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Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002), PG
Analysis Date: May 16, 2002
CAP Score: 81
CAP Influence Density: 0.34

MinMax: -64

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*STAR WARS: EPISODE II - ATTACK OF THE CLONES* (RATING) -- The outstanding artistry and innovative design are unequaled, but...

Distributed by: Twentieth Century Fox
Director(s): George Lucas
Producer(s): George Lucas, Rick McCallum
Written by/Screenplay: Story - George Lucas; Screenplay - George Lucas & Jonathan Hales
Cinematography/Camera: David Tattersall
Music: John Williams
Film Editing: Ben Burtt
Casting: Robin Gurland
Art Direction: Phil Harvey. Jonathan Lee
Production Design: Gavin Bocquet

George Lucas remains the king of PG. As did all the other Star Wars episodes earn CAP PG scores, Star Wars: Episode II, Attack of the Clones earned a high PG score - 82 in a scoring range of 86 to 68 out of 100.

The Republic is shattering. Thousands of planets are leaving the Republic. Separatists are politically dueling with the Senate. The Trade Federation quietly cashing in on the feud. "If Prophecy is true, Anakin Skywalker will be the only one..." to bring peace and unity back to the Republic. (That sounds too much like a counterfeiting/mocking of the Scriptures to ignore. The One who was prophecied to bring peace has already come.) Queen Jamillia (Ayesha Dharker) has bid Padmé Amidala (Natalie Portman) to serve in the Senate for Naboo. But breakdown is imminent. It is Jar Jar Binks (voice of Ahmed Best) who finally musters the courage, or is manipulated into having the courage, to put a vote to the Senate to give Supreme Chancellor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid) emergency powers to make war. And that he does.

Chancellor Palpatine fears for Senator Amidala's safety since there has already been one attempt on her life. So he commissions Master Jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) and his young apprentice, Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) to escort Senator Amidala back to her home planet of Naboo for safety. Obi-Wan is redirected to seek and apprehend those behind a second would-be assassin of Padmé who tried to kill her with giant millipedes. So, Skywalker is given his first solo assignment - to protect Senator Amidala and get her to safety back on her home planet of Naboo. But who is to protect her romantically from Skywalker? Eventually Skywalker and Padmé leave Naboo for tattooine for seek Skywlker's mother who has been haunting his dreams, dreams that his mother is in peril and pain.

I am not going to spend any great lengths to describe the story line in this new installment of the Star Wars series since it is likely you will want to see it for yourself. It is indeed a magnificent work of ingenuity and creativity. Though somewhat droll in dialogue, sometimes akin to reading a recipe, such incredible imagination and attention to detail down to the movement of clothing on the computer-animated characters and even display on sci-fi shipboard and diagnostic instruments has not been seen. The outstanding artistry and innovative design are unequaled, but...

Yes, there always seems to be a "but." Most come to our analyses not so much for the Summary/Commentary but to find out what is in a movie which they may feel is inappropriate for their children and maybe even themselves, so let me focus on that for the rest of this Summary/Commentary.

In this Star Wars there is a bare female posterior, though briefly, covered only by veil type netting. And Natalie Portman was not that embarrassed by some of her outfits and rolls around in the grass with Hayden Christensen in one of them. And if you'll notice (if you watch the movie) it is she who looses the most clothing in battle [1 Tim. 2:9, Gal. 5:19]. But, that's it in the Sex/Homosexuality Investigation Area.

Though there was no smoking in this movie, that which appeared to be what we call cigarettes were present but were called Death Sticks in this movie - how true. Someone in a store of some kind (it could have been a bar and probably was but nothing was said about booze and there was no drunkenness) tried to sell Obi-Wan some Death Sticks. The concentration of questionable programming in Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones is in violence. There are many human deaths, murder (mechanism both seen and unseen) and much sci-fi action violence. A boy's father, though a criminal in the movie, is beheaded by a light saber and his son later picks up his father's severed helmeted head. A great deal of time is spent on animal attacks of humans and other personified characters. One of the personified characters is consumed by one of the beasts. Wanton Violence/Crime earned the lowest score and earned also a red CAPAlert light for this movie [Jon. 3:8]. Let the listing in the Findings/Scoring section (the heart of the CAP analysis model) tell this and the rest.


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  • 1 Tim. 2:9 In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel...
  • Gal. 5:19 The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality...
  • Jon. 3:8 But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth [hidden, concealed] with sackcloth [worn in mourning or humiliation], and cry [for help] mightily unto God: yea, let them turn every one from his evil way, and from the violence that is in their hands.

    *******Food for Thought*******
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 (KJV) Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (NIV) Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.
  • Jude 4 For certain men* whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change 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.

    TITLE (YEAR) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • multiple deaths by explosion
  • high altitude dangers
  • attempted murders, one by a child
  • great falls
  • long series of peril
  • long sequences of violent action
  • consumption of a story character by a beast
  • gruesome character death by impalement
  • beheading of a human
  • many battle deaths
  • boy lifting father's severed helmeted head
  • long battle sequences
  • light saber fight injures
  • amputation

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • arrogance toward fair authority
  • a single use of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • denial of the truth

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • brief rear female nudity through transparent clothing
  • man/woman rolling over each other, clothed
  • excessive breast exposure
  • ghosting of female anatomy through thin clothing, repeatedly

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • a cigarette is seen but not smoked
  • bar scene

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • "If prophecy is true, he's the only one..."
  • levitation, precognition and "observing the times" as a function of "the Force" throughout

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • murder
  • victim of murder

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    NOTE: The CAP Analysis Model makes no scoring allowances for trumped-up "messages" to excuse or for manufacturing of justification for aberrant behavior or imagery, or for camouflaging such ignominy with "redeeming" programming. Disguising sinful behavior in a theme plot does not excuse the sinful behavior of either the one who is drawing pleasure or example from the sinful display or the practitioners demonstrating the sinful behavior. This is NOT a movie review service. It is a movie analysis service to parents and grandparents to tell them the truth about movies using the Truth.

    "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 nearly seven 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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    (1) As noted in CAP Special Report-001, "Investigation Area and Scoring Trend," of the six CAP Investigation Areas, Impudence/Hate was the strongest presence in all four movie classifications. It has a strong revelation about the entertainment media.

    (2) The use of the three/four letter word vocabulary without God's name in vain is incorporated into the Impudence/Hate Investigation Area. The use of God's name with or without the four letter expletive is incorporated into the Offense to God Investigation Area. There is no duplication.

    (3) Only portrayal of successful murder or suicide are incorporated into Murder/Suicide. Portrayal of attempts to commit murder or suicide and deaths by police action or war are incorporated into Wanton Violence/Crime.

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