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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"
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***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
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.
Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
Single Christian Network
Kids, Teens and Home Vertical Portal
|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 more than eight 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.|