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(2010), PG [13-PG*] (1hr 29min)

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February 2, 2011
February 3, 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.

(2010), PG [13-PG*] ... humor does not erase the violence

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Relativity Media, Robert Simonds Productions
Distribution (US): Lionsgate Hom
e Entertainment
Director(s): Brian Levant Producer(s): Terri Goddard, Ken Halsband, Ryan Kavanaugh, George Parra, Ira Shuman, Robert Simonds, Solon So, Tucker Tooley
Writing Credits: Jonathan Bernstein, James Greer, Gregory Poirier (screenplay): Jonathan Bernstein, James Greer (story)
Cinematography/Camera: Dean Cundey
Music: David Newman
Film Editing: Lawrence Jordan
Casting: Nicole Abellera, Jeanne McCarthy
Production Design: Stephen J. Lineweaver
Art Direction: Bryce Perrin
Viewed on Lionsgate Home Entertainment DVD

I just finished watching The Spy Next Door with my family and felt fairly comfortable with it. My personal opinion of the film may change in a couple hours after I finish the scoring calculations and the reality of the content of the film comes clear. There are after all a lot of action violence sequences and several episodes of adolescent disrespect of fair authority. Maybe the action violence sequences in this film do not have killing and gore in them as do many such sequences in more severely rated films, but they are action violence nonetheless. That an act of violence is presented as or in humor does not negate the violence.

But The Spy Next Door does seem family-worthy ... except maybe for the violence and for the mouth of 13 year old Farren (Madeline Carroll) for most the show. It does seem that Hollywood thinks early teens are all victims of the "It ain't good enough, no matter what 'it' it" syndrome and that they MUST make sure everyone within earshot or who can see them knows it. As if every living, breathing 13 year old human being on the planet is filled with "I hate [this]! I hate [that]!" I can tell you that some 13 year olds are indeed that way and are indeed that way because of films that tell them they are that way. By the way, Madeline actually was 13 years old in the film.

Maybe I sound as if I harp on adolescents being disrespectful of their parents but it is plain wrong for them to do so. And after caring for 42 children 24-7 over 20 years I can tell you how it is wrong ... but other than telling you it is "catching", I won't. There isn't enough room here. And I am not a psychologist (and don't want to be). At any rate, it is wrong to let children, at any age, yell and scream at their parents no matter what the Spocks and Frueds say. By the way, Spock admitted he was wrong:

On permissive behavior - by Dr. Benjamin Spock, baby care specialist and Vietnam War objector. He now says, "We have reared a generation of brats. Parents aren't firm enough with their children for fear of losing their love or incurring their resentment. This is a cruel deprivation that we professionals have imposed on mothers and fathers. Of course, we did it with the best of intentions. We didn't realize until it was too late how our know-it-all attitude was undermining the self assurance of parents."

And God agrees with Spock (imagine that). God said so. In one of the Ten Commandments, no less. [Exod. 20:12, Deut. 6:7, Prov. 22:15]

By the way, I had our TVGuardian turned on and it caught the single use of profanity in this film.

A couple faces in The Spy Next Door were familiar and filled support roles: George Lopez of Shark Boy and Lava Girl: Billy Ray Cyrus and Lucas Till, both of Hannah Montana fame. It is odd indeed to see Cyrus as a CIA agent. And equally odd to see Till as a bad guy who likes little girls, 13 year olds to be specific ... with an ulterior motive.

The next door neighbor to divorced Gillian (Amber Valletta) and her kids, 13 year old Farren, eight-ish Ian (Will Shadley) and 4 year old Nora (Alina Foley) is Bob Ho (Jackie Chan) of the Far East Pen Importers. Actually Bob is your everyday mild mannered CIA agent. Gillian and Bob have struck up a budding relationship over three months: a relationship of which Nora is all in favor; that Ian and Farren are dead set against ... initially. Bob is on loan from the Chinese Intelligence Service in Hong Kong but is ready to get out of the spy business and settle down -- with Gillian and her kids.

Also ready to settle down is Bob's cohort, Agent Glaze (George Lopez) but not with a family and a house surrounded by a white picket fence, rather with the billion dollars he stands to make from an illicit deal with Poldark (Magnus Scheving) for the formula to a growth bacteria hybrid that eats crude oil. From Russia, he plans to hold the world hostage by threatening to have the bacteria eat everybody else's oil.

Other than what you see above, the film is little more than another Spy Kids™ formula but is indeed enjoyable. For more information about the content refer to the individual investigation area discussions below or to the Findings/Scoring section which provides an itemized listing of the content findings by investigation area.

And the meanies stole a lollipop from one of the Halloweeners and the toy out of a box of Nora's Life™ cereal.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - Zero out of 100
As I wondered while watching the film, the amount of violence in it, though certainly not as extreme as found in more severely rated films, is rather extensive. The film is indeed so filled with violence on so many levels that the magnitude of the total envelope of violence is equivalent to that of some R-rated films. Not at all because of the intensity or severity of examples of violence but because of so m-a-n-y of them. This is an example of the technique of loading films with tons of "lesser" examples of violence to achieve the effect or feel of the more extreme violence often found in more severely rated films and yet still qualify for a less severe rating. For more information on this technique of loading films, see our CAP Rule of 1000 publication.

