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(2006), PG ["Very Lite" PG*] (1hr 55min)
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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): Gener8Xion Entertainment
Distribution (US): 8x Entertainment, Rocky Mountain Pictures
Director(s): Michael O. Sajbel
Screenplay by: Stephan Blinn
Novel by: Mark Andrew Olsen, Tommy Tenney
Cinematography/Camera: Steven Bernstein
Music: J.A.C. Redford
Film Editing: Stephan Blinn, Gabriella Cristiani, Michelle Summers
Production Design: Aradhana Seth
Art Direction: Abid T.P.
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6
One Night with the King. The title of this film might be misleading. It is not about a "one-night affair." The only "sexually oriented" content is references to having concubines and eunuchs, a common practice in Biblical times. But not now since God's Word through the Apostle Paul set the record straight that each man should have a wife: that each woman should have a husband. [1 Cor. 7:1-2] It does not say "wives" or husbands." By the way, throughout the Bible the husband is "he" or "him" and the wife is "she" or "her." In no case is there a "he & him" or a "she and her" marriage. There is no gender confusion in the Bible. It seems that God incinerated two cities when the people tried to naturalize the he/him and she/her combinations.
One Night with the King is a motion picture of the story of the orphan girl, Hadassah and how she became Esther, queen of Persia.
In the time near the end of the Old testament, the parents of young Hadassah were killed in war. Mordecai (John Rhys-Davies), older cousin of Hadassah by Abihail, Hadassah's father, took Hadassah in as his own daughter. Years later, King Xerxes (Luke Goss) drafts young maidens from all the 127 provinces in his kingdom from India to Cush (Ethiopia) to find a new queen to replace Vashti (Jyoti Dogra). Vashti refused to attend one of the king's banquets, an offense punishable with loss of position.
Hadassah is Jewish. The Jews are the enemies of Xerxes. Hearing of the massive drafting of young maidens in search of a new queen, Mordecai gave Hadassah the name of Esther (Tiffany Dupont) to mask her nationality and family background, the Tribe of Benjamin. Throughout the proceedings, Mordecai gave Hadassah strict instructions to not reveal her true heritage or nationality to anyone, not even Xerxes should she be the one chosen to replace Vashti.
The story is remarkably true to the Scripture so there is little need to give any level of detail in this Summary/Commentary since you can read the Book of Esther as well as I can. Suffice it to say the focus of this film is to herald the courage and conviction of a young woman who saved the entire Jewish nation with her willingness to sacrifice herself for others -- a foreshadowing of Christ's Sacrifice for our sakes. Esther was willing to risk her life to protocol for the sake of a nation while Jesus gave his life for mankind.
Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
A story about a violent will inherently be violent if it is to be true to the time. Such is the case with One Night with the King. While telling a story of violence does not excuse exposing our youth to it since God admonishes us to avoid matters of violence [Prov. 16:29], it is your responsibility to decide to what and when your children are exposed to it in and as entertainment. Among the matters of violence include battlefield strewn with the dead and dying, multiple instances of abduction, four deaths by arrow and a somewhat graphic assault. The violence content of this film is the reason for the red CAPAlert light.
Matters of hate were dissolved in matters of violence. Since the CAP analysis model will not permit duplication of scoring loss, all the matters of hate that were embedded within matters of violence were incorporated into the Wanton Violence/Crime investigation area. There were no instances of profanity, of adolescent rebellion or other such issues of impudence through the course of this 115-minute film.
Sexual Immorality (S)
There were no examples of any form of sexually immoral behaviors or imagery seen in the entire film. The only presence that dealt with sexually oriented issues were the references to concubines and eunuchs.
There was only one brief scene of drunken revelry. [Rom. 13:13] No other matters of drugs and/or alcohol were noted.
Offense to God (O)
Twice a character was heard calling others "fool." While popular society ("Mr. T" of A-Team[tm] fame in particular) deems this non-offensive, know that Jesus speaks of it differently in Matt. 5:22. And since Jesus allowed Himself to be brutalized, tortured and murdered for your sake and mine then spend three days in Hell so you and I would not have to spend one moment there, I am not going to argue with His Word. This plus portrayal of a consuming goal of vengeance [Rom. 12:19] and an instance of stirring up dissension [Prov. 6:16 - 19] comprise the total of the material noted within the Offense to God investigation area.
There was one murder by knife noted. The motions and blade were seen but not the impalement. It does not take a great deal of experiential maturity to know what was being done, thus the influence is there. God speak darkly of murder and murderers throughout the Bible, Old Testament and New.
One Night with the King earned a final score of 85 which places it only two points out of 100 below the bottom of the scoring range earned by G-rated films in the comparative baseline database (100 to 87 out of 100). However, while five of the six CAP investigation area scores were G-equivalent (87 and above out of 100), the Wanton Violence/Crime investigation area score was 39 out of 100, making the magnitude of the violence content equivalent to some R-rated films -- the magnitude not the severity of any one example of violence. For more information on this, see our CAP Rule of 1000 publication.
Please rely more on the listing of findings in the Findings/Scoring section than this Summary/Commentary section to help you make an informed moral decision as to the fitness of this film. I read one review that said "Take your kids with you." That is not his call to make. It is yours and yours alone. That is why we do this ... to help you be in a better position to make an informed moral decision on your own whether a film is fit or not.
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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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