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(2011), PG-13 [Hard R-13*] (1hr 43.8min)

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June 29, 2011
June 29, 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.

(2011), PG-13 [Hard R-13*] ... basically a teen skin flick in warfare

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Warner Brothers, Legendary Pictures, Cruel and Unusual Films, Lennox House Films
Distribution (US): Warner Brothers Pictures
Director(s): Zach Snyder
Producer(s): Zach Snyder, Deborah Snyder, Thomas Tull, Wesley Colller, Jon Jashni, Chris deFaria, Jim Rowe, William Fay
Screenplay by: Zach Snyder, Steve Shibuya
Story by: Zack Snyder
Cinematography/Camera: Larry Fong
Music: tyler Bates, Marius De Vries
Film Editing: William Hoy
Casting: Kristy carlson, Lora Kennedy
Production Design: Rick Carter
Art Direction by: Patrick Banister, Todd Cherniawsky, Stefan Dechant, Grant Van Der Slagt
Viewed on Warner Brothers Home Video

I cannot believe the MPAA slapped a PG-13 on this pile of sin-ematic cyanide. It seems dirty that Warner Brothers, they who brought us Looney Tunesª, would get involved in such a production. But God warned us of the trend in the end times. [2 Tim 3:1 - 5, Ps. 12:8]

In one of the several battle sequences there were at least 49 individualized killings probably a lot more. The 49 were all that I could write fast enough to catch. The writers seemed to have tried to sanitize all the killing with "Don't feel bad about killing them. They're already dead." Well, if they were already dead, how could they fight and shoot back? The point is that killing is killing. It sounds as though Sucker Punch is also or will be a video game (rated "T" no doubt). One of the properties of video games I would love to study is that while in movies you get to see and hear the killing happen but in video games the player gets to make the killing happen. And with the sound effects blasting inside the players head under the tendency of sensory isolation by using headphones the influence is multiplied.

The beginning of the film was particularly disturbing for me because it started with a stepfather trying to sexually assault his 20 year old stepdaughter and, when unsuccessful with that, sexually murdered the younger daughter. What kind of entertainment is this? How can it be called "entertainment" at all? I am not a stepfather but I am a dad - for 42 kids (two biological sons and 40 foster kids from whom we adopted eight) which is why this part of the film was particularly disturbing for me. That part of the film ... uh ... almost any part of the film could have been left out but the sexual abuse of the daughters would have better served the cutting room floor than the big screen. But then the whole blasted film was sexual. And dark. And ugly. But that is a subjective call..

This is a video game styled film in which a young woman (Emily Browning), doomed to despair and gloom all the rest of her life in the Lennox Home for the Mentally Insane because of her lying stepfather who tried unsuccessfully to have his way with her, escaping into a dream world through dance. Sold to a house of ill repute the young woman, who is now called Baby Doll, when told to dance for "customers", enters a dream state in which she discovers how to find the five things she needs to escape.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - Zero out of 100
The violence content of this film is built around two basic themes: sexual abuse of women and battle violence. It is basically a teen skin flick in warfare. Please look to the listing in the Findings/Scoring section for a complete accounting of the violence findings since to even summarize them would take too much space.

But I will take the space to warn you for God's admonition against embracing violence. He warns in Prov. 16:29 that violence leads "into the way that is not good." Even man has decided to plagiarize God's Word by publishing a finding by four professional public health agencies who say "viewing violence may lead to real life violence" and "viewing violence can lead to emotional desensitization towards violence in real life." This movie should feed well that which these warnings address.

Impudence/Hate (I) - 29 out of 100
Though the profanity content of this film is atypically low for most PG-13 movies [Col. 3:8, Eph. 5:4, Eph. 4:29], the other matters of impudence and/or hate lead up to the loss of over 70% of the starting 100 points in this investigation area. The other matters include a stepfather locking his stepdaughter in her bedroom, lies, intimidation with fear, an adult tantrum and more.

Sexual Immorality (S) - Zero out of 100

Almost the entire 103.8 minutes of this film have some image of excess cleavage or dressing to maximize the female for and/or skin exposure. Additional matters of the sexual nature include a stepfather attempting sexual assault of his step daughter, women fighting in dresses showing their crotches, trafficking in women, camera angle and/or pose to force viewer on private parts, inappropriate touch and use of women as toys and/or ornaments. I guess the MPAA think 13 year old kids are no more civilized than dogs in heat. While "viewing violence may lead to real life violence" , the same goes for viewing sex and/or sexual images (or any of the other mechanics of behavior). [1 Ths. 4:7, 1 John 2:16]

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 52 out of 100
Booze. Guzzling. Smoking. Drunkenness. All the "R" stuff is there. Maybe not in the quantity typically presented in many R-rated films but it is all there nonetheless. And the American College of physicians (ACP) has an undeniable finding about that.

