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(2010), NR [PG-NR*] (83.9min)

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(While the Scriptural references are certainly not subjective, my commentary may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)

If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary.

(2010), NR [PG-NR*] ... is 33% R and 67% G

Production (US): Procter & Gamble Productions presents a TeleNext Media Production
Distribution (US): TeleNext Media,
Director(s): Douglas Barr
Producer(s): Pasquale F. Gentile, Ben Simon, Jeff Grant, Brian Wells, Joel S. Rice, Irene Litinsky
Teleplay by: Monica Macer
Story by: Jeff Davenport, Steven Manuel
Cinematography/Camera: Pierre Jodoin
Music: Randy Jackson, Eric Allaman
Film Editing: Simon Webb
Casting: Shana Lansberg, Rosina Bucci
Production Design: Zo‘ Sakellaropoulo
Viewed on TeleNext Media Home Entertainment DVD

The Jensen Project is a truly enjoyable action adventure with an entertainment caliber as high or higher than any of the four Spy Kids installments but maybe a little more able to capture and keep the viewer's attention. It is also little higher on the intellect totem pole than any of the Spy Kids films. The performances are a tad more professional as well.

Though this film is handled by I do not find that it is a faith-based film. Jesus is not mentioned, even in vain. However, if you are not strongly offended by teen arrogance and non-graphic professional wrongdoings, it certainly is a fair choice from what is available as a family night at the movies flick.

Claire Thompson (Kellie Martin) was severely chastised for what her boss, Edwin Jensen (David Andrews) called a failure. Not being able to cope with the intense humiliation by Edwin, Claire leaves the Jensen Project and drags her MD husband, Matt (Brady Smith) and young son, Brody (Justin Kelly) along with her.

After 10 years the Jensen Project Director Ingrid Jensen (Patricia Richardson) shows up in Matt's office begging Claire and Matt to return to the Jensen Project to investigate the doings of Edwin who had recently left the Project and had taken half the staff with him. It seems Edwin had sabotaged Claire's work so he could steal her world-changing invention for himself. The rest of the story is about Claire and company restoring the Jensen Project and Claire confronting her ghost from the past ... and about restoring her honor and empathy with her husband and son.

Part of the "company" involved in the efforts to restore the Jensen Project is teenage Samantha (Alyssa Diaz), a street reject who steals Brody's heart who may be another quality young performer. Others of the support cast are perfect for their parts ... except maybe LeVar Burton who plays the Jensen security chief. In spite of his added years and weight, he might well be undercast because of his fame as Jordy La Forge of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

This film is a perfect example of the CAP Rule of 1000 which states that a movie which presents, for example, 100 examples of bad behaviors/images of lesser severity, each worth only 10 "bads" (Movie A) is just as negatively influential as a movie of the same length that presents only 10 examples of bad behaviors/images but of more extreme severity each worth 100 "bads" (Movie B). Both movies are worth 1000 "bads." The Jensen Project presents so many of the lesser, seemingly tame kinds of assault on morality and wholesome ethics that the total magnitude or envelope of assaults is equivalent to the more extreme but fewer examples of morality assault typically demonstrated in more severely rated entertainment. It is a story of theft, extortion, sabotage, threat and danger with a great deal of teen defiance of parental authority. What would one expect?

What one can expect is a final score of 77 out of 100 which places the content of this film in the range of scores earned by PG-rated films (68 to 86 out of 100) in the comparative baseline database of films. Both the Wanton Violence/Crime (W) and the Impudence/Hate (I) content investigation areas found content to be equivalent to the same areas of some R-rated films, not because of the intensity of examples of assault on morality and wholesome ethics but because of the sheer number of them as explained in the CAP Rule of 1000. But on a positive note, all four of the remaining CAP investigation areas (S, D, O and M) earned either perfect or very high G-equivalent scores. The CAP thermometers pictorially display the above scoring distribution. In a simple sense, The Jensen Project is 33% R and 67% G.

On another positive note, there is absolutely no profanity and no murder or suicide whatsoever in the 83.9 minutes of the film. And no one gets in bed with anyone else.


