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Clockstoppers (2002), PG
Analysis Date: March 29, 2002
CAP Score: 70
MinMax: -80
CAP Influence Density: 0.53

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CLOCKSTOPPERS (R) -- Our accountability as parents is clear [Luke 17:2].

Distributed by: Paramount Pictures
Director(s): Jonathan Frakes ("William Riker" of Star Trek(tm) - Next Generation)
Producer(s): Albie Hecht, Gale Anne Hurd, Julia Pistor
Written by/Screenplay: Rob Hedden (story), Andy Hedden(story), J. David Stem (story), David N. Weiss (story), Rob Hedden (screenplay), J. David Stem (screenplay), David N. Weiss (screenplay)
Cinematography/Camera: Tim Suhrstedt
Music: Ralph Sall, Jamshied Sharifi
Editing: Peter E. Berger, Jeff Canavan

I guess it is okay with the MPAA that our PG-aged kids watch a "teenage" girl (actually an adult woman) lift her sweater to expose her small underwear. I wonder what the police would do if she did that on the courthouse lawn? In a school classroom? In a mall? Well!? They are all public locations, right? Just like the big screen. For millions viewers. Of all ages.

The scoring distribution for this movie is interesting indeed. And maybe it is revealing. Looking at the scoring distribution we see that violence, sex and impudence (attitude) are the strongest presences with attitude, of course, leading the low scoring. Also note that Clockstoppers is relatively free of drugs/alcohol, offenses to God such as His name in vain, witchcraft, sorcery, Satanism, etc., and completely free of murder/suicide. Maybe that reveals what our youth want the most in the movies: an arrogant/impudent attitude (especially toward parental authority) with as much sexual programming as they can get topped off with a large scoop of violence [Prov. 22:15]. Our accountability as parents is clear [Luke 17:2]. Or maybe the ignominious presences in Clockstoppers (and many other movies) reveal two other things. One, that maybe, by the sage advice of the MPAA, it is okay for our young ones to see and hear such ignominy at any age old enough to navigate a box of popcorn. Two, maybe it is revealing of what the social engineers want your kids to see and hear just as the National Education Association social engineers once [reportedly] included a resolution clearly to shape kids under a specific agenda (homosexuality) before mom/dad and church can "get to them." And all this in what is hailed as light-hearted good humor. Not caring about the length of this paragraph, I'll share with you a little reality. Every one of the seemingly harmless little nips at the ankles of wholesome morality and ethics add up, leading many to accept the behavioral aberrations as the norm. You would not likely believe the thousands of rationales I get from preteens and teens in attempts to excuse themselves from and deny their vulnerability to such influences. All the adolescent rationales have one common thread: freedom. Freedom from authority, freedom from accountability and freedom from consequences ... just like in the movies. Many professionals and scientists are increasingly realizing this finally. God knew this from the start [1Cor.15:33]. But do we listen to Him?

Doctor Earl Dopler (French Stewart) has made an astounding scientific breakthrough -- the time barrier. Rather, he has found a way to speed up a person from the molecular level to a state of existence so fast that ground state (normal speed) humans cannot see the accelerated one. This giving the accelerated one the impression time has stopped since all others are seemingly motionless. Some quite dazzling choreography was developed for this movie which relatively accurately supports the theory. If you decide to watch this show in spite of all the behavior-shaping examples of ignominy and if you look quickly and closely at the ground state "motionless" life forms, you'll see that they are indeed moving but very slowly. Nice attention to detail on the part of the choreographers. Even Dr. Carl Sagan's theory of color smearing of ground state objects as viewed by one in a highly accelerated state is provided. However, no accounting was given for the loss of sound at such speeds. Oh, well. It's fantasy. Pure fantasy.

Dopler ... that name was appropriately chosen since it is also the name of the scientist, Christian Doppler (1803 - 1853) who gave his name to the Doppler Effect which is part of the science used in this story. Since (apparently) most of our readers are from 10 to 16 years old, I will take this opportunity to offer a little real education without the social engineering saturating our public schools. The Doppler Effect is the property of proximity to energy wave sources that make the waves shorten in wavelength when you travel toward the source of the waves and lengthen as you pass away from it. The faster the observer and the source part or approach, the greater change in wavelength thus the greater the change in color of light or pitch in sound. The Doppler effect in sound can be observed for a train's horn. When the train approaches the pitch of the horn is higher than when moving away from you. The Doppler Effect is observable of any wave-producing source, light and sound being the simplest to use as examples. The Doppler principle is also one of the ways in which scientists study movement of stellar light sources from the Earth by redshift and blueshift analysis. As a stellar object moves away from a ground state observer (Earth) the waves of light emitted from the object lengthen from its signature wavelength, thus undergo a redshift. And as a stellar object moves toward the Earth the signature light wavelength shortens, thus undergoes a blueshift. That is the Doppler Effect. And this movie seems to support my own theory of time and light both bearing a co-dependency much the same as matter and energy share "co-dependency" as illustrated in Einstein's famous e = mc2. Though not spelled the same, Dopler was indeed an appropriate choice for a name in this movie.

Doctor Dopler's discovery was of great interest to many since the one in hypertime is not only "invisible" to the rest of the world, existence in hypertime allows the participant to do anything s/he wants to do unnoticed. And, of course, one of the one-line monologues was from a teen wondering how he could get into hypertime to see nakedness. This same character was seen rubbing his finger along the chest of a girl in a picture.

