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(2011), PG-13 [Hard R-13*] (2hr 3.3min)

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Influence Density
September 17, 2011
September 22, 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*] ... Need I say more?

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): 20th Century Fox, Bad Hat Harry, Marvel Entertainment, Dune Entertainment Distribution (US): Fox Home Entertainment
Director(s): Matthew Vaughn
Producer(s): Gregory Goodman, Simon Kinberg, Stan Lee, Josh McLaglen, Tarquin Pack, Lauren Shuler Donner, Bryan Singer
Screenplay by: Ashley miller, Zack Stenz, Jane Goldman, Matthew Vaughn
Story by: Sheldon turner, Bryan Singer
Cinematography/Camera: John Mathieson
Music: Henry Jackman
Film Editing: Eddie Hamilton, Lee Smith
Casting: Roger Mussenden, Jeremy Rich, Lucinda Syson
Production Design: Chris Seagers
Art Direction: Grant Armstrong, Paul Booth, Alex Cameron, Steve Cooper, Tom Frohling, Alan Gilmore, James Hambidge, Marc Homes, Joe Howard, John King, Adam O'Neill, Dawn Swiderski, Su Whitaker
Viewed on Fox Home Entertainment DVD

I've gotten 27 minutes into this flick and I can tell already it's going to be another R-13. We'll See.
Well, I've finished viewing the film and finished crunching the numbers. And my suspicions were correct. With a final score of 11 out of 100, X-Men: First Class is as "R" as an R-13 can get. And again, not because of a few extreme assaults on morality but because of s-o-o-o many less extreme assaults. Consider: a one hour film with 10 assaults on morality and decency worth, say, 100 "bads" each is as morally assaultive as a one hour film with 50 assaults but each worth only 20 "bads" each. X-Men: First Class is a prime example of the latter. For more information on this technique of loading films to achieve the "feel" of a more severe film, see our CAP Rule of 1000 publication.

As a special feature, following is a comparative of the four X-Men films:

This comparative display is an update of the comparative data display shown in X-Men: The Last Stand, a.k.a. X-Men III, or X3 which provides a comparative of the first three X-Men films.

I am going to gloat for the CAP Analysis Model. It perfectly predicted the scoring decay and increase of the influence density for X-Men: First Class. Perfectly. I know it is hard to discern with my cheap software but please try to note the five-point stars over the question marks above X4 in each of the two graphs at the bottom. The question marks above the X4 in each graph indicate the predictions for X-Men: First Class (X4) made in 2006 by the trend revealed in our analyses of the first three X-Men films. The five-point star above X4 in each graph indicates the calculated scores from analysis of X-Men: First Class (X4). Each datapoint star fell directly over the question mark, indicating perfect prediction of the values. Note also that except for the score of the first X-Men film (X), the scores and influence density figures fell in the R-domain. I would say this verifies the credibility of this CAP Analysis Model. What should we expect? I may be the engineer of the model but Jesus is the Designer.

In this X-case I am not going to spend the time providing a bit of a discussion about the plot and story as I usually do. Essentially, X1 approximately equals X2 approximately equals X3 approximately equals X4. It is the same basic story using most of the same characters doing the same things but this time without the subliminal influence of Sir Ian McKellen and his self-proclaimed chosen lifestyle. Nor am I going to provide the individual Investigation Area discussions I usually provide. This report is devoted to the comparative information, except...

I will, however, throw in one notation. So many who oppose what we do have tried to chide me for including statue nudity into the scoring of a film. This film explains our position regarding statue nudity better than I could in words. In one scene is a statue of female nudity. One of the characters fondled the breasts of the nude female statue with lustful expressions. Need I say more?

Please inspect the listings in the Findings section and note the thermometers showing the scoring distribution for this film before you decide whether to watch this movie.

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 when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend what is vile, embrace it, enjoy it, want it, submit to it.]
  • 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.)

    X-Men: First Class (2011) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 5 out of 100
  • Holocaust brutalization of Jews with separation of mother from son
  • physical assault of young boy
  • extortion of son with mother's life as leverage
  • crushing human head inside helmet, two
  • dead bodies
  • extortion for information with pain as leverage
  • threat to kill, including self, repeatedly
  • knife stabbing, two
  • gunfire to kill, repeatedly
  • physical assault, repeatedly
  • action violence of varying intensities, repeatedly
  • choking assault

    Impudence/Hate (I) - 54 out of 100
  • 12 uses of profanity, once by a teen
  • taunting, tormenting

    Sexual Immorality (S) - Zero out of 100
  • attempt to seduce
  • excess breast exposure, repeatedly
  • multiple women in underwear, repeatedly
  • excessive cleavage, repeatedly
  • cat calls
  • women as toys/ornaments, repeatedly
  • request for sex, twice
  • adult in underwear, repeatedly
  • excessively short skirts throughout
  • erotic dancing
  • dress to maximize the female form and/or skin exposure, repeatedly
  • camera angle/pose to force viewer on private parts, repeatedly
  • sexual innuendo
  • offer of sex
  • man and woman making out in underwear
  • female nudity masked with prosthetics, repeatedly
  • statue nudity
  • fondling the breasts of a nude female statue
  • female nudity up close, repeatedly
  • inappropriate touch of Mystique's left breast by Beast

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 5 out of 100
  • drinking, repeatedly
  • booze, repeatedly
  • bar, repeatedly
  • smoking, repeatedly
  • "Let's go have a drink"
  • guzzling
  • "I need another drink"
  • drunkenness
  • "...still drinking champagne, Bob?"

    Offense to God (O) - Zero out of 100
  • unholy powers, frequent and throughout
  • shape shifting, repeatedly
  • gambling city
  • unholy transport, frequent
  • satanic beast as character, repeatedly
  • seeking vengeance

    Murder/Suicide (M) - Zero out of 100
  • gunfire murder of woman, graphic
  • additional gunfire murders
  • knife murder
  • murder by unholy power, frequent
  • murder by dropping from great height, multiple
  • at least 39 more murders by various actions/forces such as fire. blade, choking, physical assault, etc.

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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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    Please note our new manner of indicating a film's Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) rating in comparison with the CAP equivalence such as "PG-13 [R-13]." The first term is the Motion Picture Association of America's (MPAA) rating. The second term [in brackets] indicates that which the film earned under the CAP analysis model. In the example, "PG-13 [R-13]" indicates the MPAA rated the film PG-13 but the film earned a CAP final score in the scoring range earned by R-rated movies in the comparative baseline database. Other comparative terms used might be "PG [13-PG]", "G [PG-G] or even 'PG-13 [PG]" as was the case for Alien vs Predator. I doubt there will ever be a "G [R]" used, but only time will tell. The CAP analysis model is Rock-solid. The MPAA is not.

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    For G rated Films with
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    PG equivalence: PG-G
    PG-13 equivalence: 13-G
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    PG equivalence: PG
    PG-13 equivalence: 13-PG
    R equivalence: R-PG
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    PG equivalence: PG(13)
    PG-13 equivalence: PG-13
    R equivalence: R-13
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    PG-13 equivalence: 13-R
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