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(2009), PG [PG*] (1hr 50.75min)

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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.

(2009), PG [PG*] -- Jesus will not be Jew or Gentile or white or black or ...

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Image Entertainment, Prelude Pictures, Lone Runner Entertainment, High Road Entertainment, Kenio Films, Keslow Cameras, The Perfect Game
Distribution (US): Image Entertainment
Director(s): William Dear
Producer(s): Richard M. DeVos, Sr., Helen DeVos, Jim Van Eerden, Carlos Bremere, Richard W. Ham, David J. Machlica, Thomas W. Gilliam, W. William Winokur, Michael O. Gallant, Michael W. Koch, Deaniel de Liege, David Salzberg. Christian Tureaud
Written by: W. William Winokur
Cinematography/Camera: Bryan Greenberg
Music: Bill Conti
Film Editing: Chris Conlee
Casting: Jackie Burch
Production Design: Denise Hudson
Viewed on Image Entertainment DVD

Based on a true story? I hope so. This is one of the finer works of entertainment. It is a story about the success of the Monterrey, Mexico Little League Baseball Team making it to the championship of the Little League World Series with a perfect game - "perfect game" means the opposing team getting no hits, no runs and no one making it to the first base. My opinion that this is one of the finer works of entertainment may be because of it being about a bunch of 9-something kids living a dream. And y'all know about me and my 42 kids so I might be ultra-sensitive to "kids." But like Courageous it will take more than a couple tissues to make it through the movie.

Mexican descendant Cesar Faz (Clifton Collins, Jr.) finds it hard to get out of the locker room and on to the baseball diamond. Cesar works for the St. Louis Cardinals as a towel boy. Eddie Stanky, an earlier team owner had promised Cesar a slot on the team but the new owner is prejudiced against Mexicans playing on an American major league team. So Cesar heads back to Mexico.

There, Cesar becomes involved with the local boys who love baseball. Cesar agrees to coach the boys since he is quite knowledgeable about baseball. Soon the boys form the first ever Mexican franchised Little League baseball Team.

Many subplots intricately knit the fabric of the theme of sharing with the viewer the story of the first foreign baseball team to ever win the 1957 Little League World Series who do so with a perfect game.


Following are brief discussions of the content per individual content investigation area. As always the Findings section of this report is the best source for discovering the full accounting of the content of this film.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 91 out of 100
The filmmakers portray the quintessential boys using the old "boys will be boys" school of thought with one of them stealing a hub cap and several of them stealing the coins out of a wishing fountain. [Prov. 22:15] That and a funeral are all there is to the violent and/or violence-related, criminal content.

Impudence/Hate (I) - 49 out of 100
Also as part of the "boys will be boys" thinking, the boys do mischief with fireworks and two of them get involved in a little difference of opinion scuffle [also Prov. 22:15]. While an episode of poor sportsmanship and window glass breaking occur, the heaviest content of this film applicable to this investigation area is all the racial friction: the insults, the hatred and the prejudice. Note that while we are on the Earth there is going to be racial, social and ethnic friction but when we each kneel at the foot of the Throne of Judgment, Jesus will not be Jew or Gentile or white or black or American or Mexican or Baptist or Catholic or rich or poor. He will be Jesus. [John 15:12, Rom. 12:18]

Unfortunately, because of all the racial insults and friction portrayed in this film it earned an Impudence/Hate content investigation area score of 49, requiring the placement of the CAPCon Alert Light with this report since one of the investigation area scores (this one) fell below 54 out of 100. Click on the red light atop this page or the "CAPCon Alert Light" words above for more information.

Sexual Immorality (S) - 97 out of 100
One of the boys seems to be "girl-happy" and frequently utters something involving the boy-girl relationship. One time he compares the covering of a baseball to a woman's skin. But that is the extent of the content applicable to this investigation area.

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 67 out of 100
Coach Faz gets drunk twice. Maybe getting drunk is a fact of life. Maybe that it is a fact of life is, in part, because of glorifying it in and as entertainment. At any rate, it is not a thing to flaunt before children. "Why" you ask? Since you've asked I'll tell you.

