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(2006), PG-13 ["Hard" R-13*] (1hr 44min)
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(While the Scriptural references are certainly not subjective, my commentary may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)
Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Dimension Films, Brad Grey Pictures
Distribution (US): The Weinstein Company
Director(s): David Zucker
Producer(s): Phil Dornfeld, Grace Gilroy, Craig Mazin, Nikolette Orlandou, Robert K. Weiss
Screenplay by: Craig Mazin, Jim Abrahams
Story by: Craig Mazin
Characters: Shawn Wayans, Marlon Wayans, Buddy Johnson, Phil Beauman, Jason Friedberg, Aaron Seltzer
Cinematography/Camera: Thomas E. Ackerman
Music: James L. Venable
Film Editing: Craig Herring, Tom Lewis
Casting: Roger Mussenden
Production Design: Holger Gross
Art Direction: William Heslup
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6
Scary Movie 4 (PG-13). An impressive cast indeed. Shaq O'Neal, Dr. Phill, Bill Pullman, Leslie Nielsen and even James Earl Jones. Crude, nasty, vulgar with loads of nudity and profanity laced with lots of violence -- that is about the best one-line description I can come up with. Discussion of the "plot" would be a waste of time. Besides, I am not sure there was one. This Scary Movie 4, as are all other Scary Movies , is little more than a collection of people seeing just how nasty they can get.
This PG-13 Scary Movie 4 is another R-13. Of the four Scary Movie installments so far, at least this Scary Movie 4 (a final score of 30 out of 100) earned:
Following is a pictorial perspective of the above scoring differentiation;
If nothing else, digest this perspective from the above data. Scary Movie of 2000 with a final score of zero is rated R. Scary Movie 2 of 2001 with a final score of 28 is also rated R. With both Scary Movie and Scary Movie 2 being rated R the scoring of them is to be expected. The range of final scores earned by R-rated movies consistently is 54 and below out of 100. However, Scary Movie 3 of 2003 with a final score of 26 is rated PG-13 and Scary Movie 4 of 2006 with a final score of 30 is also rated PG-13.
Every one of the Scary Movies earned a score less than 54: 2000 - zero; 2002 - 28; 2003 - 26; 2006 - 30, placing them all squarely and deeply into the 54 and below range of scores earned by R-rated films in the comparative baseline database. But the 2003 and 2006 versions are each rated PG-13 by the MPAA.
In another format, the above data reveal:
2000 - R. Score: zero
2001 - R. Score: 28
2003 - PG-13. Score: 26
2006 - PG-13. Score: 30
Each of the PG-13 rated films earned scores within two points out of 100 of the R-rated 2001 film.
These trends corroborate our finding of the decay of standards by the MPAA since before 2000 (see R-13) but for R-rated films. Meaning, even R-rated films are getting raunchier and the trend of PG-13 films being more "R" each year. I can't wait until someone steps forward and funds compiling the massive data we have accumulated.
Note also the distribution of ignominy. In each film the film content was severe enough to earn the film a score of zero (clearly equivalent to R-rated films) in each of the investigation areas of Impudence/Hate (predominantly profanity), Sexual Immorality and Offense to God (predominantly the use of God's name in vain both with and without the four letter expletive). Again Hollywood reveals what they think our teens want in and as entertainment.
There is more revealed by the above scoring distribution but going into any more detail would be beating a dead horse.
This film is a collection of takes from other films, the 2005 War of the Worlds (PG-13 [R-13]) being the main feature Scary Movie 4 emulates. Other spoofs in Scary Movie 4 include Saw (R), The Ring (PG-13 [R-13]), Ring 2 (PG-13 [PG-13]), The Village (PG-13 [PG]), Million Dollar Baby (PG-13 [R-13]), The Grudge (PG-13 [R-13]) and, of course, Brokeback Mountain (R). And, as usual, many of the films Scary Movie 4 spoofs are rated R or earned a R-13 CAP score, requiring the "permitted" 13 year old to have seen them to understand the attempted humor and connection.
Potshots taken include
Mom/dad, this is one of the more "hardcore" R-13 films. Profanity is rampant with 48 uses in one hour and forty-four minutes, 14 of them by adolescents just like yours. Sexually immoral talk, deeds and imagery are thick. While the individual instances of violence are not as bold and graphic as are typically found in R-rated films, there are enough individual instances to be equivalent in magnitude of violence to many R-rated films (See our CAP Rule of 1000 for more information on this modern film making device).
Focusing this paragraph on Christian standards, Scary Movie 4 fills ears, young as well as old, with 17 uses of God's name in vain. [Deut. 5:11] Though none are used with the common four letter expletive, omitting the four letter expletive does not diminish the violation of God's Word with each use of His name in vain. And three of them are spoken by adolescents. [Luke 17:2] There are also 48 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary, including two uses of the most foul of the foul words. [Col. 3:8, Isa. 13:11, Prov. 22:11] Fourteen of the 48 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary are spoken by adolescents. [2 Tim. 2:16 - 17]
I bring up "spoken by adolescents" because of Luke 17:2 and others. If you take you children to see such entertainment, you take a chance of them perceiving you taking them as giving them implicit approval of the content of the entertainment. No matter what your words say. No matter what their words say as you say your words. [1 Cor. 15:33] We have cared for thirty-three children over the years, some for weeks some for years (two biological children, thirty-one foster children, adopted seven of them, fixing to adopt one more). And every one of them who could talk had a different vocabulary when mom and I were not around. They certainly did not get such a vocabulary from me. Or mom. Y'see, the kids walking the school halls with yours have more influence over your kids' vocabulary than your words when your words have dissipated and are, for the moment, a distant memory. From where do you think their peers get their vocabulary? Other kids? Sure. But from where do they get it? Absolutely! From modern cinema. In this day and age, it is cool to be bad for the middle school "PG-13" crowd.
The above paragraph speaks only to the profanity matter and its "catching" properties. The same applies to the sexual responsibilities of your children as they mature while being influenced by the cavalier disregard and even contempt for sexual purity of such entertainment. And such influence may last eighteen years.
Then comes the influence of violence in and as entertainment which has already been proven to be influential not only by God [1 Cor. 15:33] but by professional health scientists as well
Would anyone care to guess why the images on the bandage on the horizontal finger in the poster art is in "childhood" format? How about the "cut here" dotted line on the vertical finger?
Please consider strongly the listing in the Findings/Scoring section before you decide whether this caliber of entertainment is fit for your family.
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***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
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.
Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
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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