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(2010), PG-13 [Hard R-13*] (1hr 55.25min)

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Influence Density
January 12, 2011
Jnauary 14, 2010

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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.

(2010), PG-13 [Hard R-13*] ... that time of his life was R-equivalent in profanity, drugs/alcohol and sexual immorality.

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Columbia Pictures, Relativity Media, Michael De Luca Productions, Scott Rudin Productions, Trigger Street Productions
Distribution (US): Columbia Pictures
Director(s): David Fincher
Producer(s): Dana Brunetti, Ceán Chaffin, Jim Davidson, Michael De Luca, Scott Rudin, Aaron Sorkin, Kevin Spacey
Writing Credits: Aaron Sorkin (screenplay), Ben Mezrich (book)
Cinematography/Camera: Jeff Cronenweth
Music: Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross
Film Editing: Kirk Baxter, Angus Wall
Casting: Laray Mayfield
Production Design: Donald Graham Burt
Art Direction: Curt Beech, Keith P. Cunningham, Robyn Paiba
Viewed on Sony Home Entertainment DVD

This is the third PG-13 I've analyzed this year so far and two of them earned R-13 final scores. That fits with the 2004 trend proven of about two thirds of all PG-13s earning R-13 CAP final scores. I have not had the funding to update the 2004 finding to 2010 but I feel confident the trend has not improved. We'll see.

Harvard genius and computer revolutionary Mark Zuckerberg makes it B-I-G. This is a telling of the Facebook phenomenon: of how Zuckerberg (played by Jesse Eisenberg), founder and inventor of Facebook, made it B-I-G. Twenty-five billion dollars big. Zuckerberg, with a SAT score of 1600 (the highest possible), is the youngest billionaire on the planet. And is now short at least one BFF -- Eduardo "Wardo" Saverin (Andrew Garfield). Wardo was the co-founder of and provider of seed money for the world-changing venture.

This is a computer application version of the Steve Jobs and Bill Gates stories. Jobs and Gates made their big bucks building and selling innovative personal computers. Zuckerberg made it big inventing an Internet application. A short lecture session in the film by Bill Gates is portrayed but Steve Jobs' Apple Computers (Macintosh) are well represented in the film. Now there is a story! While Zuckerberg started his project from his dormitory room, Jobs started building and selling computers, Macintosh computers, out of his garage. Jobs developed the now universal pull-down menu and object oriented drag-n-drop, click-to-select, double-click operating system that all computer makers have "plagiarized" replacing the once-famous DOS operating system. Now Jobs is the "A" in Apple, Inc. and CEO of Pixar. The computer you are using likely comes from either Jobs or Gates.

The way I like to describe the computer market is this. There are two basic types of computers: Macintosh and Miscellaneous. As you probably have guessed, I am a Mac user. And have been for over 20 years. It was fortunate that I chose Macintosh when I started in computers because all of the other computers have, as I called it, "plagiarized' the Mac operating system. Without owning or working with to any great extent the PC/Windows computers I can, because of my experience with Macs, use just about any other computer ... because they all mimic Jobs' original [Macintosh] operating system. And I have not had any formal computer training except a class of FORTRAN in the previous century. That says something about Jobs' intellect in developing a user-friendly operating system.

If the content of The Social Network is true to the caliber of Zuckerberg's life during the period of the story, that time of his life was R-equivalent in profanity, drugs/alcohol and sexual immorality.

The Social Network is a standard formula film for telling the story of rags-to-riches for a computer geek. It is more of a gossip film than an informative film. It is the story of how what started as a Harvard-only (spelled e-x-c-l-u-s-i-v-e) social network website which brothers Cameron and Tyler Winkelvoss ( Armie Hammer and Josh Pence) along with Divya Narendra (Max Minghella) -- all fellow Harvards -- "hired" Zuckerberg to develop, was secretly developed into "The Facebook" which is now just "Facebook™." Though Zuckerberg claimed not one line of code developed for the "Winklevi" (Zuckerberg's plural for Winkelvoss) was used in Facebook -- a curiously similar concept to the Winkelvi's Harvard social networking website. So similar that the "Winklevi" actively sought intellectual property rights ownership of Zuckerberg's Facebook.

Zuckerberg's intent was to extend the reach of his social networking outside the realm of Harvard into many schools. And that it did. Facebook started out as a "who's hot" networking website which invited users to select from two on-campus females displayed onscreen which was "hottest." With more than 22,000 hits in four hours, it was obvious to Zuckerberg that the networking idea with member photos and profiles was a very good idea.

A very good idea indeed.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 86 out of 100
This is not a violent film at all but it contains matters of the violent nature such as threats plus one instance of attempted arson.

