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(2005), R [R*]
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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Emily became terribly withdrawn and reclusive, unwilling to speak to most people.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].
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].
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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.|
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Lord, Master, Teacher, Savior, God.
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