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(2006), PG-13 ["Hard" R-13*] (1hr 31min)
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(While the Scriptural references are certainly not subjective, my commentary may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)
Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): S E Productions Inc., Pariah, Regency Enterprises
Distribution (US): Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
Director(s): Ivan Reitman
Producer(s): Bill Carraro, Arnon Milchan, Gavin Polone
Written by: Don Payne
Cinematography/Camera: Don Burgess
Music: Teddy Castellucci
Film Editing: Wendy Greene Bricmont, Sheldon Kahn
Casting: John Papsidera
Production Design: Jane Musky
Art Direction: Patricia Woodbridge
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6
High schoolers Jenny Johnson (Tara Thompson, later Uma Thurman) and good friend (boyfriend?) Barry Edward Lambert (Kevin Townley, later Eddie Izzard as Professor Bedlam -- Barry EDward LAMbert) were parked for whatever it is teenagers do when parked, alone together, crawling over each other with the car rocking -- without going anywhere. At lest that appears to be what Hollywod wants us to think of teens. [Matt. 18:10]
Soon they witness a meteor falling from the sky. Upon investigation of the downed rock, the glowing stone blew up with Barry and Jennifer standing next to it. The radiation from it made some changes in Jennifer.
Before, Jennifer was plain and unwelcome by her schoolmates. But the radiation has changed her. Like the spider venom made Peter Parker's (Spiderman) vision perfect, the radiation from the meteor made Jennifer's vision perfect. And like the spider venom enhanced Peter Parker's male properties, the radiation enhanced Jennifer's female attributes and everybody has new-found respect for Jennifer. She and Barry grow further and further apart as Jennifer discovers strange new powers and prestige among her peers, each of which consume and redirect her attention.
Now, Barry is a mad scientist. Jennifer is a mild-mannered clerk at an art store. As Jennifer rides the subway home one evening, Vaughn Haige (Rainn Wilson) and co-worker Design Project Manager Matt Saunders (Luke Wilson) notice her. She sits unassuming and polite, looking everything like a librarian according to Haige who encourages and coaches Matt to approach her as a sexual target. Jennifer initially brushes off Matt's advances but soon warms up to his charm. After she gets his phone number (she wouldn't give him hers) they part to meet later for dinner.
Along with this we are introduced to the real Jennifer as she thwarts the evil deeds of bad guys who robbed the Bulgari Jewelry store and as she snuffs out a raging fire in a high-rise. She even saves Matt's bacon from the revenge of a purse snatcher.
On the streets above Matt thwarts the dastardly deed of the purse snatcher. As the snatcher runs Matt runs after him and calls him a choice name, at which the purse snatcher turns and yells "What did you call me?" and starts chasing Matt with a pipe Matt jumps into a garbage leech then the purse snatcher beats the leech with a pipe as he tries to get to Matt. But moments after the first few peals of the gonging leech ... silence.
Matt then assumes the bad guy is backing down and reaches for a lethal weapon he just found in the garbage -- a hair dryer. With new found courage, Matt jumps up with the "weapon" pointing at where the bad guy should have been. But alas, no victory today. The bad guy was gone. But there stood Jennifer! As the two walk off arm in arm the camera pans up to the first floor fire escape landing ... the bad guy is hanging by his jacket from the railing.
In times of distress, the "librarian type" Jennifer becomes G-Girl, fighting injustice and terror with her vast array of super powers. Now, the issues is how is Matt to have a relationship with someone who could swat him like a fly?
Of course, the relationship is sexual. After all, this is a PG-13 for your 13 year old kids. There is nudity, innuendo, nasty comments, a woman stripping a man (more than once), sex talk, a whole array of sexually immoral matters including intercourse. Though no gender-specifics are seen during the intercourse, the bobbing babes are seen. And the bed is seen blasting through the bedroom wall. Yuck! Even a "polite" description like that is offensive. Well!? That is a sample and only a sample of what is in store for your little ones (which includes at-home teens) if they are permitted to watch this "hard" R-13 film.
In addition to R-13 sexual matters, your teens will be showered with the three/four letter word vocabulary if they watch this film. [2 Tim. 2:16, Col. 3:8] This is in addition to 19 uses of God's name in vain, two of them with the four letter expletive. [Deut. 5:11]
This being a "super heroine" film, violence and crime are inherent. But my "job" is to let you now about them. Whether such programming is acceptable for your kids is up to you. In one case, G-Girl is peppered with automatic gunfire. Other issues of violence/crime include impalement with a rotary saw blade, abduction, assaults and a threat with a chain saw. [Prov. 3:31, Prov. 16:29]
The only investigation area score that was not equivalent to the scores earned by some R-rated films was the score of the Murder/Suicide investigation area. All other investigation area scores were well below the R-threshold of 54 out of 100. Most of them were zero. This film is another "sign of the times." [2 Tim. 3:1 - 5]
Enough said. Let the listing of observations in the Findings/Scoring section speak for this film. And why not? It all came directly frm the film.
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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.
Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
Christian Educators Association International
|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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