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(2011), NR [13-NR*] (1hr 29.2min)

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August 16, 2011
August 17, 2011

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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.

(2011), NR [13-NR*] -- If it were not for all the drinking and smoking ...

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Blue Ridge Motion Pictures, Brandman Productions, Sony Pictures Television, TWS Productions II
Distribution (US): Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS)
Director(s): Dick Lowry
Producer(s): Tom Selleck, Michael Brandman, Steven J. Brandman, Cheryl R. Stein
Written by: Tom Selleck, Michael Brandman
Characters: Robert B. Parker
Cinematography/Camera: David Gribble
Music: Jeff Beal
Film Editing: Steven Cohen
Art Direction: Angela Murphy
Viewed on Sony Pictures Home Entertainment DVD

I just finished crunching the numbers and now I understand why Jesse Stone: Innocents Lost is a rather sit-back, smooth and comfortable production ... with a few sharp teeth. The MPAA had not rated this film but Blockbuster™ had it labeled "YRV" which means "youth restricted-violence" -- their form of "R." However, with a final score of 65 the numbers reveal the content of this film is indeed PG-13 equivalent. A "lite" PG-13 but a PG-13 nonetheless. If it were not for all the drinking and smoking this film would have earned a final score of 81 out of 100 -- A PG-equivalent score.

The film stars Tom Selleck as Jesse Stone, a recently "retired" police chief of the town of Paradise. This feature-length movie may be a little darker than the themes used by Selleck in his history as Magnum: PI but it is of the same caliber regarding content except for the defensive killing at the end of the show when Jesse shotgun kills the leading suspect of murder by drug overdose who had just broken into his home.

An arrest made my Jesse months ago of 19 year old Cindy Van Aldan (Eileen April Boylan) for public intoxication turned into a close friendship between the two. Rose (Kathy Baker), one of the Paradise police officers, discovers Cindy dead in her car on the beach road about a mile from Jesse's home. The probable cause? Drug overdose, possibly suicide. This story is about Jesse finding the one responsible for Cindy's death. And all is under the awkward command of William Butler (Jeff Geddis), the new insufferable police chief who is police chief because he is the son-in-law of town councilman, Carter Hanson (Jeremy Akerman).

This is a well made film that does not depend on gore or other extremes to impart the desired statements. For example, when Rose found Cindy dead in her car, we did not even see Cindy but the talents of Baker were quite adequate to impart the desired weight of the situation. Another good feature of the story is that it does not jump quickly into introducing main characters but rather gives the viewer adequate time to get to know them. A number of subplots are woven into the cinematic fabric in a nearly seamless fashion which facilitates efficient following of the story and the plot.

This film is not one that will embed itself into your long-term memory like a few classic films have but you won't soon forget what you've seen. It is rather like a cup of warm cocoa on a cold night ... with a couple bad marshmallows that need to be spit out. There is one clever quip that stood out: "I'd rather regret the things I've done than the things I haven't done."


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) - 51 out of 100
Some of the violent and/or criminal content is centered around the display and possession of firearms. One time, Jesse hits the suspected perpetrator in the face with his gun. But the strongest violence content is Jesse killing the perpetrator with a shotgun. Some gore is seen.

Even though the violence might seem justified, human perception does not always and even rarely embeds the "justification" for the violence but instead embraces the violence itself. In Proverbs 16:29, among many other verses, God warns about this property of violence, of it being "catching." Man has also finally come around to embracing God's Wisdom by four professional public health agencies publishing their findings that warn that youthful viewing of violence can lead to real life violence and can lead children to viewing violence as an effective way of settling conflict. But they don't know anything more about what they are talking about than we do, right?

Impudence/Hate (I) - 74 out of 100
Six times someone utters some form of profanity. [Col. 3:8, Eph. 5:4] That and the display of massive tattoos [Lev. 19:28] on a criminal are the total of the Impudence/Hate content of this film.