No matter how tame the violence may seem it is still violence and, as God warns, can lead the observer onto the wrong path. [Prov. 16:29]

Impudence/Hate (I) - 10 out of 100
Though there is but one use of profanity in the entire 89 minutes of the film, there are many instances of adolescent disrespect of and arrogance toward adult fair authority. Farren is very bitter due to her father leaving her with Gillian. Farren is not about to let anyone go without seeing her grief. There are many Scriptures advising youth to be respectful of and honor their parents and I have included a few of them in the discussion above. But since the plot has Gillian as Farren's step mother I will add one more verse with which to remind youth to honor those who have charge over them: [1 Pet. 5:5] One more. [Heb. 13:17] And if the one who has charge over the youth is ignoble and abusive by God's standards, God will tend to it. Woe unto the one who abuses one of His little ones. [Luke 17:2] By the way, "little ones" is mikros which includes at-home teens.

Sexual Immorality (S) - 63 out of 100
One of the matters that border sexually immoral behaviors in this film is the Russian woman, Tatiana Creel (Katherine Boecher) who wears clothes that are clearly designed to expose much of her chest. Another example of displays of sexual intent include the three examples of inappropriate dress by Farren and defending such dress when the inappropriateness of the dress was pointed out, clearly a ploy by the writers to portray Farren as one who wants to use her body and skin to "communicate." Other matters include Ian speaking with sexual references and inferences. [Eph. 5:4, 1 Ths. 4:7]

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 100 out of 100
This film is free of any appearance of illegal drugs or consumption or possession of them, of any alcohol or tobacco and of any abuse of prescription drugs.

Offense to God (O) - 93 out of 100
One time one Bob speaks God's name in vain though without the four letter expletive. [Deut. 5:11] And the film "celebrates" Halloween, which is "all hallow's eve", a celebration of evil on the eve of All Saint's Day, November 1.

Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
There were no murders or suicides noted throughout the entire film.


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  • 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.
  • Deut. 6:7 And thou shalt teach them [all His statutes and His commandments] diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou riseth up. [Sounds like good parenting skills, huh? Want more? Read the Bible.]
  • Prov. 22:15 Foolishness [ivveleth: folly, senselessness, thoughtlessness, recklessness] is bound in the heart of a child]; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him. ["Foolishness" (ivveleth) is from the same as eviyl {ev-eel'}, meaning of one who despises wisdom; of one who mocks when guilty, is quarrelsome, is licentious. Note that the "rod" (of correction) does not have to be punishment and must never be harmful. A simple "good job" when warranted can serve as the "rod" as well as discipline, sometimes better. If you would like to know more, please visit our Spare the Rod ... Spoil the Child: A Parental Perspective article at . It is rather long though.]
  • 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" ["man" here is enowsh {en-oshe"}: man (collective), mortal, person, mankind; contracted for iysh {eesh}: whosoever, each] can be any character of any age, any gender, human or not since the cinematic display is at the hands men and women, 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.]
  • 1 Pet. 5:5 Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.
  • Heb. 13:17 Obey them that have the rule over you [fair and responsible authority, properly appointed], and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account [report to God], that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.
  • Eph. 5:4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.
  • 1 Ths. 4:7 For God hath not called us unto uncleanness [akatharsia: the impurity of lustful living, of impure motives], but unto holiness.
  • 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.)

    The Spy Next Door (2010) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - Zero out of 100
  • introduction sequence of action violence from like-genre films
  • breaking and entering with robbery
  • action violence of varying intensities but none with blood or gore
  • planning crime
  • bullying
  • reckless gunfire, repeatedly
  • breaking and entering with vandalism
  • adolescent theft of private property
  • prisoner escape
  • lie, repeatedly
  • order to kill, repeatedly
  • child on rooftop, twice
  • firearm to threaten or control, repeatedly
  • abduction of man and two children
  • reckless driving

    Impudence/Hate (I) - 10 out of 100
    • one use of profanity
  • sibling warfare, repeatedly
  • "I hate this family", repeatedly
  • disrespect of fair authority by children, frequent, one particularly long and loud
  • deception
  • adolescent mischief to get revenge
  • runaway
  • child speaking euphemism of the most foul of the foul words

    Sexual Immorality (S) - 63 out of 100
  • inappropriate dress on young teen girl, repeatedly, with argumentative defense of it
  • excessive cleavage
  • excessive chest exposure
  • young boy speaking masked sexual term
  • claim of porn viewing by young boy
  • crotch hit, twice
  • crude sexual inference by child

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 100 out of 100
    • none noted

    Offense to God (O) - 93 out of 100
  • one use of God's name in vain
  • observance of Halloween

    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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