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(2004), PG-13
Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
September 17, 2004
58 out of 100

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(This section may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)

If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary likely using a mix of KJV and NIV.

(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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  • Prov. 8:13 To fear the LORD is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech [obstinate in opposing the norm or the accepted].
  • Col. 3:8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.
  • Isa. 13:11 I will punish the world for its evil, the wicked for their sins. I will put an end to the arrogance of the haughty and will humble the pride of the ruthless.
  • Isa. 2:17 The arrogance of man will be brought low and the pride of men humbled; the LORD alone will be exalted in that day,
  • 1Ths. 4:3 It is God's will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality;
  • Rev. 21:8 But the [unforgiven] fearful [cowardly], and unbelieving, and the abominable [vile], and murderers, and whoremongers [sexually immoral], and sorcerers [practitioners of witchcraft, magic, sorcery, divination, etc.], and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
  • Matt. 5:22 But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment [trial, sentence]: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca [senseless, empty headed: a term of reproach among Jews at the time of Christ], shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool [impious, godless], shall be in danger of hell fire.

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences and present it to younger and younger audiences every year] when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, pay for it, enjoy it, want it, submit to it. I call attention to Ps. 12:8 to warn of the creeping desensitizing power of "entertainment."]
  • 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 (KJV) Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (NIV) Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.
  • Rom. 5:19 For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.
  • Jude 4 For certain men* whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change [warp, distort, falsely represent, situationally redefine, counterfeit, conditionally apply] the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. [*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 [or for] one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto [or for] me.
  • Luke 17:2 It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. [cause by teaching or example]
  • Ps. 119:133 Direct my footsteps according to your word; 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.


    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)

    Mr. 3000 (2004) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • threat of physical harm

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • 78 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • heavy arrogance/conceit, repeatedly

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • vulgar comment referencing oral sex
  • anatomical reference
  • camera angle to force viewer on private parts
  • intercourse innuendo and other innuendo, repeatedly
  • crude restroom behavior
  • sex talk, repeatedly
  • rude gaze with comments
  • rub dancing
  • talk about intercourse, repeatedly
  • offer of intercourse
  • request for same-sex marriage
  • man and woman in bed under sheets, ostensibly after intercourse with talk about it
  • woman in underwear, twice
  • man in sheet only, low-riding on his waste
  • partial rear male nudity
  • excessive cleavage

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • bar, repeatedly
  • booze, repeatedly
  • drinking, repeatedly
  • chewing tobacco

    Offense to God (O)
  • one use of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive
  • use of "fool" in name-calling [Matt. 5:22]

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • none noted



    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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