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(2010), NR [G-NR*] (1hr 25.1min)

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August 13, 2011
AUgust 14, 2011

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(While the Scriptural references are certainly not subjective, my commentary may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)

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(2010), NR [G-NR*] ... don't blame God for choices made by man.

Production (US): Praise Pictures, Inc.
Distribution (US): Praise Pictures Home Entertainment
Director(s): Kyle Prohaska
Producer(s): Kyle Prohaska, Kevin Michael
Written by: Kyle Prohaska, Kevin Michael
Cinematography/Camera: Kyle Prohaska
Music: Jurgen Beck
Film Editing: Kyle Prohaska
Production Manager: Kyle Prohaska
Art Department: Kyle Prohaska
Viewed on Praise Pictures Home Entertainment DVD

David Corwin (Rob Reisman), a construction business owner lost his wife, Jennifer (Debra Prohaska) to a traffic fatality. Not only did he loose his wife, half of the family income was lost with her. David blames God for loosing his wife and walks out of the church. Now working himself to death but still loosing business, David is failing to meet his bills. He burns the midnight oil to try to stay on top of the bills but there simply is not enough money to do so. On top of this, his wife's funeral costs add to the bills.

Foreclosure on his home threatens to destroy all that he has built. His teen son, Steven (Eric Stevenson) is all David has left. The crushing question of "Why", the bills and a myriad of other sources of pain keep knocking David down. He is at the end of his rope when yet another job falls through. David even tries inflating prices for his work to avoid foreclosure. All is spiraling down.

Steven is the only remaining Christian in the house. Steven is being torn apart because of what he sees as his father destroying himself. Grandfather John (Dave Gifford) and Steven work together with Pastor Billy (Billy Crone) to help David find peace. By his own words Grandfather John reports that David has been stubborn since the day he was born.

Steven nears the end of his rope, too. Family members keep giving David Bibles hoping he will gain peace in God's Word and David keeps tossing them aside. Steven keeps trying to walk his father to the foot of the Cross but to no avail.

Will David finally come to God and find the peace he so desperately needs?

One of the points made in the film on which I would like to "sermonize" is the blaming God for our losses. David blamed God for his wife's death. It is not God's plan for anyone to die before His time for us. Until Eve defied God and chomped on the forbidden fruit we all were immortal. And I am not so certain that God "allows" tragedy. Almost any tragic situation can be boiled down to the cause-effect of someone's freedom of choice. Take for example the little girl killed by the drunk driver. The little girl did not die because God allowed it. God certainly could have stopped it but ... please listen closely ... He would not because to do so God would have had to take away from the drunk driver his freedom of choice which includes the choice to drink then drive. God gave us all the freedom of choice because He will not force us to love Him. He wants our love to be our choice, not forced from us. He certainly could make puppets of us but He won't. Not for any reason. And taking away anyone's freedom of choice for any reason would do just that. If you have a tragic loss in your life and you cannot avoid getting mad, send your anger to God, to be sure. He can handle it. And you. Just don't blame God for choices made by man. God did not kill the little girl. The drunk did. And God did not kill Jen.

Its final score of 93 places Standing Firm smack dab in the middle of the scoring range earned by G-rated movies (100 to 87 out of 100) in the comparative baseline database. Note, however, that the Impudence/Hate investigation area score of 82 makes the content applicable to this investigation area equivalent to most PG-rated films in the baseline database. It is the score earned by content applicable to Impudence/Hate that warrants the yellow CAPCon Alert light in the upper left corner of this page. It is the perfect score of 100 out of 100 in three of the six CAP investigation areas that brought the final score up to 93.


Following are brief discussions of the content per individual CAP investigation areas. As always the Findings section of this report is the best source for discovering the full accounting of the content of this film.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 87 out of 100
The funeral portrayed in this film is an example of the violent nature of emotional pain. Other than the funeral the only instances of violence were the two episodes of flash images of the vehicular fatality of Jennifer though no gore was portrayed.

Impudence/Hate (I) - 82 out of 100
This film contains not one use of profanity, not even a euphemism of profanity. The only instances of performance that applies to this investigation area were the two episodes of argumentative friction between David and Steven [Exod. 20:12, Matt. 18:10], the price gouging David did [Hab. 2:9] and David deceiving Jen.

Sexual Immorality (S) - 100 out of 100
There was nothing found that even suggest sexually immoral behavior or display.

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 100 out of 100
Consumption of or possession of illegal drugs, alcohol or tobacco or abuse of prescription drugs were not found.

Offense to God (O) - 87 out of 100
David portrayed malice in his heart for God, blaming God for the death of his wife, Jen. David decided to reject God because of God's non-empirical existence: existence that cannot be proven by sense or science; the "Where is He?" argument. [Mark 12:30]

Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
No murders or suicides were found. SCRIPTURAL APPLICATION(S)
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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. [THAT is one of the Ten Commandments.]
  • Matt. 18:10 Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven. ["Despise" is kataphroneo {kat-af-ron-eh'-o}: to condemn, despise, disdain, think little or nothing of, to look down upon (which includes abuse, even by influence or bad example, lying to them, enticing/teasing them, seducing them and/or their thoughts, involving them in sin or crime, etc.). What do you want the angels for your kids to say to God? By the way, "little ones" is mikros meaning less by birth, younger. All of your children are "less by birth" than you. All of them are younger. So, "little ones" includes at-home teens, the most easily influenced, morally malleable age stratum.]
  • Hab. 2:9 Woe to him who builds his realm by unjust gain to set his nest on high, to escape the clutches of ruin!
  • Mark 12:30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.

    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 when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend what is vile, embrace it, enjoy it, want it, submit to it.]
  • 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.)

    Standing Firm (2010) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 87 out of 100
  • funeral procession
  • flash images of vehicular fatality, no gore, repeatedly

    Impudence/Hate (I) - 82 out of 100
  • friction between son and father, twice
  • price inflation because of personal indebtedness
  • deceiving wife

    Sexual Immorality (S) - 100 out of 100
  • none noted

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

    Offense to God (O) - 87 out of 100
  • malice toward God, blaming Him for loss of wife
  • requiring God to be empirical to believe in Him
  • rejecting God

    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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