


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  • 2Tim. 2:5 Similarly, if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not receive the victor's crown unless he competes according to the rules.

    ***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.)

    Facing the Giants (2006) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 87 out of 100
  • football violence, repeatedly
  • animated teaching session

    Impudence/Hate (I) - 90 out of 100
  • adult tantrum
  • adolescent disobedience toward father's instruction
  • poor sportsmanship

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

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 100 out of 100
  • none noted

    Offense to God (O) - 97 out of 100
  • questioning the reality of God

    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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