The main device for thrusting people into hypertime was a large conical shaped laboratory-based machine capable of propelling several people into hypertime. But Dopler developed a wristwatch-sized version a single user could use and travel into hypertime at will. It even looks like so many of the LCD watches available. During an extended research period in hypertime of either a few hours or days, I couldn't tell which, Dopler aged 20 years. But his stay was extended. Short excursions into hypertime apparently did not cause aging faster than normal.

The quintessential teens, by the way, are Zak Gibbs (Jesse Bradford) and Francesca (Paula Garcés). Zak is the son of noted professor and scientist Dr. George Gibbs (Robin Thomas). Francesca is a beautiful foreign student relocated to Zak's high school. Zak immediately latches onto gaining Francesca's favor and launches the standard male-conquest-of-female package. He wants her to feel welcome. Really. Even after he finds she is not a foreign student at all.

Some character building is provided though slim at best. Zak is introduced as an impudent high school student with an attitude, precisely what the media wants you to believe is the typical teen, all in the name of truth in media. Likely as a result of that targeting, whether intentional or not, many teens are arrogant and rebellious just like the media portray them to be. And why not? Few, if any, are the consequences in entertainment. Zak's traffic manners are atrocious and his respect for his father is nonexistent, at the beginning at least. Zak is even his dad's boss on one or two occasions. At least he talks to his father that way. But then, all parents are doddering idiots in the movies (maybe just like the media want the kids to believe about us?). And, in keeping with the social engineering trend of the media, Zak's father is quite neglectful which gives "reasonable justification" for Zak's disrespect and arrogance against him.

Somehow, Dopler sends one of his wristwatch-sized hypertime devices to Dr. Gibbs for his expertise to figure out a problem. Once Gibbs fixed the watch, he placed it in a little box atop a stack of things in his basement. Somehow the box fell into a box of garage-sale or trash stuff inside what looked to be a table top oven. Rifling through the collection of junk, Zak swipes the watch for himself. Discovering quite by accident how the watch works, Zak uses it as a tool to swoon his new friend, Francesca. Eventually the bad guys find out the watch is missing and dispatch some badder guys (and gal) to retrieve it. Then is when the action starts. And this is where my summary of the plot ends.

Not very extreme in anything but teen arrogance, especially against the father and getting mad at a cop for enforcing the law instead of getting mad at them who made the law necessary, this movie presents a ton of "lightweight" sexual programming such as dressing to maximize the female for and/or skin exposure, a teen girl in a towel only, camera angles to force the viewer on private parts and planning sexual conquests [1 Cor. 7:1]. Violence was found in abduction, vehicular assault, coercion and other means of gain such as theft and breaking and entering. In terms of foul language, there are only two uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary and one use of God's name in vain but without the four letter expletive. None of the most foul of the foul words. I guess that justifies "PG", impudence/arrogance notwithstanding. The listing in the Findings/Scoring section tells all the was found.


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  • Prov. 22:15 Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child;...
  • 1 Cor. 7:1 Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to [sexually] touch a woman. ["Touch" extends beyond physical touch to include touch by words and sight. Wait until married.]

    *******Food for Thought*******
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 (KJV) Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (NIV) Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.
  • Jude 4 For certain men* whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change 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.

    Clockstoppers (2002) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • abductions/kidnappings
  • threat to kill
  • reckless driving with vehicular assault
  • coercion
  • theft
  • breaking and entering
  • reckless driving to show off

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • irresponsible cycling
  • deceitful advertising
  • adolescent attempt to manipulate father with guilt
  • adolescent arrogance at father, including yelling and threats and defiance of him
  • parental neglect
  • tormenting
  • lies
  • dog urinating
  • punk dress
  • disrespect for a police officer for doing her job
  • adult tantrum
  • two uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • teen assuming "command" of father

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • harassment
  • dressing to maximize the female form and/or skin exposure
  • planning sexual conquest
  • camera angle to force viewer on private parts
  • inviting boy over during babysitting
  • planning to take advantage of technology to see nakedness
  • adult in underwear
  • fingering of picture privates
  • "teen" showing her underwear
  • "teen" girl in towel only

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • dinner booze

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • a single use of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • none noted

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    NOTE: The CAP Analysis Model makes no scoring allowances for trumped-up "messages" to excuse or for manufacturing of justification for aberrant behavior or imagery, or for camouflaging such ignominy with "redeeming" programming. Disguising sinful behavior in a theme plot does not excuse the sinful behavior of either the one who is drawing pleasure or example from the sinful display or the practitioners demonstrating the sinful behavior. This is NOT a movie review service. It is a movie analysis service to parents and grandparents to tell them the truth about movies using the Truth.

    "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 nearly seven 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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    (1) As noted in CAP Special Report-001, "Investigation Area and Scoring Trend," of the six CAP Investigation Areas, Impudence/Hate was the strongest presence in all four movie classifications. It has a strong revelation about the entertainment media.

    (2) The use of the three/four letter word vocabulary without God's name in vain is incorporated into the Impudence/Hate Investigation Area. The use of God's name with or without the four letter expletive is incorporated into the Offense to God Investigation Area. There is no duplication.

    (3) Only portrayal of successful murder or suicide are incorporated into Murder/Suicide. Portrayal of attempts to commit murder or suicide and deaths by police action or war are incorporated into Wanton Violence/Crime.

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