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(2007), PG [R-PG*] (1hr 25min)

Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
June 23, 2007
47 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.

(2007), PG [R-PG*] ... another Rocket-Propelled Grenade -- R-PG ...

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Twentieth Century Fox, Marvel Enterprises, 1492 Pictures, Constantin Film Produktion GmbH, Dune Entertainment, THINKFilm (Washington DC scenes)
Distribution (US): Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation
Director(s): Tim Story
Producer(s): Avi Arad, Michael Barnathan, Stewart Bethune, Allison Calleri, Lee Cleary, Chris Columbus, Bernd Eichinger, Ross Fanger, Kevin Feige, Stan Lee, Mark Radcliffe, Richard Sharkey, Ralph Winter
Screenplay: Don Payne, Mark Frost
Story: John Turman, Mark Frost
Charactrers: Stan Lee, Jack Kirby
Cinematography/Camera: Larry Blanford
Music: John Ottman
Film Editing: Peter S. Elliot, William Hoy, Michael McCusker
Casting: Heike Brandstatter, Coreen Mayrs
Production Design: Kirk M. Petruccelli
Art Direction: Daniel T. Dorrance, Sandi Tanaka
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

Though this is over a month and a half late it may still be useful to our friends who wait until a film is released on video. I viewed it on June 23, 2007. Now it is August 7. Since it has been so long I will not be able to give you much of a plot/story discussion. I sin by getting depressed with waiting until enough funding comes to operate this ministry fulltime and dedicated so we can provide you with a much more timely services, sometimes even before a film is released.

While watching this film I remember it seemed as though it just might actually be a PG film. But much to my amazement, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer  earned a final score of 47 which places it well into the scoring range earned by R-rated films (54 and below) in the comparative baseline database. More so than its predecessor Fantastic Four (2005) with a final score of 53. Who would have guessed? Films rated PG in the baseline database earned scores from 68 to 86 out of 100. But there are enough assaults on morality and decency to make Silver Surfer  deserve its score. Below is a comparative of the scoring of each of the Fantastic Four  films:

As you can see, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer,  rated PG by the MPAA is, morally speaking, another Rocket-Propelled Grenade -- R-PG -- quite capable of exploding away some of the foundation of your moral teachings. And it is a perfect example of our CAP Rule of 1000.

And that is too bad. Silver Surfer  is a high quality film which takes advantage of modern technical achievements. It presents deep tone and vivid coloration, strong presence and even a decent Saturday night popcorn flick sci-fi plot. It certainly has the power to shave a little off the coping skills of most youth.

From an exploding planet comes metal-man, a.k.a. the Silver Surfer (Doug Jones) who rides through the air -- and solid objects -- on a surf board as metallic as he. In his path is chaos and destruction. He announces his arrival by freezing Sugra Bay, Japan and snow in Gaza. All his attempts to destroy the Earth are noble since the Silver Surfer is trying to save his wife from death at the hands of an extortionist.

But Mr. Fantastic (Ioan Gruffudd), Sue (Jessica Alba), Johnny (Chris Evans) and Ben (Michael Chiklis) again combine forces, this time with the military, to defeat the dastardly plans of the Surfer and save the Surfer's wife to boot.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Violence is centered around action violence of varying intensities and lots of it, including physical assault which, in the real world, would probably result in death. The theme of the film includes extortion to kill since the Surfer is destroying the Earth to save his wife from an extortionist. [Prov. 16:29]

Impudence/Hate (I)
There are 11 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary in this PG film. [2 Tim. 2:16 - 17, Isa. 13:11] Other than the language problem, there are lies, deceit and treachery. [Prov. 12:20, Job 27:4, Rev. 21:27]

Sexual Immorality (S)
Sexually immoral behaviors and images include anatomical humor, suggestion of sexually immoral behavior, innuendo about intercourse, masked nudity and nudity hidden by convenience objects plus a character that may have been nude through most of the film. [1 Ths. 4:7, Eph. 5:5]

Drugs/Alcohol (D)
Booze and drinking were present in this film for 3rd graders. Not good! And since you've asked I'll tell you why.

The American College of Physicians (ACP) has found that exposure to booze and drinking in and as entertainment emboldens the viewer, in particular the middle school age stratum, which certainly includes the PG are stratum.

