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(2011), G [G*] (93.7min)

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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), G [G*] ... Cathy didn't like pom-poms.

Production (US): Ocean Avenue Entertainment, Alexandra Grace Curran presents in association with Pat Croce a Quaker Media Production
Distribution (US): Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Director(s): Tim Chambers
Producer(s): Mark Robert Ellis, Howard Gensler, John Rizzo, Keith Stephenson, Vince Curran, John Chambers, Thomas Karl, Pat Croce, Bud S. Smith, Whitney Springer, Tim Chambers
Story by: Tim Chambers, Anthony Gargano
Screenplay: Tim Chambers
Cinematography/Camera: Chuck Cohen
Music: William Ross
Film Editing: M. Scott Smith
Casting: Adrienne Stern
Production Design: Tim Galvin
Viewed on Sony Home Entertainment DVD

In the 60s girls' collegiate basketball championships were unheard of. Then comes Cathy Rush. In 1971 Rush becomes the head basketball coach of the tiny Immaculata College's basketball team in Philadelphia. Immaculata is an all-girl's school. It has no gymnasium (it burned down three months ago), no uniforms and one basketball.

Cathy married Ed, a NBA Referee (David Boreanaz), just a few months before coming to Immaculata and comes with a physical education degree from West Chester State College. Cathy has the background in basketball -- she was the all-time leading scorer at Oakcrest High School but was cut when the school dropped girl's varsity basketball in her senior year. As a placebo the school asked the girls to be cheerleaders instead. Cathy didn't like pom-poms.

Cathy has the background and holds a degree in physical education so she solicited the head coach job with Immaculata ... and got it (she was the only applicant). Cathy was offered $450 for the season by the Immaculata president, Mother Superior St. John (Ellen Burstyn) but was willing to be the coach for free.

From the start Cathy had obstacle after obstacle to overcome. No gymnasium. No uniforms. No experienced players. No support. Nothing. Mother Superior was more interested in using the basketball activities to suppress the girls' hormones than in making athletes of them.

But make athletes of the girls Cathy did. Through grueling and "unladylike" conditioning, Cathy and her assistance coach, Sister Sunday (Marely Shelton), led the Immaculata Macs to the national championships.

The Mighty Macs would be well described as a Christian film. It is not afraid to recognize Jesus as a carpenter, as a miracle worker and as Lord. Nor does it fear the characters praying onscreen.

It earned a final score of 92 out of 100 which places it squarely in the range of scores earned by G-rated films (100 to 87 out of 100) in the comparative baseline database. Indeed, it has earned the quite rare green CAPCon Alert light since each of the content investigation areas (W, I, S, D, O, M) earned a score of 86 or above.


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) - 89 out of 100
In terms of violence the only portrayals applicable to this investigation area were the episodes of unsportsmanlike conduct on the basketball court - the unnecessary roughness. In terms of crime, only Cathy's fraud by impersonating a nun to take advantage of an airline discount given to nuns was the only "criminal" portrayal found [2 Tim. 2:5].

Impudence/Hate (I) - 89 out of 100
One use of profanity, a marital argument and a lie to protect are the only issues found applicable to this investigation area.

I am going to focus Scriptural application in this case on the lie. Whether the lie is to protect someone, it is still a lie. If a lie will save someone, the guilt is on the one(s) who endanger(s) the one lied for. God has some very stern things to say about lying. One of them is that the [unforgiven] liar will not make it to Heaven. [Rev. 21:8]

Sexual Immorality (S) - 86 out of 100
Carla Gugino's form, though clothed, is taken advantage of a couple times as the camera slowly pans form her feet to her head, once while she walks briskly and another as she stands still. There is only one purpose to such "forced focusing" on the human form. Also, Sister Sunday rubs her posterior on the frontals of a young man to demonstrate "basketball maneuvers" and then slaps his posterior.

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 86 out of 100
Alcoholic beverage is seen twice and drinking of it is seen once. According to the American College of Physicians, alcoholic beverages in and as entertainment undeniably leads to abuse of it by adolescents and that invokes Luke 17:2 and Matt. 25:40 on the filmmakers. Since more than half of all moviegoers are minor children*, movies are no place for any alcohol or tobacco or illegal drugs.
* From an intermission slide at Lowes Theaters

However, no tobacco, no abuse of prescription drugs and no possession or consumption of illegal drugs were found.

Offense to God (O) - 100 out of 100
This film presents no witchcraft, Satanism, occultism or the like whatsoever and God's name is not blasphemed even once.

Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
Portrayal of murder and/or suicide was not found.



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  • 2 Tim. 2:5 Similarly, if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not receive the victor's crown unless he competes according to the rules.
  • Rev. 21:8 But the [unforgiven] fearful [cowardly], and unbelieving, and the abominable [vile], and murderers, and whoremongers [sexually immoral], and sorcerers [which includes witches, warlocks, spiritists, diviners, necromancers, those who practice the magic arts, etc.], and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

    Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry

  • Jer. 37:9 Jer. 37:9 - 10 This is what the LORD says: Do not deceive yourselves, thinking, 'The Babylonians [the destroyers from within] will surely leave us.' They will not! Even if you were to defeat the entire Babylonian army that is attacking you and only wounded men were left in their tents, they would come out and burn this city down. [The "destroyers form within" do not have to be army warriors. They can be the ones who destroy through corruption of moral standards as well, such as filmmakers who perpetuate desensitization against wholesome standards. They aren't going anywhere, folks. Not until Jesus comes again.]
  • 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.)

    The Mighty Macs (2011) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 89 out of 100
  • unsportsmanlike conduct on the court, twice
  • fraud - impersonating a nun to get discount

    Impudence/Hate (I) - 89 out of 100
  • marital argument
  • lie to protect
  • one use of profanity

    Sexual Immorality (S) - 86 out of 100
  • camera angle/pose to force viewer on private parts (e.g., slowly panning frontal from feet to head while walking briskly), twice
  • inappropriate touch
  • man hitting on women in a bar

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 86 out of 100
  • booze twice
  • drinking, once

    Offense to God (O) - 100 out of 100
  • none noted

    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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