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(2004), G -- Even the kisses seen were gentle, warm and humble closed mouth kisses.
Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): BrownHouse Productions, Walt Disney Pictures
Distribution (US): Buena Vista International, Buena Vista Pictures
Director(s): Garry Marshall
Producer(s): Debra Martin Chase, Tom Hines, Whitney Houston, Mario Iscovich, David Scharf, Ellen H. Schwartz
Characters: Meg Cabot
Story: Gina Wendkos, Shonda Rhimes
Screenplay: Shonda Rhimes
Cinematography/Camera: Charles Minsky
Music: John Debney
Costumes: Gary Jones
Production Design: Albert Brenner
Viewed at: Driftwood Theater 6 http://www.driftwoodonline.com
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6
With a noble final score of 98 (actually 98.46) out of 100, The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement solidly earns its regal place near the top end of the scoring range earned by G-rated movies (100 to 87 out of 100) in the comparative baseline database. The only morality issues (by God's Word) noted were a lie told at the princess's order to do so [Prov. 19:5], a strong presence of underhandedness in sabotage for personal gain [Hab. 2:9] and one other -- a single inference of sexual immorality. As the princess examined photos of eligible bachelors, one candidate was disqualified because he was already romantically involved - he had a boyfriend. [Jude 1:7] It's a Disney film, folks.
For five years Amelia "Mia" Mionette Thermopolis Renaldi (Anne Hathaway), future queen of Genovia, has lived the idyllic life of opulence and pamper, readying herself for taking over the crown as queen of Genovia. Mia, now a college graduate and about to turn 21 years old, found she must marry within 30 days or loose the crown, so sayeth the Parliament of Genovia.
Guided by the matronly wisdom of her regent grandmother and current queen of Genovia, Queen Clarisse Renaldi (Julie Andrews), Mia finds the choices of her soon-to-be husband rather slim. Viscount Mabrey (John Rhys-Davies, about an hundred pounds lighter) is pushing for his nephew, Lord Nicholas Devereaux (Chris Pine) to be Mia's new husband so Mabrey can take control of Genovia through his nephew. Another suitor appears to be the likely candidate for King of Genovia, the proper and noble Duke Andrew Jacoby (Callum Blue). While Andrew is the most acceptable in character with many noble achievements and a Ph. D., Lord Nicholas may be the most desirable. Whom will it be? Noble Andrew or conniving Nicholas? Nobody?
There is not one issue of foul language in this film. Not one use of God's name in vain. Not one murder and not even one attempted murder. The only issue of Wanton Violence/Crime was the issue of Mabrey's attempts to sabotage the marriage. There were no instances of children screaming obscenities at parents. No drugs or alcohol were noted. While there was drink at some ceremonies it could have been apple cider for all we can know. There were no alcoholic beverage bottles to be seen and there were no bubbles in the drink. Even the kisses seen were gentle, warm and humble closed mouth kisses.
I'll not spoil any more of the story in case you decide the film is fit for your family. Feel free to look over the listing in the Findings/Scoring section if you wish but I've already told you its content. Just for your information, below is a comparative of the two Princess Diaries films.
Noting a few of the traditional reviews of this film on the web, I noticed that almost every one of them belittled and degraded this G-rated film and the likewise G-rated Princess Diaries of 2001. I've also noticed that almost all the films that win awards are rated R. That says something. It says what I have been saying for years: we have become so drugged by the narcotics of extremes in and as entertainment that what once was morally unacceptable has become morally invisible. Everyone seems to expect harsh and bold assaults on morality and decency. Even God warned us about such sliding morals in Psalm 12:8.
PS: Two of the scenes in the trailer/commercial were not noted in the cut I saw: the 12 year old boy dancing with Mia with his head between Mia's breasts and her sitting in Parliament in a chair in a short skirt with the camera focused on her legs and with her foot pushing a button and the chair lowering into the floor.
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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.
(The heart of the CAP Analysis Model)
Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
|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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