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(2006), PG-13 ["Lite" R-13*] (1hr 35min)

Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
April 30, 2006
54 out of 100

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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.

(2006), PG-13 ["Lite" R-13*] -- There is no identity in a posterior shot.

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Spyglass Entertainment, Walt Disney Pictures
Distribution (US): Buena Vista Pictures
Director(s): Jessica Bendinger
Producer(s): Gary Barber, Roger Birnbaum, Louanne Brickhouse, Allison Burnett, Kristin Burr, David Crockett, Derek Evans, Jonathan Glickman, Gail Lyon, Liz Tigelaar
Written by: Jessica Bendinger
Cinematography/Camera: Daryn Okada
Music: Missy 'Misdemeanor' Elliott
Film Editing: Troy Takaki
Casting: Carlyn Davis, Gail Goldberg, Kate Lacey
Production Design: Bruce Curtis
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

Stick It presents some great music selections and even some quite dazzling kaleidoscopic photography using gymnasts as the objects in the twisting kaleidoscope. One particularly dazzling display of symmetrical beauty is the side-view succession of gymnasts spinning around the top uneven bar.

But when the leotard-clad girl gymnasts are made faceless by the camera chopping off their heads or when the shot is of their shoulders down to just below the crotch, there is intent. We call it "camera angle to force the viewer on private parts." And when the writers have the girls wear, for example, skin-tight outfits with the fabric ghosting anatomical bulges/folds, exposing the lower half of the buttocks, or exposing frontal leg/pelvic skin up to above the iliac crest we call it "dressing to maximize the human form and/or skin exposure." Stick It is thick with such imagery. Sportswear enabling more free body movement is one thing. Displays bordering exhibitionism in and as entertainment is another. Not one frame goes unnoticed. [1Cor. 12:23]

This film reminded me of a report some time ago when there was a craze of videos of high leg cut, semi-thong leotard-clad women exercising. The videos were reported to have been made to entice with being a guide to exercising a ruse. The same style seemed to be the blueprint for much of Stick It which served only to detract from the outstanding skills and, in many cases, the identity of the performers. There is no identity in a posterior shot of three girls inverted on the uneven bars. This is the caliber of Stick It. At least my opinion of it. The "TAKE IT OFF" shout from the audience confirms my opinion of it. [Matt. 5:28]

Haley Graham (Missy Peregrym) is an "It ain't good enough, no matter what 'it' is" kid, who relishes in defying the law with "of gravity" added to mask the apparent desired meaning. And much of the film glorifies such an attitude, of course. Even the film title and the tagline "Defy and conquer" are descriptive of Haley's attitude. [1 Peter 5:5]

One time Haley took her defiance too far and ended up in Court after causing $14,000 of property vandalism while trespassing. Granted, there is "redemption" portrayed, which is indeed a good thing, but a noble destination does not excuse an ignoble path. Especially when the vast majority of film time is spent on demonstrations of arrogance and rebellion with only token time given to righteous behavior and humility. [Mal. 4:1]

The Court gave Haley a choice. Military school or VGA. VGA is Vickerman Gymnastics Academy, called Vickerman because the owner is ex-gymnast Burt Vickerman (Jeff Bridges). Haley chose military school.

In a particularly pointed and "gotcha" style, Judge Westreich (Polly Holliday) ordered Haley to attend VGA. Now Haley is back into the world she tried to leave by scratching her task in world competition earlier. The team, which was sure to win, lost. All because of Haley scratching. Attitudes can be expensive. Often for others.

The rest of the story is how Burt Vickerman whips Haley back into shape for competition using the tough love, "Don't get blood on the equipment" style. Burt (and the judge) realized Haley needed to get back into that which she had abandoned, into that in which she could shine. Again.

While not a particularly violent film, Stick It is rife with matters of impudence / arrogance, mainly in language and disrespect for authority, and with matters of sexual orientation albeit in dress and camera work rather in bedroom shenanigans. [1John 2:16]

Stick It, an attitude film, earned a final score of 54 which is the very top of the scoring range for R-rated films (54 and below out of 100) in the comparative baseline database. However, the film drew a zero score in Impudence/Hate (I) due to the language [Col. 3:8] and attitudes [Prov. 8:13] chosen by the writers. This film also drew a zero score in Sexual Immorality (S) due also to the choices of the writers to have so many scenes focusing the viewer on non-athletic properties of the athletes. Almost as if the girls were eye-candy toys. [2Pet. 2:18]

Please inspect carefully the listing of observations in the Findings/Scoring section before you decide whether this film is fit for your family.


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  • 1Cor. 12:23 and the parts [of the human body] that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, ...
  • Matt. 5:28 But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
  • 1 Peter 5:5 Likewise [in humility as the elders who have charge over you], 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 [huperephanos {hoop-er-ay'-fan-os}: an overweening estimate of one's means or merits, despising others or even treating them with contempt, haughty], and giveth grace to the humble.
  • Mal. 4:1 "Surely the day is coming; it will burn like a furnace. All the arrogant and every evildoer will be stubble, and that day that is coming will set them on fire," says the LORD Almighty. "Not a root or a branch will be left to them.
  • 1John 2:16 For everything in the world -the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does -comes not from the Father but from the world.
  • Col. 3:8 But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.
  • Prov. 8:13 The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate. [NOTE: Fear of the Lord does not mean be afraid of Him. See our Fear of God article and note "yir'ah." Note also that our Fear of God article was published in "The Messenger", a publication of the Church of God in Eastern Canada, Issue 14, March 2006, p.5.]
  • 2Pet. 2:18 For they mouth empty, boastful words and, by appealing to the lustful desires of sinful human nature, they entice people who are just escaping from those who live in error.

    ***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 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, pay for 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 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.)

    Stick It (2006) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • trespassing
  • vandalism
  • illegal flight to avoid lawful capture
  • unsportsmanlike conduct
  • corrupt officials

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • 13 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary, ten of them by adolescents
  • one use of the most foul of the foul words by an adult, masked
  • cavalier attitude toward law and private property
  • disrespect toward father, defiance of parental authority
  • "I'll steal my brother's ..."
  • showing arrogance to defend wrongful behavior
  • disrespect toward authority, repeatedly, frequent
  • bitterness toward others
  • disobedience, repeatedly
  • adult leaving teen girl to fend for herself in the dark of night
  • flatulence
  • coaching to defy parental authority
  • defiance of rules to manipulate outcome
  • hatred of parents

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • sexual innuendo
  • camera angle to force viewer on private parts, repeatedly, frequent
  • buttocks "shove" in competition to influence judging
  • dressing to maximize the human form and/or skin exposure, repeatedly, frequent
  • adult in underwear
  • semi-thong nudity, repeatedly
  • close-up of leotard-clad female posterior while applying spray, repeatedly
  • anatomical reference, twice
  • inference/suggestion/statement about the practice of homosexuality and/or being "gay", repeatedly
  • teens in underwear in public
  • adolescent girl speaking of envisioning adults nude

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • drinking, twice

    Offense to God (O)
  • three uses of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive, two of them by adolescents
  • many uses of the Mano Cornuto (see our *Back to School Special* at )

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • none noted

  • 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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