Following are brief discussions of the content per individual content investigation area. As always the Findings section of this report, the heart of the CAP Analysis Model, is the best source for discovering the full accounting of the content of this film.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 40 out of 100
The violence content of this film consists mainly of theft, breaking and entering, assault and fighting with an attempted murder by vehicular assault and by electronic implant. As noted in the Summary/Commentary above, the violence and crime demonstrated in this film is not of the "R" caliber but there is enough of the lesser examples of violence and crime to equal the "R" caliber by sheer numbers. Though the issues of violence and crime may be of the "sanitized" caliber, there is enough of the violence and crime to be of noteworthy concern regarding implantation of which four professional public health agencies warn. They warn that, among other things, violence in and as entertainment can embolden the viewer, especially youth, into real life violence and can lead the viewer to believe violence is an effective means of settling conflict.

Not only do scientists warn against the influence of violence God warns in Proverb 16:29 that violence is enticing and can lead the observer into "the way that is not good."

No matter from which side of the Spiritual fence you look at the issue, violence in and as entertainment has strong and negative influence.

Impudence/Hate (I) - 28 out of 100
Much of this film is freckled with disrespect, defiance and disobedience by young Brody. Even the script expressed disdain with the disobedience of Brody. Indeed, more than half of the demonstrations of negative behavior applicable to this investigation area involved Brody. While, as with all other examples of assault on morality and wholesome ethics, all Brody's demonstrations of defiance and disobedience were of the "lesser" kind, they are still matters with which God is not sanguine. God wants us as sons (and daughters) to respect, honor and obey our parents [Exod. 20:12]; parents who will answer directly to God for violations of our charge over the children He gives us [Matt. 18:10], especially we fathers for God did not call upon Eve for an accounting of what she and Adam did with the Forbidden Fruit. God called for Adam, the husband to "answer for the charges." [Gen. 3:9]

Note that (on my nearly antique system) the subtitling does not include English and the closed captioning is not always accurate. But rest assured there is no profanity in the entire 83.9 minutes if the show.

Sexual Immorality (S) - 96 out of 100
The only behavior or imagery that applies to this investigation area is the display of martial arts exercises by Samantha while wearing tight, form-fitting jeans combined with the focus of the camera. Her pants were so tight I suspect that when close enough one could tell whether a dime in her rear pocket was heads or tails. It is clear what the filmmakers were trying to do with such display, especially when loose pants are much more appropriate for such physical activity. Jeans were no-no in my Shorin-Ryu (Okinawa-Te) karate because they restrict range of motion and movement of the legs. Loose-fitting Gi pants are much more compatible with the physical extremes which gives justification to questioning the motives of the filmmakers' using "sprayed on" jeans in this scene. [Matt. 5:28, 1 John 2:10]

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 100 out of 100
There are no examples of possession or consumption or even references to illegal drugs, no alcohol, no presence of tobacco and no abuse of prescription drugs.

Offense to God (O) - 100 out of 100
There is no occultism, Satanism, demonism, witchcraft, sorcery or the like in the entire show and God's name is not abused even once. Nor is God mocked. No Scriptures are situationally redefined, counterfeited or conditionally applied.

Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
There are no portrayals of murder or suicide. Attempted murder is portrayed but this investigation area does not incorporates portrayals of attempts at murder or suicide, only portrayal of completed murder and completed suicide. In addition, this investigation are does not incorporate deaths by acts of war, police action or defensive killings. These and attempted murder or suicide are incorporated into the Wanton Violence/Crime investigation area.



