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(2003), PG-13

Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
August 26, 2003
52 out of 100

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If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary likely using a mix of KJV and NIV.

(2003), PG-13 -- Not necessarily a "hardcore" R-13 ...

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): 900 Films, Asphalt Productions, Gaylord Films
Distribution (US): Warner Bros.
Director(s): Casey La Scala
Producer(s): E.K. Gaylord, Bill Gerber, Casey La Scala, Hunt Lowry, Betsy Mackey, Patty Reed, Lance Sloane, Morgan Stone
Written by/Screenplay: Ralph Sall
Cinematography/Camera: Richard Crudo
Film Editing: Eric Strand
Casting: Nancy Nayor
Production Design: Perry Andelin Blake
Viewed At: United Artists - Hulen 10

Extreme Days, another pea from this genre pod, stays well above the belt and stays out of the verbal gutter. *Grind* does not.

Eric Rivers' (Mike Vogel) only focus in life is to make it big in skateboarding. His goal for this summer is to be seen by skateboarding master Jimmy Wilson in hopes of garnering sponsors from such exposure. Confident he is good enough to merit sponsorship and the fame and notoriety that goes with it, Eric drags three of his friends on a cross-country trip chasing after Jimmy Wilson.

Eric's three friends are the adult womanizer Sweet Lou (Joey Kern) who brags constantly of his sexual prowess and his powers of seduction, even with high school girls; attitudinally challenged Matt Jensen (Vince Vieluf) who has nothing respectful to say to anyone [Isa. 2:17; 13:11]; mental Dustin Knight (Adam Brody) is the only one of the group which appears to be college-bound but only after a licentious fling with Eric for the summer.

Oddly enough, after watching a few "Real TV" episodes presenting skateboarders busting faces and pelvic matter, *Grind* was rather tame and almost responsible except for a few instances of rudeness while skateboarding. But other matters of ignominy such as rampant sexual immorality [Gal. 5:19] and foul language slowly and surely sucked *Grind* into the quicksand of vulgarity as the fatal slush lapped ever upward to engulf the face of this movie. It is an R-13. Not necessarily a "hardcore" R-13 with a score of 52 out of 100, but an R-13 nonetheless, largely due to the zero scores in the Impudence/Hate and Sexual Immorality investigation areas.

There are a couple good things to say about this film such as Matt turning into the Prodigal son [Luke 15:10] and returning to his parents for help and then openly showing his gratitude and love for them, but I will leave discovery of the positive features (and there are a couple others) of this film to you should you decide the revelations in the Findings/Scoring section are not offensive enough to warrant staying away from this film. as I said many times, it is not my job to tell you what is and is not right for your family. I just tell you what is there so you can be in a better position to make an informed decision and I apply God's Word to noted behaviors for your consideration.

In keeping with our efforts to reduce costs, I am going to end the discussion of the film here and leave the rest to the Findings/Scoring section which is not reduced in any way by our efforts to reduce costs. When we receive full funding or at least approach full funding we will resume more detailed coverage in the Summary/Commentary section.

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  • Isa. 2:17 The arrogance of man will be brought low and the pride of men humbled; the LORD alone will be exalted in that day,
  • 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.
  • Gal. 5:19 The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery;
  • Luke 15:10 Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth. [Luke 15:11 - 32 tell the whole story and are too lengthy to include herein.]

    ***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 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]. [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 (KJV) Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (NIV) Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.
  • Jude 4 For certain men* whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change [warp, distort, falsely represent, situationally redefine, counterfeit, conditionally apply] the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. [*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 [or for] one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto [or for] me.
  • Luke 17:2 It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. [cause by teaching or example]
  • Ps. 119:133 Direct my footsteps according to your word; 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.


    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.


    Grind (2003) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • teen vandalism
  • car theft
  • reckless endangerment
  • attack by intentional damage to vehicle
  • "slapstick" violence, repeatedly
  • fireworks thrown into moving vehicles
  • threat to castrate

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • 33 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary, most of which were uttered by teens
  • one muffled use of the most foul of the foul words by a teen
  • skateboarding rudeness, repeatedly
  • teen arrogance toward job
  • "This is what I was meant to do" to excuse irresponsibility
  • male urinating on others
  • lie
  • lie to steal food
  • teen rudeness, repeatedly
  • massive tattoos
  • disrespect for private property
  • vandalism of private property
  • facial piercing
  • public urination

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • teen in underwear inspecting himself
  • fondling of self twice, once while making sex talk
  • belly skin, repeatedly
  • anatomical references in song
  • dressing to maximize the female form and/or skin exposure, repeatedly, some vulgar
  • vulgar come-on
  • girls/women as toys, repeatedly and throughout such as groupies
  • silhouetting of sex play
  • rear male nudity, repeatedly, once multiple
  • vulgar gesture by adult before teens
  • accusation of bestiality
  • suggestive eye movement
  • sexual request
  • sexual offer
  • sexual talk, innuendo, comments, discussion, repeatedly and throughout
  • adult intercourse in van with telltale indications while teens observe
  • making out
  • open mouth kissing, repeatedly
  • exceptionally rude eye movement
  • toilet humor such as male-to-male sex play, talk of masturbation, providing porn, crotch grabbing, more
  • anatomical reference
  • staring at girl's anatomy
  • attempts at seduction
  • inappropriate touch, repeatedly
  • ghosting of female anatomy through thin clothing
  • apparent singular focus on sex and sexual conquest
  • camera angle to force viewer on private parts
  • vulgar dancing in skimpy dress
  • 12 year old boy wanting to go to a strip club
  • sex motions with a mop

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • drinking party
  • drunkenness
  • a father suggesting sniffing glue as a reason to take a job

    Offense to God (O)
  • one use of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive and three without, all by teens

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • 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 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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