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(2009), G [Hard PG*] (1hr 39min)

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August 22, 2009
August 30, 2009

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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.

(2009), G [Hard PG*] ... a noble destination does not excuse an ignoble path.

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): It's a Laugh Productions, Millar Gough Ink, Walt Disney Pictures
Distribution (US): Buena Vista, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
Director(s): Peter Chelsom
Producer(s): John Albanis, David Blocker, Billy Ray Cyrus, Alfred Gough, Miles Millar, Steven Peterman, Michael Poryes
Written by: Daniel Berendsen
Characters by: Michael Poryes, Richard Correll, Barry O'Brien
Cinematography/Camera: David Hennings
Music: John Debney
Film Editing: Virginia Katz, David Moritz
Casting: Lisa Beach, Sarah Katzman
Production Design:, Caroline Hanania
Art Direction: Elliott Glick
Viewed on Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment DVD

This film analysis is sponsored by the generosity of E&HP.

Sorry this took so long (8 days) but with seven kids (two foster kids, five adopted with one in a wheel chair with a feeding tube in her stomach) and trying to find a secular job there is not much time left to devote to this ministry. Unless, of course, someone would like to provide enough funding to operate His ministry through me full time and dedicated?

Just because a movie contains no foul language, nudity, drugs/alcohol or murder does not make it a G. The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has gone morally brain dead if they think it is okay to plant, for the lack of a better expression, exhibitionism by role model example in young preteen girls who hunger to become a teenager ... just like Hannah.

Typical of sixteen year old girls fed up with 'oppressive and unfair parental controls', the "most famous teen in the world", Miley Cyrus, a.k.a. Hannah Montana/Miley Stewart, said when she turns 18, which will be November 22, 2010, she is going to change her image. The world awaits to see what will be the change! (As if we are ignorant of what to expect.) Are her portrayals in the film Hannah Montana: The Movie a beginning to her espousal of championing the supposed independence of what is supposed to be adulthood at 18 years old?

In this report I am going to sound -- what's the word? Sententious? Prudish? Pietistic? I don't know but what I am fixin' to tell you is going to sound that way. All I know to be certain is that since I have been a 24-7 caregiver for so many young preteen girls (most of 37 foster children) I can attest to the influence, both good and bad, which older girls have on the clay-like development of younger girls. Too often the influence is of the you'll-thank-me-when-you're-older pressure.

I will be telling you of all the little "lesser" matters that even hint of challenging sexual and moral humility, matters with which this movie abounds: of all the little things many people, mostly teens and preteens, have come to regard as acceptable, routine and even preferable; of all the little things that hint of "tease" exhibitionism that many folks try to avoid mentioning to avoid hurting feelings or to avoid being accused of "puritanism"; of all the little things we as a people have grown to accept or at least tolerate even though the influence of such displays make us feel uncomfortable inside for our children, uncomfortable when we wait for sleep to come in the twilight of the day.

Certainly Cyrus does not demonstrate heinous sin but one sin does not excuse another nor does the first time of a sin excuse the second ... or the third ... or the thousandth. If you don't want to read heartfelt, brutal honesty about the content of this film, move on to something else right now.

As a people we may have come to "overlook" humility-defying behaviors in favor of freedom of expression, but God has not. Anything, any behavior, display or comment of a gratuitously immodest sexual nature outside of a monogamous heterosexual marriage is sinful. Remember that God reserved all sexual matters to marriage where such is blessed and healthy. Indeed, in the Bible God gets rather racy and explicit about sex ... between a husband and wife, between a husband male by birth and a wife female by birth. By His Word any sexual contact (including visual), conduct or activity outside of a monogamous heterosexual marriage is sinful. And that includes little teases, dares and flashes of typically immodest skin to push the envelope of morality -- whether we believe it or not, whether we like it or not, whether we care or not. Granted, Miley typically wears street shorts under her "micro" skirts and dresses but often suggestion is more influential than arrogant display, especially to many young girls for whom Cyrus is a role model.

I am going to go ahead and say it. In a nutshell, Hannah Montana: The Movie presents a great deal of form-fitting and/or leg-exposing outfits plus the use of camera angles and/or posing to take advantage of them. If an article of clothing is worn by Cyrus in the movie it is likely form-hugging or short, or both, more so than any of the other characters in the film. Two exceptions to this: Cyrus wears a Hawaiian dress on a beach while all the other female characters wear bathing suits; a denim skirt worn by one of the extras when Cyrus performs at a hoedown is shorter than hers.

