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(2008), PG-13 [Hard R-13*] (2hr 17min)

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July 6, 2008

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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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(2008), PG-13 [Hard R-13*] ... including fist hits that would likely kill a child in real life ...

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Paramount Pictures, Apatow Productions
Distribution (US): Paramount Pictures
Director(s): Steven Brill
Producer(s): Judd Apatow, Susan Arnold, Kristofor Brown, Donna Roth, Richard Vane, Desiree Van Til
Screenplay: Kristofor Brown, Seth Rogen
Story: John Hughes, Kristofor Brown, Seth Rogen
Cinematography/Camera: Fred Murphy
Music: Christophe Beck
Film Editing: Brady Heck, Thomas J. Nordberg
Casting: Juel Bestrop
Production Design: Jackson De Govia
Art Direction: Scott Meehan
Viewed on Paramount Pictures Home Entertainment DVD

Dr. Illbit, er, Alamo Taylor, er, Bob (not "Robert", just Bob) Taylor, a.k.a. Drillbit Taylor (Owen Wilson) is a homeless, dishonorably discharged Army private living off the scraps of others until one day he answers an ad to be a bodyguard for three fresh high school Freshman. Wade (Nate Hartley), Ryan a.k.a. T-Dog (Troy Gentile) and Emmet (David Dorfman) are three social misfits who are tormented often by an emancipated minor, Terry Filkins (Alex Frost) and his cohort in terror (Andrew Caldwell).

Taylor's intent is to milk Wade, Ryan and Emmet -- the "rich kids" -- for all they're worth just to get travel money to go to far North Canada. A story with a good thing or two to say is in there but it, like almost anything Hollywood generates for teens, is shrouded in, saturated by and obliterated with profanity and sexual crudity. But this time Hollywood stirs up the profanity and sexual crudity with bully violence, rather graphic bully violence at that. For the character Ryan, young Gentile utters profanity more than three times as many as any adult in the film. And it sure looked as though Gentile enjoyed it. I guess that is "normal." It is, after all, a film rated acceptable (and likely engineered) for the young teen. Well!? That is the way kids talk in public school, right? Well!? From where do you think they get it? Mom/dad? Don't count on it. From other kids at school? Sure. But from where do you think the other kids at school get it?

Now that Ryan is in high school he sleeps nude, his mother discovers. To Ryan at least being in high school justifies sleeping nude ... according to Hollywood anyway. (And I wonder why the writers even bring it up.) I guess some might find it acceptable that a child sleeps nude, especially if the child sleeps alone. That is up to mom/dad. But how many early teens who sleep without any clothes on do you suppose put something on if they go to the family bathroom in the middle of the night? I guess if no one else will ever go to the family bathroom in the middle of the night sleeping nude might be okay. But then, when is such nudity [outside of a monogamous heterosexual marriage] acceptable to God who admonishes us more than 40 times through the Old Testament and New that nakedness -- the display of nudity -- is unacceptable? For bathing? Alone? Certainly. Medical examination? Certainly. But certainly never for entertainment. God even warned priests to not built an altar with steps lest the wind expose his nakedness to the people below [Exod. 20:26].

Once Taylor establishes himself as the boy's body guard he proceeds to dupe, confuse and bewilder the boys into believing him to be an expert at defense maneuvers and offense tactics. The boys hire him to protect them from Filkins and his henchman.

The film is filled with bully tactics, some of which are quite brutal. And, as mentioned above, Ryan uses some form of profanity in almost each of his sentences. More discussion of the content found by each of the six CAP investigation areas is provided below. But in each case, one should look to the listings of findings in the Findings/Scoring section for a complete accounting of the content.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - Zero out of 100
Filkins, an 18 year old high school upperclassman emancipated youth (his parents are in China and he is alone in their upper class home), does much harm and torment repeatedly to the three boys including fist hits that would likely kill a child in real life. Filkins also tries to hit them with his car. I suspect having been and EMT medic for 12 years I have a smidgen of credibility in saying that a real version of some of the displayed hits would likely kill a real child. Real life fights simply do not happen the way Hollywood portrays them.

Though many of these bully acts were criminal, the film is rife with acts of Taylor and his homeless associates to deceive the boys for money and to steal from the boys' parents. When Filkins is physically defeated by Taylor, Filkins also attempts to murder Wade by sword in a classic cowardly attempt to retaliate the failure of a wrongdoing. [Prov. 16:29, Prov. 4:14]

Impudence/Hate (I) - Zero out of 100
Seventy-one times someone utters profanity in this 137-minute film. That makes it a very poor example for the impressionable age target of 13 years. To have child actors use such speech screams of violating Luke 17:2 on the part of the filmmakers and writers [Rom. 5:19, Matt. 18:10]. But then, who's to blame when we sit back and enjoy their work. [Ps. 12:8] In addition, numerous times some teen is abrasive and offensive to their parents and other fair authority. While one of the fathers is not what I would call wise and caring, the sins of the parent do not excuse the sins of the child... and vice versa [Exod. 20:12, Eph. 6:1 - 3, Luke 18:20, Mark 7:10, Isa. 30:1, 1 Cor. 6:18 - 20] Enough content in violation of God's Word was found to make the content found by this investigation area equivalent to the same content found in many R-rated films.

