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(2003), PG-13

Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
September 29, 2003
76 out of 100

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If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary likely using a mix of KJV and NIV.

(2003), PG-13 -- ...maybe "we" could take example from "them."

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Paramount Pictures, Handprint Entertainment, MTV Films
Distribution (US): Paramount Pictures
Director(s): Jonathan Lynn
Producer(s): David Gale, Loretha C. Jones, Benny Medina, Jeff Pollack, Momita Sengupta, Van Toffler, Tierre Turner
Story: Elizabeth Hunter
Screenplay: Elizabeth Hunter, Saladin K. Patterson
Cinematography/Camera: Affonso Beato
Music: Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis, Big Jim Wright
Film Editing: Paul Hirsch
Casting: Robi Reed-Humes
Production Design: Victoria Paul
Art Direction: Cate Bangs

I did not get to go to the press screening of The Fighting Temptations and was not able to attend the openning night showing and was held back for one reason or another from seeing it even druring it first week of showing. Thus, this report is a little late for it to be of any use to you regarding showings at theaters. However, it is still valuable for the parents/grandparents who wait until a movie comes out on VHS/DVD and for our overseas friends. Note also that I was very sleepy when I watched this show and it is possible that those little slices of invisible snoozes prevented me from seeing everything you mihgt want to know about.

I want to start this short Summary/Commentary with an immediate thought I had after seeing the film. Maybe the style of the black Southern Gospel music is a little extreme for us conservatives, but it just might be that maybe "we" could take example from "them."

Darrin Hill, an ad agency junior exec on his way up gets fired. Dejected and forlorn, Hill returns to his home town of Monte Carlo, Georgia after hearing of an inheritance left him by his aunt. Expecting something like an inheritance of a collection of knickknacks, Hill is quite surprised in the reading of the will that he will inherit $150,000 IF he can take the Beulah Baptist Church choir to the Gospel Explosion choir contest. Not having any musical talent at all, Hill enlists the aid of a few "qualified" people to help build the best choir in the South.

Questionable material in The Fighting Temptations includes fourteen uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary [Prov. 22:11] and eleven uses of God's name in vain though all without the four letter expletive [Deut. 5:11]. That Hill's ad agency job was to sell booze, maximizing sales to black demographics didn't help the score any [Luke 1:15]. There were a number of lite sexual references and one somewhat vulgar rap background song [Mark 7:21 - 23]. The listing in the Findings/Scoring section will tell all that was found.

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  • Prov. 22:11 He who loves a pure heart and whose speech is gracious will have the king for his friend.
  • 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 thoughtful discussion is in vain. That includes the popular three syllable sentence with His name trailing it AND the misuse of Jesus' name.]
  • Luke 1:15 For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother's womb. [Speaking is the angel that appeared to Zechariah, promising Zechariah and his wife, Elizabeth a son - John the Baptist, but it also says that not drinking aloholic beverages at all will find favor in the eyes of the Lord. Though it is not a sin to drink, God knows of our tendency to excess. And the "strong drink" of Jesus' day was less potent than our dry wine. What does that say about our liquor of up to 75% alcohol?]
  • Mark 7:21 - 23 For from within, out of men's hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality<'U>, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. All these evils come from inside and make a man 'unclean.'"

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences to younger and younger audiences every year] when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, pay for it, enjoy it, want 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 (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, situationally redefine, counterfeit, conditionally apply] 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.


    The Fighting Temptations (2003)) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • kids gambling

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • 14 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • lies
  • equating no sin with no fun
  • massive tattoos
  • underhanded connivings to impede change, repeatedly

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • talk of getting immoral sex
  • sensuous dance
  • vulgar rap background song
  • sex talk
  • open mouth kissing
  • below the navel belly skin
  • offer of sexual favor, twice
  • dressing to maximize the female form and/or skin exposure

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • selling booze, maximizing on Southern black demographics
  • booze
  • drinking
  • bar
  • smoking

    Offense to God (O)
  • 11 uses of God's name in vain though all without the four letter expletive

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • 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 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.

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