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(2004), PG-13
Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
March 12, 2004
36 out of 100

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If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary likely using a mix of KJV and NIV.

(2004), PG-13 -- If ... have the potential to influence decision-making ... so does ...

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Grand Slam Productions, Columbia Pictures Corporation, Pariah Entertainment Group
Distribution (US): Sony Pictures Entertainment, Columbia Pictures
Director(s): David Koepp
Producer(s): Gavin Polone, Ezra Swerdlow
Written by: Stephen King
Screenplay: David Koepp
Cinematography/Camera: Fred Murphy
Music: Philip Glass, Geoff Zanelli
Film Editing: Jill Savitt
Casting: Andrea Kenyon, Pat McCorkle, John Papsidera, Randi Wells
Production Design: Howard Cummings
Art Direction: Gilles Aird
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

If you let your kids watch this "feet on seat backs, backwards hat and bare midriff" manner of entertainment, don't expect them to speak cleanly and responsibly in your absence. We reap what we sow. God knows what He is talking about [Job 4:8]. And if we had a donation for every time I was told in email "That's the way we talk anyway" and "So what? They're just words" and "I hear worse at school every day" we wouldn't need financial support. From where do you think kids who talk that way got such a habit? To hear it in and as entertainment with your implicit approval by letting them see it only serves to encourage, embolden and perpetuate such chosen behavior by lowering their wholesome threshold by desensitizing them to the vulgarity of "filthy communication" [Col. 3:8]. Whether they believe it or not. Whether they admit it or not. Whether you OR I believe it or admit it or not. God KNOWS what He is talking about [1 Cor. 15:33].

Yes, it made me very angry to see all the young teens and preteens in the audience soaking it up, every sin, and laughing it up as they were morally raped [Luke 17:2]. (I'll get to the Summary/Commentary for this movie soon enough.) Is there no thought given to the millstone (in Luke 17:20) let alone the children themselves? Is there no though given to Jesus [Matt. 25:40]? The One who spent three days in Hell so you and I would not have to spend one moment there? Also pray that your impressionable ones who watch this show do not, in a moment of social/emotional/puberty fire, use a shovel to cut someone's head off. If the heinous graphic brutality of The Basketball Diaries, Valentine and Natural Born Killers can have the potential to influence the decision-making skills of youthful assailants, so can the scenery of a man coldly and lustfully chopping off the head of another with a shovel. God knows what He is talking about.

Secret Window was one of the furthest from a PG-13 I have ever seen. And I have seen more than 800 films. With a final score of 36 and an Influence Density of 1.64, this is more proof that the MPAA is morally dead and are blind servants to worldly morality. I always thought they were there to provide a means for parents to be informed of vile and invasive content but I have been wrong before. Well, if that is true, they have failed. Miserably. Secret Window is completely R-13.

Morton Rainey (Johnny Depp) is being sued for divorce [Mal. 2:16] by his wife Amy (Maria Bello). He lives in a remote cabin in the woods in Tashmore County, New York away from Amy as therapy and to continue his work as a writer. While working on a story, Mort is visited by an evil man from Mississippi named John Shooter (John Turturro). Shooter is not really from Mississippi but is from some place much closer to Mort. Shooter claims Mort stole his story, "Secret Window." It doesn't add up since Shooter's story was written in 1997 and was titled "Sowing Season" while Mort's "Secret Window" was published in 1995 in the _Ellory Queen_ magazine, pages 83 to 98. But both stories were almost identical.

This movie is based on Stephen King's "Four Past Midnight: Secret Window, Secret Garden." There is even a subtle reference to King's "Children of the Corn" in this film. To corn anyway. The "secret window" is a small casement-style window in the upper floor of Mort's cabin, easily hidden by a chest of drawers, which overlooks a place where Amy had planned to plant a garden.

Shooter will not let go of his claim that Mort stole his story and makes a plethora of demands of Mort -- threats that if Mort does not make amends for his "crime" of plagiarism he would do harm of many kinds, such as burn everything in Mort's life like weeds in a high wind.

In fear for his life, Mort hires a private investigator, Ken Karsch (Charles Dutton) to intimidate Shooter into leaving Mort alone. But it doesn't work. Quickly it becomes clear that Shooter is not about to leave without the amends he demands.

This film is a fetching way to portray the schizophrenia Mort suffers. His schizophrenia is used to excuse many sins. Beating his wife with a shovel. Stabbing her with a screw driver. Murdering a local man with that screw driver in his head. Murdering Karsch with a small hatchet. Murdering Amy's paramour, Ted (Timothy Hutton) who, by the way, is from Shooter's Bay, TN using the shovel as a blade to cut off his head. [Gal. 5:21; Rev. 21:8] Even murdering his own dog - err, his wife's dog Chico - with that screw driver. And this is PG-13? You be the judge since it is your kids who will be victimized by it if you let them see it.

There are also 38 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary [Col. 3:8] plus 8 uses of God's name in vain with and without the four letter expletive [Deut. 5:11], once with the four letter expletive in a most bold and bitter way. And there were several images of Bello and Hutton nude but covered in a motel bed practicing adultery [Prov. 6:32; Rev. 21:8]. PG-13 huh?

Please refer also to the listing in the Findings/Scoring section (the heart of the CAP Analysis Model) before deciding whether to let your kids see this film. Please.

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  • Job 4:8 Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same.
  • Col. 3:8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.
  • 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.
  • Mal. 2:16 "I hate divorce," says the LORD God of Israel, "and I hate a man's covering himself with violence as well as with his garment," says the LORD Almighty. So guard yourself in your spirit, and do not break faith.
  • Gal. 5:21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
  • Rev. 21:8 But the [unforgiven] fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers [the sexually immoral], and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
  • 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.]
  • Prov. 6:32 But whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding: he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul.

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • 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, pay for 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 (KJV) Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (NIV) Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.
  • Rom. 5:19 For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.
  • Jude 4 For certain men* whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change [warp, distort, falsely represent, situationally redefine, counterfeit, conditionally apply] the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. [*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 would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. [cause by teaching or example]
  • Ps. 119:133 Direct my footsteps according to your word; 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.


    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.

    Secret Window (2004) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • breaking and entering
  • "If you don't go and bite her, I will kill her" [Mort to the dog, Chico about Mrs. Garvey, Mort's housekeeper]
  • assault with intent to do harm, frequent, some graphic and brutal
  • imagery of a great fall
  • explosive startles
  • murder of dog
  • threat to kill a man's wife to intimidate him
  • arson to intimidate
  • firearm
  • firearm threat
  • repeated scenes of two murdered men, graphic
  • disposing of murdered bodies to cover up
  • attempted murder
  • stabbing with a screw driver
  • beating with a shovel to the face

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • 38 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • scene of human urination
  • divorce
  • repeated murders with no consequences

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • man and woman in bed nude, covered, repeated scenes
  • camera angle to force viewer on to private parts, repeatedly
  • sexual comment
  • dressing to maximize the female form and/or skin exposure
  • cohabitation for sex, repeatedly

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • smoking, repeatedly
  • drinking
  • booze

    Offense to God (O)
  • adultery, repeatedly
  • five uses of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive and thrice with it, once exceptionally bold and bitter

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • murder of a man with a shovel to cut off his head
  • three unseen murders

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