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Episode 2 - Idle Worship
(2008), Not Rated [High PG-NR*] (10.0min)

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April 2, 2001
April 2, 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 2 - Idle Worship

(2008), Not Rated [High PG-NR*] - Not that Jesus wore sandals instead of shoes, but the point is ...

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Sonlight Pictures, Cloud Ten 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 second episode: Idle Worship.

In this Episode 2 Nikki (Dorothea Bauer) and Babs (Tiffany Ross) point out each others' faults in their "idle worship."

Episode 2 starts with Babs besotted over Matthew Connelly (Matt Fedorovich), the one Babs thinks is the greatest Christian rock artist on the planet. Babs fantasizes and dreams of the day she could be Mrs. Matthew Connelly. Babs knows Connelly's shoe size, birth weight, and inseam length. But she doesn't know Jesus' shoe size. Not that Jesus wore sandals instead of shoes, but the point is that Nikki points out to Babs that her worship of Connelly was choking of her relationship with God. Sound familiar?

Soon, the pair end up in what they thought to be Connelly's dressing room. Then ...

"Then" is for you to find out if you decide this film is fit for your audience.

Just as an added "whistle", below is a scoring comparative of the first two episodes. I plan to continue the comparatives through the five episodes but so far there is hardly enough scoring difference for a comparative to be useful.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 33 out of 100
While Nikki is still sleeping Babs bursts into the room, bounces up and down on Nikki's bed and booms "Do you know what today is!?" Nikki mumbles a response that it was the day she goes to prison for "killing you [Babs] in my sleep." Though Nikki's comment was in jest, it is still talk about "killing" of another. [Eph. 5:4]

The only other behavior noted worthy of incorporation into the scoring distribution under violence and/or crime was Babs breaking and entering into a Christian rock band member's dressing room. Babs thought the room to be that of Matthew Connelly but it turns out to be the dressing room for Bobby Dickerson (himself), drummer for the band Messenger. No matter the "justification" Babs still picked the lock to illegally enter a secured premises. And Nikki went along with it ... just before she launched a diatribe at Babs about putting Jesus 1st.

Impudence/Hate (I) - 67 out of 100
Babs lied about why the two were in the dressing room. 'Nuff said. [Exod. 20:16]

Sexual Immorality (S) - 100 out of 100
As with the 1st Episode, there is nothing I could find that even remotely approaches sexual immorality.

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 100 out of 100
Absolutely no possession or use or even reference to illegal drugs or alcoholic beverages were found. Neither were there any instances of abuse of prescription drugs.

Offense to God (O) - 100 out of 100
Not once was God's name abused nor were there any instances of occultism, witchcraft, sorcery or the like found.

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


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  • Eph. 5:4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.
  • Exod. 20:16 You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. [And this is not just some periphery verse to add definition to a target topic. It is the 9th of the Ten Commandments.]

    ***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 - Idle Worship (Episode 2) (2008) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 33 out of 100
  • jest about killing
  • breaking and entering - lock picking

    Impudence/Hate (I) - 67 out of 100
  • lie

    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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