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(2010), PG-13 [Hard R-13*] (1hr 51min)

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December 17, 2010
December 22, 2010

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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.

(2010), PG-13 [Hard R-13*] ... is very much a hard R-13

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Dune Entertainment, Stephen J. Cannell Productions, Top Cow Productions, Scott Free Productions, Big Screen Productions, Ingenious Film Partners, Phoenix Film Partners
Distribution (US): 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Director(s): Joe Carnahan
Producer(s): Stephen J. Cannell, Lee Cleary, Jules Daly, Ross Fanger, Ridley Scott, Tony Scott, Spike Seldin, Marc Silvestri, Iain Smith, Alex Young
Writing Credits: Joe Carnahan, Brian Bloom, Skip Woods
Cinematography/Camera: Mauro Fiore
Music: Alan Silvestri
Film Editing: Roger Barton, Jim May
Production Design: Charles Wood
Art Direction: Michael Diner, Dan Hermansen, Helen Jarvis
Viewed on 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment DVD

This film analysis is sponsored in part by the generosity of N&KB.

Occasionally I recommend that home viewers purchase a TVGuardian foul language filter to eliminate the profanity in the playback of a film on disk (on any other playback that is closed-captioned). The TVG filter shuts off the audio as foul words are detected then (optionally) places cleaned text at the bottom of the screen. But in the case of The A-Team there is so much profanity (45 times per hour) that there would be little left of the audible dialogue. If you switch on the cleaned closed captioning you would spend so much time reading the captioning that much of the film experience which requires attention to the photography would be lost.

In this movie-ized version of the TV A-Team of the 1980s by Frank Lupo and Stephen J. Cannell, Col. John Hannibal Smith (Liam Neeson) and his fugitive commando band of Vietnam war Army Rangers with 80 successful missions build the story told first by the TV series. Smith's Alpha Team crew of Iraq war veterans; insane Capt. James 'HM - Howling Mad' Murdock (Sharito Copley), Lt. Templeton 'Faceman' Peck (Bradely Cooper) and Sgt. B.A. Baracus (Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson as the modern version of Mr. T), are framed in a government collusion to illegally obtain from Baghdad $100 printing plates and $1,000,000,000 of money made with the plates.

I am sorry but I have to add a side bar note here. While Neeson did a 21st century job of playing Col. Smith, Neeson is simply not George Peppard. The same goes for the other characters, including Jackson -- he is just not Mr. T. It would be well, if you decide to watch this movie, if you know nothing of the original A-Team and its characters.

Capt. Charrisa Sosa (Jessica Biel), demoted to Lieutenant, serves as a government agent to prevent Gen. Russell Morrison (Gerald McRaney) from covertly ordering Col. Smith and company to obtain the plates and counterfeit money. CIA Agent Lynch (Patrick Wilson) works apparently for the government to aid Smith in his clandestine mission.

How much you enjoy the show may depend on how well you can shut off your brain ... and how well you can shut off your wholesome moral standards. Due to content this film is G-equivalent in the two CAP investigation areas of Sexual Immorality (S) and Murder/Suicide (M), but it is R-equivalent all four other investigation areas -- in Wanton Violence/Crime (W), Impudence/Hate (I) [language], Drugs/Alcohol (D) and Offense to God (O) [use of God's name in vain]. Needless then to say, The A-Team is very much a hard R-13 film.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - Zero out of 100
Violence in this film appears mostly by action violence and gun battles -- lots of them. Action violence of varying intensities keeps the speakers rumbling for most of the 111.5 minutes of the actual programming in a larger-than-life way. And that is the point - the larger-than-life aspects of this genre of entertainment. God warned us that violence and other forms of "evil communications" [1 Cor. 15:33] can and do corrupt decision-making and coping skills. It is inevitable and inarguable. And historically proven. The effect of such entertainment on decision-making and coping skills is also fairly immeasurable. And Unpredictable. There is no way to predict or measure how much or how severe the influence of such violence will surface. The only thing that is relatively certain is that the influence will likely manifest in the victim ... someday ... some how. There is also no way to tell how severe it will surface. The influence planted by viewing violence (and other manners of influence, good and bad) can be likened to losing in the couch those little straight pins that come in new shirts. You may think you have found them all. But someday one or more of them will surface .. painfully (See our Little Straight Pins publication).

The bottom line? Viewing violence (indeed any form of aberrant behavior) in and as entertainment can negatively embolden and entice the viewer and can lead him/her "into the way that is not good" and can boil up contempt for righteousness and wholesome ethics. [Prov. 16:29, Prov. 18:3]

Impudence/Hate (I) - Zero out of 100
At least 44 times per hour someone utters some form of profanity. [Col 3:8, Prov 22:11] And that is enough to make the content found by this investigation are equivalent to the same content in many R-rated films.

Sexual Immorality (S) - 91 out of 100
Content discovered by this investigation area revealed content to easily be equivalent to most G-rated films. All that was found was a rude gaze, a male anatomical reference and an example of excessive cleavage. While we must not look at the opposite sex in lustful ways [Matt. 5:28] nor should we use crude body terms to draw attention to private parts [Eph. 5:4], neither are we to display that which is, in some circles, immodest whether the movie portrays it "accidental" or not (not one frame of a movie is accidental). [1Tim. 2:9]

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 37 out of 100
Booze. Drinking. Smoking. This film has it all. And for your 13 year old children. What does the American College of Physicians have to say about that? Since you've asked, I'll tell you.

