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(2011), PG-13 [R-13*] (1hr 21.5min)

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July 2, 2011
July 4, 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 [R-13*] ... Doing good with evil magic is still serving evil.

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): CBS Films, Storefront Films
Distribution (US): CBS Films
Director(s): Daniel Barnz
Producer(s): Susan Cartsonis, Michael Flynn, Roz Weisberg
Screenplay by: Daniel Barnz
Novel: Alex Flinn
Cinematography/Camera: Mandy Walker
Music: Marcelo Zarvos
Film Editing: Thomas J. Nordberg
Casting: Sarah Finn, Andrea Kenyon, Randi Wells
Production Design: Rusty Smith
Art Direction: Isabelle Guay, Jean-Pierre Paquet
Viewed on CBS Films Home Entertainment DVD

Though this story depended on the portrayal of the evil magic of witchcraft and could not have been told without it, the matter is compounded in that the writers portrayed the use of evil magic to do good. [Isa. 5:20] Doing good with evil magic is still serving evil.

I feel a sermon coming on! Before I go any further into the Summary/Commentary for the film and the story/plot, I am going to take a few moments to discuss doing good with evil magic.

Is there such a thing as "good magic?" How do you think Jesus raised the dead [John 11:43], healed the sick [Matt. 8:15-16], made the lame walk and the blind see [Matt. 21:14] and cast out demons [Mark 1:34 as only one example of many]? It was Holy "magic", which may be better termed as Holy power, i.e., the power of God, by which Jesus did these things. Is there such a thing as "evil magic?" If not, why would God condemn it? [Gal. 5:19, Deut. 18:10, 2 Chr. 33:6, Rev. 21:8] How do you think Satan placed the demons in the two men in Gergesenes which Jesus cast out into the swine [Matt. 8:28-32]? How do you think Satan was able to display all the world and its riches to Jesus when he tempted Jesus [Matt. 4:8]? Evil magic is indeed real. Though to my knowledge and awareness I have not had any encounter with evil magic, I will not doubt its existence because God says it exists. But to use evil magic for good purposes is still serving evil since evil magic does not come from God. And if it does not come from God .......

Neither the user nor the use of magic determines whether magic is good or evil. The source of the magic does. A little background into the story first. SPOILER ALERT: The witch in the story, Kendra (Mary-Kate Olsen) reacted with hate at the rich, vain and handsome Kyle (Alex Pettyfer) insulting her and her looks. Kendra used her evil witch magic to cast a spell of ugliness on Kyle that would be on him forever unless he could find a girl to fall in love with him and say "I love you" to him within one year. After most of Kyle's year had passed and no girl had told him "I love you", Kyle went to Kendra begging for more time but after realizing Kendra would not give an inch he asked if she would at least help Will (Neil Patrick Harris), Kyle's blind tutor to see again and bring to America the three children of Zola (Lisa Gay Hamilton), Kyle's Jamaican housekeeper. Fast forwarding to near later in the show, the story implies that Kendra did precisely those two things with her magic: gave sight to Will and brought Zola's three kids to America. Kendra used evil magic to do good. Though what she did was noble it was still serving evil since she used magic that was not from God.

End of sermon.

One of the apparently morally clean teen sensations of High School Musical, Vanessa Hudgens plays Lindy, the daughter of an ex-school teacher now a drug addict. Vanessa plays opposite to Alex Pettyfer as Kyle Kingson, the son of a shallow rich news anchor father.

Kyle, a good looking and very popular student, was running for president of the Buckston High School Green Committee. In his election speech he announced that only beautiful people succeed and that he, one of the beautiful people, had no interest in conservation but was only going for the presidency because it would look good on his transcript. Kyle pointed a "not beautiful" finger of attention at Kendra and her ilk. She did not appreciate that. Kendra cursed Kyle with ugliness to make him as ugly on the outside as he was n the inside. Shortly before the curse Kyle struck up a small relationship with Lindy to whom he had not spoken for years, making Lindy wonder why he had any interest in her now. But it was clear to the viewer that she was "interested" in Kyle. And so begins a pivotal relationship ... a relationship that would bring humility to Kyle and joy to Lindy.

