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(2011), PG-13 [PG-13*] (90min)

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(While the Scriptural references are certainly not subjective, my commentary may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)

If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary.

(2011), PG-13 [PG-13*] ... Odd

Production (US): Sony Pictures Classics, Mediapro, Versátil Cinema Gravier Productions, Pontchartrain Productions
Distribution (US): Sony
Director(s): Woody Allen
Producer(s): Jack Rollins, Javier Méndez, Helen Robin, Raphaël Benoliel, Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum, Jaume Roures
Written by: Woody Allen
Cinematography/Camera: Darius Khondji
Film Editing: Alisa Lepselter
Casting: Julet Taylpr, Patricia DiCerto, Stéphane Foenkinos
Production Design: Anne Seibel
Art Direction: Jean-Yves Rabier
Viewed on Sony Pictures Home Entertainment DVD

Odd. That is the most descriptive single-syllable word I can think of as the credits roll by. I will try to make sense of the story in a brief summary below.

"Golden Age Thinking." As used in the film that term means thinking a different time period is better than the time one is living. That seems to be the common thread for Gil Pender (Owen Wilson) who hungers for the glitz and glamour of the 1920s Porter, Gauguin, Hemingway, Picasso, Toulouse-Lautrec, Fitzgerald and an army of other literary and artistic notables who, according to the movie, lived in that era.

Gil's nostalgic hunger became so deep that one evening at midnight, in a drunken stupor as the clock pealed its 12th gong a cab from the 20s rolled up and took Gil to meet his literary army from the past. The opportunity to meet his artistic heroes became a delicious narcotic for Gil. Every night at midnight he returns to the 20s. Thus the name Midnight in Paris.

I am not going to try to give you a relatively detailed summary which I typically build because even a summary of the wide span of famous people and connective choreography would make the length of it much too long. I will give you that which most of you come to visit our pages - a detailed accounting of the assaults on morality and decency.

A final score of 56 out of 100 places the content of this film at the bottom of the range of scores earned by PG-13 films in the comparative baseline database (67 to 55 out of 100). Just two points out of 12 above the R-13 threshold of 54. So, Midnight in Paris is a "hardcore" PG-13. Mainly because of smoking, drinking, drunkenness and sexually immoral demonstrations.


Following are brief discussions of the content per individual content investigation area. As always the Findings section of this report, the heart of the CAP Analysis Model, is the best source for discovering the full accounting of the content of this film.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 96 out of 100
The only content applicable to this content investigation area was the attempted suicide. Only completed suicides and murders are incorporated into the Murder/Suicide content investigation area. All attempted suicides and murders and deaths by police action, warfare or defensive killing are incorporated into this Wanton Violence/Crime content investigation area.

Impudence/Hate (I) - 70 out of 100
Three times someone utters profanity. [Eph. 4:29] Three uses of profanity is immoral enough but this content investigation area found enough additional impudent content for the starting 100 points to be whittled down to 70, mainly due to lying [Rev 21:8].

Sexual Immorality (S) - 19 out of 100
Gil cohabitates with his fiancé, Inez (Rachel McAdams) and we see evidence of it several times. One of the songs used talks of sex and a number of conversations and references to sex are heard. McAdams is seen a couple times in a bath towel only and the pair engage in inappropriate touch a couple times. A number of other matters applicable to this content investigation area are present. Please look to the listing in the Findings section for a complete accounting of the Sexual Immorality content. [1 John 2:26]

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - Zero out of 100
While the content found by the Sexual Immorality content investigation area found enough content for that area of content to be R-equivalent, so did this content investigation area. Drinking. Drunkenness. Smoking. Each repeatedly, some frequently. The content of this PG-13 film in this investigation area is of prime focus of the American College of Physicians (ACP).

A 2002 study by the American College of Physicians revealed that adolescent exposure to drinking in and as entertainment undeniably leads to abuse of alcohol among underage viewers. The finding entitled Relation Between Parental Restrictions on Movies and Adolescent Use of Tobacco and Alcohol reports that of 4544 youths from grades 5 through 8 of fifteen Vermont and New Hampshire middle schools (90% of the youths were under fourteen years old) only 16% were completely restricted in their entertainment diets. Within the ACP study population, the prevalence of having tried alcohol without parental knowledge was

  • 46% for those with no viewing restrictions
  • 16% for those with partial viewing restrictions
  • four percent for those with complete viewing restrictions. [Eph. 5:18]

    There is nothing to say that viewing smoking in and as entertainment does not carry the same danger of influence as viewing drinking. Actually, the same matter of behavior influence applies to any behavior demonstrated in and as entertainment, including good behavior.

