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(2004), PG
Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
February 6, 2004
63 out of 100

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If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary likely using a mix of KJV and NIV.

(2004), PG -- ... a "13-PG."

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Producer(s): Mikkel Bondesen, James Dodson, James Dodson, Jeffrey Graup, Andrew Lazar, Damien Saccani, Uwe Schott
Written by: Nicolai Arcel, Hans Fabian Wullenweber
Screenplay: Michael Brandt, Derek Haas
Cinematography/Camera: Julio Macat, Erlend Loe
Music: George S. Clinton
Film Editing: Stuart Levy
Casting: Douglas Aibel, Michael Hothorn, Donna Isaacson
Production Design: Tom Meyer
Art Direction: Denise Hudson
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

Just because the MPAA says a movie is PG doesn't mean it is morally the same as other and previous PG movies. Specifically, just because a movie presents only one clear use of the three/four letter word vocabulary and one muffled use with no nudity does not make the movie safe. When a film uses dozens of examples of behaviors challenging that which is acceptable instead of using fewer but more severe issues of aberrant behavior, the effect is the same and thus desensitizes us to the pushing downward of the threshold of acceptability regarding God-ordained morality and ethics. [Ps. 12:8] See our "CAP Rule of 1000" for more insight into this device of Hollywood. Catch That Kid is a "13-PG."

Note, however, that the previews and trailers before the show, which are supposedly suitable for all ages, presented more uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary than the two uses (one muffled) in Catch That Kid. And likewise with the use of God's name in vain -- twice --both times without the four letter expletive (which does not excuse it) [Duet. 5:11].

If you expect to be reminded of Spy Kids 1, 2, 3-D, you will be. This is another episode of adolescent daring deeds but instead of a brother-sister duo saving the world it is three unrelated tweenagers trying to save the father of one of them. Maddy Phillips (Kristen Stewart, "Sarah" from Panic Room, Austin (Corbin Bleu) and Gus (Max Thieriot) steal $250,000 from the vault at Maddy's mother's bank. [Hab. 2:9; Ps. 62:10] Maddy's mother Molly (Jennifer Beals) is chief of security at the bank. How convenient.

The vault is an impregnable steel monolithic monster suspended 100 feet. It is the proud brainchild of Molly. Quite a feat from one who was a welder by day and thnderthighs by night. It would take a mountaineer to get to the vault let alone in it. How convenient (#2) it was that Maddy's father, Tom (Sam Robards) loved mountain climbing and that Molly had picked up her father's skill. As irony would have it, Tom's love for mountaineering was what caused Tom to suffer an injury that would take $250,000 worth of surgery to repair which was what "caused" his daughter and friends to steal the money.

Tom owned a go-cart racing track which the trio frequented. Gus was the mechanic of the trio, who served on the go-cart racing team pit crew of his mean and hateful older brother, Skip (Stark Sands). Austin was the computer guru. What a combination of talents in friends. Together with Molly, the trio concocted an array of gadgets and skills to break the impregnable bank vault. And they got away with it, Maddy' with her mother's blessing and protection. (The parents of Gus and Austin were nowhere to be seen.) [Isa. 5:20; Hab. 2:12]

While there were only two uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary [Col. 3:8] there were dozens of other examples of impudence/hate: deceit to mother; teen defiance of mother's wishes; name-calling; teen speaking of it being childish to use "butt" instead of the other word for it, stating by inference that to use the three/four letter word vocabulary is "grown up"; teen arrogance against both mother and father; a plethora of lies and lying to cover lies. The listing in the Findings/Scoring section will reveal why this film is a "13-PG." [Is. 30:1]

At the risk of again being accused of "We know what you like!", I will again point out a movement within the entertainment industry. Nowadays younger and younger girls are used in almost every conceivable way to champion and make fashionable some exaggerated and manufactured notion of sensuality: to make them sensual by fabricating an appearance of sexuality by increasingly invasive poses, outfits and forced angle of viewing. Device after device are used to focus display of "kiddie" sexuality. And I, for one, am getting tired of it. [Prov. 30:12 - 13]

