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(2011), PG-13 [Hardcore R-13*] (1hr 50.7min)
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(While the Scriptural references are certainly not subjective, my commentary may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)
Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Columbia Pictures, Original Film
Distribution (US): Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Director(s): Michael Gondry
Producer(s): Raffi Adlan, Todd Cogan, Evan Goldberg, Michael Grillo, Ori Marmur, Neal H. Moritz, Lisa Rodgers, Seth Rogen, Leeann Stonebreaker, George W. Trendle Jr.
Written by: Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, George W. Trendle (radio series)
Cinematography/Camera: John Schwartsman
Music: James Newton Howard
Film Editing: Michael Tronick
Casting: Francine Maisler
Production Design: Owen Paterson
Art Direction: Benjamin Edelberg, Chad S. Frey, greg Papalia
Viewed on Sony Pictures Home Entertainment DVD
Great Scott!!! I had an uneasy feeling when I viewed The Green Hornet regarding its PG-13 rating. I felt the content was definitely going to be at least a hard PG-13 equivalent and maybe R equivalent but I had no idea ... Recall that the R-rated films in the comparative baseline database that built the CAP Analysis Model earned a range of scores of 54 and below out of 100. The Green Hornet earned a final score of 12 out of 100! Even the Influence Density reeks of R. R-rated films in the baseline database earned ID figures from 0.78 to 2.04 (the higher the figure the higher the "thickness" of assaults on morality and decency). This film earned an ID of 2.96!
Out of 1368 films we have analyzed so far, 18 have earned lower scores than the PG-13 The Green Hornet. The following table relates the number of films that earned final scores lower than The Green Hornet:
First of all, it is extraordinary that only 18 films out of 1368 -- 1.3% -- earned lower scores than The Green Hornet. Of the 18 films with lesser scores than the PG-13 rated The Green Hornet, 89% were rated R. This film is definitely in the +/- 3 standard deviations from µ.
The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) is morally brain dead. The film script threw 96 uses of profanity at the audience resulting in a zero score in Impudence/Hate. The film content ended up with a zero score in Wanton Violence/crime as well. And in Sexual Immorality. And Murder/Suicide. A zero score is beyond any shadow of a doubt R-equivalent since zero is well below 54 which is the threshold for R-equivalent scores. The film earned above-zero scores but still R-equivalent scores (54 and below) in the other two investigation areas (Drugs/Alcohol and Offense to God).
The Green Hornet presented a R-equivalent investigation area score in every one of the six CAP investigation areas. How much more do we need to know to understand this film should have been rated R ... or maybe NC-17 but I do not know (and will not know) about the content of NC-17 films. But a final score of 12 for a PG-13 film when R-rated films earned scores of 54 and below out of 100?
Because of the depravity of the content of this film I am not going to spend the time to offer a Summary/Commentary of the plot and story as I usually do. I hope the listing in the Findings/Scoring section will be enough.
The color inside the Green Hornet® logo above figuratively matches the "color" inside this film.
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Due to being to offended with the content of this film which 13 year old adolescents have access to, I am not going to spend the valuable time to build a list of Scripture to specifically address the hundreds of assaults on morality and decency in this film. The Selected Scriptures below will suffice, especially Ps. 12:8 and 1 Cor. 15:33. And I suspect the filmmakers had best become aware of Luke 17:2 and Matt. 25:40. Quickly. They need to wear calluses over their prayer bones on this one for what they are doing to our youth ... >>thump - thump on the Bible while he says that<<.
***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.
(The objective heart of the CAP Analysis Model, independent of and insulated from the Summary / Commentary section.)
Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - Zero out of 100
Impudence/Hate (I) - Zero out of 100
Sexual Immorality (S) - Zero out of 100
Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 34 out of 100
Offense to God (O) - 40 out of 100
Murder/Suicide (M) - Zero out of 100
|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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G equivalence: G
PG equivalence: PG-G
PG-13 equivalence: 13-G
R equivalence: R-G<
|For PG rated Films with |
G equivalence: G-PG
PG equivalence: PG
PG-13 equivalence: 13-PG
R equivalence: R-PG
|For PG-13 rated Films with |
G equivalence: G-13
PG equivalence: PG(13)
PG-13 equivalence: PG-13
R equivalence: R-13
|For R rated Films with |
G equivalence: G-R
PG equivalence: PG-R
PG-13 equivalence: 13-R
R equivalence: R
|For NR rated Films with
G equivalence: G-NR
PG equivalence: PG-NR
PG-13 equivalence: 13-NR
R equivalence: R-NR