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(2006), PG [PG*] (1hr 30min)
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(While the Scriptural references are certainly not subjective, my commentary may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)
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.
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]
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.
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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.
Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
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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