Almost all near- and post-pubescent young ladies want to be attractive and we should certainly encourage cleanliness with good health and hygiene, but there is no good reason to manufacture sensuality let alone at an age least capable of managing the fires of it. Stewart is certainly not the most severe victim of such tactics but she is indeed somewhat manipulated by them. Stewart is indeed a talented agile and athletic young lady but it seems more camera time was spent on her anatomy than her talents. Stewart was victimized with numerous impolite camera angles to challenge wholesomeness. She was also placed in the "adult world" by having her wear an evening gown and placing her in poses which push down the threshold of acceptability. [also Ps. 12:8] More of the stealing of childhood from children.

Building on an email from Dr. Barry Creamer, sin spirals downward. The more carnal and rebellious - the more sinful - a person becomes, the more unashamed and demonstrative s/he becomes. Then is when that which was once morally unacceptable becomes morally invisible and little by little that which is vile becomes honored and the more the victim finds ways to reject His Word in favor of sin. [Isa. 13:11]

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  • 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 respect, reverence or thoughtful discussion is in vain. That includes the popular three syllable sentence with His name trailing it AND the misuse of Jesus' name.]
  • Hab. 2:9 Woe to him [or her] who builds his realm by unjust gain to set his nest on high, to escape the clutches of ruin!
  • Ps. 62:10 Do not trust in extortion or take pride in stolen goods; though your riches increase, do not set your heart on them.
  • Col. 3:8 But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.
  • 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. [Theft, even to save a life, is still sin. Justifying a path of sin with a noble destination is calling evil good.]
  • Hab. 2:12 Woe to him who builds a city with bloodshed and establishes a town by crime!
  • Is. 30:1 Woe to the rebellious children, saith the LORD, that take counsel [adopt ways, behavior], but not of me; and that cover with a covering, but not of my spirit, that they may add sin to sin:
  • Prov. 30:12 - 13 There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet is not washed from their filthiness. There is a generation, O how lofty are their eyes! and their eyelids are lifted up.
  • Isa. 13:11 I will punish the world for its evil, the wicked for their sins. I will put an end to the arrogance of the haughty and will humble the pride of the ruthless.

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • 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, pay for 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 (KJV) Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (NIV) Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.
  • Rom. 5:19 For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.
  • Jude 4 For certain men* whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change [warp, distort, falsely represent, situationally redefine, counterfeit, conditionally apply] the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. [*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 [or for] one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto [or for] me.
  • Luke 17:2 It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. [cause by teaching or example]
  • Ps. 119:133 Direct my footsteps according to your word; 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.


    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.

    Catch That Kid (2004) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • planning theft, repeatedly
  • theft of tickets
  • breaking and entering
  • child risk-taking in theft
  • theft of $250,000 by children
  • children in peril
  • animal threat
  • older brother assisting children in crime
  • kids on highway in go-carts
  • children evading police
  • children causing damage to police property

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • two uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary (one in a muffled manner)
  • deceit to mother
  • employer hatefulness
  • teen defiance of mother's wishes
  • older brother's hatefulness to younger brother, repeatedly
  • name-calling
  • innuendo of a three/four letter word
  • teen speaking of it being childish to use "butt" instead of the other word for it, stating by inference that to use the three/four letter word vocabulary is "grown up"
  • teen arrogance against both mother and father
  • lie about abuse
  • portrayal of adults/parents as doddering idiots
  • lying with promise of love to buy performance
  • flatulence
  • teen sister abducting toddler brother to facilitate committing a crime
  • teen girl leaving toddler brother unsupervised
  • lies and lying to cover lies, repeatedly
  • teen sister recklessly endangering life of toddler brother
  • mother lying to shield daughter and friends from the law

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • camera angle to force viewer on private parts, repeatedly
  • adult telling young teens they may touch the scar on his lower back then saying "bad touch" as they touch lower
  • below navel skin
  • take of Simpsons(tm) with Bart exposing his posterior to sister
  • crotch hit
  • excessive cleavage - teen, repeatedly
  • "office party" making out

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • party drinking, repeatedly

    Offense to God (O)
  • two uses of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • none noted

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