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(2005), PG-13 [PG-13*] (2hr 13min)

Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
May 17, 2005
62 out of 100

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(2005), PG-13 [PG-13*] -- a PG film with too much violence and murder for PG.

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Lucasfilm Ltd.
Distribution (US): Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp.
Director(s): George Lucas
Producer(s): George Lucas, Rick McCallum
Written by: George Lucas
Cinematography/Camera: David Tattersall
Music: John Williams
Film Editing: Roger Barton, Ben Burtt
Casting: Christine King
Production Design: Gavin Bocquet
Art Direction: Ian Gracie, Phil Harvey, David Lee, Peter Russell
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith presents stunning visual magnificence not equaled in any other of the nearly 1000 films I have seen. The attention to detail in even inconsequential background scenes is immaculate. The musical score and sound effects are beyond any doubt perfectly fitted throughout. This episode had been reported as expected to be hailed as the iconic masterpiece of 2005 and the largest gross earner in the history of cinema. And I agree. Look out Titanic!

The PG king has lost his crown. For years George Lucas has maintained his Star Wars phenomenon within the scoring range earned by PG movies (68 to 86 out of 100) in the comparative baseline database as shown in our special analysis of four of the Star Wars features which revealed an average final score of 72.3. But this time, the reported last time for Star Wars, Lucas went over the edge into the slice off the top of the R realm called PG-13. PG-13 movies in the comparative baseline database earned final scores of 55 to 67 out of 100. A CAP final score of 62 for this episode seals its place in the high half of the "slice off the top of R" status. Lucas' 28-year reign as PG king has come to an end -- with an exclamation point -- as has the Star Wars phenomenon. Farewell, my old friend.

Since this report is being posted online even before the first showing of the film, I will not speak to its plot or storyline. Such would be essentially unrevealing anyway since this episode fills in the blanks between other episodes using the same characters in the same story. And we already know the story. This episode adds detail. But I will speak of matters of likely import to the fans of the other five episodes of Star Wars which began in 1977 who are now parents. That is what we do -- give you the information you need to be in a better position to make an informed moral decision whether a film is fit for your family.

While there was not one single use of the three/four letter word vocabulary, not one single use of God's name in vain and not one single use of intoxicating beverage, illegal drugs or tobacco, Star Wars: Episode III was an incredibly violent film. Indeed, the Wanton Violence/Crime investigation area earned a score of zero out of 100, clearly making the violence content of this film equivalent to many R-rated films. Likewise equivalent to many R-rated films is the Murder/Suicide content, earning an investigation area score of 22 out of 100.

While this film is clearly equivalent to many R-rated films in Wanton Violence/Crime (violence) and Murder/Suicide (murder), the Impudence/Hate investigation area revealed content equivalent to many "lite" PG-rated films. Also was the content revealed by the Offense to God investigation area equivalent to many PG-rated films. But the Sexual Immorality investigation area revealed content equivalent to "hardcore" G-rated films. Drugs/Alcohol earned a perfect score of 100. In tabular form this reveals the film to be equivalent to the indicated MPAA rating in the area shown:

Wanton Violence/Crime R
Impudence/Hate PG
Sexual Immorality G
Drugs/Alcohol G
Offense to God PG
Murder/Suicide R

The bottom line: Star Wars: Episode III is a PG film with too much violence and murder for PG.

Just to spoil a teeny bit of the plot of this grimmer and darker episode than the previous sometimes "gee-whiz" episodes, we see the birth of Luke and Lea from the marriage of Anakin (Hayden Christensen) and Padme (Natalie Portman). We see why Darth Vader is fully covered. Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew), who lives close to me but I have never met him, makes a couple appearances while Jar-Jar (Ahmed Best) makes one thankfully non-speaking appearance. We also see the death (murder) of Count Dooku (Christopher Lee) and the political and physical transformation of Chancellor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid) into Darth Sidious, lord of the Sith. We also find out why Yoda (voice of Frank Oz) and Obi Wan (Ewan McGregor) exiled themselves to distant planets. One more. We also see how Luke finds residence on the Lars' moisture farm on Tatooine.

SELECTED SCRIPTURES of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry

  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences to younger and younger audiences every year] when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, pay for 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 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 you], 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 [or for] one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto [or for] 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 - 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. "Little ones": mikros - little;, small of age; younger which can include at-home teens].
  • 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 heart of the CAP Analysis Model)

    STAR WARS: EPISODE III (2005) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • sustained sci-fi warfare violence with deaths, repeatedly
  • threats with weapons, repeatedly
  • action peril, repeatedly
  • action violence, repeatedly
  • order to kill, repeatedly
  • double amputation
  • physical transformation with gore
  • attempted murder, repeatedly, once by choking a woman
  • defensive killing, repeatedly
  • scenes of many dead bodies, including of children
  • combat violence, repeatedly, some intense
  • human incineration
  • burn gore, repeatedly
  • death at childbirth

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • sustained anger and hatred, some brutal and vicious
  • much effort to coerce to evil with sympathy and temptation with evil

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • man and woman in bed
  • below navel skin, threatening to expose what follows
  • excessive cleavage
  • camera angle to force viewer on private parts (clothed)
  • dressing to maximize the human form and/or skin exposure (once)

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • none noted

    Offense to God (O)
  • cowardice at the expense of others
  • "The Chosen One - the prophecy says"
  • lust for power to heal and defeat death
  • "You fool!"
  • use of "magic" to levitate, to control others and to do harm
  • using evil for good
  • lust for power
  • "learned" immortality

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • beheading murder (severing unseen)
  • weapon fire murder, repeatedly
  • murder of multiple children (unseen)
  • episodes of multiple murder, some quite brutal and sadistic
  • imagery of murdered children

  • First Impressions and

    Christian Educators Association International



    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 more than eight 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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