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(2012), PG-13 [Hard R-13*] (86.35min)

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October 18, 2012
October 27, 2012

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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.

(2012), PG-13 [Hard R-13*] ... there is no law, tort, ruling or ordinance that requires you to let your children watch any film

Production (US): Universal Studios. Focus Features and Indian Paintbrush present an American Empirical picture
Distribution (US): Universal Home Entertainment
Director(s): Wes Anderson
Producer(s): Mary Cooper, Lila Yacoub, Octavia Peissel, Sam Hoffman, Mark Poybal, Wes Anderson, Scott Rudon, Steven Rales, Jeremy Dawson
Written by: Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola
Cinematography/Camera: Robert Yeoman
Music: Alexander Desplast, Mark Mothersbaugh
Film Editing: Andrew Weisblum
Casting: Douglas Aibel
Production Design: Adam Stockhausen
Art Direction: Gerald Sullivan
Viewed on Universal Home Entertainment DVD

Subjectively speaking, Moonrise Kingdom is a disturbing and unsettling film. Kara Haward, the Suzy Bishop character, was 12 years old at the time of filming (she's 14 now). Though I cannot find the age of Jared Gillman, her male opposite character Sam, I suspect he is same age or close to the same age since his character was 12 years old in the movie. One of the reasons I find this film particularly disturbing is that the pair demonstrated sexually inappropriate touching and talk suggesting that she touched his erection. And this is fit for your 13 year old children so sayeth the MPAA. By the CAP Analysis Model Moonrise Kingdom is definitely R-13 but not just because of the above and other sexually inappropriate content. Fortunately you, as mom/dad, do not have to submit to the MPAA opinions and let your 13 year old and older teens watch this sexual tripe. Though entertainment is a very large part of our culture it would be wise of you to closely screen entertainment for your kids, entertainment of any MPAA classification. I wish I had known about the above content else I would not have viewed it for feeding to the CAP Analysis Model.

The story involves two 12 years olds suffering burdens: Sam, a boy scout without parents and Suzy who collides with her dysfunctional family. They run away together to satisfy their adolescent mentality. Some high wattage performers serve as support cast. Bruce Willis plays Captain Sharp of the Island Police Department who ends up fostering Sam. Edward Norton plays Scout Master Ward who loses Sam from a scout outing. Bill Murray plays Walt Bishop, Suzy's attorney father. Harvey Keitel plays Commander Pierce, head of the Boy Scouts.

Because of the vulgarity of this film I am not going to get into any detail of substance regarding the story and plot any more than is revealed in the following individual content investigation area discussions.


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) - 7 out of 100
Violence is truly of the "R" caliber in some cases such as a group of boys pursuing Sam and Suzy through the wilderness with blades and other impalement weapons such as arrows. Off screen the boys engage in "warfare" and Suzy stabs one of the boys twice. Sam's dog is seen with an arrow through its neck. The boys canoe over deep waters to escape lawful detainment. Sam is hit by lightning. Storm peril tops off the violence content. Sam and Suzy practiced illegal flight as they ran away.

In Proverb 16:29 God warns that violence is enticing, that it can lead one into the way that is not good. Man echoes God's warning by four professional public health agencies reporting that alcoholic beverages in and as entertainment can, among other things, lead the observer, especially youth, to real life violence and to believe violence ins an effective means of settling conflict. But do we listen?

Impudence/Hate (I) - Zero out of 100
Six times someone utters profanity, five of them by an adolescent. [Col. 3:8] Both children run away which is the gist of the story. Suzy steals library books and gets gratification form it. Suzy lashed out at her parents though it is not heard, just seen. Suzy also threatens her father and says "I hate you!" to her mother. Adults engage in a physical scuffle. Sneaking is not only practiced by Sam and Suzy but by the group of Sam's boy scout associates as well. Once Walt wishes for death and twice an adult aids and abets the runaways.

Sexual Immorality (S) - 38 out of 100
Suzy invites Sam to touch her chest while she was wearing only her bra. And he does. She talks about something the touched of his being hard. Suzy wears a short dress and shows us she is not embarrassed to show her underwear. Suzy also draws full female nudity. At least once the camera is used to force the viewer on the rear of Suzy up close and from an angle below her waist. Multiple times the viewer sees both adolescents in only their underwear. As mentioned in the Summary/Commentary section Sam fondles Suzy's breast and she speaks of touching his erection. And Suzy is seen in a bathtub.

Sexually immoral behaviors are sins. Not because I say so but because God says so. And to teach and or cause our youth to sin such as was done in this film is an example of the "millstone sin" meaning the one who teaches and/or causes our youth to sin would be better off with a millstone tied about his/her neck then cast into the sea. [Luke 17:2] Those are Jesus' Words. More of Jesus' Words warn that whatever we do to or for His little ones we do to or for Him. [Matt. 25:40] Jesus further warns us that children have angels watching over them and that those angels report what the see directly to God Himself. [Matt. 18:10] Note that "little ones" includes at-home teens since "little ones" is mikros, meaning less by birth, younger. All of your children are less than you by birth, all are younger than you. Note that "less by birth" does NOT mean less in importance or value but less in age.

