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(2010), NR [Hard G*] (88.25m)

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December 27, 2011
December 31, 2011

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

If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary.

(2010), NR [Hard G*] ... One might think of the film at least as a PG film

Production (US): Pure Flix Entertainment, God and Country Entertainment
Distribution (US): Pure Flix Entertainment
Director(s): David A. R. White
Producer(s): Sean Paul Murphy, Timothy Ratajczak, Byron Jones, Andrea Logan White, Tom Saab, Leonard Samia, Carl G. M. Nelson Bradley Dorsey, Jay Allen Richardson, Matthew, Timothy & Joanna Reiad, Brittany Lefebvre, Michael Scott, David A. R. White, Russell Wolfe, Byron Jones, Elizabeth Travis
Story by: Jason Cusick, Michael Scott, Steve Taylor
Written by: Sean Paul Murphy, Timothy Ratajczak
Cinematography/Camera: Darren Ryndstrom
Music: Matt gates, Ido Waksman
Film Editing: Sean Paul Murphy
Casting: Billy Damota
Production Design: Steve Ochoa
Viewed on Pure Flix Home Entertainment DVD

It was a dark and stormy night ... That is the setting that brings five travelers on a desolate road to nowhere together at a lonely diner that is not supposed to be there.

First we meet teen hitchhiking runaway Kayla (Madison Gibney) who is running away from an unfaithful and abusive stepfather and a junkie mother. As Kayla trudges along on the desolate road, businessman and ex-football star Nick "Crusher" Cruchetti (Steve "Sting" Borden) nearly hits her as he fiddles with a cell phone. Nick does not stop to help her. Also motoring down the same road are Hank (Jamie Nieto) and Catherine (Danah Davis) Miller, an estranged married couple. As they pass Kayla Hank hears a small, still vice that tells him to "pick her up" but Catherine refuses to let him. So Kayla still walks the dark road. But soon Melissa (Jaci Velasquez), driving alone, sees Kayla and hears the small, still voice telling her to "pick her up." Melissa does. Now there are five people traveling down the same deserted road who are bound to learn more about each other than any one of them wants to be known.

In a few moments Nick is stopped by Officer DeVille (Kass Conners) explaining that a flash flood warning -- a flash flood with no rain -- has closed the road. As DeVille explains this to Nick, Hank and Catherine drive up and DeVille explains the dilemma to them as well. As Nick, Hank and Catherine try to argue their way through the roadblock Melissa and Kayla drive up to add their voices to the tirade. Nick tries to get a signal on his cell phone but can't and asks if anyone has a working cell phone. With futile results Melissa offers that the diner they passed a couple miles back, the Last Chance Diner, might have a phone. Melissa is the only one who remembers the diner. Officer DeVille warned that it has been closed for along time but what Melissa saw was a working diner. So the five strangers head back to the diner. As they pull away Officer DeVille mumbles under his breath "Tell the guy at the diner Officer DeVille sent ya."

It a downpour Melissa and Kayla are the first to walk in the door at the diner and notice something strange about it. The signs on its wall say Dogs 10¢, Hamburgers and Coneys 15¢. Root Beer, Coke and Lemonade 5¢. Everything right out of a scene from Happy Days™ But the name of the proprietor is Jesus.

This faith-based film has so much to say and in a eye-opening way that I will not spoil it any further should you decide to view it for yourself. If you do decide to view it and have a family with younger folks all I ask is that you closely inspect the findings in the individual content investigation area discussions below and the listing in the Findings section (the heart of the CAP Analysis Model) before you decide on which age stratum this film is fit. As useless as the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has become, the film is not rated by the MPAA and contains some material you should be aware. With a final score of 88 the film's overall magnitude is equivalent to many "hardcore" G-rated films but some of the specific area content is PG and PG-13 equivalent. One might think of the film at least as a PG film, not because of restrictive content but because of the level of comprehension the viewer must have for what the film has to say to make any sense.


Following are brief discussions of the content per individual content investigation area. As always the Findings section of this report, the heart of the CAP Analysis Model, is the best source for discovering the full accounting of the content of this film.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 62 out of 100
This is the content investigation area that found material equivalent to many PG-13 films. Kayla holds a firearm to her head and pulls the trigger. Though the gun was not loaded the scene is of intent to commit suicide. [Ex. 20:13] Such a display will invariably implant in the minds of some viewers that suicide is an alternative to the pain of dysfunctional family life. In addition, Kayla aims the gun at her passed-out stepfather. Kayla also tells her tale of misery and abuse.

Impudence/Hate (I) - 96 out of 100
Kayla once calls Nick a "jerk" for nearly hitting her with his car but there is no profanity in the entire 88.25 minutes of the program. No one expresses bitter hatred for anyone else but Catherine clearly communicates her desire to divorce Hank. [Mal. 2:16]

Sexual Immorality (S) - 100 out of 100
There is nothing in the show that would be applicable to this investigation area. Nothing sexual or sexually immoral whatsoever.

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 81 out of 100
Kayla's stepfather is seen with a cigarette and beer bottles while he is passed out ostensibly from drunkenness.

Offense to God (O) - 89 out of 100
Officer DeVille and Nick toss the mano cornuto at each other as they drive to Nick's unseen death. The mano cornuto is used a hand gesture of recognition between Satanists. See our Back to School publication for more information. During an argument between Hank and Catherine, she decides to leave Hank on-the-spot but Hank has the car keys. Nick steps in and offers to take Catherine, Hank's wife to the town back a ways. This was an adulterous move. [Hebr. 13:4]

Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
No murders or suicides were found. While Kayla attempts suicide, attempts at suicide like attempts at murder and deaths by police action, war and defensive killings are not incorporated into this content investigation area but are incorporated into the Wanton Violence/Crime content investigation area.



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  • Ex. 20:13 Thou shalt not kill. (NIV) You shall not murder. ["Kill" here is ratsach {raw-tsakh'}: murder, slay, premeditated, to assassinate. Suicide is murder of the self.]
  • Mal. 2:16 "I hate divorce," says the LORD God of Israel, "and I hate a man's covering himself with violence as well as with his garment," says the LORD Almighty. So guard yourself in your spirit, and do not break faith.
  • Hebr. 13:4 Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure [which includes before AND during marriage AND gender], for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral. [Whether we believe it or not. Whether we like it or not. Whether we care or not.]

    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 when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend what is vile, embrace it, enjoy it, want it, submit to it.]
  • 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.)

    The Encounter (2010) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 62 out of 100
  • teen girl with gun to her head and pulling the trigger (unloaded)
  • teen girl aiming gun at stepfather to kill him
  • talk of abuse, dysfunction and adultery
  • tale of assault with injury
  • physical assault

    Impudence/Hate (I) - 96 out of 100
  • desire for divorce

    Sexual Immorality (S) - 100 out of 100
  • none noted

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 81 out of 100
  • smoking
  • drunkenness
  • empty beer bottles

    Offense to God (O) - 89 out of 100
  • display of the mano cornuto by two men
  • an adulterous move

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