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(2005), R [R*]
Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
Februaru 27, 2005
51 out of 100

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(This section may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)

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

(2005), R [R*] -- ... things not being at all what they seemed.

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): 20th Century Fox, Fox 2000 Pictures
Distribution (US): Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp.
Director(s): John Polson
Producer(s): Joseph M. Caracciolo Jr., Barry Josephson, John Rogers
Written by: Ari Schlossberg
Cinematography/Camera: Dariusz Wolski
Music: John Ottman
Film Editing: Jeffrey Ford
Casting: Amanda Mackey Johnson, Cathy Sandrich
Production Design: Steven J. Jordan
Art Direction: Emily Beck
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

New York City psychologist, Dr. David Callaway (Robert De Niro) had a troubled wife, Alison (Amy Irving) and could not seem to help her. One of the last things she said was sometimes the problem is beyond therapy. Soon after some scenes of love and togetherness between Alison and daughter Emily (Dakota Fanning), David found Alison dead, still dressed, in the bathtub filled with blood-colored water. Alison had apparently committed suicide by blade. But was it suicide? Whether suicide or not Emily saw her mother floating in the blood colored water.

Emily became terribly withdrawn and reclusive, unwilling to speak to most people. David decided to leave the area and move to a new locations to "start over" with a new life, hoping it would help Emily.

David and Emily moved north to Woodland, New York. After initial indications that the move did not help, Emily found a new friend. Charlie. An imaginary friend. Or so we were led to believe.

Charlie was the perfect friend who said things Emily wanted to hear, who did things Emily enjoyed. They enjoyed playing hide and seek. Soon, it seemed Emily started to come out of her shell and enjoy life again. But events began to take on a posture of things not being at all what they seemed.

Daily life was plagued with increasing episodes of what appeared to be evil and treachery. Emily started to be defiant and arrogant toward her father. And it was all Charlie's fault. Charlie did not like David, so sayest Emily. Charlie did not like Elizabeth (Elisabeth Shue) whom David started to like.

Neighbors Steve (Robert John Burke) and Laura (Melissa Leo), who lost to cancer a daughter about the same age as as Emily, seemed to take a fancy to Emily. Steve's appeared to like Emily just a little too much. Charlie was none to fond of Steve and Laura either.

Amidst the top-notch performances only De Niro and fanning could provide were the reasons this film was rated R. *Hide and Seek* was an ominous and sinister film. I wonder what the effect of Hollywood is going to be on Fanning?

While *Hide and Seek* was indeed bizarre in nature and intensely graphic in terror [1 Thess. 5:22], there was only one use of God's name in vain and without the four letter word expletive [Deut. 5:11]. There was likewise only one use of the three/four letter word vocabulary but it was the most foul of the foul [Col. 3:8]. Matters of sexual immorality include the typical "R" demonstrations of a man and a woman in bed together [1 Thess. 4:3 - 5] with her partially nude [**]. Of particularly invasive and corrosive demonstration was of Fanning speaking in locker room caliber [Luke 17:2]. For most of the show, there is numerous examples of a child's arrogance at her father [Eph. 6:2]. Whether the demonstrations of rebellion were "justified" by the story is up to you, mom/dad if you decide you want to let your kids watch or take your kids with you to watch this indeed "R" film, not as "R" as most, but "R" nonetheless. Please read the "BEFORE You Read On..." link above before you launch any attempts to excuse such sinful display in and as entertainment with context, plot or story. And consider the following from another of our publications as it applies to influences other than violence, particularly how such influences may be all that is captured by the impressionable viewer, context, plot or story "justification" for them notwithstanding [Col. 2:8].

