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Episode 5 - Vanity Share
(2008), Not Rated [Solid G-NR*] (14.9min)

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April 5, 2001
April 5, 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 5 - Vanity Share

(2008), Not Rated [Solid G-NR*] ... Nikki finally got a letter from her boyfriend

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 fifth episode: Vanity Share.

This is analysis of the final episode of the five episodes of the Nikki & Babs: DOS & DOUBTs series. The total time of the five episodes is 66.05 minutes with an average final score of 87. Next I plan to prepare a total package of all five episodes into one report that can accompany the DVD.

In this episode, Nikki and Babs are drawn into competing with each other in the Miss Teen Summer Pageant. Babs entered as a hummer as would be appropriate considering she is a Florida champion hummer. Babs even built her "partner", Svenge. Nikki was going to perform some of her martial art katas when just before she is called on stage Nikki finally got a letter from her boyfriend. Alas it was a "Dear Jane" letter. He had found someone else. Nikki is broken and unable to perform the planned routine so she enters the stage crying (as Babs had suggested to be her routine) and kicked off the head of Babs' "Svenge."

The theme is two-fold. First, the issue of vanity is addressed as Tiffany 'brags' on her beauty thick and heavy. Later, when Nikki receives the "dear Jane" letter the theme changes to mourning and references the Beatitudes, Matt. 5:4 in particular. Skillfully Pete Bauer has Nikki flow into the fact that Jesus is always your friend.

As promised a comparative of the five episodes of Nikki & Babs - DOs and DOUBTs follows.

The span of scoring across the five episodes remains minute -- 83, 83, 84, 92, 93. Again, there is hardly enough scoring difference for a comparative to be useful. But it still says something about the caliber of the Nikki & Babs series ... the 83, 83, 84, 92, 93 says it loudly.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 100 out of 100
There are no instances of violence and/or crime in this episode.

Impudence/Hate (I) - 55 out of 100
Twice Nikki lies. They are the "little white lies" but are lies nonetheless. Once when Babs asked Nikki if Babs' mom had just seconds ago said "Saturday" and Nikki said "No" when Babs' mom had indeed said "Saturday." Another when Nikki was practicing a martial art kata Babs asked Nikki what she was doing and Nikki said "Nothing" like an adolescent might say to try to save herself when caught in the act.

Some believe everyone lies, that we all lie. But even if everyone who has or will ever draw a breath lied, it would still be a sin to lie. And the first time one lies does not excuse the second, nor the third, nor the thousandth. Nor does the thousandth time of a lie excuse the first. God is sternly serious about lying. So much so that He warns of exclusion from Heaven for the [unforgiven] liar. It is not okay to lie folks. Even if telling the truth gets someone, even yourself, into trouble. If you have a problem with lying being a sin, talk to the One who wrote the Rules. [Rev. 22:14 - 15]

Sexual Immorality (S) - 100 out of 100
There were no assaults on morality and decency found applicable to this investigation area.

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 100 out of 100
No possession of or consumption of or references to illegal drugs wee found. No abuses of prescription drugs were found.

Offense to God (O) - 100 out of 100
Not once did anyone utter God's name in vain nor were any instances of witchcraft, sorcery, occultism or the like found.

Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
There are no murders or suicides in this episode (or any other episode).


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  • Rev. 22:14-15 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city [eternal life in Heaven]. For without [outside Heaven] are dogs [dogs (animals) and metaphorically an unforgiven man of impure mind, an impudent man], and [unforgiven] sorcerers [pharmakos: pertaining to the magical arts; those who practice evil magic including witches, warlocks, wizards, sorcerers, spiritists, diviners, necromancers, etc.], and whoremongers [the sexually immoral], and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie [all liars - see Rev. 21:8].
  • Rev. 21:8 But the [unforgiven] fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers [the sexually immoral], and sorcerers [the NIV calls it "magic arts" which includes those who practice evil magic including witches, warlocks, wizards, sorcerers, spiritists, diviners, necromancers, vampires, werewolves, etc.], and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

    ***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 - Vanity Share (Episode 5) (2008) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 100 out of 100
  • none noted

    Impudence/Hate (I) - 55 out of 100
  • lie, twice

    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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