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A service to His little ones (which includes at-home teens) through you, their parents and grandparents, in His name by His Word
(2003), PG-13 [R-13]
Analysis Date: March 21, 2003
CAP Score: 44
CAP Influence Density: 1.31
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Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Miramax Films
Distribution (US): Miramax Films
Director(s): Bruno Barreto
Producer(s): Matthew Baer, Alan C. Blomquist, Bobby Cohen, Lizzie Friedman, Brad Grey, Francesca Silvestri
Written by/Screenplay: Eric Wald (written by)
Cinematography/Camera: Affonso Beato
Music: Theodore Shapiro
Film Editing: Ray Hubley, Charles Ireland
Casting: Marci Liroff
Production Design: Dan Davis
Art Direction: Elizabeth Lapp
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6, Granbury, Texas
Filmmakers are getting very good at using "thousands" of little ankle-biter digs and snips at morality and decency to maximize the "immorality envelope" such as in the PG-13 movie, View from the Top and yet stay out of the purely vulgar realm of many R-rated movies. For example, movies such as View from Above use many lesser issues of assault on morality and decency, especially sexual, to receive a lesser rating than more severe movies which use fewer but much more bold issues of insult to wholesome. Consider. Movie A presents 100 examples of bad, each worth 10 "bads." Movie A is rated PG-13. Movie B presents only 10 examples of bad but each example is worth 100 "bads." Movie B is rated R. The immorality magnitude of both movies are equal - 1000 "bads." View from the Top is an example of Movie A while morally equivalent to Movie B. View from the Top is a R-13 movie.
Donna Jensen (Gwyneth Paltrow) has been told all her life that she is a small town girl and will never amount to anything. Since childhood, Donna has had a view of the world from the bottom. Now, she is going to go for getting a View from the Top.
Frustrated and fed up Donna, broken-hearted from a "dear Jane" on a birthday card, breaks away from her trailer life in Silver Springs, Nevada and goes for the gold as an airline attendant for Sierra commuter airline shuttling drunks and gamblers between Laughlin and Fresno only. Soon, Donna finds that attending commuter flights is not all it is cracked up to be. If the working conditions were not bad enough, the "uniform" they had to wear would be enough to choke a clown. The only positive thing for Donna about working for Sierra Airlines was co-pilot, Steve (Rob Lowe) who provided mentorship for Donna as she flexed her wings.
A big job fair gets Donna's attention. The Royalty Airlines! International flights! First class! Now that is for her. Daring fate, Donna convinces her two attendant friends to go to the job fair with her and apply at Royalty Airlines. It is with Royalty Airlines Donna meets Sally Weston (Candice Bergen), the greatest airline attendant ever. Sally had even written a book about the discipline of providing in-flight service to passengers and was the template for all airline attendants. Even for Donna. Especially for Donna.
So, Donna is now a member of the flight attendant corp of Royalty Airlines but because of her test scores she was assigned to ... yup, commuter flights. But Christine (Christina Applegate), Donna's best friend made it to first class international! She was the top scorer in the training program. Ah! A little cheating enabled Donna's best friend, Christine to switch exams. When confronted with this matter, airline attendant training supervisor, John Whitney (Mike Myers) was less than compassionate. Donna demanded Whitney show her the exam she took but "procedure" would not allow it.
For a year Donna must fly the commuter flights after which she can retest for the first class international flights. Grrr. This was not good. Pining, Donna was befriended by nice guy, Ted (Mark Ruffalo) who is a law school drop-out. A final year drop-out at that. And a cohabitation relationship develops [1Cor. 7:2]. Of course!. It's PG-13! And it is not your place to introduce your kids to such immoral behavior [Gal. 5:19]. That responsibility belongs to the filmmakers, don't ya know? I mean, really! Don't they know better than you what your kids should know about the "real world?" If that bothers you, just ignore the filmmakers and what they strut [Ps. 12:8]. And it is their right to sneak immorality to your kids by putting such behavior in a movie approved for kids about which, unless you slice out about three solitary hours and $10.00 from your day, you have no chance of knowing beforehand beyond the trailers, advertisements and the MPAA rating what is in the movie ... until now.
Donna also pines to Sally (Candice Bergen), a veteran airline attendant, who, feeling sorry for Donna and recognizing the signals of some of the things that had happened to her as she climbed the ladder to get her "view from the top", pulled a few strings and arranged for Donna to see her exam. Sure enough, it was not hers but was the exam Christina took.
Other issues you may consider unfit for your developing Christian young man or woman (or yourself) include the use of God's name in vain in the ever-increasingly popular three-syllable sentence with His name trailing at the end. Twenty-eight times. None with the four letter expletive but God's name in vain is God's name in vain [Deut. 5:11]. Another "of course" is the inclusion of homosexual innuendo and suggestions. [1Cor. 6:9-10] and the 15 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary [Col. 3:8].
There are many more matters to be concerned about in this "R-13"
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***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
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.
Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Offense to God (O)
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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 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.|