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(2006), PG-13 [PG(13)*] (85.25min)

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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.

(2006), PG-13 [PG(13)*] ... Though not his, José chooses to father Nina's baby

Production (US): Metanoia Films, Roadside Attractions, The One Media, MPower Pictures
Distribution (US): Lionsgate
Director(s): Alejandro G. Montverde
Producer(s): Steve McEveety, J. Eustace Wolfington, Marcy Wolfington, Ana Wolfington, Mark Follett, Bob Atwell, David Hackney, J. S. Jones, John Shepherd, Fred Foote, Ken Foote, Eduardo Verástegui, Leo Severino, Alejandro G. Montverde, Denise Pinckley, Sean Wolfington, Dan Genettie, Glen trotiner, Matthew Malek, Ryan Wolfington
Written by: Alejandro G. Montverde, Patrick Million, Leo Severino
Cinematography/Camera: Andrew Cadelago
Music: Stephan Altman
Film Editing: Fernando Villena, Joseph Gutowski
Production Design: Richard Lassalle
Art Direction: Justin Kemler
Viewed on Lions Gate Home Entertainment DVD

The rating panel that plays from the DVD says the MPAA has rated this film PG: that some material may not be suitable for children. The IMDb website says it is PG-13. The text on the label of the DVD itself say it is PG-13. The DVD source website, says this film is rated PG-13. In spite of all this confusion we will consider the film rated PG-13 unless proven otherwise by the CAP Analysis Model findings.

Crunching the numbers earned by the content of this film reveals that this film's rating is a product of the subjectivity of the MPAA. Though the MPAA gave this film a PG-13 rating, it earned a final score of 84 under the CAP Analysis Model which places it squarely in the scoring range earned by PG-rated films (86 to 68 out of 100) in the comparative baseline database.

Soccer great José Surivan (Eduardo Verástigui) accidentally kills a little girl, Lucy (not credited) in a traffic mishap. The tragedy strips José of his passion for soccer. He becomes a chef for his brother Manny (Manny Perez). It takes pregnant waitress Nina (Tammy Blanchard) to rekindle José's zest for life. Due to early morning sickness Nina repeatedly shows up for work late and is fired by Manny. When José leaves his post as chef at Manny's restaurant to run after Nina, José is fired too. This forces a camaraderie between José and Nina that rivals the strongest team spirit. Though not his, José chooses to father Nina's baby, Bella (Sophie Nyweide).

I don't understand why the MPAA gave this film a PG-13 rating unless it is because of the portrayal of the wrenching emotions which typically saturate the proceedings of an abortion. All of the emotional wreckage often portrayed as befalling the mother who chooses to let the abortionists kill her baby are portrayed and are portrayed well, up to the moment the mother enters the doorway to the surgeon's table of horrors. Beyond the portrayal of abortion proceedings, the scene of Lucy being killed by José's car is the strongest content in the entire 86.25 minutes of the show.


Following are brief discussions of the content per individual content investigation area. As always the Findings section of this report, the heart of the CAP Analysis Model, is the best source for discovering the full accounting of the content of this film.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 80 out of 100
The film includes portrayal of an illegal alien taking a job from the American workforce. José nearly gets hit in traffic due to inattention plus Lucy gets killed in traffic.

Impudence/Hate (I) - 88 out of 100
José's friend and manager, Francisco (Armando Riesco) tries to convince José to leave the scene of the traffic death of Lucy. There is one use of profanity in the entire film. [Col. 3:8]

Sexual Immorality (S) - 92 out of 100
The only content applicable to this investigation area is the unseen immoral sex leading to Nina' pregnancy and Nina being seen in a bathtub. Note that the baby of a pregnancy brought about by immoral sex is blessed. It is the deed that brought about the unwed pregnancy which is not. [1 Cor. 7:1 - 2]

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 49 out of 100
Some form of alcoholic beverage appears frequently through the film. In addition, Nina admits to a history with illegal drugs and drug intoxication. That booze/drinking appears relatively frequently, the content of this film bears some risk, especially to the PG-13 age stratum.

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 report 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. [Eph. 5:18]

    It is the content found by this investigation area, revealing a R-equivalence, which requires the display of the yellow CAPCon Alert light shown in the upper left corner of this page.

    Offense to God (O) - 92 out of 100
    The only content applicable to this investigation area is the portrayal of the abortion proceedings. There is no witchcraft, sorcery, occultism or other such unholy practice in the film nor is God's name abused even once.

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
    No manner of portrayal of murder or suicide was found throughout the entire film.



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  • 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.
  • 1 Cor. 7:1-2 Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman. Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband. ["Not to touch..." God is wise to rationalizations of man. "Touch" is haptomai {hap'-tom-ahee}; to touch; of carnal intercourse with a woman or cohabitation. "Cohabitation" is a man and a woman living together unmarried, typically for ease of sexual access. And remember, sex is not love and love is not sex. Sex is a tool of love. No more, no less. In summary of God's Word against sexual immorality, any sexual contact (including sight, sound and touch), conduct or activity outside a monogamous heterosexual marriage is sinful.]
  • 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?

    Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry

  • Jer. 37:9 - 10 This is what the LORD says: Do not deceive yourselves, thinking, 'The Babylonians [the destroyers from within] will surely leave us.' They will not! Even if you were to defeat the entire Babylonian army that is attacking you and only wounded men were left in their tents, they would come out and burn this city down. [The "destroyers form within" do not have to be army warriors. They can be the ones who destroy through corruption of moral standards as well, such as filmmakers who perpetuate desensitization against wholesome standards. They aren't going anywhere, folks. Not until Jesus comes again.]
  • 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. And remember, mom/dad, "little ones" is mikros, meaning less by birth; younger. All of your children are younger than you and less by birth than you. So, "little ones" includes at-home teens.]
  • 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.)

    Bella (2006) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 80 out of 100
  • illegal alien working in America
  • inattention in traffic narrowly avoiding getting hit
  • sequence of little girl getting killed by car

    Impudence/Hate (I) - 88 out of 100
  • one use of profanity
  • coaching to leave the scene of hitting a little girl

    Sexual Immorality (S) - 92 out of 100
  • pregnancy by immoral sex
  • woman in bathtub

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 49 out of 100
  • smoking, repeatedly
  • bar
  • booze, repeatedly
  • drinking a toast with booze
  • admission of illegal drug history and drug intoxication

    Offense to God (O) - 92 out of 100
  • portrayal of abortion

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
  • 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 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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