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - Zero out of 100
Smoking is seen many times, several of them of Sam smoking a pipe. Captain Sharp befriends Sam and gives him drinks of an alcoholic beverage.

Offense to God (O) - 34 out of 100
God's name is abused in blasphemy 6 times. Three of them by an adult with the four letter expletive. One of them without the four letter expletive by an adolescent. The remaining two uses without the four letter expletive were by an adult. [Deut. 5:11]

Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
There are no portrayals of murder or suicide in this film.



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  • Prov. 16:29 A violent man enticeth his neighbour, and leadeth him into the way that is not good. [The issue is the violence, the 'way that is not good' no matter how "small" or "fantasy" or "justified" the violence might seem, and its "leading" effect on the observer. "A violent man" can be any character of any age, any gender, human or not in the act of committing (demonstrating in the case of entertainment) violent behavior/action whether for good or evil OR the violent behaviors/actions themselves. Such exposure can and does embolden the viewer into aggression, especially youth. It took years for the American professional health community to finally affirm, probably without knowing it, that which God told us in 1 Cor. 15:33 below. See also Joint Statement on the Impact of Entertainment Violence on Children: Congressional Public Health Summit for more information. Their findings include:
    --> Children who see a lot of violence are more likely to view violence as an effective way of settling conflicts. Children exposed to violence are more likely to assume the acts of violence are acceptable behavior.
    --> Viewing violence can lead to emotional desensitization towards violence in real life. It can decease the likelihood that one will take action on behalf of a victim when violence occurs.
    --> Entertainment violence feeds a perception that the world is a violent and mean place. Viewing violence increases fear of becoming a victim of violence, with a resultant increase in self-protective behavior and a mistrust of others.
    --> Viewing violence may lead to real life violence. Children exposed to violent programming at a young age have a higher tendency for violent and aggressive behavior later in life than children who are not so exposed.
    Further, God speaks darkly of violence 56 times in the Old and New Testament of the KJV.]
  • Col. 3:8 But now ye also put off [rid yourself of] all these; anger, wrath, malice [kakia: ill-will, desire to injure, wickedness, depravity, evil, trouble, not ashamed to break laws, etc.], blasphemy [blasphemia: impious and reproachful speech injurious to divine majesty], filthy communication [aischrologia:foul speaking, low and obscene speech] out of your mouth.
  • Matt. 18:10 Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven. ["Despise" is kataphroneo {kat-af-ron-eh'-o}: to condemn, despise, disdain, think little or nothing of, to look down upon (which includes abuse, even by influence or bad example, lying to them, enticing/teasing them, seducing them and/or their thoughts, involving them in sin or crime, etc.). What do you want the angels for your kids to say to God? By the way, "little ones" is mikros meaning less by birth, younger. All of your children are "less by birth" than you. All of them are younger. So, "little ones" includes at-home teens, the most easily influenced, morally malleable age stratum.]
  • 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 - 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. And remember, mom/dad, "little ones" is mikros, meaning less by birth; younger. All of your children are younger than you and less by birth than you. So, "little ones" includes at-home teens.]
  • 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.)

    Moonrise Kingdom (2012) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 7 out of 100
  • young boys carrying blade and impalement devices as weapons in pursuit of another young boy and girl runaway pair
  • young boy and girl wandering the wilderness alone
  • young boys engaging in "search and detain" of young boy and girl pair with significant weapons (arrows, air rifle, axe, Bowie knife and more)
  • stabbing injuries - defensive, young girl using scissors as impalement weapon
  • arrow in dog's neck
  • child custodial interference
  • group of minor children canoeing miles across deep waters to abet in the escape of a young boy/girl pair with approaching hurricane
  • lightning strike of child
  • storm rescue peril
  • young boy/girl pair in illegal flight, repeatedly
  • rescue action violence

    Impudence/Hate (I) - Zero out of 100
  • one use of profanity by an adult and 5 by a child
  • child runaway, two
  • petty theft of public property by young girl who said "It makes me feel in a better mood sometimes"
  • adolescent outburst at parents, visible but not audible
  • adult scuffle
  • young girl threatening father
  • a young girl shouting "I hate you" at her mother
  • several young boys sneaking out and at night
  • an adult wishing for death
  • adult aiding in child runaway, two
  • group of children in illegal flight

    Sexual Immorality (S) - 46 out of 100
  • young girl in shirt dress not embarrassed to show underwear, twice
  • child artwork of female nudity, two views
  • camera angle forcing viewer on young girl in short dress from rear close up
  • adolescents in underwear, repeatedly
  • suggestion of a young girl touching a male erection
  • invitation by young girl for a young boy to touch her chest
  • young boy fondling a young girl's breast through her underwear
  • young girl in bathtub

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - Zero out of 100
  • smoking by adults, repeatedly
  • smoking by a child, repeatedly
  • teen smoking
  • booze, repeatedly
  • offering booze to a minor child, twice
  • minor child drinking, once

    Offense to God (O) - 34 out of 100
  • six abuses of God's name, three times with the four letter expletive, once by a child
  • adulterous rendezvous, twice
  • young boys gambling with money

    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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