PERSPECTIVE: We have become so drugged by the narcotics of extremes in and as entertainment progressively for so long that what once was morally unacceptable has become morally invisible. If there ever was any doubt about that, there remains no doubt with Unbreakable when a 13 year old boy in a movie can aim a gun he loaded and cocked at his father [Prov. 17:25] and the audience find acceptability in it let alone humor in it. The boy's intent was to prove his father was a super hero who could not die. Remember what God has told us in 1 Cor. 15:33 "Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character." The "bad company" imagery in that scene may be captured by youth as power by holding dad ("unfair control") hostage rather than what the scene is supposed to be saying, not to mention being captured as the lowering of inhibitions of the viewer against using a firearm as a power tool, power which all adolescents crave. There may be many emotional and social filters and barriers in the observer in the path of such imagery on its way to the brain that by the time the imagery gets to the brain all that remains of the original imagery is a picture of the power in holding dad hostage ... with a gun."

Likewise, by the time the images and words of "rebellion justified by context, story or plot" reach your child's brain, all that may be left is "rebel." [1 Sam. 15:23, Is. 30:1].

The listing in the Findings/Scoring section will reveal findings not present in this Summary/Commentary.


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  • 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 thoughtful discussion is in vain. That includes the popular three syllable sentence with His name trailing it AND the misuse of Jesus' name.]
  • Col. 3:8 But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.
  • It is God's will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control his [or her] own body [which includes control of drives, touching, seeking, lusting (even after images), promiscuity, etc.] in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the heathen, who do not know God;
  • **"Nakedness" (display of nudity) is spoken of as dark, restricted, undesirable, shameful, etc. 47 times in the KJV from Genesis to Revelation. For example, Ezek. 16:36 "Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thy filthiness was poured out, and thy nakedness discovered through thy whoredoms with thy lovers,..." thus associating display of nakedness with ill repute. What makes display of nudity okay in entertainment/art if it is not okay in flesh?
  • Eph. 6:2 Honour thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise;
  • Col. 2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
  • Prov. 17:25 A foolish son brings grief to his father and bitterness to the one who bore him.
  • 1 Sam. 15:23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.
  • Is. 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, but not of my spirit [try to mask, hide, excuse, absolve], that they may add sin to sin:

    ***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 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, pay for it, enjoy it, want it, excuse 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 (KJV) Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (NIV) Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.
  • Rom. 5:19 For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.
  • 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.
    (The heart of the CAP Analysis Model)

    Hide and Seek (2005) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • explosive startles
  • child fetish with imaginary friend, repeatedly
  • implications of evil manifestations
  • child blaming mischief on imaginary friend and obsession with it, repeatedly
  • doll mutilations to communicate threat
  • traumatizing of child, repeatedly
  • bizarre drawings by a child, for example, of murder, repeatedly
  • child flip-page cartoon of bloody suicide by blade
  • scars of spousal abuse
  • unidentified presence causing fall death
  • mutilated bloody body
  • fright factor, repeatedly, for example unseen entity unlocking and opening door
  • terror sequence
  • stalking
  • gore flashbacks
  • child brandishing a butcher knife for defense
  • bloody hands on knife
  • man hitting woman with fist
  • bloody murder victim
  • thrust of knife by a father where his daughter was expected to be
  • additional attempted murder of child daughter
  • father terrorizing child daughter with fear of death, repeatedly
  • firearm for defense
  • attempted murder by choking
  • defensive killing of father witnessed by child daughter
  • dead body floating

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • one use of the most foul of the foul words
  • child wandering off in strange woods alone
  • child arrogance at father, repeatedly
  • guest usurping father's instructions to his daughter
  • child tantrum behavior
  • making game of upsetting dad
  • lying to daughter
  • peeping
  • invasion of privacy
  • lie by a child
  • father's image ripped out of family pictures
  • brutalization of child, repeatedly
  • abandoning child, locking her in her room

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • man and woman in bed with partial nudity
  • adult male showing atypical interest in girl child
  • child speaking in sexual terms
  • excessive cleavage
  • man and woman making out with display of mounting ecstasy

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • taking prescription drugs with alcohol
  • drinking, repeatedly
  • drunkenness

    Offense to God (O)
  • one use of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • implied suicide of child's mother
  • murder by shovel to face

  • Christian Long Distance



    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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