A 2002 study by the ACP revealed that adolescent exposure to drinking in and as entertainment undeniably leads to abuse of alcohol among underage viewers. The finding entitled Relation Between Parental Restrictions on Movies and Adolescent Use of Tobacco and Alcohol reports that of 4544 youths from grades 5 through 8 of fifteen Vermont and New Hampshire middle schools (90% of the youths were under fourteen years old) only 16% were completely restricted in their entertainment diets. Within the ACP study population, the prevalence of having tried alcohol without parental knowledge was

  • 46% for those with no viewing restrictions
  • 16% for those with partial viewing restrictions
  • four percent for those with complete viewing restrictions. [Eph 5:18]

    Offense to God (O) - 55 out of 100
    God's name is abused four times without the four letter expletive and once with it, as if without the expletive excuses abusing His name. God is so adamant about abusing His name that He made it the Third of the Ten Commandments [Exod. 20:7] and repeats it in Deut. 5:11. This investigation area also found counterfeiting of His Word regarding guardian angels. The story claims they can be as fierce as any dragon. [Matt. 18:10]

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 65 out of 100
    The owner of the house of ill repute murders two of the girls by gunfire and later Baby Doll stabs the owner who dies in her dream but appears alive in reality. I am not going to try to explain that but, as a healthcare professional I consider the plunging of a 12 inch knife down from the neck as fatal. If the movie wants to make something else of it, so be it. If that happens to your son or daughter by someone mimicking what they saw (it happens) your son or daughter wouldn't survive it.


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  • 2 Tim. 3:1 - 5 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection [astorgos: unsociable, inhuman; homosexuality, bestiality, etc.], trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce [anemeros: brutal, sadistic], despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof [e.g., Sunday-only and counterfeit Christians]: from such turn away.
  • 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" can be any character of any age, any gender, human or not 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 the 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.]
  • Col. 3:8 But now ye also put off [rid yourself of] all these; anger, wrath, malice [kakia: ill-will, desire to injure, wickedness, depravity, evil, trouble, not ashamed to break laws, etc.], blasphemy [blasphemia: impious and reproachful speech injurious to divine majesty], filthy communication [aischrologia:foul speaking, low and obscene speech] out of your mouth.
  • Eph. 5:4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.
  • Eph. 4:29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
  • 1 Ths. 4:7 For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life.
  • 1 John 2:16 For everything in the world -the cravings of sinful man [lust of his flesh] , the lust of his eyes [which includes that which makes him lust, e.g., images and talk], and the boasting of what he has and does -comes not from the Father but from the world. [The "world" here is kosmos {kos'-mos}: the ungodly multitude; the whole mass of men and women alienated from God, and therefore hostile to the cause of Christ.]
  • Eph. 5:18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. [Since "drunk" is methusko {meth-oos'-ko}: to intoxicate; make drunk; to get drunk; become intoxicated, "wine" can be any intoxicating substance including illegal drugs or abuse of prescription drugs. The issue is do not abuse the body by intoxicating it [1 Cor. 6:19]. Though it is not a sin to drink, it is a sin to get drunk OR to influence to get drunk OR to drink in defiance such as underage drinking.
  • Exod. 20:7 You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.
  • 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 respect, reverence or responsible discussion and in praise and prayer 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 when I said that" or It's just words" or "I was acting" will not work with Him. Nor will "Everybody says that" excuse the sin of using His name in vain. If everyone on the planet who has ever drawn a breath used His name in vain, it would still be a sin to do so. If no one ever did, it would still be a sin to do so.]
  • 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.]
  • Matt. 5:22 But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment [krisis: accusation, trial]: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca [senseless, empty headed: a term of reproach among Jews at the time of Christ], shall be in danger of the council [any session or assembly or people deliberating or adjudicating]: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool [moros: impious, godless], shall be in danger of hell fire.

    ***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.]


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    Sucker Punch (2011) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - Zero out of 100
  • death of a mother
  • firearm
  • daughter discharging a firearm at parent
  • daughter holding firearm to parent's head
  • extortion for money
  • planning psychological atrocities on young woman
  • knife to throat
  • threat to perform
  • long sequences of warfare battle with deaths, frequent
  • ice-pick looking tool to the eye of a young woman, twice, once with it being driven with a hammer into her brain (unseen)
  • gunfire to kill, many
  • rotting face
  • creature horror
  • brutality against a woman, repeatedly
  • firearm to neck
  • knife defensive killing
  • arson to escape
  • sequence of violence flashes

    Impudence/Hate (I) - 29 out of 100
  • 7 uses of profanity
  • adult tantrum
  • parent locking daughter in bedroom
  • parent lying about his guilt, blaming daughter
  • corrupt asylum staff throughout
  • masked profanity
  • corrupt politician
  • intimidation with fear, throughout
  • lie

    Sexual Immorality (S) - Zero out of 100
  • parent attempting sexual assault of daughter
  • fight between two women in dresses flashing their crotches
  • sexual harassment
  • dressing to maximize the female form and/or skin exposure, frequent
  • house of ill repute
  • trafficking in young women
  • attempted sexual assault after beating of young woman
  • camera angle and/or pose to force viewer on private parts, repeatedly
  • room full of women in scant dress, frequent
  • excessive cleavage, frequent
  • inappropriate touch (under screen)
  • women as toys/ornaments

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 52 out of 100
  • guzzling
  • drunkenness
  • drinking, repeatedly
  • booze
  • smoking, repeatedly

    Offense to God (O) - 55 out of 100
  • four uses of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive and once with it
  • claim that guardian angels can be as fierce as any dragon [Matt. 18:10]
  • long tale about guardian angels painting them as evil
  • calling another "fool" [Matt. 5:22]

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 65 out of 100
  • two gunfire murders and one stabbing murder

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