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(2011), PG-13 [PG(13)*] (1hr 54.2min)
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Cast/Crew Details Courtesy (in part) Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Focus Features, BBC Films, Ruby Films
Distribution (US): Universal Studios
Director(s): Cary Joji Fukunaga
Producer(s): Alison Owens, Paul Trijbits, Christine Langan, Peter Hampden, Mairi Britt, Faye Ward, Hannah Farrell
Screenplay by: Moira Buffini
Novel by: Charlotte Bronte
Cinematography/Camera: Adriano Goldman
Music: Dario Marianelli
Film Editing: Malanie Ann Oliver
Casting: Nina Gold
Production Design: Will Hughes-Jones
Art Direction: Karl Probert
Viewed on Universal Studios Home Entertainment DVD
Jane Eyre (2011) is rated PG-13 for "some thematic elements including a nude image and brief violent content." but it doesn't need to be a PG-13. The final score for Jane Eyre (2011) is 80 out of 100 which places in squarely in the scoring range earned by PG-rated films (68 to 86 out of 100) in the comparative baseline database. I've been doing this for over 15 years for more than 1400 films so I suspect there might be some credibility in the results of the CAP analysis model which has not changed over those 15 years: which has proven that which Harvard University researchers have proven but we proved it four years before Harvard.
The "brief violent content" is one character trying to choke another and a couple views of injury wounds. The "nude image" is a painting of a nude woman. The "thematic elements" are characters giving grace before meals, holding God as sovereign and acknowledging Heaven and Hell.
Jane (Mia Wasikowska) is first seen fleeing the Thornfield mansion to escape the dark and emotionally crippling secret of the one she was going to marry: the master of Thornfield, Edward Fairfax Rochester (Michael Fassbender). Braving the long distances and the severe elements Jane reaches the residence of St. John Rivers (Jamie Bell ) and his sisters, Diana (Holliday Granger) and Mary (Tamzin Merchant). Together with his sisters, Rivers nurses Jane ... Jane Elliot for now ... back to health and finds her a job as a teacher of cottage children.
Jane suffers silently along her path of life. Through flashbacks we find that the young 19th century orphan girl has been abused most of her life, first by her Aunt Reed (Sally Hawkins) who sends Jane off to a brutal charity boarding school. Through more flashbacks we see just how abused Jane was at the boarding school. Jane finally ages out and ends up at Thornfield. At Thornfield, Mrs. Fairfax (Judi Dench) guides Jane into her life at Thornfield as a governess for young Adele Varens (Romi Steborn Moore), the ward of Rochester. It is now that Jane begins to develop the relationship with Rochester that will lead her into nuptials ... until she finds out Rochester's dark secret.
There is much more to this 113.2 minute version of the classic but to spoil any more of would be unfair. Though many of you already know the story of Jane Eyre and can see this version is relatively parallel with the earlier versions, I will not reveal any more of the story and/or plot.
Following are brief discussions of the content per individual CAP investigation area. As always the Findings section of this report is the best source for discovering the full accounting of the content of this film.
Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 56 out of 100
There are indeed enough violence examples in the film in addition to the attempted choking for it to earn a hard PG-13 equivalent score in Wanton Violence/Crime but it is hardly "PG-13" due to the one instance of a character trying to choke another. We see that in cartoons and they are not rated PG-13. The matters of brutality, death and confinement torture were what merit the PG-13 equivalence.
There is indeed enough violence in this film to warrant reminding you of God's warnings about violence. Among numerous other verses, God warns us in Proverb 16:29 that violence is "catching" and can lead one into the way that is not good. Man echoes God's Wisdom by four professional public health agencies jointly publishing a finding that reveals violence in and as entertainment can, among other counterproductive influences, lead youth to real life violence and can lead them into thinking that violence is an effective way of settling conflict.
Impudence/Hate (I) - 73 out of 100
Deceit, lying and expressed hatred along with a single use of profanity (by a young girl) plus marriage fraud/attempted polygamy and a claim of social inequality because of station are the reasons for the score of 73 out of 100 in this investigation area.
Sexual Immorality (S) - 76 out of 100
I have prepared analyses of uncounted films with painting and statue nudity which have not once caused the MPAA to even notice them let alone rate a film with them in it a PG-13. Why now? Maybe this is a sign the MPAA in coming around to understanding God's Word about nakedness?**
Under the CAP analysis model, the two views of the nude painting, one from a distance and one slow close-up pan from the feet up, earned the same scoring losses as if they were displayed by a live actress. But that is not the most severe of the sexually immoral content. The worst was an adult character grabbing and carting off a young adolescent girl with his right hand on her right breast which is not even addressed by the MPAA. Maybe his hand on her right breast was unintentional? Well, maybe so but filmmakers are not stupid and know each and every frame that makes up the final product. [Matt. 18:10]
This is one of the great feature of the CAP analysis model. The CAP analysis model does not subjectively require that something like the painting nudity is enough to preclude you from seeing it. We tell you that it is a sinful display and incorporate it as such into the scoring distribution. You decide whether it merits you rejecting this film as unfit. We tell what is there ... you decide.
Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 73 out of 100
There is some smoking, a few alcoholic beverages and drinking of them. But that is all. There is no consumption or possession of illegal drugs or abuse of prescription drugs noted.
However, however slight the content may seem, there are dangers to exposing youth to alcohol and tobacco in and as entertainment. A 2002 study by the American College of Physicians (ACP) revealed that adolescent exposure to drinking in and as entertainment undeniably leads to abuse of alcohol among underage viewers. The finding entitled Relation Between Parental Restrictions on Movies and Adolescent Use of Tobacco and Alcohol reports that of 4544 youths from grades 5 through 8 of fifteen Vermont and New Hampshire middle schools (90% of the youths were under fourteen years old) only 16% were completely restricted in their entertainment diets. Within the ACP study population, the prevalence of having tried alcohol without parental knowledge was
There is nothing to say that smoking in and as entertainment does not carry the same danger of influence as drinking. Actually, the same matter of behavior influence applies to any behavior demonstrated in and as entertainment, including good behavior.
Offense to God (O) - 100 out of 100
Nothing was noted that is applicable to this investigation area: no blasphemy; no satanism; no witchcraft; no occultism; no demonism or anything of the kind.
Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
No murders of suicides were found.
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** "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? God even advised the priests not to climb the steps to the altar lest the wind expose their nudity to the people below in 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 is not good in God's eyes.
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.)
Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - SCORE out of 100
Impudence/Hate (I) - SCORE out of 100
Sexual Immorality (S) - SCORE out of 100
Drugs/Alcohol (D) - SCORE out of 100
Offense to God (O) - SCORE out of 100
Murder/Suicide (M) - SCORE out of 100
|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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