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Episode 1 - Judgment Day
(2008), Not Rated [High PG-NR*] (13.05min)

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Influence Density
March 31, 2001
April 1, 2011

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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.

Episode 1 - Judgment Day

(2008), Not Rated [High PG-NR*] - Delightful! Refreshing! To once again see...

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Sonlight Pictures
Distribution (US): Sonlight Pictures
Director(s): Pete Bauer
Producer(s): Dea Bauer, Pete Bauer
Writing Credits: Pete Bauer
Film Editing: Pete Bauer
Viewed at Cloud Ten Pictures Online Screening Room

This analysis was made possible by the professional courtesy of Cloud Ten Pictures.

  Cloud Ten Pictures is launching a special Dove™ Foundation Family approved series for television, five episodes of Nikki & Babs: DOs & DOUBTs. They have invited the CAP Movie Ministry to prepare analyses of each of the episodes. This is analysis of the first episode: Judgment Day.

Delightful! Refreshing! To once again see what might be best called an after-school sitcom that is clean and wholesome without sexual conquests, without challenges of clean speech and without lame-brained milquetoast parents as puppets of their kids.

This first episode of Nikki & Babs - DOs and DOUBTs: Judgment Day presents a short time in the lives of two teenage cousins, Nicole 'Nikki' (Dorothea Bauer) and Barbara 'Babs' (Tiffany Ross) thrust together for a summer by the obligations of Nikki's parents. After viewing more than 1300 films, most of which are targeted at our teens, comparatively speaking it would be well for parents to "expose" their teens to this caliber of entertainment.

With an actual footage time of 13 minutes and 3 seconds (13.05 minutes), Nikki & Babs - DOs and DOUBTs: Judgment Day (Episode 1) earned a final score of 83 out of 100 placing it almost at the top of the PG-equivalent scoring range of 68 to 86 out of 100. Because of the number of examples of material contrary to His teachings found by the Impudence/Hate (I) investigation area which caused an area score of less than 54 "in one or more investigation area", Episode 1 earns a red CAPCon Alert Light. Please do not let this discourage you. Note the scoring distribution of pure "G-equivalent" scores of 100 out of 100 in four of the other investigation areas (in S, D, O and M) and a PG-equivaent score of 74 out of 100 in W.

Instances of programming found to cause point loss were Nikki's rather lengthy diatribe of disdain toward her mother for having to spend the summer with her cousin Barbara "Babs" Jones, envisioning her relatives as dead, Nikki's judgmentalism and a fed-up-with outburst of Babs at Nikki's judgmentalism.

One point brought out by the script was about being judgmental. I could not resist chiming in on that one. Babs launched a tirade at Nikki for being judgmental. It was Nikki's contempt at being thrown together with her "Barbie" cousin that kept Nikki at a distance and made her judgmental. Immediately in my mind appeared the Matt. 7:1 "judge not, that ye be not judged" verse that is used so often as a social dart to try to absolve personal wrong-doing. Moments later the script even referenced Matt. 7:1. When Jesus warned His disciples to "judge not, that ye be not judged" He was not speaking to not judging at all, especially since Jesus tells us to judge in other verses. He was, rather, telling us to use righteous judgment. Jesus even tells us that we as Christians will judge the angels [1 Cor. 6:3], how much more as Christians we will judge the world [1 Cor, 6:2]. Please take a few moments to read our Judge Not Lest Ye Be Judged and Let He Who is Without Sin Cast the First Stone publication. It dares you to think for yourself about judging others: that we must judge but we must do so without being judgmental; that we are to judge behavior not the individual, judge the sin not the sinner, judge the deed not the doer. Food for thought: if we do not judge behavior how could we discern the deeds of the swine? [Matt. 7:6] Good from evil? Light from dark?

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 74 out of 100
The only instance of the violent nature was Babs' outburst at Nikki for being judgmental. There were no other matters of violence and/or crime noted throughout the film.

Impudence/Hate (I) - 23 out of 100
While the disdain of Nikki toward her mother (and almost everyone else) and the display of anger by Babs were certainly necessary to the story and might even be the expected outcome under the given conditions when fed to the human equation, these are character traits which or Lord dislikes. Jesus advises all children to present respect to their parents [Ex. 20:12] and many others such as Eph. 6:1 - 3] and He abhors anger. [Col. 3:8]

Note the sidebar comment in the Scripture reference to Col. 3-8 below regarding "anger." In Col. 3:8 it means a lot more than just simply getting mad. The bottom line? The point is it not so much the anger as much as it is what you do about it or with it. Even Jesus got angry -- at the money-changers when they tried to make a house of merchandise of His Father's house [John 2:14 - 16] but Jesus was most certainly justified in His anger, a justification we could never claim.

Exodus 20:12 is the fifth of the Ten Commandments. Jesus also advises respect toward parents in many other verses. He further advises parents to not bring their children to wrath. But wrath is not simple anger such as that which might be felt by a three year old who gets mad at his mother for not letting him hit the TV screen with a toy or won't let her teenage daughter go to the prom while a tornado warning is in effect. For more information about wrath, please visit our publication Spare the Rod ... Spoil the Child: A Parental Perspective.

Babs was a manifestation of God's teaching that while soft words will repel anger, harsh words will often cause relational strife. [Prov. 15:1] As the Lord advises us in Col. 3:8 to put away such things and anger. malice and wrath, it is in our best interest to teach that such displays are inadvisable.

Sexual Immorality (S) - 100 out of 100
The closest thing to anything "sexual" in Nikki & Babs - DOs and DOUBTs: Judgment Day (Episode 1) was Nikki tossing something into the beach water and the back of her dress lifting above its rest position, exposing a large portion of her rear upper leg.

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 100 out of 100
Possession or consumption of illegal drugs, alcoholic beverages or tobacco were not found in this film. Nor were there any cases of abuse of prescription drugs.

Offense to God (O) - 100 out of 100
Not once did this investigator find any use of God's name in vain. Nor were there any presentations of occultism, witchcraft, sorcery, demonism or anything of the kind.

Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
No one was murdered nor did anyone commit suicide.


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  • Matt. 7:1 Judge not, that ye be not judged.
  • 1 Cor. 6:3 Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?
  • 1 Cor. 6:2 Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?
  • Matt. 7:6 Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.
  • Exod. 20:12 Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.
  • Ephesians 6:1-3 CHILDREN, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honour thy father and thy mother, which is the first commandment with promise; that it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.
  • 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. [Note that "anger" as used in this verse means orge which uses vengeance and indignation as part of its definition.]
  • John 2:14 - 16 And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting: And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers' money, and overthrew the tables; 16 And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father's house an house of merchandise.
  • Prov. 15:1 A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Jer. 37:9 This is what the LORD says: Do not deceive yourselves, thinking, 'The Babylonians [the destroyers from within] will surely leave us.' They will not!
  • 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, 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 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.)

    Niki & Babs: Dos & Doubts - Judgment Day (Episode 1) (2008) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 74 out of 100
  • anger outburst

    Impudence/Hate (I) - 23 out of 100
  • 'wishing' relatives dead to avoid having to be with them
  • judgmentalism
  • lengthy disdain toward mother

    Sexual Immorality (S) - 100 out of 100
  • none noted

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 100 out of 100
  • none noted

    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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