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(2000), TV-G --What do you want the angels for your kids to say to God?
Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Pacific Motion Pictures Corporation, Walt Disney Television
Distribution (US): American Broadcasting Company, Buena Vista Television
Director(s): Mark Rosman
Producer(s): Fitch Cady, E. Jeffrey Smith, Bill Unger
Written by :Stephanie Moore
Telenplay: Mark Rosman, Stephanie Moore
Cinematography/Camera: Philip Linzey
Music: George Blondheim, Eric Colvin
Film Editing: Bonnie Koehler
Casting: Bette Chadwick, Candice Elzinga
Production Design: David Fischer
My wife brought home a VHS of Disney's Life-Size thinking, since it was rated TV-G (NR on the box cover), that it would be appropriate or at least tame for our four girls (9 months; three, four, seven and 11 years) and one boy (7 years). Well, maybe not okay for the 9 month old girl but okay for all others. On the surface it does seem tame but after noting a couple things in it as I walked by, I decided to feed it to the CAP machine and let you know of the findings.
Sure enough! Disney's Life-Size earned a CAP score of 79 which places it squarely in the top half of the scoring range earned by PG movies (86 to 68 out of 100) in the comparative baseline database. Maybe this will help you understand the need to take everything rated "NR" with a grain of salt and be ready for surprises. "NR" means it has not been rated by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) - they have not seen it and anything goes (not that the MPAA is all that accurate anyway).
That one looses someone very close does not mean one must let their feelings be expressed as hatefulness or viciousness. But that is the "message" your kids will get if they watch Disney's Life-Size. They will get the standard Hollywood psychiatrist "message" that the loss of one's mother is cause enough to act arrogantly, hatefully, spitefully and to withdraw from social life. A lot of folks indeed do react that way to such a traumatic loss to be sure, but there is nothing to say it has to be that way -- except the movies. Little Casey Stewart (Lindsay Lohan) losing her mother, Karen was the device Disney used to say this.
Somehow getting connected with witchcraft, 11-or-so year old quarterback Casey decided to try to resurrect her mother through witchcraft. Casey found a book on the Internet that would help her do that: Holcroft's Book of the Dead, Volume 1 at a local store for $150.00 she didn't have. So, young Casey decided she had reason enough to steal the book and left an anonymous I.O.U to justify her theft.
With a hexagram containing her mother's familiar objects and a dime store incantation, Casey inadvertently brought a doll, Eve (Tyra Banks) to life rather than her mother back to life. After setting up for casting the spell but before the incantation, Casey's configuration was corrupted by her father, Ben's (Jere Burns) new love interest, Drew (Anne Marie Loder). Drew caused contamination of the setup with the doll's hair in Casey's mother's hair brush rather than hair from her mother, Karen. Now the doll, Eve is alive. Things get a little sticky as life with a live doll becomes rather complicated.
What to do!? What to do!? Casey found in Holcroft's Book of the Dead, Volume 1 a way to return Eve back to her normal plastic state with another spell - from Volume 2, Book of Awakenings. "Okay" she thought. "I'll jest get Volume 2." But the book was not available anywhere near and Casey had only four days to send the doll back to Sunnyvale.
There is a fun and energetic dance scene where everybody gets into the act as Eve leads the group in the song, "Be a Star." And some fine, wholesome values are portrayed. But at what expense? Would mixing a couple teaspoons of alum in a cake make no difference in the flavor? That leads me into letting you know what we found which you may find offensive - about the alum. So YOU can decide whether the mix is acceptable.
While there was nothing particularly sexual about the film, there was sexual symbolism concern for which was announced a number of years ago surrounding the "Barbie"(tm) doll craze: that the "10" Barbie doll set too high of a standard for girls, leading to envy and harsh disappointment. The same imagery is presented in this film. [Matt. 5:36; Luke 12:25; Job 5:2] In addition to the theft by a child giving the wrong signal to young viewers, so did the flight to avoid lawful prosecution. [John 10:10] Lying was frequent in the 88 minutes of viewing time. [Deut. 5:20; Rev. 21:8] The most frequent issue was the arrogance and hatefulness of young Casey toward several people, especially her father including "I hate you" to him. [Prov. 20:20; Exod. 20:12] And if you think "all kids do that", where did you get the idea all kids do? From the movies? I rest my case.
The listing in the Findings/Scoring section will provide all I found and will hopefully provide you with enough information about the content of this film for you to be in a better position to make an informed decision about its fitness for your family.
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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)
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Kids, Teens and Home Vertical Portal
|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.|