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(2005), PG [PG*] (1hr 27min)

Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
July 1, 2005
85 out of 100

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(2005), PG [PG*] -- equivalent to a "hardcore" G.

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Untitled ML Project, Robert Simonds Productions
Distribution (US): Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp., 20th Century Fox Pictures
Director(s): Steve Carr
Producer(s): Steven Brown, Paul Deason, Martin Lawrence, Darice Rollins, Heidi Santelli, Robert Simonds, Tracey Trench
Story by: William Wolff, Ed Decter, John J. Strauss
Screenplay: Jon Lucas, Scott Moore
Cinematography/Camera: Glen MacPherson
Music: Teddy Castellucci
Film Editing: Craig Herring
Casting: Janet Hirshenson, Jane Jenkins
Production Design: Jaymes Hinkle
Art Direction: Bruce Crone:
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

If it were not for inclusion of that "stuff" which this film could have done as well without [Ps. 12:8], it would have earned a CAP final score equivalent to G-rated films in the comparative baseline database. But, since that "stuff" is there Rebound earned a final score of 85, placing it high in the PG scoring range (86 to 68 out of 100). If Rebound had earned only two more points it would have been equivalent to a "hardcore" G.

Head coach of the Ohio Polytech University basketball team, Roy McCormick (Martin Lawrence) developed a "Bobby Knight" attitude since his days at Mount Vernon Junior High School as a star of the Smelters basketball team. Roy began taking his newly found attitude on the court. A fight with an official resulting in a tantrum by McCormick which killed the mascot falcon, Baxter, was the last straw. McCormick was banned by the NCBA from coaching basketball at any college for life.

McCormick's agent Tim Fink (Breckin Meyer) quoted from the rule book to the NCBA that they could not ban Roy until after he is given a second chance to prove he can and will remain calm. So Roy now has to find a coaching job through which he can prove himself.

Fink found the perfect opportunity: coaching the basketball team of his teenhood town which has not won a game since who knows when. Principal Walsh (Megan Mullally) agrees. What a PR move! Volunteering to bring the underdogs to the State champions. That would cinch his reinstatement on the Ohio Polytech University staff. What guy in his right mind would turn down another chance at the riches and prestige of coaching a top ten college team again?

As McCormick built State champions out of a ball club with losing scores like zero to 109, he found his "calling" was not the high profile and glamour of college ball after all. Gorgeous teacher Jeanie Ellis (Wendy Raquel Robinson) and mother of his star player, Keith (Oren Williams) might have had some influence, too.

This film is rated PG for for mild language and thematic elements. "Mild language" includes three uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary [Prov. 22:11] plus muffled uses of God's name in vain both with and without the four letter expletive. [Deut. 5:11]

Included in the Impudence/Hate investigation area was facial piercing on Margaret "Big Mac" Reed (Tara Correa-McMullen), one of the Smelter team members. Big Mac was portrayed as a female hood and bully. Even filmmakers understand the "see-me" rebellion of facial piercing (and tattoos). Think back at some of the "hard" movies you've seen. If you saw someone with massive tattoos and/or steel hanging off of or poking through his/her face, the character was usually not the role model of the day.

While free of any noted instances of Drugs/Alcohol or Murder/Suicide, sexually pointed matters such as crotch hit, excess cleavage in a photo, a rude gaze and innuendo stole a few points from Sexual Immorality. [Col. 3:5] Crude humor was present as well. [Eph. 5:4] There may have been an instance of yanking a players shorts down. If there was I missed it while making other log entries and is not incorporated into the scoring since I did not see it.


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  • Prov. 22:11 He who loves a pure heart and whose speech is gracious will have the king for his friend.
  • 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 an expletive. With or without the four letter expletive, the use of God's name in any way other than respect, reverence or thoughtful discussion is in vain. That includes the popular three syllable sentence with His name trailing it AND the misuse of Jesus' name.]
  • Col. 3:5 Put to death [defeat, expunge, deprive of power, destroy the strength of], therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.
  • Eph. 5:4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about when what is vile is honored among men [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences to younger and younger audiences every year when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, pay for it, enjoy it, want 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 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 you], 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 [or for] one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto [or for] 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 - 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. "Little ones": mikros - little;, small of age; younger which can include at-home teens].
  • 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 heart of the CAP Analysis Model)

    Rebound (2005) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • poor sportsmanlike conduct
  • bully tactics, repeatedly
  • unauthorized entry by teens
  • slapstick violence a few times
  • hit to face (actual strike unseen)

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • three uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary, one of them muffled
  • crude humor
  • facial piercing

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • excessive cleavage in a background photo
  • crotch hit
  • rude gaze
  • sexual innuendo
  • teen girls in coach's locker room

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • none noted

    Offense to God (O)
  • three uses of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive; two of them by teens, one of them mouthed by a teen
  • one use of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive implied by lip movements

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • none noted

  • First Impressions and

    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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