Try to envision a measure of sexual immorality borne of "form-fitting and/or leg-exposing" outfits in this way: one scene of, for example, adult female upper nudity (which happens even in PG films) is equal in [im]moral magnitude to ten scenes of a teen girl showing her upper legs above the hemline of a short dress or skirt. If you are able to fathom this relationship, you have an understanding of the magnitude of the little jabs of contempt at sexual humility and modesty that saturate Hannah Montana: The Movie. May our Lord visit this precious little girl with a nugget of humility and purity and not let her take the path of so many other young starlets such as the once delightful now self-proclaimed "bad girl" Lindsay Lohan. Even Dakota Fanning is "getting into the act" as (for the lack of a better word) revealed in Push.

And then there is the lying. We'll get to that, too.

Those of us who won't listen to we who share His Word will listen to Him one Day ... face to Face. Worth repeating; whether we believe it or not, whether we like it or not, whether we care or not.

Because of all these little assaults on wholesome decency Hannah Montana: The Movie earned a final score of 69 which places it within the range of scores earned by PG-rated movies in the comparative baseline database (68 to 86 out of 100), a "hardcore" PG at that. As with so many other modern "kid's" films" Hannah Montana: The Movie presents no particularly bold or harsh individual instances of assault on morality but rather so many of the "lesser" examples of little flip-offs of contempt for modesty and wholesomeness. See CAP Rule of 1000 for more information on this device for loading or weighting the content of a film to get the same "feel" as the content of a more severely immoral film: the same magnitude of moral decay; the same degree of negative influence.

FYI: The CAP analysis model and the whole project is doing exactly what it was intended to do: objectively measure the relative position and movement of morality in entertainment and informing parents, grandparents, pastors and many others of the truth about film content so they might be in a better position to make an informed moral decision on their own whether a film is fit using God's Word to do it ... for fourteen years now.

In know-it-all, "it ain't good enough no matter what 'it' is" defiance of her father Robby Ray Stewart (Robby Ray Cyrus), Miley (Miley Cyrus) tells him she is going to New York, essentially 'no matter what he does to her'. Her publicist, Vita (Vanessa Williams) usurps Robby Ray and defends Miley against him by telling him that in New York is a special opportunity for Hannah; that to not go could be devastating to the Hannah corporation. But Miley's grandmother, Ruby (Margo Martindale) is having a birthday which Miley knew about but ignored in favor of the New York trip. As the argument builds Vita told Robby that Hannah could even get a private jet if she wanted one. Grabbing the opportunity to provide some comeuppance, Robby agrees to getting Miley a jet. But as it turns out, the jet does not land in New York. Rather it lands in Crowley Corners, Tennessee -- home of Miley's grandmother Ruby.

As the departure approaches, Hannah throws all obligation and duty, mostly familial, out the window. She even forsakes her commitment to a birthday party for BFF Lilly Truscott (Emily Osment), which has been in the works since she was 12. Miley even forsakes being there for her brother Jackson (Jason Earles) as he leaves for Tennessee to go to college. Rather, Hannah takes the counsel [Isa. 30:1] of her publicist and goes shopping to prepare for the New York trip in part as a publicity maneuver.

Now Hannah is Miley. Much to her surpriase Miley is in Crowley Corners, Tennessee not in NYC. Just arriving is Miley's pickup truck limo. On their way to grandmother's house Miley verbally attacks her father and defies him by telling him to stop the truck. Compromising the situation Robby Ray does so and Miley stomps out of the truck demanding that she is going back home and to NYC on the red carpet she is supposed to be on in three hours: that she is not getting back in the truck in spite of her father's orders to do so. Being only a mile or so from her Grandmother's farm and far away from city dangers, Robby Ray leaves Miley where she sits ... on her yellow luggage on the side of the road in the weeds by a rail fence with her childhood horse, Blue Jeans just on the other side of the fence.

Soon, Miley is on her backside in the pasture after blue Jeans bucked her off and ran away. But to the rescue is "Sir Gallant" Travis Brody (Lucas Till) on horseback chasing after Blue Jeans and lassoing him to bring him back to Miley. After discovering who this kid was after a few reminiscing moments, Miley accompanied Travis to the Cyrus farm. There, Miley rediscovers Miley's roots ... and reveals Hannah's roots.

