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(2004), PG-13

Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
January 9, 2004
46 out of 100

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(2004), PG-13 -- ... a cinematic prime example of self before everyone else.

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Alcon Entertainment, TradeMark Films Inc.
Distribution (US): Warner Bros, Warner Bros. Pictures Inc.
Director(s): Andy Cadiff
Producer(s): Kira Davis, Broderick Johnson, Andrew A. Kosove, Cathy Lord, David Parfitt, Wayne Allan Rice, Steven P. Wegner
Written by: Derek Guiley, David Schneiderman
Cinematography/Camera: Ashley Rowe
Music: Christian Henson
Casting: Lisa Beach, Priscilla John, Sarah Katzman
Production Design: Martin Childs
Art Direction: Grant Armstrong
Viewed at: Hollywood Theaters South Freeway, 301 W. Rendon - Crowley Road, Burleson, Texas 76028

"Every family has a rebel. Even the First family." That is the tag line from the poster art. And morally speaking it, plus the statement made by the pose in the poster art, explains all that is needed to know about this film. Doesn't matter the cost to your family or yourself as long as you get it your way. That's all that matters, right? I mean, really! That is the thinking that makes this film a cinematic prime example of self before everyone else. Chase down that liberty! Go for that freedom from accountability, that freedom from authority, that freedom from consequences! Go for it no matter what they do to you as long as you get it if you want it whatever 'it' is. Doesn't matter whose lives are put in jeopardy or what the financial cost might be as long as you get your own liberty. Chasing Liberty is saturated with this caliber of thinking. Humorously, of course. Just to keep the topic in proper perspective, in spite of what God says about rebellion. [1 Sam. 15:23]

Harvard-bound, intelligent, resourceful and skilled in politically correct formal graces 18 year old Anna Catherine Foster (Mandy Moore) has had it rough being the daughter of a state governor then the President of the United States (Mark Harmon) who is, of course, overly protective of his daughter. Anna has suffered years of merciless secret service agents spying on her every step, albeit to protect her from abduction or murder and her family from extortion. But there comes a point in the fires of youth that even these life changing matters are not good enough reasons to be so stifled, suffocated and deprived of social freedom. At least that is what Anna thought. The slight chance that these terrors may happen without the socially crippling inconveniences of personal and family protective measures is just not as important as having an evening all to herself with her friends. Loss of personal and family safety measures would be worth just one night without her daddy's dogs watching her.

I may sound bitter but this film is the perfect example of the promotion of that which permeates almost all of modern films: the youthquest for freedom from accountability, freedom from authority and freedom from consequences. With films like this feeding the minds and egos of our youth it is no wonder why most teens eagerly and, by many of the emails we get, sometimes viciously "wear the uniform" of alliance [Isa. 30:1 ] with that which feeds youthful desire to rebel against any and all authority. Anna may be 18 but she is still her father's and mother's ("at-home") daughter. Youthful rebellion has been a reality of life since human life began 6000 years ago [Prov. 22:15], but never has it been excused and never has it been as arrogant as it is today since so many have kicked God out of their daily lives.

If Anna wants to do things she doesn't want her parents to know about maybe she shouldn't do them? I truly understand the desire to be out from under the watchful eye because I, too, have been there and, as all of us know well who have made it to adulthood with its mortgage, car payments, taxes, food, clothing, medical, dental, energy/fuel, children, water/sewage ..., I still am under a watchful eye of one kind or another. More than ever. But let's get real. What is it that the modern teen wants to do that s/he does not want his/her parents to know about? Buy them a surprise gift? I doubt it. I am asking that for effect, not for an answer. If one does not do what one should not be doing, one has nothing to worry about.

In a sly manipulation and with the help of her Italian acquaintance, Gabrielle (Béatrice Rosenblatt), Anna becomes "free" for the first time in Italy ... and Germany ... and Austria ... and .... Accompanying her father on a diplomatic mission to Italy, during a formal ball Anna manages to evade her parents and a number of agents, including key agents, Cynthia Morales (Annabella Sciorra - who may have been the best actress in the show) and Alan Weiss (Jeremy Piven). Once outside the ballroom, to further her escape Anna seeks the aid of a stranger with a scooter, photographer Ben Calder (Matthew Goode) whom she had literally bumped into earlier. Her goal was to go to Germany to attend a street dance. And take in anything along the way, including pickpocket McGruff (Martin Hancock).

