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(2011), PG-13 [Hard R-13*] (1hr 36.3min)

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June 17, 2011
June 18, 2011

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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-13 [Hard R-13*] ... "It is just a grey wolf."

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Warner Bros. Pictures, Appian Way, Random Films
Distribution (US): Warner Bros. Pictures
Director(s): Catherine Hardwidke
Producer(s): Leonardo DiCaprio, Catherine Hardwicke, Michael Ireland, Jennifer Davisson Killoran, Alex Mace, Jim Rowe, Julie Yorn
Written by: David Johnson
Cinematography/Camera: Mandy Walker
Music: Alex Heffes, Brian Reitzell
Film Editing: Nancy Richardson
Casting: Michelle Allen, Ronna Kress
Production Design: Thomas E. Sanders
Art Direction: Don Macaulay
Viewed on Warner Brothers Home Entertainment DVD

Valerie and Peter become close friends as young children. The friendship is not lost to the years. As teens, Valerie (Amanda Seyfried) and Peter (Shiloh Fernandez) become ... more than friends. But looming through the relationship is a threat. A threat not only to them but to every resident of the village of Daggerhorn.

It has been 20 years since the last time the wolf killed one of the villagers but alas Lucie (Alexandria Maillot), Valerie's sister is another victim of the wolf. The village leaders have been offering live sacrifices every month during the Blood Moon to the wolf for 20 years but now the sacrifices are no longer enough.

Unable to endure the constant fear any longer the village men embark on a trek to kill the wolf. Found it they did and brought its head back to the village on a pole. But was it the correct wolf? "Nay" sayeth his eminence, Father Solomon (Gary Oldman), the best tracker and killer of wolves ... of werewolves. Sayeth he about the beheaded wolf, "It is just a grey wolf."

So the ever present threat still strikes fear in the hearts of the villagers. The werewolf still roams the region. The war is on.

For those of you who have seen any of the Twilight saga installments, this is yet another love triangle tale built around evil and unholy matters. Just imagine Valerie as Twilight'sBella, Red Riding Hood's Peter as Edward and, Henry (Max Irons), the third in the Red Riding Hood love triangle, as Jacob. By the way, Twilight's Chief of Police, Billy Burke plays Valerie's father, Cesaire. Burke plays a quintessential role in this Red Riding Hood story, a very subdued role for most of the show.

Apparently unable to resist the temptation, the writers included "Grandmother! What big eyes you have" and a couple more famous quotes from the children's fable.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - Zero out of 100
A large number of episodes of violence of varying intensities freckle the choreography. Many dead bodies (some bloodied), amputations and several animal attacks plus blade impalements and various assaults stole all the starting 100 points in this investigation area.

Again I share with you God's admonition as well as man's against embracing violence. God warns that violence is "catching." [Prov. 16:29] Even man has come to agree with God's admonition by warning us that "viewing violence may lead to real life violence."

Impudence/Hate (I) - 69 out of 100
There is not one utterance of any form of profanity in the entire 96.3 minutes of the show. But there is enough other counterproductive influences to steal a large chuck of the starting 100 points in this investigation area. A couple times defiance of parental wisdom is demonstrated. [Exod. 20:12] A very serious promise is broken. [James 5:12]

Sexual Immorality (S) - 48 out of 100
As is typical of PG-13 somebody ends up on top of somebody else. The key word therein is "body." Yes, his ends up on hers. Maybe some day Hollywood writers will understand and will change their teachings, that love is not sex and sex is not love: that sex is a tool of love, a servant of love; no more, no less: that a strong and rich love is possible without sex. But then, Hollywood writers are not good at writing stories anymore. They used to be but not 'ny more. Oh, well. Let Hollywood make anything they want to make. God said sin would be rampant in the ends times. But as long as what they make teaches and/or causes our youth to sin, I will have something to say about it. Boldly. Unashamedly.

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 48 out of 100
Even if the MPAA ratings were honored the dangers of drinking in and as entertainment would still be there. There would still be emboldenment of youth to drink. And that is not because I say so.

