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(2003), PG
Analysis Date: July 25, 2003
CAP Score: 55 out of 100
CAP Influence Density: 0.81

MinMax: -91

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If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary likely using a mix of KJV and NIV.

(2003), PG -- ... nasty little piece of toilet humor cinematic cyanide.

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Non-US production. Rogue Male Films Ltd (UK)
Distribution (US): Universal Pictures
Director(s): Peter Howitt
Producer(s): Tim Bevan, Jo Burn, Liza Chasin, Chris Clark, Eric Fellner, Debra Hayward, Mark Huffam
Written by/Screenplay: Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, William Davies
Cinematography/Camera: Remi Adefarasin
Music: Bond, Howard Goodall, Ed Shearmur
Film Editing: Robin Sales
Casting: Priscilla John
Production Design: Chris Seagers
Art Direction: John Frankish, Alan Gilmore, David Warren
Viewed At: Loews Cityview, Fort Worth, Texas

I am so sorry I could not get this to you sooner.

Blind as bats, they are - the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). Blind to what is AND is not wholesome and moral for our children. Blind, I tell you! That they think it is acceptable to expose your young adolescent children to long-contact rear male nudity is blindness to God's morality. Oliver Ford Davies (playing the archbishop) is not a carton character on the screen. He is a real actor showing your kids his real backside without any clothes [**] . What would you do if some adult male came up to your 6 year old daughter, dropped his pants a shoved his posterior in her face? Oliver Ford Davies will if you take her to see Johnny English. And larger than if someone did that in real life. Since God refers to nudity (nakedness) as dark, restricted, undesirable, shameful, etc. 47 times in the KJV from Genesis to Revelation, what on Earth do the MPAA think makes it okay for children in a theater? God even advised against climbing the steps to an altar while wearing robes to avoid exposing others to nudity [Ex. 20:26]. Your children will also see Rowan Atkinson do pelvic thrusts in his boxer underwear, making it obvious he is male. And get this. This film is a Rogue Male Films Ltd., United Kingdom production as reported by the Internet Movie Database . Also, the UK is reported to be a crossroads in child sexual trafficking. You do the math.

Maybe I am being brutal with this movie, but it is a p-e-r-f-e-c-t example of God's warning in Ps. 12:8. And it hurts what we are doing to our kids in the name of entertainment. Let "Hollywood" make whatever they want. God said sin would be rampant in the end times. But as longs as what they make teaches and/or causes our youth to sin in deed or thought [Luke 17:2], I will have something to say about it. Boldly. Unashamedly.

Johnny English starts out as an almost decent family film as is suggested by the rating of PG. But soon, morality decays and the movie begins to challenge the content of Austin Powers' films. Suave, debonair and ladies' man (at least in his mind), Johnny English (Rowan Atkinson) is a spy for the Queen. With the top spy dead and the rest of the spy force getting killed at the top spy's funeral, English becomes England's best and only hope of recovering the stolen Crown Jewels and for combating a serious threat to the Monarchy. Dastardly Pascal Sauvage (John Malkovich) has plans to seize the Crown Jewels as leverage for larger plans -- to become the King of England and convert the whole island to a penal colony for the world, raking in tons of cash in fees for the service.

That is all the plot I will discuss. I will not dignify this movie with any more discussion of it. I will, however, tell you about its offensiveness.

In addition to the rear male nudity and the most vulgar pelvic thrusts, there are six uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary [Col. 3:8] plus three uses of God's name in vain though without the four letter expletive [Deut 5:11]. Repeatedly, adults appear in underwear. I wonder what the police would do if a few men appeared in your daughter's third grade classroom wearing only their underwear? Several other men are seen setting on commodes, from one of which English emerges covered in fresh feces. All for your little ones [Luke 17:2].

I've had it with spending valuable time on the Summary/Commentary for this nasty little piece of toilet humor cinematic cyanide. Please refer to the itemized listing of ignominy shown in the Findings/Scoring section if you have the stomach to continue. By the way, Johnny English is yet another "13PG" -- a PG movie which earns by its content, NOT my opinions, a score typically earned by PG-13 movies. A "hardcore 13PG."

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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?
  • Col. 3:8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.
  • Ex. 20:26 Neither shalt thou go up by steps unto mine altar, that thy nakedness be not discovered thereon. [The priests wore robes. Wind, wearing robes and climbing steps do not mix well.]
  • Deut. 5:11 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain [shav' {shawv}: emptiness, nothingness, vanity]: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. [With or without the four letter expletive, the use of God's name in any way other than respect, reverence or thoughtful discussion is in vain. That includes the popular three syllable sentence with His name trailing it AND the misuse of Jesus' name.]

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences to younger and younger audiences every year] when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, pay for it, enjoy it, want it]. [I call attention to Ps. 12:8 to warn of the creeping desensitizing power of "entertainment."]
  • 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 (KJV) Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (NIV) Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.
  • Jude 4 For certain men* whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change [warp, distort, falsely represent, situationally redefine, counterfeit, conditionally apply] the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. [*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 [or for] one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto [or for] me.
  • Luke 17:2 It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. [cause by teaching or example]
  • Ps. 119:133 Direct my footsteps according to your word; 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.


    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.


    Johnny English (2003) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • firearm threats, repeatedly
  • gunfire to kill, repeatedly
  • reckless endangerment
  • reckless driving to capture/evade
  • order to kill
  • gun battle
  • breaking and entering with forced abdication at gunpoint
  • multiple firearms to control
  • attempted murder, repeatedly
  • fighting
  • vehicle theft
  • identity theft by force/assault

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • six uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • lies, repeatedly
  • human covered with feces
  • excusing ignoble deeds with noble cause

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • long contact rear male nudity, full posterior, up close
  • pelvic thrusts in underwear, male gender clearly obvious
  • adults in underwear, repeatedly, once up close
  • man on commode
  • inappropriate touch
  • posterior/body functions humor
  • face partially clothed breasts
  • sexual bragging
  • admission of sexual immorality
  • sex request/offer
  • several men on commodes
  • crotch kick
  • "Stallion in the sack"

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • drinking, repeatedly
  • booze, repeatedly
  • use of drugs to control/immobilize

    Offense to God (O)
  • three uses of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive
  • mockery of Revelation

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • none noted

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