The researchers selected R-rated movies because they assumed R-rated movies typically present more drinking than movies of other classifications. This assumption is no longer true. The researchers were not aware of the matter of "R-13" proven by this ministry (see R-13) and four years after us  by Harvard University scientists (see Harvard Agrees With Us). The bottom line? The focus is the influence of adolescent exposure to drinking (and smoking) in and as entertainment is undeniable regardless of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) classification.

Within the ACP study population of 4544 middle school students (90% were under fourteen years old), the prevalence of having tried alcohol without parental knowledge was

  • 46% for those with no restrictions on which rating may be viewed
  • 16% for those with partial restrictions on which rating may be viewed
  • four percent for those with complete restrictions.

    Rather revealing of the influences of the entertainment industry wouldn't you say? And emboldening children to sin with drink in and as entertainment screams of violating Luke 17:2.

    I can add to the ACP study that reveals films which present drinking and drunkenness contribute to underage substance abuse. I submit that it is not so much the presence of alcohol in films or the rating of the film(s) that embolden youth to abuse it, but is rather the attitude portrayed: the attitude of freedom from authority, freedom from accountability and freedom from consequences. PG-13 and R-rated films and sometimes less severe rated films are typically heavy with attitude. Our report on this, ATTITUDE: In Perspective -- Investigation Area Scoring and Trend in CAP Entertainment Industry Investigations, Special Report-001 may provide more understanding of the point.

    As a sidebar note, consider this, too. The MPAA is apparently going to consider all films with smoking in them as R-rated, clearly announcing without trying that smoking in and as entertainment is indeed a negative influence. If so, why not make R-rated any films which present booze and/or drinking and/or drunkenness? [Eph. 5:18] We incorporated smoking into a film's scoring distribution long before  the MPAA. Even other film rating websites have plagiarized our methodology. Might that imply others are following our lead?

    Getting drunk (or smoking) is abuse of the body. The body is the temple of the Holy Ghost. [1 Cor. 6:19]

    Offense to God (O)
    Because God has given no one such supernatural power as portrayed as possessed by the characters in this film, their powers are considered unholy or unnatural. These powers were exercised throughout the film. In addition, these unholy powers led the story to portray an unholy healing and resurrection. Further, God's name was used in vain six times though without the four letter expletive. [Deut. 5:11]

    Murder/Suicide (M)
    There are three murders by electrocution, one murder by unholy power and one impalement murder in this film.


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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 and its effect on an observer. "A violent man" can be a man, woman OR the men/women/characters demonstrating the violent behavior/action on the screen. Knowing of Prov. 16:29 you now 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" .]
  • 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. Further, God speaks darkly of violence 56 times in the Old and New Testament of the KJV. And see 1 Cor. 15:33 below.]
  • Isa. 13:11 I will punish the world for its evil, the wicked for their sins. I will put an end to the arrogance of the haughty and will humble the pride of the ruthless. [Yes, it is arrogance and haughtiness against proper and noble which gives us the impudence to speak profanity.]
  • Prov. 12:20 There is deceit in the hearts of those who plot evil, but joy for those who promote peace
  • Job 27:4 My lips shall not speak wickedness, nor my tongue utter deceit.
  • Rev. 21:27 Nothing impure will ever enter it [Heaven], nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb's book of life [have been forgiven].
  • 1Ths. 4:7 For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life.
  • Eph. 5:5 For of this you can be sure: No [unforgiven] immoral, impure or greedy person -such a man [or woman] is an idolater -has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
  • 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. 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.]
  • 1 Cor. 6:19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple [naos {nah-os'}: metaph. the spiritual temple consisting of the saints of all ages joined together by and in Christ] of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
  • 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.]

    ***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.)

    Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (YEAR) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • physical assault probably resulting in death
  • action violence, frequent, of varying intensities
  • extortion to kill for most of film

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • 11 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • lie
  • deceit and treachery

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • dressing to maximize the human form and/or skin exposure, repeatedly
  • anatomical humor
  • suggestion of sexually immoral behavior
  • sexual innuendo re: intercourse, repeatedly
  • nudity behind flames
  • nudity hidden by convenience objects
  • revealing form - male, throughout
  • below navel skin threatening exposure to that which follows
  • man in towel only
  • "I'm so hot for you right now"

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • booze, repeatedly
  • drinking, repeatedly

    Offense to God (O)
  • six uses of God's name in vain, all without the four letter expletive
  • unnatural power throughout
  • unholy healing
  • resurrection

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • murder by electrocution, three
  • murder by unholy force (crumbling)
  • impalement murder

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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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