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(2006), PG [PG*] (1hr 30min)

Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
October 19, 2006
78 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 [PG*] -- ...had to show the world the side of Alison's right breast.

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): 20th Century Fox, Fox 2000 Pictures, Zucker-Netter Productions
Distribution (US): Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation
Director(s): Michael Mayer
Producer(s): Rodney Ferrell, Kevin Halloran, Erin Lindsey, Gil Netter
Screenplay by: Mark Rosenthal, Lawrence Konner
Written by: Based on the novel "My Friend Flicka" by Mary O'Hara
Cinematography/Camera: J. Michael Muro
Music: Aaron Zigman
Film Editing: Andrew Marcus
Casting: Jim Carnahan, Mindy Marin
Production Design: Sharon Seymour
Art Direction: Peter Borck
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

Flicka is essentially a movie about a teenage girl. And in keeping with Hollywood's impression of the teenager, it is freckled with the "It ain't good enough, no matter what 'it' is" attitude and with demonstration of hatred of "father."

This film earned a score of 78, making the total envelope of the content indeed equivalent to other PG films in the comparative baseline database. But the Impudence/Hate (I) investigation area found enough material to cause the loss of all the starting 100 points in this area. Comments such as "I hate him", "You're not my father any more" and teen physical aggression against the father are frequent. [Eph. 6:1 - 3, Col. 3:2]

Young Katy McLaughlin (Alison Lohman) doesn't have her mind on her work in the special boarding school the family does without so she can attend. An essay she had two hours to write in class had not a single word in it. She "wrote" a dazzling essay in her mind (by narration) but did not put one word of it on paper. Katy failed.

Katy came home for the summer to a warm and loving welcome but dreaded telling her father, Rob (Tim McGraw) of her failure. By the efficiency of the school administration, a fax informed Katy's father of her failure. And as seems to be typical of Hollywood's teens, Katy spent much energy on expressing belief she had done noting wrong plus trying to deflect accountability for the failure or whatever else would give her relief.

But knowing the true score, her father informed Katy her summer would be filled with chores and finishing the essay, with which he would try to get the school to pass her with a late completion.

As Katy slowly progresses through the corrective measures, she finds her "relief." A wild mustang enters her life. It was a wild and dangerous animal. Once it was in the corral Rob ordered that no one was to go inside the fence without his permission. But did that stop Katy?

The rest of the story is pretty much simply more of Katy defying her father and the end justifying the means with trumped up justification for her rebellion, all authority rejected. While in the end was love and respect, a noble destination does not excuse an ignoble path.

No, I am not going to try to paint a bight picture of this "kid's show," It is a prime example of lessening/coarsening of morality but targeted at a younger crowd, taking the "You'll thank me when you're older" theft of childhood from children to yet a lower level.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
The only violence in Flicka was threats and an attack by a mountain lion and rodeo violence.

Impudence/Hate (I)
This film was fully equivalent to many R-rated films in terms of arrogance, haughtiness and rebellion. [Eph. 6:1 - 3, Col. 3:20] Indeed, these filming traits are the strongest presence in modern film making. It is not sex, violence and drugs which present the strongest negative influence but is rather the attitude. This was revealed a number of years ago in our research and development. As the mass of film analyses grew, a property began to surface. The Impudence/Hate content of films as opposed to the sex, violence, drugs and other negative content consistently earned the lowest of the six investigation area scores. And it is impudence (haughtiness, arrogance) which is the first thing in the list of seven things God hates. [Prov. 6-16 - 19] That sort of reveal the heart of Hollywood for God ... that which He hates the most is the most in modern entertainment. For more information about this discovery, please see ATTITUDE: In Perspective - Investigation Area Scoring and Trend in CAP Entertainment Industry Investigations.

Sexual Immorality (S)
Alison (or a stand-in) is shown from behind in the bathtub with the side of her right breast showing. Certainly display of the injury on the right side of her upper back might be consequential to the context of the film, but it would have been very, very easy for her to hold her right arm against her ribcage and nothing of her breast would have been seen. It could even have been done not in a bathtub and through a torn shirt. But n-o-o-o, Hollywood had to show the world the side of Alison's right breast. And I don't know and don't want to know why the MPAA thinks such as display is acceptable for the PG crowd. [**, Ps. 12:8]

Drugs/Alcohol (D)
Not one instance of any illegal drugs. prescription drug abuse, alcoholic beverage or tobacco was noted.

Offense to God (O)
Not one instance of the use of God's name in vain, occultism, Satanism or any other form of evil was noted.

Murder/Suicide (M)
None noted.


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  • Eph. 6:1 - 3 CHILDREN, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honour thy father and thy mother, which is the first commandment with promise.
  • Col. 3:20 Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord.
  • Prov. 6:16 - 19 There are six things the LORD hates, seven that are detestable to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers. ** "Nakedness" (display of nudity) is spoken of as dark, restricted, undesirable, shameful, etc. 47 times in the KJV from Genesis to Revelation. For example, Ezek. 16:36 "Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thy filthiness was poured out, and thy nakedness discovered through thy whoredoms with thy lovers,..." thus associating display of nakedness with ill repute. What makes display of nudity okay in entertainment/art if it is not okay in flesh? God even advised the priests not to climb the steps to the altar lest the wind expose their nudity to the people below in Exodus 20:26 "Neither shalt thou go up by steps unto mine altar, that thy nakedness be not discovered thereon." There is nothing in the Bible I can find that makes the display of nudity in and as entertainment less than sinful.

    ***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.)

    Flicka (2006) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • animal threats, attack
  • rodeo violence

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • teen arrogance at father, repeatedly
  • father's harsh treatment of daughter
  • teen girl defying father's instructions, frequent
  • six uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • teen talk of hatred of father
  • "T HATE him" teen daughter about father
  • "You're not my father any more" teen girl to father
  • arrogance at father by teen son
  • wife combating father in favor of daughter in front of daughter
  • teen defiance resulting in serious danger and extensive resource expenditure

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • side female nudity
  • dressing to maximize the female form and/or skin exposure
  • sexually oriented comment

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • none noted

    Offense to God (O)
  • none noted

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • none noted

  • Christian Educators Association International



    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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