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(2010), PG [PG*] (1hr 28min)

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February 6, 2011
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(While the Scriptural references are certainly not subjective, my commentary may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)

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(2010), PG [PG*] ... middle school social warfare and totem pole stacking

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Color Force, Dayday Films, Dune Entertainment III
Distribution (US): Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
Director(s): Thor Freudenthal
Producer(s): Nina Jacobson, Jeff Kinney, Bradford Simpson, Ethan Smith
Writing Credits: Jackie Filgo, Jeff Filgo, Gabe Sachs, Jeff Judah (screenplay), Jeff Kinney (book)
Cinematography/Camera: Jack N. Green
Music: Theodore Shapiro
Film Editing: Wendy Greene Bricmont
Production Design: Brent Thomas
Art Direction: Shannon Grover
Viewed on Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment DVD

Diary of a Wimpy Kid is a journal of Greg Heffley (Zachary Gordon) through his first year in middle school with all the rudeness, crudeness, bully tormenting and flowering sexuality of any other event in the life of a kid in middle school. Thus it is just another formula flick about middle school. Nothing extraordinary. It is, however, a story of a lie to redeem a lie and friendship based on those lies. What a role model!

Greg Heffley and his BFF, Rowley Jefferson (Robert Capron) are headed for their first day at the Westmore Middle School. Do you remember middle school and the nonstop, intense brutal bullying and social warfare that came with middle school? Neither do I. Because there wasn't nearly the amount nor the intensity of bullying and social warfare as Hollywood seems to want us to believe. Sure, there was some of it but nothing like in this film. Maybe my impression of middle school is a product of my perspective since I was not one of the kids other kids typically picked on. Maybe some middle schools are as miserable as Hollywood leads us to believe, but maybe they are that way because of films like this one that explain how it is supposed to be by example?

I really enjoy this CAP analysis model. Partly because it reveals so much. For example, this film earned a solid PG-equivalent score of 77. That score places the film squarely in the scoring range earned by PG films in the comparative baseline database (68 to 86 out of 100). B-u-t, the CAP analysis model also reveals a high concentration of assaults on morality and decency in Impudence/Hate, enough so for the imudence and/or hateful content to be equivalent in magnitude to the impudence/hate content in many R-rated films. This film is far from being a R-PG* film but it does contain a great deal of adolescent mischief, tormenting, bullying, crude humor and a plethora of other stereotypical adolescent tactics of middle school social warfare, establishment of pecking order and totem pole stacking.

In an effort to be selected as one of the coveted "Class Favorites" in the school yearbook, Greg and Rowley join the safety patrol. One of their functions is to lead the kindergartners single file. One day, Rowley could not help with the two-man job and Greg had to do it by himself. As Greg was leading the group of kids Greg thought he saw some teenagers driving up that Greg and Rowley had a confrontation with earlier. In his haste to avoid being seen by the teens Greg had the kids jump in a construction hole in the ground to hide. Since it was raining, Rowley had loaned Greg his raincoat with a big "R" on its back and Mrs. Irvine (Karin Konoval), one of the neighborhood women, thought Greg was Rowley ... a case of mistaken identity Greg did not deny when Mrs. Irvine called out for "Rowley Jefferson!!!" to which Greg answered "Yes?" When confronted with the deed by Mr. Winskey (Rob LaBelle), Rowley was suspended from safety patrol. But did Greg fess up to his part in the truth? N-o-o-o. Rowley disowned Greg as BFF but later when the teenagers harassed Rowley into eating a rotten piece of cheese from the school yard, Greg told the now-gathered crowd that he ate it to save Rowley from the shame of it all. It's a long story with additional meaning, but the point I am making here is that the first lie that broke the friendship was "redeemed" by another lie that restored the friendship. Not good. (And neither am I good at writing today.) Suffice it to say that God is not one little bit pleased with lies. Not only has He made not lying one of the Ten Commandments, He warns that the [unforgiven] liar will not make it into Heaven [Rev. 21:8]

There is much more to the middle school mayhem portrayed in this film but rather than spoil the movie any further for those of you who choose to view this DVD let me get into that for which most of you visit our pages.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 85 out of 100
The most violent content of the film is the assault and harassment of younger kids by older kids. The only physical violence is when the older kids manhandle the younger kids which, by any other name, is still assault.

Violence, even in its simplest of forms, is catching. Not only does God say so [Prov. 16:29], man says so. Four professional public health agencies jointly agreed that viewing violence in and as entertainment may lead to real life violence. Strange that man would finally agree with God.

Impudence/Hate (I) - 32 out of 100
The story presents numerous instances of cookie-cutter bully tactics that anyone who has watched this kind of film has already seen, the kind of bully tactics everyone who uses bully tactics has learned from films like this one. Some other matters of impudence includes Greg urinating on his older brother Roderick (Devon Bostick), adolescent mischief, disrespect of parents and portrayal of a snowman urinating. [Eph. 5:4] In addition to the above, the writers had the children frequently speaking in euphemisms of profanity, i.e., cussing without cuss words. Granted, most middle school children speak in rather "colorful" ways but that they do so does not excuse the sin of profanity. [Col. 3:8]

It was the score earned by this investigation area that merited the red CAPCon Alert light atop this page in the left corner.