In comparison to the seemingly "squeaky-clean" image Cyrus has in the Hannah Montana™ TV series, Miley seems to have divorced herself from her father and his authority, espousing self-proclaimed independence with rebellion and arrogance, treating him as if he is no more than her bank. Indeed, she seems to treat her father as an inconvenience as if he is in the way instead of making the way for her. This shift in personality from the TV series is revealed in the scoring distribution earned by the film. Noting the scoring distribution one can see the content is truly G-equivalent in everything but the content applicable to the Impudence/Hate and Sexual Immorality investigation areas -- the two areas of the most pronounced behavior aberrations. That is one of the unique features of the CAP analysis model -- to reveal the areas of the strongest content of assaults on morality and modesty.

While Hannah/Miley eventually comes to humble herself please understand that a noble destination does not excuse an ignoble path. Hannah certainly has started changing her image. Where will it end?

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 80 out of 100
The content of the film applicable to this investigation area is largely due to "slapstick" violence. Falls, a "cat fight" between two females, gator attacks and such. Nothing of any great degree of concern. Did I really say that!? Any violence can be of detrimental influence. Even slapstick violence. Since nothing really happens to the victim of the slapstick violence it comes across as harmless ... until another child tries some of it on yours because the other child 'saw it in a movie'. That is not as far fetched as it may sound, mom/dad. The Redergards of Tiller, Norway wish such influence was of no significant consequence. Three boys, two 6 years old and one 5, killed five-year old old, Silje Marie Redergard with stones and kicks the boys saw on Power Rangers™ and left her to die in the snow, which she did. Kids learn by example ... and die by example. God is rather specific in His admonitions about violence. [Prov. 16:29]

Impudence/Hate (I) - 23 out of 100
Not one instance of use of profanity was noted in the entire 99 minutes of the film. There was only use use of innuendo regarding profanity. There are, however, a number of uses of arrogance, rebellion and defiance, particularly toward parental authority and established morés. Miley is rude to, disrespectful of and rebellious toward her father and often speaks lies to him in flippant and contemptuous ways. [Isa. 13:11, Prov. 6:16 - 17, 1 Peter 5:5, Prov. 8:13, Mal. 4:1 plus many more]

God is not ambiguous about lying. He even warns us that the [unforgiven] liar will not make it into Heaven. [Rev. 21:8]

Sexual Immorality (S) - 19 out of 100
There is a lot of use of camera angle, posing and action maneuvers to force the viewer's attention on private parts though there is no nudity whatsoever. Cyrus almost always wear something form-fitting or short. She drops a short dress over her naked shoulders making the implications rather loud. Cyrus even performed in a short dress while with her feet above the head level of the crowd. God has warned us of such display by advising the priests to not climb the steps to an alter lest the wind expose their nakedness. [Exodus 20:26] I doubt Cyrus was naked under her dress but the point is made. Please be sure to check out the listing in the Findings/Scoring section for a more complete accounting of such content. It is not within God's desires for us to make light of sexual modesty and humility. [1Cor. 12:23 - 24, 1 John 2:26]

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 100 out of 100
There are no findings regarding any use of alcohol, tobacco, illegal drugs or consumption of them or abuse of prescription drugs.

Offense to God (O) - 93 out of 100
Only one time is God's name used in vain and then in a euphemism of the name our Lord and Savior. [Deut. 5:11]

Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
There are no murders or suicides in this film.


