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(2004), PG-13 [PG-13]
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(2004), PG-13 [PG-13] -- Then memories started to return...
Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Cast/Crew Details Courtesy imdb.com
Production (US): Revolution Studios, Visual Arts Entertainment Inc.
Distribution (US): Sony Pictures Entertainment, Columbia Pictures
Director(s): Joseph Ruben
Producer(s): Bruce Cohen, Todd Garner, Dan Jinks, Steve Nicolaides, Joe Roth
Written by: Gerald Di Pego
Cinematography/Camera: Anastas N. Michos
Music: James Horner
Film Editing: Richard Francis-Bruce
Art Direction: Paul D. Kelly
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6
Please note our new style of indicating a film's Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) rating plus the CAP equivalence such as the "PG-13 [PG-13]" for this film. The first term is the Motion Picture Association of America's (MPAA) rating. The second term in [brackets] indicates that which the film earned under the CAP analysis model. The Forgotten, rated PG-13 by the MPAA, earned a final score in the scoring range earned by PG-13 movies in the comparative baseline database, thus "PG-13 [PG-13]". Another example might be "PG [PG-13]" which means the MPAA gave the film a PG but the film earned a final score in the scoring range earned by PG-13 movies in the comparative baseline database. Another example might be "PG-13 [R-13]" or "PG-13 [R]" which means the PG-13 film earned a score earned by R-rated movies in the comparative baseline database. Other examples might be "G [PG]" or G [PG-13]." I doubt there will ever be a "G [R]" used, but only time tell tell. The CAP analysis model is Rock-solid. The MPAA is not.
Life in Brooklyn was idyllic and serene as Telly Paretta (Julianne Moore) doted over her perfect nine year old son, Sam (Christopher Kovaleski). Then tragedy struck. Fourteen months ago, Sam was killed with a number of other kids in a plane crash. Telly's life decayed and she began obsessing with the memory of Sam by ritualistically viewing snapshots, scrapbooks and video tapes of Sam. Soon, life decayed even further as Telly discovered all evidence of Sam vanished. Family group photos no longer showeds Sam, just Telly and Jim. Scrapbooks became empty. Video tapes were blank. Then Telly was repeatedly told she had no son; that she was manufacturing Sam to compensate for a still birth.
First to start telling Telly that she had no son was her husband James William Paretta (Anthony Edwards). Next in line trying to convince Telly to wake up to the fact that she never had a son was psychologist Dr. Jack Munce (Gary Sinise). Progressively, the erasure of Sam was so progressive and complete that Telly becaem a stranger to her husband, Jim. Even playground playmates never heard of Sam.
One of Sam's female friends was the daughter of Ash Correll (Dominique West), a hockey player whose daughter was on the plane with Sam. When Telly approached Ash with hopes of him remembering Sam, Ash denied ever having a daughter ... until he said her name. Then memories started to return and Ash believed Telly.
When Telly got Ash involved, National Security Agents became involved, too. But one of them was different. Obviously but undefinably different. He could not be killed. Being hit with a car didn't kill him. Bullets didn't kill him.
There is where I will stop the story summary in the event you find the amount of assaults on morality and decency in this film acceptable to you and/or your family.
This film has that "something" that makes it appealing. It is not one for which you may check your brain at the door and it is not simply eye-candy. But this appealing film has sharp teeth. While easily equivalent to some R-rated films in violence, both the most foul of the foul words [Col. 3:8] AND God's name in vain with the four letter expletive are used [Deut. 5:11].
Regarding sexual immorality, The Forgotten may not seem as extreme as most PG-13 films nowadays. There is no nudity or intercourse heavily typical of PG-13 films but Moore removes her clothes to reveal her underwear to West and they engage in an adulterous snuggle plus a conversational snippet about sexually immoral deeds [Gal. 5:19]. The listing in the Findings/Scoring section might very well be your best tool to help you make an informed moral decision whether this film is or is not fit.
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***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
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 heart of the CAP Analysis Model)
Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
|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.|
|In the name of Jesus: |
Lord, Master, Teacher, Savior, God.
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