    Offense to God (O) - 52 out of 100
    As with Sexual Immorality and Drugs/Alcohol, the content found by this content investigation area also found enough content to lose enough points to be R-equivalent (54 and below out of 100), not as intensely R-equivalent as Sexual Immorality and Drugs/Alcohol but R-equivalent nonetheless and almost all of it due to abuse of God's name. [Deut. 5:11]

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
    No murders or suicides were found in the entire 90 minutes of programming. Though there was an attempted suicide found, attempted suicides, attempted murders and deaths due to police action, warfare and defensive killing are not incorporated into this investigation area but are incorporated into the Wanton Violence/Crime investigation area.



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  • Eph. 4:29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
  • Rev. 21:8 But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars -their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.
  • 1 John 2:26 These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you. ["These things I have written" includes lust of the flesh (which includes ears) and the lust of the eyes from 1 John 2:16. An example of "them that seduce you" includes they who demonstrate sexual sin or quest for it, however innocuous it may seem, in and as entertainment which can morally "seduce" the viewer, can lead one astray by desensitizing one, enticing him/her and emboldening him/her to believe sexually immoral deeds, thoughts and displays are acceptable OR by eroding one's natural inhibition against sexually immoral deeds and thoughts. And anything in and as entertainment that draws the viewer's attention to sexuality, sexual deeds, nudity and the private parts clothed or not, seen or not, is sexual.]
  • Eph. 5:18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. [Since "drunk" is methusko {meth-oos'-ko}: to intoxicate; make drunk; to get drunk; become intoxicated, "wine" can be any intoxicating substance including illegal drugs or abuse of prescription drugs. The issue is do not abuse the body by intoxicating it [1 Cor. 6:19]. Though it is not a sin to drink, it is a sin to get drunk OR to influence to get drunk OR to drink in defiance such as underage drinking.]
  • Deut. 5:11 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh His name in vain. [Vain is shav {shawv}: emptiness, nothingness, vanity, such as in slang or profanity. With or without the four letter expletive, the use of God's name in any way other than respect, reverence or responsible discussion and in praise and prayer is in vain. That includes the popular three syllable sentence with His name trailing it AND the misuse of Jesus' name or title even if as a euphemism. So, trying to excuse such expressions with "I was talking TO God/Jesus when I said that" or It's just words" or "I was acting" will not work with Him. Nor will "Everybody says that" excuse the sin of using His name in vain. If everyone on the planet who has ever drawn a breath used His name in vain, it would still be a sin to do so. If no one ever did, it would still be a sin to do so. Whether we believe it or not. Whether we like it or not. Whether we care or not.]

    Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry

  • Jer. 37:9 This is what the LORD says: Do not deceive yourselves, thinking, 'The Babylonians [the destroyers from within] will surely leave us.' They will not!
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend what is vile, embrace it, enjoy it, want it, submit to it.]
  • 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 Be not deceived: evil [kakov: of a bad nature, not such as it ought to be] communications corrupt good manners.
  • Rom. 5:19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
  • Jude 1:4 For there are certain men* crept in unawares [secretly slipped in among us], who were before of old ordained to this condemnation [whose condemnation was written about long ago], ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness [a license for immorality], and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. [*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 one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
  • Luke 17:2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. [Offend: skandalizo {skan-dal-id'-zo} - scandalize; to entice to sin; to cause a person to begin to distrust and desert one whom he ought to trust and obey; to cause to fall away.]
  • Ps. 119:133 Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me [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. ["Evil" includes all things that are sinful.]


    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 / Commentary section.)

    Midnight in Paris (2011) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 96 out of 100
  • attempted suicide

    Impudence/Hate (I) - 70 out of 100
  • three uses of profanity
  • social warfare, repeatedly
  • lying, repeatedly

    Sexual Immorality (S) - 19 out of 100
  • cohabitation, repeatedly
  • song of sex, repeatedly
  • talk of sex, repeatedly
  • admission of cohabitation
  • admission of adultery
  • tale of giving sex
  • prostitutes
  • dressing to maximize the female for and/or skin exposure
  • woman in towel only
  • statue nudity
  • inappropriate touch, twice
  • camera angle/pose to force viewer on private parts
  • gamming

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - Zero out of 100
  • booze, frequent
  • drinking, frequent
  • drunkenness, repeatedly
  • smoking, frequent
  • prescription drug abuse

    Offense to God (O) - 52 out of 100
  • 10 abuses of God's name
  • adulterous move

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
  • none noted

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    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 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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