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  • Prov. 16:29 A violent man enticeth his neighbour, and leadeth him into the way that is not good. [The issue is the violence, the 'way that is not good' no matter how "small" or "fantasy" or "justified" the violence might seem, and its "leading" effect on the observer. "A violent man" can be any character of any age, any gender, human or not in the act of committing (demonstrating in the case of entertainment) violent behavior/action whether for good or evil OR the violent behaviors/actions themselves. Such exposure can and does embolden the viewer into aggression, especially youth. It took years for the American professional health community to finally affirm, probably without knowing it, that which God told us in 1 Cor. 15:33 below. See also Joint Statement on the Impact of Entertainment Violence on Children: Congressional Public Health Summit for more information. Their findings include:
    --> Children who see a lot of violence are more likely to view violence as an effective way of settling conflicts. Children exposed to violence are more likely to assume the acts of violence are acceptable behavior.
    --> Viewing violence can lead to emotional desensitization towards violence in real life. It can decease the likelihood that one will take action on behalf of a victim when violence occurs.
    --> Entertainment violence feeds a perception that the world is a violent and mean place. Viewing violence increases fear of becoming a victim of violence, with a resultant increase in self-protective behavior and a mistrust of others.
    --> Viewing violence may lead to real life violence. Children exposed to violent programming at a young age have a higher tendency for violent and aggressive behavior later in life than children who are not so exposed.
    Further, God speaks darkly of violence 56 times in the Old and New Testament of the KJV.]
  • Exod. 20:12 Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you. [This is one of the Ten Commandments!]
  • Matt. 18:10 Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.
  • Gen. 3:9 And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?
  • Matt. 5:28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. [And what does that say about they who place such imagery before our eyes? Maybe "stumblling" applies here? (1 John 2:10]
  • 1 John 2:10 He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him. ["Stumbling" is skandalon: any person or thing by which one is (entrapped) drawn into error or sin.]

    Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry

  • Jer. 37:9 - 10 This is what the LORD says: Do not deceive yourselves, thinking, 'The Babylonians [the destroyers from within] will surely leave us.' They will not! Even if you were to defeat the entire Babylonian army that is attacking you and only wounded men were left in their tents, they would come out and burn this city down. [The "destroyers form within" do not have to be army warriors. They can be the ones who destroy through corruption of moral standards as well, such as filmmakers who perpetuate desensitization against wholesome standards. They aren't going anywhere, folks. Not until Jesus comes again.]
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend what is vile, embrace it, enjoy it, want it, submit to it.]
  • 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 Be not deceived: evil [kakov: of a bad nature, not such as it ought to be] communications corrupt good manners.
  • Rom. 5:19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
  • Jude 1:4 For there are certain men* crept in unawares [secretly slipped in among us], who were before of old ordained to this condemnation [whose condemnation was written about long ago], ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness [a license for immorality], and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. [*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 one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
  • Luke 17:2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. [Offend: skandalizo {skan-dal-id'-zo} - scandalize, to entice to sin. And remember, mom/dad, "little ones" is mikros, meaning less by birth; younger. All of your children are younger than you and less by birth than you. So, "little ones" includes at-home teens.]
  • Ps. 119:133 Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me [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. ["Evil" includes all things that are sinful.]


    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.)

    The Jensen Project (2010) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 40 out of 100
  • theft of intellectual property
  • breaking and entering, repeatedly, once with explosives, once by teens
  • theft, repeatedly, once by teens
  • physical assault, defensive, offensive, to detain and defy, repeatedly
  • vehicular assault - attempted murder
  • action violence with fighting
  • attempted murder by electronic implant

    Impudence/Hate (I) - 28 out of 100
  • unauthorized use of aircraft
  • teen defiance of parental authority, repeatedly
  • teen lie about being sick to get out of school
  • teen arrogance against mother
  • teen deceit, skipping school
  • teen forging mother's voice
  • teen deceiving school with forged message from mother
  • teen acting "big deal" about his deceit and lies
  • teen expecting "equality" with parents
  • order to endanger life
  • dangerous medical practice
  • defiance of parental instructions for the sake of "love"
  • rationalization of theft to "save the world"
  • parents granting unwarranted autonomy to teen son
  • torture of teen son to extort parents
  • extortion with son's life as leverage
  • sabotage

    Sexual Immorality (S) - 96 out of 100
  • teen girl performing martial arts exercises in form-fitting pants

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 100 out of 100
  • none noted

    Offense to God (O) - 100 out of 100
  • none noted

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
  • none noted

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    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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