Sexual Immorality (S) - 63 out of 100
A woman dressed in only a T-shirt is seen in Jesse's bed, ostensibly after a session of intercourse. Some explicit talk of human anatomy is heard. Prostitution and camera angle/pose to display female anatomy (clothed) are noted. These are among a couple other matters of sexual immorality. Please see the listing in the Findings section for a complete accounting of the Sexual Immorality content. [1 Thess. 4:1 - 7]

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - Zero out of 100
This is where the concentration of assaults on morality and decency reside. This film is R-equivalent in drinking alcoholic beverages and smoking. There is quite a bit of drinking and smoking in this film. That makes it a rather significant risk for middle-school aged children as warned by the American College of Physicians (ACP).

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

  • 46% for those with no viewing restrictions
  • 16% for those with partial viewing restrictions
  • four percent for those with complete viewing restrictions. [Eph. 5:18]

    And 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
    There was nothing found regarding abuse of God's name or blasphemy, occultism, satanism, demonism, witchcraft, sorcery or anything of the kind. Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
    There were no murders or suicides. There is suspicion of suicide and a defensive killing but no murders or suicides.


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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 "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. Further, God speaks darkly of violence 56 times in the Old and New Testament of the KJV.]
  • Col. 3:8 But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice [kakia: ill-will, desire to injure, wickedness, depravity, evil, trouble, not ashamed to break laws, etc.], slander and filthy language [aischrologia: foul speaking, low and obscene speech] from your lips.
  • Eph. 5:4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.
  • Lev. 19:28 Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the LORD. [A body piercing cannot be made unless there is cutting involved. And "dead" in "for the dead" is nephesh which includes "seat of the appetites" and "seat of emotions and passions" and "activity of the will."]
  • 1Ths. 4:1 - 7 (NIV) Finally, brothers, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more. For you know what instructions we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus. It is God's will that you should be sanctified [hagiasmos be kept or made pure]: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you [hekastos: each, every, whether male or female] should learn to control his [or her] own body [which includes control of drives, touching, seeking, exhibiting, 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; [Be master of your body and urges, not a slave to them.] and that in this matter no one should wrong his [autos: himself, herself, he, she, his, her] brother [adelphos: a fellow believer] or take advantage of him. The Lord will punish [unforgiven] men for all such sins, as we have already told you and warned you [humin: you, your, yourselves]. For God did not call us [hemas: us, we, our] to be impure, but to live a holy life. [All the gender-related definitions are included to show you these verses apply to women and youth as well as men. And "sexual immorality" (fornication - pornea), by definition, applies to all matters of sexual immorality, including incest, homosexuality, lesbianism, sex with animals and relatives, etc. All God's admonitions can be summed us as any sexual contact (including visual and audible), conduct or activity outside of a monogamous heterosexual marriage is sinful.]
  • Eph. 5:18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. [Since "drunk" is methusko {meth-oos'-ko}: to intoxicate; make drunk; to get drunk; become intoxicated, "wine" can be any intoxicating substance including illegal drugs or abuse of prescription drugs. The issue is do not abuse the body by intoxicating it [1 Cor. 6:19]. 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.
  • 1 Cor. 6:19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?

    Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry

  • Jer. 37:9 This is what the LORD says: Do not deceive yourselves, thinking, 'The Babylonians [the destroyers from within] will surely leave us.' They will not!
  • 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; to cause a person to begin to distrust and desert one whom he ought to trust and obey; to cause to fall away.]
  • 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.)

    Jesse Stone: Innocents Lost (2011) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 51 out of 100
  • wartime movie in background
  • firearms, repeatedly, some as offensive
  • firearm setting next to empty booze bottle, suggestive of suicide intentions
  • hit to the face with a firearm
  • breaking and entering
  • defensive killing by shotgun with some gore

    Impudence/Hate (I) - 74 out of 100
  • six uses of profanity
  • massive tattoos

    Sexual Immorality (S) - 63 out of 100
  • implied intercourse by woman in man's bed wearing only a T-shirt
  • explicit talk of human anatomy
  • sexual offer
  • camera angle/pose to force viewer on private parts
  • woman walking sensuously intentionally, exhibitionism
  • prostitution
  • crotch kick
  • adult in underwear, repeatedly

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - Zero out of 100
  • talk of drinking
  • reference to illegal drug use, repeatedly
  • booze, repeatedly
  • smoking, repeatedly
  • bar
  • drinking, repeatedly
  • drunkenness

    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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