Sexual Immorality (S) - 17 out of 100
Aside from the full rear male nudity, the sexually oriented content of this film included such matters as a young teen sleeping nude, young teen boys watching porn, a man in a bath tub before young teen boys, graphic sex ed to young teens, sex talk to a minor by other than his parent, self-touching, a leg wrap, crude references to human anatomy and other issues of the "lesser" kind saturating the film. [Eph. 5:4, Prov. 4:24] See CAP Rule of 1000 for more information on "the lesser kind."

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 90 out of 100
While references to illegal drugs were noted the only demonstration of illegal consumption of controlled substances was a teen drinking party. It would have been fine had later monologue not spoken of alcoholic beverages. All the drinking vessels at the teen party were the standard red plastic cups with no evidence of the beverages in them being alcoholic. But n-o-o-o, the writers had to add at least some connection of the teens with drinking alcohol by saying Filkins was arrested for all the drinking.

Nonetheless, all the partygoers were drinking, as if to say all teens who go to parties drink booze or that teen drinking is expected and okay. That imagery is the problem.

A 2002 study by the American College of Physicians (ACP) revealed that adolescent exposure to drinking in and as entertainment undeniably leads to abuse of alcohol among underage kids. The finding entitled Relation Between Parental Restrictions on Movies and Adolescent Use of Tobacco and Alcohol reports that of 4544 youths from grades 5 through 8 of fifteen Vermont and New Hampshire middle schools (90% of the youths were under fourteen years old) only 16% were completely restricted from viewing R-rated movies. Within the ACP study population, the prevalence of having tried alcohol without parental knowledge was

  • 46% for those with no viewing restrictions
  • 16% for those with partial viewing restrictions
  • four percent for those with complete viewing restrictions.

    The researchers selected R-rated movies because they assumed R-rated movies typically present more drinking than movies of other classifications. This assumption is no longer true. The researchers were not aware of the matter of "R-13" proven by this ministry in 2000 (see R-13) with which Harvard University scientists agreed four years later (see Harvard Agrees With Us). The bottom line? The focus is that the influence of adolescent exposure to drinking (and smoking) in and as entertainment is undeniable regardless of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) classification. [Eph. 5:18]

    Rather revealing of the influences of the entertainment industry wouldn't you say? And emboldening children to sin with drink in and as entertainment screams of violating Luke 17:2.

    Our studies provide an additional parameter for the ACP study. While booze, drinking and smoking in and as entertainment indeed embolden defiance of rule and law and take their toll on wholesome decision-making skills of youth, our studies indicate the stronger influence is rather the attitude portrayed by and in association with the drinking (and smoking and any other behavioral dimension). PG-13 and R-rated films and sometimes less severely rated films are typically heavy with attitude. Our report on this, ATTITUDE: In Perspective -- Investigation Area Scoring and Trend in CAP Entertainment Industry Investigations, Special Report-001 may provide more understanding of the point by revealing that the strongest proselytizing element in modern entertainment is not sex, drugs, alcohol, or violence, etc. but is the attitude; the attitude of freedom from authority, freedom from accountability and freedom from consequences. It is indeed such attitude that emboldens youth to defy rule and law. Note also that attitude (impudence, arrogance, a proud look, "haughty eyes") is the first in the list of seven behaviors our Lord hates. [Prov. 6:16 - 19]

    Offense to God (O) - 12 out of 100
    Here is the fourth of four of the six CAP investigation areas that found content to be equivalent to at least some R-rated films (earning an area score of 54 and below out of 100). Twenty-one times God's name was used in vain, four times with the four letter expletive and 17 times without it, one of them with the four letter expletive before a child and nine of the times without the four letter expletive bya child. God doesn't like that!. So much so He warns that He will not hold guiltless s/he who uses His name in vain [Deut. 5:11]

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
    No murders or suicides were noted. The attempted murder by Filkins, as are all attempted murders or suicides, was incorporated into Wanton Violence/Crime.


