RED does not mean "stop." GREEN does not mean "go." Click on the CAPCon Alert image for explanation
A ministry of the ChildCare Action Project:
Christian Analysis of American Culture (CAP Ministry)
A 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Christian Ministry. www.capalert.com/
Entertainment Media Analysis Report
A service to His little ones through you in His name by His Word
(2006), PG-13 [PG*] (1hr 42min)
The #1 Christian entertainment media analysis service on the Internet. We give you OBJECTIVE tools NO ONE ELSE CAN to help YOU make an informed decision for yourself whether a film is fit for your family. Over 1000 analyses for parents, grandparents, pastors, youth leaders and more.
Click it to try it!
(a PayPal account is NOT required)
OR (preferred) by Check or Money Order.
The CAP is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit Christian ministry (75-2607488). Donations to us are TAX-DEDUCTIBLE
on what Hollywood feeds your kids. SUBSCRIBE
to our FREE text-only email version of these reports and our COMING SOON notices.
Christian Long Distance
(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): Warner Bros. Pictures, Blinding Edge Pictures, Legendary Pictures
Distribution (US): Warner Bros. Pictures
Director(s): M. Night Shyamalan
Producer(s): Sam Mercer, Jose L. Rodriguez, John Rusk, M. Night Shyamalan
Written by: M. Night Shyamalan
Cinematography/Camera: Christopher Doyle
Music: James Newton Howard
Film Editing: Barbara Tulliver
Casting: Douglas Aibel
Production Design: Martin Childs
Art Direction: Stefan Dechant, Christina Ann Wilson
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6
After his wife and family were killed, Dr. Cleveland Heep (Paul Giamatti) lost all drive and took a job as superintendent of The Cove apartments in suburban Philadelphia. One evening, Heep noticed someone was splashing around in the swimming pool.
That someone was a sea creature called a gnarf. Her name is Story (Bryce Dallas Howard). Story is in every way a female human except she spawned from the ocean. She has a dwelling in a cavern that connects with the swimming pool.
Story is here for ...? I am not certain what Shyamalan was trying to say. Suffice it to say that Story was here for a few days and must be protected by The Cove residents from the "demon dog" scrunt. Among The Cove residents are all the human warriors for whom Story is looking: a "guardian", "the guild", the "seven sisters" and more.
The story, not Story, is about the sea world and land dwellers once being linked. Now "Those in the water are trying to reach" the land dwellers again. Story is here to try and awaken the lost linkage between the landlubbers and the blue world. That is what Story is about. And what the story is about.
The film is saturated with Shyamalan's eeriness and spookiness and "you'd never have guessed it" style. Supernatural events and powers are intricately woven with "real world reality" into a complex and sometimes frustrating fabric of fantasy mythology using reality as its thread. It is not easy to understand and I don't pretend to understand it all. But I will say this film is not one of today's "R-13" PG-13s. Indeed, Lady in the Water earned a final score equivalent to a PG film in the comparative baseline database.
The MPAA says Lady in the Water is worthy of the PG-13 stamp. I cannot figure out why. The CAP final score for this film is 71 out of 100. PG-13 films in the comparative baseline database earned scores of 55 to 67 out of 100. PG films earned 68 to 86 out of 100. A score of 71 places Lady in the Water squarely and confidently in the scoring range earned by PG rated films.
The Wanton Violence/Crime (W) investigation area found enough assaults on morality and wholesomeness to cause an investigation area score of 18 out of 100 which is solidly below the threshold for R-rated movies (54 and below out of 100) [Prov. 16:29 ], but all five other investigation areas found programming equivalent to PG rated films or higher.
Looking at this in a different format:
Wanton Violence/Crime - R
Impudence/Hate - PG
Sexual Immorality - PG
Drugs/Alcohol - PG
Offense to God - PG
Murder/Suicide - G
We agree if any of the six investigation area scores is equivalent to scores earned by R-rated films that the whole film should be treated as R, but the MPAA does not think that way. So I cannot tell you why this film is rated PG-13. Its content is more in line with PG-rated films. While Howard is sometimes scantly covered, there is no gender-specific or posterior nudity, at least there were none in the cut I saw. Howard exposes herself to Giamatti while standing in front of him but the viewer sees no nudity. Though no gender-specific areas are seen, there is a measure of immorality to the noted behaviors of the sexual nature such as this one. That the heart of Shyamalan made Story nude is suspect to begin with. [Mark 7:21]
While two are bad enough there are only two uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary. I do feel compelled to mention in this Summary/Commentary that since this film is about mythology it uses unholy devices such as foretelling the future [Eccl. 7:14, Eccl. 8:7] and miraculous healing plus an instance of mocking God [Gal. 6:7].
In the interest of getting this analysis out to our "congregation" as soon as possible, I will leave the revealing of content to the listing of observations in the Findings/Scoring section.
If needed to focus or fortify, applicable text is underlined or bracketed [ ] or bold. If you wish to have full context available, the Blue Letter Bible is a convenient source. If you use the Blue Letter Bible, a new window will open. Close it to return here or use "Window" in your browser's menu bar to alternate between the CAP page and the Blue Letter Bible page.
***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.|
|In the name of Jesus: |
Thank you for visiting us and may God bless you. Prayerfully, we will provide you with some of the most revealing commentary and investigative reporting you have ever read.
Lord, Master, Teacher, Savior, God.
ChildCare Action Project (CAP): Christian Analysis of American Culture
100% dependent on your tax-deductible financial support
Christian Long Distance
We exist only by your tax-deductible donations. PLEASE
Features PayPal! You do NOT need an account to donate.