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(2010), R [Hard R*] (1hr 41.5min)

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May 27, 2011
May 28, 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.

(2010), R [Hard R*] ...

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Fox Searchlight Pictures, Protozoa Pictures, Phoenix Pictures, Cross Creek Pictures
Distribution (US): 20th Century Fox Film Corp.
Director(s): Darren Aronofsky
Producer(s): Jon Avnet, Brad Fischer, Scott Franklin Jerry Fruchtman, Peter Fruchtman, Rose Garnett, Ari Handel, Mike Medavoy, Arnold Messer, Brian Oliver, Joseph P. Reidy, Jennifer Roth, Rick Schwartz, Tyler Thompson, David Thwaites
Screenplay by: Mark Heyman, Andres Heinz, John J. McLaughlin
Story: Andres Heinz
Cinematography/Camera: Matthew Libatique
Music: Clint Mansel
Film Editing: Andrew Weisblum
Casting: Mary Vernieu
Production Design: Thérèse DePrez
Art Direction: David Stein
Viewed on Fox Home Entertainment DVD

I am not going to spend any time to speak of on this Summary/Commentary of this film. The film is that vulgar in places. And disappointing. Disappointing that a PG icon, Queen Amidala would stoop to such moral depths as to demonstrate for money what God calls an abomination. I guess age (30 years old) might lead some thespians into using sex to keep on performing. Just like a subplot portrayed in the film.

I do not enjoy doing analyses of R-rated films but must do so occasionally to maintain the operational integrity of the CAP analysis model which was built by analyzing G, PG, PG-13 and R-rated film. How else could I tell you, for example, a PG-13 movie earned a final score equivalent to the scores earned by R-rated films? Fortunately I will not have to suffer any NC-17/X film since they were never included in the model development or verification and validation ... and won't be. I do not know the standards used to declare a film NC-17/X but I suspect this film should have been declared NC-17/X due to the vulgarity of the content.

I suspect you can draw from what I've said that Black Swan is not an enjoyable film. Portman is reported as having turned down a part in 1999 (at age 18) because it required nudity. At 16 she turned down a role "due to her feelings about young adult actors/actresses being exposed to sex in films." My, how some standards change over the years.

Portman plays aging ballerina, Nina Sayer who competes and wins the part of the Swan Queen in the ballet Swan Lake, a story of a young woman falling in love with the wrong man and killing herself. And that is what Sayer does in the end. Oh, goodie! More suicide ... for love.

The film is filled with visual enactments of Nina's imaginary horrors. One of the enactments intensely violates her self-professed standards at 16 and 18. Mila Kunis as Lily, a competitor for the lead part, helps Portman violate her previous claims of wholesome sexual moral standards in performances.

There will be none of the usual individual investigation area discussions about the content. Please look to the listing in the Findings/Scoring section (the heart of the CAP Analysis Model) for a complete accounting of content if you want to know the content. It is films like these that make me want to be subjective and simply say the film is too vulgar for your patronage.


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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.)

    Black Swan (2010) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 41 out of 100
  • tale of suicide for love, repeatedly
  • adult tantrum
  • petty theft
  • injury
  • talk of probable attempted suicide
  • unexplained "rash", repeatedly
  • unexplained finger injuries, repeatedly
  • self stabbing, repeatedly
  • daughter slamming door on mother's hand & fingers, repeatedly
  • graphic defensive killing by stabbing

    Impudence/Hate (I) - Zero out of 100
  • five uses of profanity plus 15 uses of the most foul of the foul words
  • massive tattoos, repeatedly
  • lies, repeatedly
  • mother/daughter friction, repeatedly
  • "gay" insult
  • daughter battling mother

    Sexual Immorality (S) - Zero out of 100
  • form-fitting clothing, repeatedly, as if sprayed on or poured into
  • woman in underwear, repeatedly
  • sexual harassment, repeatedly
  • ghosting of female anatomy through clothing
  • vulgar accusation re: oral sex
  • questions about sex, repeatedly
  • "order" to masturbate
  • woman in partial underwear, multiple views
  • masturbation - female, repeatedly, some more graphic than others
  • inappropriate touch, repeatedly of varying degree of invasion
  • using sex to teach dancing, repeatedly
  • open face kissing after demand to "open your mouth"
  • woman in tub
  • "dirty old man" throwing kisses at Nina while fondling himself
  • vulgar sex talk, repeatedly
  • lesbian touch
  • long graphic lesbian scene with oral sex, mostly in underwear
  • inappropriate touch, intimate, female on male
  • using sex to manipulate others, repeatedly
  • side breast nudity
  • inappropriate touch in dance
  • theme of one must be willing to practice immoral sex to be able to perform ballet

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 47 out of 100
  • booze, repeatedly
  • drunkenness
  • smoking
  • drinking
  • illegal drugs and trying to get someone to take them
  • illegal drug consumption
  • drug intoxication

    Offense to God (O) - 1 out of 100
  • six abuses of God's name
  • inexplicable presence
  • unholy appearance
  • unholy animation of hand drawings
  • unholy manifestations of varying intensity, repeatedly
  • shape shifting

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 90 out of 100
  • suicide to be true to the part performed

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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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