I suspect I have spoiled enough of the story and should leave any more of it to your discovery should you decide to watch this DVD once you have become informed of its content.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 67 out of 100
The violence/crime content in this film centers around street violence such as reckless driving, irresponsibility in traffic, drug-related violence with a firearm and a drug dealer assault of Lindy. Peripheral violence/crime included Kyle and Lindy breaking and entering into the local zoo and a threat to kill Lindy by a thwarted drug dealer.

Violence, even in and as entertainment is not something to regard lightly. God warned us that violence is "catching" in Prov. 16:29: that violence can lead into "the way that is not good." Even man has chimed in on God's wisdom (2000 years later) by four public health agencies publishing a finding that states "viewing violence may lead to real life violence" and "viewing violence can lead to emotional desensitization towards violence in real life." When are we going to listen?

Impudence/Hate (I) - Zero out of 100
The content of Beastly applicable to this investigation area is indeed R-equivalent with 22 uses of profanity by teens and six times by adults. [Col. 3:8, Eph. 5:4, Eph. 4:29] While all the profanity on its own is enough to bring this investigation area score down to R-equivalence, the teen disrespect and hatred of their parents, the shallowness of a parent, the hateful name-calling and a few other matters of impudence and/or hatred helped evaporate all of the 100 starting points in this investigation area. [Rom. 12:18]

Sexual Immorality (S) - 18 out of 100
An area score of 18 out of 100 suggests a rather strong content of sexually immoral behaviors, displays and imagery. Such is indeed the case. While there is no nudity or intercourse typical of many PG-13 movies, onscreen nudity and intercourse are not all there is to sexually immoral matters. There are many scenes of characters dressing to maximize the human forma and/or skin exposure. There are two instances of inappropriate touch and two cases of teens kissing during school hours on school property. One girl suggests Kyle perform oral sex on a goat. There is much more to the content applicable to this investigation area. Please look to the listing in the Findings/Scoring section (the heart of the CAP Analysis Model) for a complete accounting of all findings of sexually immoral content. [1 Ths. 4:7].

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 88 out of 100
The only content related to illegal drugs, alcohol or prescription drug abuse was the portrayal of Lindy's father as a drug addict leading to dealer aggression against Lindy and her father for non-payment: an aggression that led to murder which is noted in the Murder/Suicide investigation area.

Offense to God (O) - Zero out of 100
Being a story about witchcraft, ample content was found to cause the loss of all the starting 100 points in this investigation area. There were numerous suggestions of witchcraft such as unholy power, spell casting, inexplicable appearance/disappearance. [Deut. 18:10 -14] In addition, God's name was abused 6 times, 5 times by teens. [Deut. 5:11]

Murder/Suicide (M) - 92 out of 100
The only murder in the entire 81.25 minutes of program was of a drug dealer by Lindy's father. While the murder might be thought of as a defensive killing since Lindy's father used the dealer's gun to kill him, Lindy's father could have walked away once he had control of the firearm. The actual shooting was not seen, only the dealer's body after hearing the gunfire.


