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(2006), PG ["Hard" PG*] (1hr 38min)
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Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Walt Disney Pictures, Mayhem Pictures, Who's Nuts Productions
Distribution (US): Buena Vista Pictures, Walt Disney Pictures
Director(s): Ericson Core
Producer(s): Mark Ciardi, Victor H. Constantino, Brad Epstein, Gordon Gray, Ken Mok, Nikki Reed, Ezra Swerdlow, Mac Torluccio
Written by: Brad Gann
Cinematography/Camera: Ericson Core
Music: Mark Isham
lke8ZSasting: Toni Cobb Brock, Diane Heery, Sheila Jaffe
Production Design: Sarah Knowles
Art Direction: Charley Beal
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6
If it were not for the amount of drinking, the bar scenes and the instance of drunkenness and if one less use of profanity was found, Invincible would have been a "Lite" PG with a yellow CAPCon Alert light rather than the red light (see CAPCon Alert lights for more information). But as it is, Invincible earned a final score of 71 which places it in the lower half of the scoring cell earned by PG films (68 to 86 out of 100) in the comparative baseline database.
Circa the late 70s, thirty year old Philadelphia Eagles football fan, part time bartender and teacher Vince Papale (Mark Wahlberg) is discouraged by failures that lead to marital desertion and divorce by his wife Sharon (Lola Glaudini). [Mal. 2:16]
Vince hears that the new coach of the losing Philly Eagles announced open tryouts to build a new team. All of Vince's buddies who know of his success in high school and "empty lot" football encourage him to try out. While working at the Tanker Bar, owned by long-time buddy Max Cantrell (Michael Rispoli), Max's temporary bartender cousin Janet Cantrell (Elizabeth Banks) becomes one of Vince's greatest encouragements to try out for the Philly Eagles. He does. And makes the team, playing for three seasons. Invincible is hailed to be based on a true story.
A note to our long-time users. We are going to try a new format for this Summary/Commentary section. The Findings/Scoring section, the heart of the CAP analysis model, is not touched by this change. This new format presents a summary of the more invasive or significant findings revealed by each of the six CAP analysis model investigation areas (see CAP Methodology for more information about the CAP analysis model). This new feature, while not as productive for analyses of G and PG films, is being tested to augment the "tabular" format of the Findings/Scoring section. Hopefully this new format will increase the textual experience during your study of films involving long lists in the Findings/Scoring section such as are typically found in analyses of more severely rated films. Note that the Findings/Scoring section, as before, always provides the most detailed accounting of the findings of the CAP analysis model. We hope you like the new format. Let us know what you think.
Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Most of the violence in Invincible is in individualized football violence which is, at times, somewhat intense. [Prov. 3:31-32]
As might be expected of a football film, profanity was used. The MPAA terms the profanity "conversational snippets." God does not. [2 Tim. 2:16, Col. 3:8] Many would say "Kids hear that language every day at school." Then does hearing it at school excuse hearing it in and as entertainment? Besides, from where do you think the kids at school get such a vocabulary?
Sexual Immorality (S)
The only sexually-oriented material found included a hint of homosexuality, public urination and gaping-face kissing. It is good to control and contain one's passion. Gaping-face kissing challenges such control and tempts the body. Remember the "target" audience of this PG film, folks. [1Cor. 7:9, 1 Thess. 4:1 - 5]
Though there was no smoking noted in this film, this area presents the most invasive programming with many displays of a bar, of drinking alcoholic beverages and of drunkenness. Though it is not a sin to drink, it is a sin to get drunk OR to influence to get drunk or to drink in defiance such as underage drinking. A study by the American College of Physicians (ACP) has found an undeniable link between the presentation of alcoholic beverages in and as entertainment and arrogance/defiance with them by adolescents. And teaching/causing youth to abuse alcohol by emboldening youth with it in and as entertainment invokes Luke 17:2. If alcoholic beverages in entertainment were not a problem for our young, why is there and why has there been such a push to get and keep booze commercials off prime time broadcast TV? Even the University of Connecticut corroborates the ACP finding.]
Offense to God (O)
While there were no instances of occultism, demonism, Satanism or any other matter of such evil noted, it is offensive to God for His name to be used in vain. Invincible presents two uses of God's name in vain but without the four letter expletive. [Deut. 5:11]
There were no instances of murder and/or suicide noted.
Please be sure to inspect closely the detailed listing of observations provided in the Findings/Scoring section, the heart of the CAP analysis model, before you decide for what age stratum this film is fit.
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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.
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.|
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