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  • Exod. 20:26 And do not go up to my altar on steps, lest your nakedness be exposed on it.'
  • Prov. 16:29 A violent man entices his neighbor and leads him down a path that is not good. [The issue is the violence, no matter how "small" it might seem, and its effect on an observer. "A violent man" can be a man, woman OR the men/women/characters demonstrating the violent behavior/action on the screen. Knowing of Prov. 16:29 you now know why violence, especially in and as entertainment, can embolden the viewer into aggression, especially youth. See also Joint Statement on the Impact of Entertainment Violence on Children: Congressional Public Health Summit. Further, God speaks darkly of violence 56 times in the Old and New Testament of the KJV. And see 1 Cor. 15:33 below.]
  • Prov. 4:14 Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men.
  • Rom. 5:19 For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, ...
  • Matt. 18:10 Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven. ["Despise" is kataphroneo {kat-af-ron-eh'-o}: to condemn, despise, disdain, think little or nothing of, to look down upon (which includes abuse, even by influence or bad example, lying to them, enticing/teasing them, seducing them and/or their thoughts, etc.). What do you want the angels for your kids to say to God? By the way, "little ones" is mikros meaning less by birth, younger. All of your children are "less by birth" than you. All of them are younger. So, "little ones" includes at-home teens, the most morally vulnerable age stratum.]
  • Exod. 20:12 Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.
  • Eph. 6:1 - 3 CHILDREN, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honour thy father and thy mother, which is the first commandment with promise.
  • Luke 18:20 "You know the commandments: 'Do not commit adultery, do not murder, do not steal, do not give false testimony, honor your father and mother.'"
  • Mark 7:10 For Moses said, Honour thy father and thy mother; and, Whoso curseth father or mother, let him die the death: ["Die the death" - thanatos {than'-at-os}: the misery of the soul arising from unforgiven sin, which begins on earth but lasts and increases in Hell after the death of the body.]
  • Isa. 30:1 Woe to the rebellious children, saith the LORD, that take counsel [adopt ways, behavior, thinking], but not of me; and that cover with a covering [try to mask, hide, excuse, absolve], but not of my spirit, that they may add sin to sin [such as excusing a sin because "everyone else does", "I've seen/done/heard it before" or because of the copycat properties of onscreen behavior.]:
  • 1Cor. 6:18 - 20 Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body. Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body
  • Eph. 5:4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.
  • Prov. 4:24 Put away perversity from your mouth; keep corrupt talk far from your lips.
  • Eph. 5:18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. [Since "drunk" is methusko {meth-oos'-ko}: to intoxicate; make drunk; to get drunk; become intoxicated, "wine" can be any intoxicating substance including illegal drugs or abuse of prescription drugs. The issue is do not abuse the body by intoxicating it [1 Cor. 6:19]. Though it is not a sin to drink, it is a sin to get drunk OR to influence to get drunk OR to drink in defiance such as underage drinking.]
  • 1 Cor. 6:19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
  • Prov. 6:16 - 19 These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren. [Proud: ruwm {room} - to rise, rise up, be set on high, be lofty, be exalted. Look: ahyin {ah-yin} - eye, sight, conceit, pleased (with self).]
  • 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 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.]

    ***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.)

    Drillbit Taylor (2008) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - Zero out of 100
  • bully brutality throughout and of varying intensities, including fist hits that would likely kill a real child
  • reckless driving - teen
  • wanton property destruction, ,vehicular - teen
  • offer to kill
  • theft
  • planning massive burglary of homes
  • threat to kill
  • beating
  • gang robbery
  • fight
  • assault with object as weapon, repeatedly
  • attempted murder of a child by blade

    Impudence/Hate (I) - Zero out of 100
  • sixty-one uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary, 43 times by a child
  • teen abusive to mother
  • son calling absent dad [manure]
  • massive tattoos
  • teen speaking disrespectful to another teen's mother
  • deceiving kids for money throughout
  • muffled use of the most foul of the foul words in background song
  • lie to impress, repeatedly
  • excusing theft with excess
  • admission of falsifying school excuses
  • lie to cover up black eye
  • additional lies, repeatedly
  • insolence of a teen to adults

    Sexual Immorality (S) - 17 out of 100
  • teen sleeping nude, excusing it with being in high school
  • young teens showering
  • homosexual insults, repeatedly
  • teens in underwear
  • teen boys watching porn
  • teen girls sunbathing, teasing teen boys with it
  • vulgar anatomical reference by young teen, repeatedly
  • exposure to below navel skin
  • man in tub before young teens
  • graphic sex ed to young teens
  • sex talk before kids in class
  • implied make out or intercourse between teachers on school property and time
  • sex talk to a minor by adult male
  • teachers kissing on school property and time
  • public nudity (showering on beach) and speaking of it as if it were fully acceptable
  • crotch hit
  • self touching
  • leg wrap
  • sexual innuendoes in background song

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 90 out of 100
  • references to illegal drugs
  • teen drinking party

    Offense to God (O) - 12 out of 100
  • seventeen uses of God's name in vain without the four letter expletives (11 by a child) and four uses with the four letter expletive (once before a child)

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
  • none noted

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