Sexual Immorality (S) - 70 out of 100
As with most films portraying children of the late preteen and early teen years, there is some sexually immoral behaviors/commentary in it. "It is natural" you say? Maybe so, but perpetuating sexual misbehavior and arrogance with entertainment such as this is not. Teasing natural exploratory urges with cavalier disregard for sexual humility, in my opinion, places this area of film content at about the same moral level as the porn magazine in it. [1 John 2:26]

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 100 out of 100
Now here is a nice touch by the writers and filmmakers. Not one instance of illegal drugs, possession of them, use of them and not one instance of abuse of prescription drugs and not one instance of smoking in the entire 88 minutes of program. Thank you Mr. Freudenthal.

Offense to God (O) - 77 out of 100
Three times the filmmakers had adolescents speaking abuse of God's name. Each time was without the four letter expletive but it is still abuse of God's name. God will not hold guiltless those who abuse His name ... nor those who coerce abuse of His name. Doing so with children violates His Word on so many levels. [Deut. 5:11, Luke 17:2, Matt. 25:40 and many others]

Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
It would hardly be cinematically appropriate for a film of this caliber to present murder or suicide. Nevertheless, there is no accounting for the minds of some filmmakers. At any rate, there are no murders or suicides portrayed in this film. Greg's older brother, Roderick threatens to "kill, literally kill" Greg a couple times but it is clear enough that the intent of Roderick's threat is superficial: that his bark is of the caliber revealed by the "Roderick Rules" on his bedroom door.


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  • Rev. 21:8 But the [unforgiven] cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars -their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.
  • Prov. 16:29 A violent man enticeth his neighbour, and leadeth him into the way that is not good. [The issue is the violence, the 'way that is not good' no matter how "small" or "justified" the violence might seem, and its "leading" effect on the observer. "A violent man" ["man" here is enowsh {en-oshe"}: man (collective), mortal, person, mankind; contracted for iysh {eesh}: whosoever, each] can be any character of any age, any gender, human or not since the cinematic display is at the hands men and women, in the act of committing (demonstrating in the case of entertainment) violent behavior/action whether for good or evil or the violent behaviors/actions themselves. Such exposure can and does embolden the viewer into aggression, especially youth. It took years for American professional health community to finally affirm, probably without knowing it, that which God told us in 1 Cor. 15:33 below. See also Joint Statement on the Impact of Entertainment Violence on Children: Congressional Public Health Summit for more information. Further, God speaks darkly of violence 56 times in the Old and New Testament of the KJV.]
  • Eph. 5:4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.
  • Col. 3:8 But now ye also put off [rid yourself of] all these; anger, wrath, malice [kakia: ill-will, desire to injure, wickedness, depravity, evil, trouble, not ashamed to break laws, etc.], blasphemy [blasphemia: impious and reproachful speech injurious to divine majesty], filthy communication [aischrologia:foul speaking, low and obscene speech] out of your mouth.
  • 1 John 2:26 These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you. ["These things I have written" includes lust of the flesh (which includes ears) and the lust of the eyes from 1 John 2:16. An example of "them that seduce you" includes they who demonstrate sexual sin or quest for it, however innocuous it may seem, in and as entertainment which can morally "seduce" the viewer, can lead one astray by desensitizing him/her (at any age that can navigate a box of popcorn), enticing him/her and emboldening him/her to believe sexually immoral deeds, thoughts and displays are acceptable OR by eroding one's natural inhibition against sexually immoral deeds and thoughts. And anything in and as entertainment that draws the viewer's attention to sexuality, sexual deeds, sexual functions, sexual talk, nudity or the suggestion of it and the private parts clothed or not, seen or not, is sexual.]
  • 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 in prayer, with respect or reverence or in responsible discussion is in vain. That includes the popular three syllable sentence with His name trailing it AND the misuse of Jesus' name or title. So, trying to excuse such expressions with "I was talking TO God/Jesus/Christ when I said that" or "It's just words" or "I was acting" or "I was quoting" will not work with God.]

    ***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.)

    Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 85 out of 100
  • wrestling violence
  • teen assault of younger kids
  • teens attempting breaking and entering to reach victim
  • teens threatening younger kids if the younger kids tell

    Impudence/Hate (I) - 32 out of 100
  • cartoon bullying, repeatedly
  • adolescents creating middle school mayhem
  • tormenting of younger kids in middle school, repeatedly
  • girl calling "teen" as not a child "...awkward transition between child and teenager"
  • lies, repeatedly
  • display of adolescent arrogance
  • use of crude terms, "cussing" with euphemisms, repeatedly
  • crude urine humor
  • marking self with pen to feign a tattoo (arrogance)
  • disrespect to parent by teen
  • bully harassment of younger, repeatedly

    Sexual Immorality (S) - 70 out of 100
  • adolescent in underwear, repeatedly
  • exposure to below navel skin - adolescent
  • adolescent on commode, repeatedly
  • pornographic magazine cover, repeatedly
  • crotch "humor" (adolescent actress with her foot on adolescent actor's crotch)
  • sexual innuendo re: sexual development

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 100 out of 100
  • note noted

    Offense to God (O) - 77 out of 100
  • three abuses of God's name, all by adolescents
  • celebrating All Hallow's Eve
  • adolescent boy trying to look evil with makeup

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
  • note noted

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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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