In a 2002 study the American College of Physicians (ACP) found that that adolescent exposure to drinking in and as entertainment undeniably leads to abuse of alcohol among underage viewers. The finding entitled Relation Between Parental Restrictions on Movies and Adolescent Use of Tobacco and Alcohol reports that of 4544 youths from grades 5 through 8 of fifteen Vermont and New Hampshire middle schools (90% of the youths were under fourteen years old) only 16% were completely restricted in their entertainment diets. Within the ACP study population, the prevalence of having tried alcohol without parental knowledge was

  • 46% for those with no viewing restrictions
  • 16% for those with partial viewing restrictions
  • four percent for those with complete viewing restrictions. [Eph. 5:18]

    On a side note, though smoking was not found in this film, there is nothing to say that viewing smoking in and as entertainment does not carry the same danger of influence as viewing drinking. Actually, the same matter of behavior influence applies to any behavior demonstrated in and as entertainment, including good behavior.

    Offense to God (O) - 88 out of 100
    Only one time is God's name used in vain. But once is too much according to God [Deut. 5:11] Umberto (Carlos Gomez), the father of Angel Macias (Jake T. Austin), lost his elder son, Pedro (Emilio Cast) to an accident at the Church of the Dead. Umberto said God took Pedro. A note on God taking a child. God does not do that. Children go to Heaven "automatically" if they die before the age of accountability (typically upon puberty) since they are blessed but God did not take Pedro. Pedro died because of playing in a dangerous area. God does not kill children. And Cesar used going to church to meet a woman upon whom he had his romantic eye. Cesar used the church for romantic interests.

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
    There are no murders or suicides in the entire 110.75 minutes of the show.



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  • Prov. 22:15 Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him. ["Foolishness" is ivveleth {iv-veh'-leth}: senselessness, thoughtlessness, recklessness, folly, foolishness, foolish, foolishly; from the same as eviyl {ev-eel'} meaning of one who despises wisdom; of one who mocks when guilty, is quarrelsome, is licentious. Note that the "rod" (of correction) does not have to be punishment and must never be physically harmful. A simple "good job" when warranted can serve as the "rod" as well. If you would like to know more, please visit our Spare the Rod ... Spoil the Child: A Parental Perspective article. It is rather long though.]
  • John 15:12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.
  • Rom. 12:18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. ["Men" as used in this verse is anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, a human being, whether male or female.]
  • Eph. 5:18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. [Since "drunk" is methusko {meth-oos'-ko}: to intoxicate; make drunk; to get drunk; become intoxicated, "wine" can be any intoxicating substance including illegal drugs or abuse of prescription drugs. The issue is do not abuse the body by intoxicating it [1 Cor. 6:19]. Though it is not a sin to drink, it is a sin to get drunk OR to influence to get drunk OR to drink in defiance such as underage drinking.
  • Deut. 5:11 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh His name in vain. [Vain is shav {shawv}: emptiness, nothingness, vanity, such as in slang or profanity. With or without the four letter expletive, the use of God's name in any way other than respect, reverence or responsible discussion and in praise and prayer is in vain. That includes the popular three syllable sentence with His name trailing it AND the misuse of Jesus' name or title. So, trying to excuse such expressions with "I was talking TO God/Jesus when I said that" or It's just words" or "I was acting" will not work with Him. Nor will "Everybody says that" excuse the sin of using His name in vain. If everyone on the planet who has ever drawn a breath used His name in vain, it would still be a sin to do so. If no one ever did, it would still be a sin to do so. Whether we believe it or not. Whether we like it or not. Whether we care or not.]

    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 when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend what is vile, embrace it, enjoy it, want it, submit to it.]
  • 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.)

    The Perfect Game (2009) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 91 out of 100
  • adolescent petty theft - stealing hub cap and coins from a wishing fountain
  • funeral

    Impudence/Hate (I) - 49 out of 100
  • racial prejudice, insults and hatred, repeatedly
  • adolescent boys breaking window glass
  • adolescent mischief with fireworks
  • father's cruelty and bitterness due to son's death, repeatedly
  • two uses of term for human posterior
  • adolescent physical friction
  • poor sportsmanship
  • lies, repeatedly

    Sexual Immorality (S) - 97 out of 100
  • adolescent boy saying "It's like a woman's skin" about the covering of a baseball and other "girl-hungry" comments, repeatedly

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 67 out of 100
  • drunkenness, twice
  • drinking, twice
  • remnants of drinking

    Offense to God (O) - 88 out of 100
  • "God took my son"
  • a man using church to meet a woman
  • one use of God's name in vain

    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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