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Snow Falling on Cedars (1999), (PG-13)
CAP Score: 68
CAP Influence Density: 0.57
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SUMMARY / COMMENTARY:
*Snow Falling on Cedars* (PG-13) -- and clothing falling on ground.
One might think this is a very rude and crude thing to say about this movie. Well, yes. It is, but it is earned, not fabricated. This movie is little, if any, more than portrayal of a sexual relationship between two teens -- early teens, very early teens. And, yes, there is sexual intercourse -- repeatedly -- thus "clothing falling on the ground." I guess if there is any "good" to be found in this programming it is no visible nudity, at least of the sexual relationship. But there is battlefield nudity. All for your 13-year old's viewing "pleasure." Remember, there is no law that says you must let your 13 rea old watch PG-13 movies.
An American teen boy violates the norm of the time by entering into a relationship with a Japanese teen girl just before America's entry into World War II. And when the Japanese military of the time killed thousands of American soldiers at Pearl Harbor, the American government split the pair up, which gave fuel to the teen arrogance against fair authority. As hard as it may be on teens in love to be split up by some "big kids" starting a war, there is no justification I can find in the Bible for arrogance against parents for such a "cause." Granted, Eph. 6:4 states "And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord." But there is a very distinct and defining difference between wrath and simple anger. Wrath is justifiable in the eyes of the Lord, NOT the eyes of the one angered, while simple anger is typically selfish. For a discussion about this distinction, please visit our "Spare the Rod . . . Spoil the Child: A Parental Perspective" from our Table of Contents --> CAP Reports --> Commentaries.
The Japanese residing in America in this movie were treated harshly as they were robbed of their homes, property and any wealth to be herded off to internment camps during the war. "While some have been misled to believe that this was for their own protection, and most experts believe it didn't do a thing for national security," [editorial assistance by Arthur Hu], it is the parents' job(s) to teach children of these realities, not the imagination of the movie writers.
The main content of this movie was the long-term relationship between two young people which started as a tender love and progressed into sexual intercourse, starting at around 12 or 13 years old and lasting well into adulthood, even after the girl married another man. And, of course, not one mention was made about such a relationship being sinful. However, the only nudity noted in this 121-minute movie was nudity on the battlefield.
I am certain I will hear about my lack of attention to the beautiful way the movie identified vain prejudices against people of another race and how the movie efficiently pointed out the shallowness and stupidity of such prejudices and the pain caused by them. To that, I remind the antagonists that the single greatest advantage of the CAP Entertainment Media Analysis Model is that objective and will not permit incorporation of the opinions or even the values of the investigator. ONLY the teachings of Jesus are used as Investigation standards. We make no scoring allowances for Hollywood's trumped-up "messages" to excuse, or for manufacturing of justification for aberrant behavior or imagery. If a sinful behavior is portrayed, it is called sinful whether Hollywood has embedded it within any theme of syrupy love and compassion or other cinematic mask. That the sinful behavior is "justified" by some manufactured conditions does not soften nor erase the price of the sin.
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FINDINGS / SCORING:
NOTE: Multiple occurrences of each item described below may be likely.
Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
Offense to God (O)(2):