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(2006), PG-13 ["Lite" R-13*] (1hr 25min)
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(While the Scriptural references are certainly not subjective, my commentary may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)
Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Landscape Entertainment, Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation
Distribution (US): Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation
Director(s): Betty Thomas
Producer(s): Michael Birnbaum, Bob Cooper, Marc S. Fischer, Karen Lunder, Karen Lunder, Steven K. Rubenstein
Written by: Jeff Lowell
Cinematography/Camera: Anthony B. Richmond
Music: Richard Gibbs
Film Editing: Matt Friedman
Casting: Heike Brandstatter, Coreen Mayrs, Anne McCarthy, Jay Scully
Production Design: Marcia Hinds
Art Direction: Bo Johnson
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6
Again I am sorry this is so late - twelve days after viewing it - but until full funding becomes available such delays are at times inevitable. At least this will be useful to parents who wait for a movie to come out on video.
Occasionally I have alerted you of the content of the previews/trailers. I'll do that again. If the previews chosen to preface a feature film are consistent over the country, one of the previews shown in front of *John Tucker Must Die* presents oratory of sleeping together and other sexually immoral deeds. At the showing of this film, the auditorium was packed with preteen and early teen girls and every one of them has now been fed yet more little nuggets of seduction of thought, desensitization them even further against sexual purity. Needless to say, that is a comparatively minor example in comparison to the nuggets your daughters will get if they watch *John Tucker Must Die*. Remember that Jesus warns us that each of our youth has a angel which reports directly to God. [Matt. 18:10] Though your daughters may try to deny that such influence of programming of the type which saturates this film compromises the values and morals you taught them, the angels won't.
Forrest Hills High Schooler John Tucker (Jesse Metcalf), captain of the basketball team has friends. Lots of friends. Most of them girls. Girlfriends. At the same time. Sort of like one of the original sexual freedom axioms: "If you can't be with the one you love, love the one you're with."
So, Heather (Ashanti), Beth (Sophia Bush) and Carrie (Arielle Kebbel) band together to get even. Seeking antic anonymity through enlisting an innocent (one that Tucker had not yet conquered), the band of boiling babes convince Kate (Brittany Snow) to be "new game" for John to lure him into a Rube Goldberg string of social shenanigans to make him sorry. Revenge is their only goal. [Rom. 12:19]
Here you are quite likely able to fill in the blanks regarding the "plot and story." I will not belabor them and will get to the point of this service to you as parents, grandparents, pastors and other youth authority.
Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
This investigation area found quite little programming to reveal. There was only one instance of a physical fight.
However, this investigation area found much programming in violation of God's Word regarding our desired behaviors and ethics. There were enough examples of profanity [Prov. 8:13, Col. 3:8, Matt. 12:36] and arrogance against fair authority to drain *all* of the starting 100 points in this area.
Sexual Immorality (S)
As is typical of teen flicks nowadays, especially PG-13 films, this film is saturated with sexually immoral behavior, talk, comments, innuendo, etc. And nudity. As did the Impudence/Hate investigation area, this Sexual Immorality investigation area also found enough content to cause loss of all the starting 100 points in this investigation area. Now you know. [Rev. 21:8, Rev. 22:14-15, 1 Cor. 6:13] *Please* read thoroughly the listing of direct observations in the Findings/Scoring section *before* you decide for what age stratum, if any, this film is fit.
A positive note. While the girls drugged Tucker with estrogen to cause him to be impotent, there was not one single instance of smoking, teen or otherwise nor drinking or booze in this entire 85-minute movie. Now THAT is amazing, especially for PG-13 movies which are typically the worst at stealing childhood from children.
Offense to God (O)
Except for the appearance of goth dress a couple times, the only programming found by this investigation area was the use of God's name in vain. Repeatedly. While none were with the four letter expletive, they were still uses of God's name in vain, typically in the three-syllable sentence with God's name trailing it.
No murders/suicides were noted.
While no booze or teen drinking is certainly good, *John Tucker Must Die* is a teen cussfest and a sexfest. Of the six CAP investigation areas (W, I, S, D, O and M) those that reveal profanity, sexually immoral behavior and the use of God's name in vain (I, S and O) each earned an area score of *zero.* Each of the other three investigation areas (W, D, M) earned an area score equivalent to G-rated films. Now what does that tell you, mom/dad? At least it should tell you that the filmmakers feel that teens want dirty language, sex and disrespect for God in their entertainment.
Again I ask that you *please* read thoroughly the listing in the Findings/Scoring section, the heart of the CAP analysis model, *before* you decide whether 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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