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  • Isa. 5:20 Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.
  • John 11:43 And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth
  • Matt. 8:15 - 16 And he touched her hand, and the fever left her: and she arose, and ministered unto them. When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick:
  • Matt. 21:14 And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple [the temple of which Jesus had just kicked out the buyers and sellers]; and he healed them.
  • Mark 1:34 And he healed many that were sick of divers diseases, and cast out many devils; and suffered not the devils to speak, because they knew him.
  • Gal. 5:19 - 21 The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
  • Deut. 18:10 - 12 There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee.
  • 2 Chr. 33:6 He sacrificed his sons in the fire in the Valley of Ben Hinnom, practiced sorcery, divination and witchcraft, and consulted mediums and spiritists. He did much evil in the eyes of the LORD, provoking him to anger.
  • Rev. 21:8 But the [unforgiven] fearful [cowardly], and unbelieving, and the abominable [vile], and murderers, and whoremongers [sexually immoral], and sorcerers [practitioners of witchcraft, magic, sorcery, divination, etc.], and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
  • Matt. 8:28 - 32 And when he [Jesus] was come to the other side into the country of the Gergesenes, there met him two possessed with devils, coming out of the tombs, exceeding fierce, so that no man might pass by that way. And, behold, they [the legion of demons] cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time? And there was a good way off from them an herd of many swine feeding. So the devils besought him, saying, If thou cast us out, suffer us to go away into the herd of swine. And he said unto them, Go. And when they were come out, they went into the herd of swine: and, behold, the whole herd of swine ran violently down a steep place into the sea, and perished in the waters.
  • Matt. 4:8 Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and showeth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;
  • 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" can be any character of any age, any gender, human or not 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 the 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.]
  • 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.
  • Eph. 5:4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.
  • Eph. 4:29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
  • Rom. 12:18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.
  • 1 Ths. 4:7 For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life.
  • (NLT) Deut. 18:10-14 . . . do not let your people practice fortune-telling or sorcery, or allow them to interpret omens, or engage in witchcraft, or cast spells, or function as mediums or psychics, or call forth the spirits of the dead. Anyone who does these things is an object of horror and disgust to the Lord. It is because the other nations have done these things that the Lord your God will drive them out ahead of you. You must be blameless before the Lord your God. The people you are about to displace consult with sorcerers and fortune-tellers but the Lord your God forbids you to do such things." [God sounds so serious about embracing evil that it seems He would include embracing evil even in and as entertainment since it has been proven in so many ways that entertainment can and does influence deeply and contaminate values. Even God agrees with that. (see 1 Cor. 15:33).]
  • Deut. 5:11 You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name. [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 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 when I said that" or "It's just words" or "I was acting" will not work with Him. Nor will "Everybody says that" excuse the sin of using His name in vain. If everyone on the planet who has ever drawn a breath used His name in vain, it would still be a sin to do so. If no one ever did, it would still be a sin to do so.]

    ***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.)

    Beastly (2011) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 67 out of 100
  • reckless driving
  • irresponsibility in traffic
  • firearm to face
  • drug dealer assault of teen girl
  • threat to kill a teen girl
  • breaking and entering

    Impudence/Hate (I) - Zero out of 100
  • 28 uses of profanity, 22 by teens
  • vandalism with hate
  • teen disrespect of shallow father
  • teen disrespect of housekeeper
  • teen use of euphemism of the most foul of the foul words
  • hateful name-calling, repeatedly
  • teen hate talk about father
  • defacement of private property (graffiti)
  • daughter hatred of father
  • masked profanity by teen

    Sexual Immorality (S) - 18 out of 100
  • inappropriate touch, twice
  • vulgar anatomical reference
  • kissing on high school property during school hours, repeatedly
  • rude gaze
  • euphemism for intercourse
  • high school girl speaking an insult regarding oral sex with a goat
  • exposure of below-navel skin threatening to expose that which follows
  • teens making out
  • teen arrogance about sexual irresponsibility
  • teen girl's head in teen boy's lap

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 88 out of 100
  • drug addiction revealed in dealing with drug suppliers

    Offense to God (O) - Zero out of 100
  • six abuses of God's name, five of them by teens
  • goth facial tattoos
  • claims of high school girl being a witch, repeatedly
  • suggestion of unholy power, repeatedly
  • inexplicable appearance and disappearance
  • suggestion of witch casting spell of ugliness
  • portrayal of body deformation and defacing by unholy power, throughout
  • seeking help from a witch
  • portrayal of witch using evil magic for good

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 92 out of 100
  • gunfire murder (actual shooing unseen but heard)

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