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(2004), PG-13 -- A "G-rated" movie if all the sex and language were taken out!
Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Spyglass Entertainment
Distribution (US): Buena Vista Pictures, Touchstone Pictures
Director(s): Charles Stone III
Producer(s): Gary Barber, Roger Birnbaum, Timothy M. Bourne, Derek Evans, Jonathan Glickman, Steve Greener, Frank Marshall, Maggie Wilde
Story: Eric Champnella, Keith Mitchell
Screenplay: Eric Champnella, Keith Mitchell, Howard Gould
Cinematography/Camera: Shane Hurlbut
Music: John Powell, Vernon Reid
Film Editing: Bill Pankow
Casting: Lisa Mae Fincannon
Production Design: Maher Ahmad
Art Direction: Monroe Kelly
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6
If it were not for the nearly total absence of violence and murder/suicide, this PG-13 would be just another R-13, joining the more than 60% of PG-13 films which earn scores in the scoring range earned by R-rated films (54 and below out of 100) [Ps. 12:8]. Mr. 3000 clearly earned scores equivalent to some R-rated films in foul language and sexual matters. But with programming equivalent to G-rated films in Wanton Violence/Crime and Murder/Suicide and a final score of 58 out of 100, Mr. 3000 squeaked by and clawed its way into the scoring range earned by PG-13 movies (67 to 55 out of 100).
Indeed. if 78 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary [Prov. 8:13, Col. 3:8] and the sexually immoral demonstrations/suggestions were removed, Mr. 3000 would have earned a final score of 89 placing it squarely in the lower half of the scoring range earned by G-rated movies (100 to 86 out of 100) in the comparative baseline database. It would have been a "hardcore G" if all the sex and language were taken out!
Now, how many other movie rating services could tell you all this, I wonder? There truly are no other services that can give you all the objective tools the CAP ministry can give you to help you make an informed moral decision for yourself whether a film is or is not fit for your family or yourself.
Stan Ross (Bernie Mac) is an expert in getting baseball hits. He is also one of the experts at being a jerk.
In a way, Stan Ross, a.k.a. Stan Ross is like George Bailey (James Stewart) of It's A Wonderful Life. Both get a second chance: Bailey at life and Ross at that magic 3000 hits mark, the mark that will put him in the immortal status of membership in the baseball Hall of Fame. But due to some duplication errors in the records Ross, who for nine years after leaving baseball had been touted Mr. 3000, was found to have only 2997 hits, three hits short of the mark.
But Ross is now 47 years old. Though Ross walked out on the Milwaukee Brewers in the middle of the season when he hit number 3000 ("I got mine. Like it or not, I am a certified immortal."), Ross is given a chance to rejoin the team only to get his three more hits. After a grueling battle with getting back into shape, Ross is back on the team and becomes "old school", grandpa and a number of other geriatric terms.
While the news of the number of official hits was "brewing", Ross built several "3000" businesses such as his 3000 Beeps pager service and 3000 Woks Chinese restaurant. And, of course, as we are to expect by entertainment imaging of sports greats, Ross ran a bar, too. And on the wall behind the counter of the bar were Ross's 3000 baseballs, one from each of his 3000 hits. The degree of supreme arrogance and conceit Ross showed was noted especially with his 3000th hit. The picture to the right (©Touchstone Pictures, photo by Richard Cartwright) is of Ross taking the ball of his 3000th hit away from the boy who caught it. That is the boy's father between the boy and Ross. [Isa. 13:11, 2:17]
Ross finds it not nearly as easy to get a hit in "modern" baseball. One of the team players with whom Ross locks experience horns is T-Rex Pennebaker (Brian J. White) the star hitter, indeed the only hitter for the Brewers. To make a 105-minute story short, in the end, Ross' "student" becomes his teacher as Ross makes a rather large sacrifice for the team.
Mac does an outstanding job of playing the ultra-selfish creep. He does an equally outstanding job of playing the "old dog" who can, despite tradition, learn new tricks; the "old man" who learns he can still learn a thing or two.
Along the way, old flame and ESPN reporter, Maureen, a.k.a. Mo (Angela Bassett) gives Ross a couple examples of comeupance as she tries to make the old flame flame again after Ross fans it a couple times.
Yes, there is sexual immorality in this film. There is under-sheet after-the-fact intercourse, rub dancing to simulate intercourse and a number of other sexually immoral issues including talk of sexually immoral activities. [1Ths. 4:3, Rev. 21:8] Even the American Academy of Pediatrics has found that not only observation of sexual immorality in and as entertainment causes adolescent initiation of both coital and non-coital sexual behavior, simple talk of it does as well. How did we ever survive without the sage wisdom of the experts?
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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 heart of the CAP Analysis Model)
Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
|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.|
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