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(2010), PG [Hard G-PG*] (1hr 32.5min)

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(While the Scriptural references are certainly not subjective, my commentary may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)

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(2010), PG [Hard G-PG*] ... Now comes the drifter

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Nasser Group North, NGN Productions, Nasser Entertainment Group
Distribution (US): Phase 4 Films
Director(s): Thomas Makawski
Producer(s): Nicole Ettinger, Jack Nasser, Joseph Nasser, Kevan Otto, Danny Roth
Written by: Joseph Nasseer
Cinematography/Camera: Robert Kraetsch
Music: Stu Goldberg
Film Editing: Thomas Makowski
Casting: Danny Roth
Viewed on Phase 4 Films Home Entertainment DVD

A drifter (John Schneider of Dukes of Hazard Country™ fame) slides into Raymond, California ... and makes changes. Changes to counter the changes being made by those who would have their way with the people. One in particular is a corrupt mayor wannabe who is a out to make changes for his own financial gain at the expense of the moral standards of the people.

Three years ago the local Pastor Henry Maxwell (Jim Gleason) lost his wife, his son and his unborn daughter to a traffic collision on a dark mountain road as the family embarked on a vacation. Pastor Henry is the pastor of the local church that most of the people grew up with. But the loss of his family made changes in Pastor Henry. He became bitter, uncaring and ineffective as the pastor. Mayor wannabe Alex York (Mark Arnold) seized Pastor Henry's loss and ensuing embitterment to make money by tearing down the church and building a casino with lots of promises of well-being and financial security for the people of the dying town. What would you do if your kids were starving and your family was losing their home when a man, a glib man comes along with all the answers who promises to restore your family's well-being if you simply lower your moral standards ... just a little bit? Maybe a better question is what would Jesus do?

Now comes the drifter. [Heb. 13:2] Searching for work for a meal. But no one was able or willing to give the drifter any work. The town was dying and so many of the locals were out of work and losing their homes. How could the business and property owners justify giving this dirty drifter work when so many of the townspeople had no work? What would Jesus do?

This is a well thought and built story that should cause most viewers to contemplate their status and how fragile it might be and what they would do if their status crumbled. I am not going to offer any of the "answers" offered by the film to prevent spoiling it for you in the event you decide to watch it. While it is my own policy not to make any recommendations about whether you should not watch a film, in this case I am going to violate my own policy and offer the film as an example of what filmmaking should be. I liked this film. But then I am a Chaplain and I am supposed to like this kind of film ... And it contains a story of adoption. My wife and I have adopted. Ten times. Maybe you should consider adopting? What would Jesus do?

The story is built upon 1 Peter 2:11-12. I offer them up to you from the NIV Bible for your own consideration without my expounding on them:

1 Pet. 2:11 - 12 Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul. Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 57 out of 100
The strongest presence in this film is violence/crime. While none of it is particularly graphic or extreme, it presents violence/crime nonetheless: violence/crime such as graphic injuries, physical assault, strong-arm tactics to extort and political corruption for financial gain. [Hab. 2:9, Prov. 3:13, Ps. 62:10].

Impudence/Hate (I) - 96 out of 100
There is not one use of profanity through the entire 92.5 minutes of programming. There is, however, one lie by a homeless girl not telling all the truth. However slight a single lie might seem, God does not make exception about lying. He warns that the [unforgiven] liar will not make it into Heaven. [Rev. 21:8] It may also seem sort of harsh of me to bring up burning in Hell for lying just because of one lie in this whole show, but I didn't write the Rules. God also said once upon a time "thou shalt not lie." [Exod. 20:16] And that is one of the Ten Commandments. He sounds rather serious about lying.

Sexual Immorality (S) - 100 out of 100
There is no content of any kind in this film that would invoke point loss due to being sexually immoral.

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 100 out of 100
Not once is anyone seen with anything that is undeniably alcoholic beverage or tobacco, nor is anyone seen abusing prescription drugs. One character was seen with a clear bottle of some kind but there was no evidence except the setting that might suggest it is a booze bottle.

Offense to God (O) - 82 out of 100
Not once is God's name abuse, but as a "necessary" part of the story to provide contrast there is mockery of God's Sovereignty and an instance of denying God exists. [Gal. 6:7] Whether these matters are necessary parts of the script or story is immaterial to the CAP analysis model. That there might be cinematic "justification" for a sin does not excuse it. For more information on this concept, please visit BEFORE You Read On.

Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
No one is murdered nor does anyone commit suicide in the entire show.


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  • Heb. 13:2 Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.
  • Hab. 2:9 Woe to him who builds his realm by unjust gain to set his nest on high, to escape the clutches of ruin!
  • Prov. 3:31 Envy thou not the oppressor [man of violence, extortionist, etc.], and choose none of his ways.
  • 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.
  • Rev. 21:8 But the [unforgiven] fearful [deilos {di-los'}; timid, cowardly], and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers [sexually immoral], and sorcerers [all forms of evil/magic to force or do harm], and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
  • Exod. 20:16 Thou shalt not bear false [sheqer {sheh"-ker}: lie, flasehood, deceit] witness against thy neighbour.
  • Gal. 6:7 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked [mukterizo {mook-tay-rid'-zo}: to turn up the nose or sneer at, deride]. A man reaps what he sows.
  • 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.]


    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.)

    WWJD: What Would Jesus Do? (2010) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 57 out of 100
  • graphic injuries from car collision
  • traffic collision resulting in death of wife, son and unborn daughter (unseen)
  • soliciting evil to do evil (strong-arms to do harm)
  • political corruption for financial gain
  • physical assault with threat to do harm, twice
  • order to kill
  • pelting with debris
  • robbery and assault
  • pursuit to do harm

    Impudence/Hate (I) - 96 out of 100
  • lie

    Sexual Immorality (S) - 100 out of 100
  • none noted

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 100 out of 100
  • none noted

    Offense to God (O) - 82 out of 100
  • mockery of God's Sovereignty
  • denying God
  • "Fools!" [Matt. 5:22]

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
  • 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 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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