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(2011), PG [PG-NR*] (157.6min)

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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.

(2011), PG [PG-NR*] ... I am not an opera fan.

Production (US): A Cameron Mackintosh and The Really Useful Theater Company Production; Universal Studios, Polvdor Records, Steam Motion & Sound, Sony
Distribution (US): The Really Useful Theater Company, The Royal Albert Hall
Director(s): Harold Prince, Nick Morris, Laurence Conner (stage)
Producer(s): Cameron Mackintosh, Dione Orrom, Brett Sullivan, Hellen Parker
Written by: Book: Richard Stilgoe, Andrew Lloyd Webber; Novel: Gaston Leroux
Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber
Orchestrations: David Cullen, Andrew Lloyd Webber
Lyrics by: Charles Hart, Richard Stilgoe
Film Editing: Lawrence Huck, Nick Morris
Production Design: Maria Bj›rnson
Viewed on Universal Home Entertainment DVD

This film is not rated (NR) by the MPAA but Blockbuster applied their YRV label, meaning Youth Restricted - Violence. Blockbuster's application of the YRV label is warranted because there are two hanging murders in this film. And though the story is indeed a story about violence there is no gore or optically obvious assault. In addition, there are 8 uses of profanity plus a small number of other matters of assault on morality and decency. Indeed, under the brutal scrutiny of the CAP analysis model this film earned a final score of 84 out of 100, placing it near the bottom of the scoring range earned by PG-rated films in the comparative baseline database.

This 25th anniversary celebration performance of The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall is a massive and lavish production with a great many professionals working together in intricate coordination to present an extensive script, score and choreography. But my general impression of it? I couldn't wait for it to end. Though I can appreciate the detail and level of effort in this production - one would need to be almost dead to not be able to see the splendor and force behind and in the production -- I am not an opera fan. Though I have come away with a little more respect for opera, I still will not seek it out.

Because I couldn't wait for it to end, I cannot give you much of a meaningful summary of it other than a young woman, Christine (Sierra Boggess) is smitten by the lure of evil and is torn between that evil - the Phantom of the opera (Ramin Karimloo) - and the "noble" love of a young man, Raoul (Hadley Fraser). When one of the characters, Caroltta (Wendy Ferguson) reminds me of the Fat Lady in the animated painting in Harry Potterª faking the breaking of a wine glass with her voice and when another reminds me of Lex Luthor, it is clear this genre of thespian artistry is outside my expertise. But I can ... and will ... give you a detailed accounting of the potentially negative influential content of this film which is briefly discussed below and is itemized in the listings in the Findings section.


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

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 92 out of 100
In addition to a theme of violence, there is recklessness with a hangman's noose and assault with intent to hang, reckless gunfire and the now-famous grotesque facial deformity.

Impudence/Hate (I) - 77 out of 100
Eight times someone utters profanity. [Col. 3:8, Eph. 4:29] But other than that the only matters found applicable to this investigation area are the extortions by the Phantom to force love from Christine with threats to kill Raoul as leverage. [Prov. 3:31]

Sexual Immorality (S) - 79 out of 100
Aside from multiple views of statue nudity, there is a "booty call" in song and inappropriate touch twice.

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 96 out of 100
There is only one instance of drinking alcohol in the entire 157.6 minutes of the production. No tobacco whatsoever and no portrayal of consumption or possession of illegal drugs or abuse of prescription drugs.

Offense to God (O) - 70 out of 100
Six times someone abuses God's name though each was without the four letter expletive. [Deut. 5:11] A number of times someone calls another "fool." [Matt. 5:22] The Phantom is portrayed as having the power to create fire at will and claims to be the angel of death and an angel of Hell.

Murder/Suicide (M) - 92 out of 100
Two characters are murdered by hanging.



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  • 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.
  • Eph. 4:29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
  • Prov. 3:31 Envy thou not the oppressor [man of violence, extortionist, etc.], and choose none of his ways.
  • 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 even if as a euphemism. 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.]
  • Matt. 5:22 But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment [krisis: accusation, trial]: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca [senseless, empty headed: a term of reproach among Jews at the time of Christ], shall be in danger of the council [any session or assembly or people deliberating or adjudicating]: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool [moros: impious, godless], shall be in danger of hell fire.

    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 PHANTOM OF THE OPERA at the Royal Albert Hall (2011) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 92 out of 100
  • recklessness with a hangman's noose
  • reckless gunfire
  • grotesque facial deformity
  • assault with intent to hang

    Impudence/Hate (I) - 77 out of 100
  • eight uses of profanity
  • extortion to solicit "love" by threat to kill a close one, repeatedly

    Sexual Immorality (S) - 79 out of 100
  • statue nudity, repeatedly
  • "booty call" in song
  • inappropriate touch, twice
  • sex talk in song

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 96 out of 100
  • drinking, once

    Offense to God (O) - 70 out of 100
  • six uses of God's name in vain, all without the four letter expletive
  • calling others a "fool", repeatedly
  • portrayal of magic to create fire
  • claim of being the angel of death and an angel of Hell

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 92 out of 100
  • two murders by hanging, seen

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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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