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  • Isa. 30:1 Woe to the rebellious children, saith the LORD, that take counsel [adopt ways, behavior, thinking], but not of me; and that cover with a covering [try to mask, hide, excuse, absolve], but not of my spirit, that they may add sin to sin. [Part of his counsel for us is to honor the father as well as the Father. Thus to "take counsel" of one who is not your father over your father is against His Will.]:
  • Prov. 16:29 A violent man enticeth his neighbour, and leadeth him into the way that is not good. [The issue is the violence, the 'way that is not good' no matter how "small" or "justified" it might seem, and its effect on the observer. "A violent man" can be a man or woman or child, the act of demonstrating violent behavior/action whether for good or evil OR the violent behaviors/actions themselves. Such exposure can and does embolden the viewer into aggression, especially youth. It took years for American professional health agencies to finally affirm, probably without knowing it, that which God told us in 1 Cor. 15:33 below. See also Joint Statement on the Impact of Entertainment Violence on Children: Congressional Public Health Summit for more information. Further, God speaks darkly of violence 56 times in the Old and New Testament of the KJV.]
  • 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.
  • Prov. 6:16 - 17 There are six things the LORD hates, seven that are detestable to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, ...
  • 1 Peter 5:5 Likewise [in humility as the elders who have charge over you], ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud [huperephanos {hoop-er-ay'-fan-os}: an overweening estimate of one's means or merits, despising others or even treating them with contempt, haughty], and giveth grace to the humble.
  • Prov. 8:13 The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.
  • Mal. 4:1 For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch. ["Proud" - zed {zade'}: arrogant, proud, insolent, presumptuous; the arrogant ones.]
  • Rev. 21:8 But the [unforgiven] fearful [deilos {di-los'}; timid, cowardly], and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers [sexually immoral], and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
  • Exodus 20:26 "Neither shalt thou go up by steps unto mine altar, that thy nakedness be not discovered thereon." The display of nakedness, even accidental or the tease of it are not good in God's eyes.
  • 1Cor. 12:23 - 24 And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable [atimos: without honor, base, of less esteem], upon these we bestow more abundant honour [time: deference, reverence, special modesty]; and our uncomely [askemon: indecent, unseemly, unpresentable] parts have more abundant comeliness [eushemosune: decorum, modesty, charm or elegance of figure]. For our comely [euschemon: honorable, graceful, becoming modesty] parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour [plenty of modesty, e.g., clothing in this case] to that part which lacked [husterea: inferior, to suffer want (as in want of cover)]:
  • 1 John 2:26 These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you. ["These things I have written" includes lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes from 1 John 2:16. An example of "them that seduce you" includes they who demonstrate sexual sin, however innocuous it may seem, in and as entertainment which can morally "seduce" the viewer, can lead one astray by desensitizing one and emboldening him/her to believe sexually immoral deeds, thoughts and displays are acceptable OR by eroding one's natural inhibition against sexually immoral deeds and thoughts. And anything in and as entertainment that draws the viewer's attention to sexuality, sexual deeds, nudity and the private parts clothed or not, seen or not, is sexual.]
  • 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 responsible discussion is in vain. That includes the popular three-syllable sentence with His name trailing it AND the misuse of Jesus' name or title. So, trying to excuse such expressions with "I was talking to God/Jesus when I said that" will not work with Him.]

    ***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.)

    Hannah Montana: The Movie (2009) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 80 out of 100
  • unauthorized use (theft) of official property
  • slapstick "cat fight" over shoes in a store
  • "slapstick" fall from tree that would typically cause significant injury
  • "slapstick" fall from ladder that would typically cause significant injury
  • "slapstick" skit of violence involving fire
  • "slapstick" mischief
  • "slapstick" violence in attacks by alligator

    Impudence/Hate (I) - 23 out of 100
  • nuisance invasion of privacy, repeatedly
  • rudeness toward with lie to father
  • disrespect toward father and contempt for importance of family, repeatedly
  • woman usurping father to side with daughter against father
  • innuendo of profanity
  • defiance of father's authority, repeatedly
  • lies, repeatedly

    Sexual Immorality (S) - 19 out of 100
  • camera focus on young girl starting to undress
  • teen girl dressing with dress dropping over bare torso (gender-specifics not seen) while seeing removed clothes being tossed aside
  • display of upper legs under short dress while stooping
  • performing in a short dress while standing above the crowd
  • exposure of posterior flesh through a gap in athletic shorts while prone with one leg drawn up to chest
  • flash of upper legs under short skirt (with street shorts under)
  • boys carrying a young girl in a short dress on their shoulders
  • camera angle and/or pose to draw viewer's attention to private parts (dressed), repeatedly
  • dressing in form-fitting or leg-exposing clothing throughout
  • admission of inappropriate behavior
  • rude gazes
  • suggestion of ferret bite to male privates
  • exposed underwear - adult
  • female dancers in short skirts flashing upper legs and crotch by "leg spread" horizontally while lifted up

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 100 out of 100
  • none noted

    Offense to God (O) - 93 out of 100
  • one use of an abbreviation of God's name in vain

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
  • 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 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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