Impudence/Hate (I) - Zero out of 100
While this film is not violent it is filled with profanity. Thirty-eight uses of profanity plus three uses of the most foul of the foul words through the 115.25 minutes of screen time. [Col. 3:8] Vulgar name calling, a vulgar gesture, coaching to lie and underhanded business ethics top off the loss of all the starting 100 points in this investigation area.

Sexual Immorality (S) - 7 out of 100
Sexually immodest demonstrations freckle the script from "front to back." Attention to girls breasts size. Sex games (including with illegal drugs). Stripping to underwear. Motions of oral sex. Strip poker. An unmarried couple in bed. Cohabitation. Two girls snuggling on a couch. More. This is not a sexually humble film. [Col. 2:20 - 3:6] Granted, it may be a re-telling of the life of someone, but it is still a film. Nothing more. Nothing less. That others sin does not excuse yours (or mine). That performers sin seemingly without consequence does not protect you. Indeed, that others (e.g. filmmakers, performers) entice some to sin with sin IS sin, as much as it is sin for you to sin as they sin. The bottom line is that His Word regarding sexual immorality may be summed up as any sexual contact (including visual), conduct or activity outside of a monogamous heterosexual marriage.

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - Zero out of 100
The American College of Physicians (ACP) found an irrefutable link between presentation of alcohol and tobacco in and as entertainment and adolescent abuse of them. The ACP found that of the study population (4544 New Hampshire middle school youths) the following percentages of youths tried alcohol without parental knowledge:

• 46% for those with no viewing restrictions
• 16% for those with partial viewing restrictions
• four percent for those with complete viewing restrictions.

There is no reason to doubt that the same link exists between entertainment demonstrations of illegal drugs and adolescent abuse of them. This film presents all but tobacco. [Eph. 5:18] And it has long since been accepted that the influence of sexually immoral demonstrations in and as entertainment has caused youth, by their own admission, to try what they see onscreen.

Offense to God (O) - 16 out of 100
God's name is abused 15 times without the four letter expletive and twice with it. God is adamant about abuse of His name, enough so to warn they who abuse His name that He "will not hold him guiltless that taketh His name in vain." [Deut. 5:11]

Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
There were no murders or suicides noted in this film.


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  • Col. 3:8 But now ye also put off [rid yourself of] all these; anger, wrath, malice [kakia: ill-will, desire to injure, wickedness, depravity, evil, trouble, not ashamed to break laws, etc.], blasphemy [blasphemia: impious and reproachful speech injurious to divine majesty], filthy communication [aischrologia:foul speaking, low and obscene speech] out of your mouth.
  • Col. 2:20 - 3:6 Since you died with Christ to the basic principles of this world, why, as though you still belonged to it, do you submit to its rules: "Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch!"? These are all destined to perish with use, because they are based on human commands and teachings. Such regulations indeed have an appearance of wisdom, with their self-imposed worship, their false humility and their harsh treatment of the body, but they lack any value in restraining sensual indulgence. Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming.
  • 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.
  • 1 Cor. 6:19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
  • 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 in prayer, with respect or reverence or in 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/Christ when I said that" or "It's just words" or "I was acting" or "I was quoting" will not work with God.]

    ***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.]


    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 objective heart of the CAP Analysis Model, independent of and insulated from the Summary / Commentary section.)

    TITLE (YEAR) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 86 out of 100
  • computer system security breach and copyright infringement, hacking
  • threat to do harm
  • threat to kill, twice
  • attempted arson

    Impudence/Hate (I) - Zero out of 100
  • 38 uses of profanity
  • three uses of the most foul of the foul words
  • vulgar name calling
  • coaching to lie
  • vulgar gesture
  • lie

    Sexual Immorality (S) - 7 out of 100
  • attention to the size of a girl's breasts
  • girls dancing in public in underwear, repeatedly
  • strip poker
  • boys deriding a girl with her underwear
  • striping to underwear
  • girl stripping herself and a boy in a restroom stall then making motions of oral sex
  • man and woman in bed unmarried
  • partial read female nudity, repeatedly
  • woman in underwear, repeatedly
  • cohabitation for sex
  • excessive cleavage
  • two girls snuggling a couch
  • rude gaze
  • sex games in underwear
  • underhanded business ethics throughout

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - Zero out of 100
  • booze, frequent
  • drinking, frequent
  • drunkenness, repeatedly
  • underage drinking party, repeatedly
  • bar
  • guzzling
  • "I need a drink"
  • illegal drug consumption
  • drug intoxication

    Offense to God (O) - 16 out of 100
  • 15 uses of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive and two with it

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
  • none noted

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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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