Now imagine an 18 year old girl in Europe without supervision traveling with a 23 year old man and you'll be able to figure out the plot, story and theme. What you are not as likely to be able to figure out is the depth of the immorality which will not or cannot be addressed by the MPAA nor the advertisements or trailers/previews. That is what we do for you. In His name. By His Word. Not ours, mine, yours, theirs, his or hers.

Yes, there is nudity in this PG-13 [**]. Side nudity of Moore as she strips to seduce Calder in Italy (who does not want to violate her ... yet) plus a prone pair in a tent the night after bungy jumping in Germany. Though "you can't see anything [genital]" of the prone pair, there is no doubt about what the pesky pups were doing or how they were [un]dressed [Hebr. 13:4]. And there is further nudity of Anna as she strips to skinny dip in the Vltava River. Yes, there is intercourse, but off screen. At least twice. There is teen drinking and drunkenness, smoking dope [Eph. 5:18] and teen comments such as "You can go to ****. You and my father both." [Prov. 20:20] Of maybe significant note is that while there were 12 uses of God's name in vain [Deut. 5:11], there were no noted uses of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive nor of the most foul of the foul words which is becoming more and more popular with makers of teen films. Yes, Chasing Liberty is another "R-13" . Just take a look at the CAP Thermometers for this film to see what the filmmakers think the modern teen wants to see in and as entertainment. There is no denying it.

The full listing of our findings is provided in the Findings/Scoring section. Please inspect it thoroughly before deciding whether to let your teens see Chasing Liberty.

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  • 1 Sam. 15:23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry ...
  • Isa. 30:1 "Woe to the obstinate children," declares the LORD, to those who carry out plans that are not mine, forming an alliance, but not by my Spirit, heaping sin upon sin;
  • Prov. 22:15 Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; ... **"Nakedness" (display of nudity) is spoken of as dark, restricted, undesirable, shameful, etc. 47 times in the KJV from Genesis to Revelation.
  • Hebr. 13:4 Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure [which includes *before* marriage], for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.
  • Eph. 5:18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. ["Wine" can be any intoxicating substance. Though it is not a sin to drink, it is a sin to get drunk. A recent study has found an undeniable link between the presentation of alcoholic beverages and tobacco in and as entertainment and abuse of them by adolescents Prov. 20:20 If a man [or woman] curses his father or mother, his lamp will be snuffed out in pitch darkness.
  • 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.]

    ***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.

    Chasing Liberty (2004) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • interfering with legal pursuit
  • aiding in flight to avoid rightful capture, repeatedly
  • assault
  • theft

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • 20 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • boy dumping girl because of protective measures for her
  • divorce, twice
  • body piercing, repeatedly
  • "Lying isn't always bad."
  • teen arrogance toward father
  • lying, repeatedly
  • many tattoos
  • "You can go to ****. You and my father both."

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • below navel skin
  • sexual innuendo and talk, repeatedly
  • excessive cleavage, both teen and adult, repeatedly
  • dressing t maximize the female form and/or skin exposure, repeatedly, many
  • teen stripping to nudity to skinny dip
  • underwear showing, repeatedly
  • open face kissing, repeatedly
  • teen girl in towel only
  • teen girl stripping to seduce man
  • side female nudity, repeatedly
  • request for sex
  • adults in underwear
  • intercourse off screen, repeatedly
  • nude pair together in tent
  • licentious dance and show, vast
  • homosexual presence, repeatedly
  • camera angle to force viewer on private parts, repeatedly
  • stills of immoral behaviors during credits

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • teen drinking, repeatedly
  • teen drunkenness
  • smoking
  • smoking dope
  • other drinking, repeatedly
  • drunkenness

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

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • none noted

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