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(2005), G [PG-G*] (1hr 34min)
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Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Walt Disney Pictures, Robert Simonds Productions
Distribution (US): Buena Vista Pictures
Director(s): Angela Robinson
Producer(s): Michael Fottrell, Charles Hirschhorn, Robert Simonds, Lisa Stewart, Tracey Trench
Story: Thomas Lennon, Ben Garant, Mark Perez
Characters: Gordon Buford
Screenplay: Thomas Lennon, Ben Garant, Alfred Gough, Miles Millar
Cinematography/Camera: Greg Gardiner, Daniel C. Gold
Music: Mark Mothersbaugh
Film Editing: Wendy Greene Bricmont, Edward A. Warschilka
Casting: Rick Montgomery
Production Design: Daniel Bradford
Art Direction: David Lazan
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6
The news about Herbie: Fully Loaded is not that good, mainly because of matters not revealed in the trailers/previews: matters such as Lohan's propensity to show skin inches below her navel and her frequent use of God's name in vain in the increasingly popular three-syllable sentence with His name trailing it. These matters were expensive to the scoring. With a final score of 77, this film earned its place in dead-center of the 18-point range of scores earned by PG films (86 to 68 out of 100) in the comparative baseline database. The UK gave it a PG. We should have also, not that a PG rating would excuse its content.
Our own R-13 finding first published in 2000 revealing a "ratings creep" of the MPAA, confirmed by a Harvard University finding in 2004, is seeing more and more evidence of our finding even in the MPAA classifications less severe than PG-13. If we can ever find enough funding to compile all of the massive data we have accumulated over these 10 years by analysis of 1000 films, we will be able to give you proof of the "ratings creep" across all MPAA ratings. And where. And how much. Information even the Harvard finding did not and could not provide. Information useful to you, mom/dad. Information that will reveal to you a reason for the darkening, emboldening and embittering of attitudes among our youth, particularly as they approach and reach puberty.
Because of Lohan's frequent display of the skin inches below her navel, sometimes threatening further exposure, and because of Lohan wearing an extremely short skirt, of which the camera operators took great advantage, Herbie: Fully Loaded earned a score of 50 in the Sexual Immorality (S) investigation area. [1 John 2:26] And because of her frequent use of God's name in vain in the the three-syllable sentence, the film earned a score of 54 out of 100 in Offense to God (O). Maybe the use of God's name in vain doesn't matter to Hollywood and filmmakers but it matters to God. Eternally. [Deut 5:11]
While there was not a single use of the three/four letter word vocabulary noted, the absence of foul language does not a G make. Lohan's repeated lying [Rev. 21:8], once to her father, her regret for doing so notwithstanding, plus a couple other issues of impudence dragged the Impudence/Hate (I) investigation area score down to 79 out of 100.
The Wanton Violence/Crime investigation area also revealed programming causing a score of 79 out of 100 due mainly to reckless driving and street racing which would get a driver's license revoked in most states. Maybe it is just a show for kids and maybe you feel movies don't influence behaviors, but you would likely feel otherwise if you had been around the theater playing 2Fast, 2Furious. Screeching tires were heard for a long time after after each playing of the show. Sirens were heard as well. And maybe the target audience of Herbie: Fully Loaded is not of the driving age stratum, but their big brothers who take little bro/sis to the movies are. Does that thought scare you, mom/dad?
The entire program was completely free of any noted abuse of prescription drugs, any uses of illegal drugs, alcohol, tobacco and of the abuse of any other intoxicating or inebriating substance. Thus the Drugs/Alcohol investigation area score is the best possible at 100 out of 100. Likewise the Murder/Suicide investigation area found nothing and likewise earned the perfect score of 100 out of 100.
As a college graduation present, retired car racing great Ray Peyton, Sr. (Michael Keaton) and son of Joe Peyton, another racing great, bought his daughter, Maggie (Lindsay Lohan) a car. He bought it from Crazy Dave's (Jeremy Roberts) Scrap & Salvage. Maggie is now the proud owner of a 1963 Volkswagen bug ... with a personality. It was "race car" number 53 from years gone by. Somebody named Max had left in the trunk of Herbie his racing suit and helmet which conveniently fit Maggie (short Linsay) perfectly.
Ray, Jr. (Breckin Meyer) does not do well on the race track. He has a problem with hitting the walls. About four years earlier, Maggie had displayed her born-to-race blood by street racing and was nearly killed doing it. But did that stop her? The family-wide "in my blood" racing syndrome is now established.
Racing great Trip Murphy (Matt Dillon) rolled up to a rally to which Herbie took Maggie and her mechanic friend, Kevin (Justin Long) via a series of a reckless endangerments on city streets. Herbie was not at all happy with the arrogant and conceited Murphy.
Maggie found herself in another street race (with no police, of course). This time against Murphy. Murphy lost. To Maggie in Herbie. Murphy, unable to live with the loss to a girl in a bug, set up a race to get even, knowing Maggie could not resist. And she didn't.
In yet another race, Maggie and Murphy "raced for pinks", for vehicle ownership that is. In an emotional upheaval after some derogatory commentary from Maggie, Herbie stopped just before the finish line and Herbie became Murphy's bug. Murphy gave Herbie to a demolition derby. After Herbie is beaten nearly to "death," Maggie came to the rescue. The field owner told Maggie that if she could get Herbie off the field in one piece she could have it. Maggie ran on to the field and took over driving Herbie. When that happened, Herbie found the muscle to outperform all other competitors and whistle-putted off the field with Maggie at the wheel.
Discovering Herbie is still "alive and well", Murphy set up a reward for anyone who could beat him in a professional 500-mile track race. And, of course, Maggie joins the line-up. In Herbie. For a purse of $10,000. All of this against her father's wishes ... until, as always with Hollywood fathers, daddy capitulates his "No. It will not happen" to "I'm proud of you." [James 5:12]
Granted, there are times when the father should and must compromise, but changing your "no" into a "yes" will encourage the child to expect you to do so again. Expect the tears to flow freely. That is part of the "condemnation" addressed in James 5:12 from changing your "no" into a "yes." That is also where God gives us Prov. 19:18 and Prov. 13:24. If your "no" can be changed into a "yes" it shouldn't have been "no" in the first place. Well!? It looks good on paper anyway.
That is enough of the plot and story. The trailers tell you almost as much. Besides, this ministry is to tell you about all the "negative stuff" as so many of our adversaries claim, adversaries who don't bother to read the "BEFORE You Read On..." link above. So many seem to be unable to comprehend that we tell parents about the morality content so mom/dad might be in a better position to make an informed decision on their own regarding what age stratum, if any, a film might be fit by their own standards. Indeed, many films have good features for many age groups but what you deem as good for your family is not ours to decide. Using God's Word as our investigation standards we tell you what is there but you make the decision whether to take your kidsto see the film. We don't decide for you what is and is not right for your kids. God does by His Word and you do. In that order.
I have summarized the "negative stuff" above but the full accounting of all the "negative stuff" may be reviewed in the listing in the Findings/Scoring section.
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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)
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.|
|In the name of Jesus: |
Lord, Master, Teacher, Savior, God.
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