A 2002 study by the American College of Physicians (ACP) revealed that adolescent exposure to drinking in and as entertainment undeniably leads to abuse of alcohol among underage viewers. The finding entitled Relation Between Parental Restrictions on Movies and Adolescent Use of Tobacco and Alcohol reports that of 4544 youths from grades 5 through 8 of fifteen Vermont and New Hampshire middle schools (90% of the youths were under fourteen years old) only 16% were completely restricted in their entertainment diets. Within the ACP study population, the prevalence of having tried alcohol without parental knowledge was

• 46% for those with no viewing restrictions
• 16% for those with partial viewing restrictions
• four percent for those with complete viewing restrictions.

The researchers selected R-rated movies because they assumed R-rated movies typically present more drinking than movies of other classifications. This assumption is no longer true. The researchers were not aware of the matter of R-13 proven by this ministry in 2000 with which Harvard University researchers agreed four years later. The bottom line? Regardless of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) classification the focus is that the emboldening influence of adolescent exposure to drinking (and smoking) in and as entertainment is undeniable. [Eph. 5:18]

Offense to God (O) - Zero out of 100
To speak the name of God or Jesus (which includes Christ) in any way other than respectful communication and in prayer is in vain. His name was used in vain 27 times without the four letter expletive and 5 times with it. [Deut. 5:11]

Murder/Suicide (M) - 97 out of 100
While there were many deaths by gunfire, all but one were from kill-or-be-killed armed scenarios such as in warfare and gun battles. Deaths due to war, defensive maneuvers or lawful police action are not considered murder and are not incorporated into this investigation area. However, one death, that of Gen. Morrison was by deliberate act and was considered murder -- by fire and explosion.


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  • 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: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.
  • Rom. 12:19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
  • 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.
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 (KJV) Be not deceived: evil [kakov: of a bad nature, not such as it ought to be] communications corrupt good manners. (NIV) Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.
  • Prov. 16:29 A violent man enticeth his neighbour, and leadeth him into the way that is not good. [The issue is the violence, the 'way that is not good' no matter how "small" or "justified" the violence might seem, and its "leading" effect on the observer. "A violent man" ["man" here is enowsh {en-oshe"}: man (collective), mortal, person, mankind; contracted for iysh {eesh}: whosoever, each] can be any character of any age, any gender, human or not since the cinematic display is at the hands men and women, in the act of committing (demonstrating in the case of entertainment) violent behavior/action whether for good or evil or the violent behaviors/actions themselves. Such exposure can and does embolden the viewer into aggression, especially youth. It took years for American professional health community to finally affirm, probably without knowing it, that which God told us in 1 Cor. 15:33 below. See also Joint Statement on the Impact of Entertainment Violence on Children: Congressional Public Health Summit for more information. Further, God speaks darkly of violence 56 times in the Old and New Testament of the KJV.]
  • Prov. 18:3 When wickedness comes, so does contempt, ...
  • Col. 3:8 But now ye also put off [rid yourself of] all these; anger, wrath, malice [kakia: ill-will, desire to injure, wickedness, depravity, evil, trouble, not ashamed to break laws, etc.], blasphemy [blasphemia: impious and reproachful speech injurious to divine majesty], filthy communication [aischrologia:foul speaking, low and obscene speech] out of your mouth.
  • Prov. 22:11 He who loves a pure heart and whose speech is gracious will have the king for his friend.
  • Matt. 5:28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. [And in this matter, that which applies to the man applies to the woman as well.]
  • Eph. 5:4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.
  • 1Tim. 2:9 I also want women to dress modestly, ... [Again in this matter, that which applies to the man applies to the woman as well.
  • Eph. 5:18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. [Since "drunk" is methusko {meth-oos'-ko}: to intoxicate; make drunk; to get drunk; become intoxicated, "wine" can be any intoxicating substance including illegal drugs or abuse of prescription drugs. The issue is do not abuse the body by intoxicating it [1 Cor. 6:19]. Though it is not a sin to drink, it is a sin to get drunk OR to influence to get drunk OR to drink in defiance such as underage drinking.]
  • 1 Cor. 6:19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? [The "temple" as used here is naos {nah-os'}: metaph. the spiritual temple consisting of the saints of all ages joined together by and in Christ.]
  • 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 in prayer, with respect or reverence or in responsible discussion is in vain. That includes the popular three syllable sentence with His name trailing it AND the misuse of Jesus' name or title. So, trying to excuse such expressions with "I was talking TO God/Jesus/Christ when I said that" or "It's just words" or "I was acting" or "I was quoting" will not work with God.]

    ***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.)

    The A-Team (2010) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - Zero out of 100
  • beating, repeatedly, some brutal
  • firearm to the face to control, repeatedly
  • order to kill
  • police and government corruption/collusion throughout
  • animal attack
  • attempted murder with glee, multiple
  • long fight sequence
  • abductions, repeatedly
  • gunshot to injure
  • threat to hang by the neck until dead and then incinerate
  • gun battles with deaths, repeatedly, many without regard to passersby and other unintended targets
  • action violence, frequent of varying intensities
  • gunfire to kill, frequent
  • brutality

    Impudence/Hate (I) - Zero out of 100
  • 83 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary with two uses of the most foul of the foul words
  • massive tattoos
  • vulgar gesture, twice

    Sexual Immorality (S) - 91 out of 100
  • excessive cleavage
  • rude gaze
  • male anatomical reference

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 37 out of 100
  • smoking, repeatedly
  • song of drug use
  • booze, repeatedly
  • drinking, repeatedly

    Offense to God (O) - Zero out of 100
  • 27 uses of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive and 5 with it
  • calling another "fool!", repeatedly [Matt. 5:22]
  • lusting for revenge [Rom. 12:19]
  • mockery of faith in God and His church as a faith organization, repeatedly [Gal. 6:7]

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 97 out of 100
  • one murder by fire

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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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