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Tuck Everlasting (2002), PG
Analysis Date: October 11, 2002
CAP Score: 69
CAP Influence Density: 0.56

MinMax: -100

Tuck Everlasting (2002) CAP Mini-thermometers

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TUCK EVERLASTING (PG) -- ...what to do about Winnie.

Production:, Beacon Communications, Jane Startz Productions, Scholastic Productions, Walt Disney Pictures
Distribution: Buena Vista Pictures, Walt Disney Pictures
Director(s): Jay Russell
Producer(s): Marc Abraham, Armyan Bernstein, Thomas A. Bliss, Deborah Forte, Jane Startz, William Teitler, Max Wong
Written by/Screenplay: Novel: Natalie Babbitt. Screenplay: Jeffrey Lieber, James V. Hart
Cinematography/Camera: James L. Carter
Music: William Ross
Film Editing: Jay Lash Cassidy
Casting: Mary Gail Artz, Barbara Cohen, Pat Moran
Production Design: Tony Burrough
Art Direction: Ray Kluga

A warm and endearing story of the flowering of a young girl who discovered a boy for the first time. Unfortunately she is mortal and he is immortal.

I guess that since your child will see 18,000 murders in his/her 18 years of entertainment that it is okay to expose kids of PG age to bullets audibly hitting bodies since the human targets don't die ... three times. This movie is rated PG by the MPAA and earned a CAP score (69) equivalent to low-end PG movies in the CAP comparative baseline database scoring range for PG movies (86 to 68 out of 100). But it is mathematically equivalent to many R-rated features in violence (a score of zero in Wanton Violence/Crime). Three times, point-blank gunfire is stopped by two teenagers and a man is killed by a blow to the head with a shotgun barrel. And an abducted girl is threatened with a firearm to her head. [Ps. 62:10, Prov. 3:31-32, Ps. 141:4 , Prov. 10:23]

Just before World War I, Winifred "Winnie" Foster (Alexis Bledel) is the 14 or 15 year old daughter of a wealthy man, Robert Foster (Victor Garber) and his wife (Amy Irving) in an upscale upstate New York estate. By suffocating love the Fosters drove Winnie into grasping for freedom and independence. After a few expressions of spreading her wings, it is decided Winnie is ready for refining school. In a burst of outburst, Winnie declares she is not going to refining school, defies the confines of her well-to-do fenced in yard and escapes into the freedom of the woods surrounding the Foster estate. There she meets cinematic reality that will change her for the rest of her life. Found sipping from a small spring well at the base of a great tree, Jessie Tuck (Jonathan Jackson) catches Winnie's eye ... and heart.

Big brother Miles Tuck (Scott Bairstow) discovers Winnie and Jessie becoming close friends and fears she has discovered the family secret. In the patriarchy of the Scottish family, Miles immediately abducts Winnie to his father, Angus Tuck (William Hurt) for what to do about Winnie. Mother Mae Tuck (Sissy Spacek, in an academy award winning quality performance) fusses and frets like a mother hen over Winnie until Angus returns. Soon, Jessie and Winnie fall in love and what to do with Winnie is clear. Jessie invites Winnie to come with the family as they run from a witch hunter ... to spend the rest of her life, the rest of eternity with him as his bride. ??? Seventeen year old Jessie is 104 years old and will be a 17 year old boy forever. Angus and Mae Tuck will be middle aged forever. Miles will be a young man forever. And thus the title *Tuck Everlasting*. That is all I will spoil in case the findings we reveal are acceptable to you. Clearly *Tuck Everlasting* is not a witchcraft movie nor is it something that should be passed off as simple childhood fantasy entertainment. Even the MPAA thinks there is something of concern to it.

Though the matters of violence are the strongest presence of ignominy in this film, additional matters of likely concern for the Christian parent and grandparent include the issue of immortality [1Tim. 1:17, 1Tim. 6:13 - 16]. We will each live forever but not as humans. Worldly immortality is not possible Nether is invulnerability. A priest in the movie rightfully calls lust for immortality blasphemous. The matter of worldly immortality is indeed a mockery of the Scriptures that promise eternal life. Which gives cause for a sermon -grin-.

1Cor. 15:51 through 54 state "Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep [spiritually die], but we will all be changed [from mortal to immortal] - in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead [who had accepted Jesus as Lord and resurrected Savior] will be raised imperishable [not subject to decay or death], and we will be changed. For the perishable [the dead] must clothe itself with the imperishable [given a new "body", invulnerable and immortal in eternal life], and the mortal with immortality [eternal life, invulnerable and immortal]. When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: 'Death has been swallowed up in victory [we will live forever by Christ's victory over death].'" So, immortality while we are still alive as mortals is not possible and to think otherwise sinful. It is only given to us after death *if* we accept before we die that Jesus is Lord and resurrected Savior. And we will *not* be immortal on this Earth. Even they who have not accepted Jesus as Lord and resurrected Savior will be given immortality, but will live their immortality in Hell.

We all have immortal souls but when our time on Earth is finished we will each die from this Earth. Where our immortal soul spends eternity is a God-given choice. But there are only two choices. Heaven or Hell. And by not choosing, the choice is made.


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  • Ps. 62:10 Do not trust in extortion or take pride in stolen goods; though your riches increase, do not set your heart on them.
  • Prov. 3:31-32 Do not envy a violent man or choose any of his ways, for the LORD detests a perverse man but takes the upright into his confidence.
  • Ps. 141:4 Let not my heart be drawn to what is evil, to take part in wicked deeds with men who are evildoers; let me not eat of their delicacies.
  • Prov. 10:23 A fool finds pleasure in evil conduct, but a man of understanding delights in wisdom.
  • 1Tim. 1:17 Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.
  • 1Tim. 6:13 - 16 In the sight of God, who gives life to everything, and of Christ Jesus, who while testifying before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, I charge you to keep this command without spot or blame until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which God will bring about in his own time-God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To him be honor and might forever. Amen. [Paul was speaking to living humans from the perspective of a human, not as resurrected souls. Before we are resurrected, God is the only immortal.]

    *******Food for Daily 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 [warp, distort, falsely represent] 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.

    Tuck Everlasting (2002) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • abduction of a young girl, twice
  • adult male roughing up a young girl, twice
  • gambling
  • "witch hunt" with property damage
  • extortion using a young girl's life
  • gunfire to kill with no consequences (invulnerability), repeatedly
  • firearm to young girl's head to extort
  • attempted kidnapping
  • defensive killing
  • dead body

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • teen arrogance against parents, repeatedly
  • overbearing parents
  • defiance of parental rules
  • reckless regard for the safety of another (to show off)
  • lies, once to effect jail break
  • teens letting love rule responsible thinking

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • teen boy stripping to underwear in front of a teen girl
  • teen pair in woods all night

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • bar
  • booze

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • "You're a fool."
  • talk of immortality, indeed a major theme of immortality
  • God's name in vain once and without the four letter expletive

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • 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 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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