A 2002 study by the American College of Physicians (ACP) revealed 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]

    Offense to God (O) - 31 out of 100
    While God's name in taken in vain only twice [Deut. 5:11], the writers have counterfeited the Scriptures repeatedly by portraying a monthly blood red cycle to the moon. The only time the moon will ever be blood red is at the Second Coming of the Sinless Man. [Acts 2:20, Rev. 6:12] A challenge of the Scriptures comes in Valerie walking the coals which God has warned that there be none among us. [Deut. 18:10]

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 62 out of 100
    Murder by sword. Murder by knife. Murder by suffocation. It's all there for your 13 year old moral sponges. [Exod. 20:13] By the way, Exod. 20:13 is one of the Ten Commandments.


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  • Prov. 16:29 A violent man enticeth his neighbour, and leadeth him into the way that is not good. [The issue is the violence, the 'way that is not good' no matter how "small" or "justified" the violence might seem, and its "leading" effect on the observer. "A violent man" can be any character of any age, any gender, human or not in the act of committing (demonstrating in the case of entertainment) violent behavior/action whether for good or evil OR the violent behaviors/actions themselves. Such exposure can and does embolden the viewer into aggression, especially youth. It took years for American professional health community to finally affirm, probably without knowing it, that which God told us in 1 Cor. 15:33 below. See also Joint Statement on the Impact of Entertainment Violence on Children: Congressional Public Health Summit for more information. Further, God speaks darkly of violence 56 times in the Old and New Testament of the KJV.]
  • Exod. 20:12 Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.
  • James 5:12 But above all things, my brethren, swear [affirm, promise, threaten, with an oath, invoke] not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath: but let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemnation. [If you promise you have made an affirmation to honor: you have said yea. Let you yea be yea. If you break your promise you will have made your promise a lie.]
  • 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 You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name. [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 responsible discussion 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.]
  • Acts 2:20 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come: Rev. 6:12 And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;
  • Deut. 18:10 There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, ...
  • Exod. 20:13 Thou shalt not kill. (NIV) You shall not murder. ["Kill" here is ratsach {raw-tsakh'}: murder, slay, premeditated, to assassinate. Deut. 5:17 repeats this Commandment. By the way, suicide is murder of the self.]

    ***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 [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences and present it to younger and younger audiences every year] when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, enjoy it, want it, submit to it. I call attention to Ps. 12:8 to warn of the creeping desensitizing power of "entertainment."]
  • 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.]


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    Red Riding Hood (2011) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - Zero out of 100
  • dead body, frequent, some with gore
  • animal attack, repeatedly, some intense and graphic, some with multiple deaths
  • tale of families and children being killed
  • amputations
  • assault, repeatedly, with blades
  • threat to kill many
  • eating raw flesh
  • fight
  • impalement injury
  • stabbing, repeatedly
  • beating
  • axe impalement

    Impudence/Hate (I) - 69 out of 100
  • defiance of mother's instructions
  • willing to disobey for attraction to another
  • daring to defy standards for love
  • unfounded claim of guilt
  • break of a promise that can lead to death
  • forcing humiliation
  • yanking of arrow out of man's chest to make it hurt

    Sexual Immorality (S) - 48 out of 100
  • rude gaze
  • a man humping another man, clothed
  • offering sex for release of brother, stripping to underwear
  • tongue kissing, repeatedly
  • man on woman making out, twice
  • start of man undressing woman
  • inappropriate touch, repeatedly
  • making out nude

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 48 out of 100
  • drinking, repeatedly
  • reference to drunkenness
  • drunken revelry, repeatedly

    Offense to God (O) - 17 out of 100
  • walking on coals
  • two abuses of God's name
  • lust for vengeance
  • claim of werewolf from human, repeatedly
  • "witch hunt" based on accusation
  • demon beast, repeatedly
  • choosing a life with evil for "love"
  • counterfeiting of the Scriptures about "blood red moon"

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 26 out of 100
  • blade murder, repeatedly
  • imprisonment leading to death

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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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