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(2005), PG [R-PG*] (2hr 3min)
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Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Columbia Pictures Corporation, Tornado Productions Inc., Amblin Entertainment, Spyglass Entertainment
Distribution (US): Sony Pictures Entertainment (2005), Columbia Pictures (2005), Spyglass Entertainment
Director(s): Martin Campbell
Producer(s): Gary Barber, Roger Birnbaum, John Gertz, Amy Lescoe, Laurie MacDonald, Walter F. Parkes, Lloyd Phillips, Steven Spielberg
Story by: Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio
Characrter Zorro: Johnston McCully
Cinematography/Camera: Phil Meheux
Music: James Horner
Film Editing: Stuart Baird
Casting: Pam Dixon
Production Design: Cecilia Montiel
Art Direction: Tomas Owen
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6
What was the MPAA thinking? Are they as brain dead as they seem morally dead? Do they really think we are that stupid?
The Legend of Zorro is not PG programming. Just because there are merely four uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary (twice by a a child [Luke 17:2]), no uses of the most foul of the foul words and no intercourse does not make the film PG. There is more violence, though without gore, more drinking and drunkenness [Eph. 5:18] in it than many R-rated films. R-rated films in the comparative baseline database earned scores of 54 and below out of 100. This film earned a final score of 49!
Regarding the distribution of assaults on morality and ethics found over the six CAP investigation areas, the only content found to be equivalent to most PG films was found by the Murder/Suicide (M) investigation area. The content found by the Wanton Violence/Crime (W) investigation area earned a score of zero making it a "hardcore" R in violence just without the typical gore, not because of the severity of the violence but because of the sheer volume of violence and demonstrations of it (See CAP Rule of 1000).
All four other investigation areas found content to be equivalent to PG-13 or more severe. There is no way this film could be dreamed of as being PG. Even the influence density of 1.44 for this film, when the baseline database R-rated films earned influence density scores of 0.78 to 2.04 (the higher the figure the more dense the ignominy), clearly makes this film R-equivalent. There are instances of gunfire to kill, gunfire killing, attempted murder by gunfire of a mother and her baby, humans on fire, attempted murder of a child, scenes of murder victims and a lot more. [Prov. 3:31-32]
In addition, though apparently invisible to the MPAA, there are more matters of mockery of God's Word in it than most R-rated films. [Gal. 6:7] That such is demonstrated with a humorous mask does not change the face under it. This film's final score of 49 gave it a rightful place among the so far very few R-PG films. One might think of that R-PG rating as the military "RPG" meaning rocket propelled grenade. Grenades explode. So will this level of ignominy likely rocket a moral grenade in your child's developing character and outlook on life. Remember, mom/dad. Entertainment that is acceptable for your kids is not up to the MPAA. It is up to YOU.
In 1850 Alejandro de la Vega, a.k.a., Zorro (Antonio Banderas) is back. Still trying to protect the California territory from the dangerous dons who would keep the vast expanse of the Pacific West from becoming the State of California, USA. And Elana (Catherine Zeta-Jones) is still at his side. For a while anyway. The two divorce in this version of the Zorro tales. But not to worry. They get back together with a tender gaping-face, chewing kiss. A lot happens between the divorce and the chewing kiss i this two hour and three minute film.
A new explosive is invented and Zorro gets his first exposure to it in a drunken stupor as a test blast knocks him for a loop. Knowing the new explosive made from the glycerin in soap, i.e., nitroglycerin, to be a serious threat to the Statehood of California, Zorro again puts on the suit he vowed to never don again.
Just for the fun of it I decided to prepare a comparative between the 1998 The Mask of Zorro (PG-13 [PG-13]) and this 2005 The Legend of Zorro (PG [R-PG]). They are nearly two peas out of the same pod. The 1998 version with a final score of 58 was rated PG-13 and earned a score only four points of 100 above the upper threshold of the scoring range earned by R-rated films (54 and below out of 100) in the comparative baseline database. A low PG-13 score but a PG-13 score nonetheless. This 2005 version earned a R-equivalent score and it is rated PG. The data comparative is provided below for you to draw your own conclusions.
There is basically little to the plot and story. Most of the screen time is taken up in violence with a little time given to the bad guys to build the plot. I'll not spend any more time summarizing the plot or story. I want most attention given to the main purpose of this ministry: to reveal to you, mom/dad, the truth about the content so that you might be in a better position to make an informed moral decision on your own whether this film is fit for your members of the target audience -- to the Findings/Scoring section. Please read it carefully before you decide whether to take your family to see this flick. And I am so sorry it has taken me three days, two days after opening to get this online. I'll be pulling another all-nighter to get the next one done even though it is already late. Arrrgghh!
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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.
(The objective heart of the CAP Analysis Model, independent of and insulated from the Summary/
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: |
Lord, Master, Teacher, Savior, God.
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