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(2006), PG-13 ["HARDCORE" R-13*] (1hr 13min)
With Comparative to Date Movie
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Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): New Regency Pictures, Regency Enterprises, Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation
Distribution (US): Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation
Director(s): Jason Friedberg, Aaron Seltzer
Producer(s): Rodney M. Liber, Paul Schiff
Written by: Jason Friedberg, Aaron Seltzer
Cinematography/Camera: Shawn Maurer
Music: Ed Shearmur
Film Editing: Peck Prior
Casting: Amanda Harding, Amanda Koblin
Production Design: William A. Elliott
Art Direction: Daniel A. Lomino
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6
Epic Movie is a vulgar film. This reports speaks to its vulgarity but as politely as possible. If you don't like to read about such, though it is fed to your young teens by the entertainment industry, skip this report and move on to something else. If you do read it, I truly wish I could have gotten it to you much sooner because of what it reveals about Epic Movie. But with the ministry's financial health the way it is, our timeliness is dictated by it.
In the slimy drippings of the February 2006 Date Movie comes Epic Movie, both directed by Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer. Both films are rated PG-13. Date Movie earned a CAP final score of 28 out of 100 while Epic Movie earned a CAP final score of 14 out of 100.
Both Date Movie and Epic Movie are "R-13" films since each film earned a score within the range of scores earned by R-rated films in the comparative baseline database (54 and below out of 100) ... with Epic Movie being in the lower third of that scoring range. Following as a convenience is a scoring data comparative of the two films:
That both films garnered the "PG-13" badge from the MPAA with Epic Movie so much more dense in ignominy than Date Movie (see the Influence Density - ID -scores) certainly corroborates the "ratings creep" which Harvard University School of Public Health scientists and this ministry have revealed, this Christian ministry four years before Harvard and by using the Word of God as our measuring stick. Imagine that!
PG-13 huh? I do not believe there is one fiber of morality left to the MPAA. To imply by the PG-13 badge that exposing such obscenity to our young is acceptable suggests they have little to no concern for the spiritual/moral health of our young. I could be wrong and probably am, but it sure smells like contempt for all that is wholesome. And I believe them to be culprits of stealing childhood from children, second only to Hollywood itself. For example, to the MPAA it is acceptable, implicit by their PG-13 "stamp of approval" whether guarded or not, for your young teens to watch a woman suck a man's finger then see the finger with an "erection." Hey! I didn't write the film, folks. I do NOT like to speak about such filth but the truth must be known ... accurately. You deserve to know what your young teens are getting by the works of the entertainment industry. The finger example is not the worst example but it gets the point across without getting any deeper into the filth.
While many films, even some which are rated R, have some good things to say, in my subjective opinion there is nothing good about Epic Movie. With nine uses of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive (that scene mimicking an R-rated movie), a number of the three/four letter words plus a few other ignominious behaviors in the first few minutes of the show, it strongly suggests the standards of the MPAA are slipping.
Epic Movie takes a number of cinematic pot shots at popular films and other entertainment entities. The pot shots I noted were of
The story involves the antics of four main characters in spoofs of popular films, biased around The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe using the same Narnia names -- Lucy, Susan, Peter, Edmund -- except "Edmund" becomes "Edward." And, according to the half man, half goat Mr. Tumnus (Héctor Jiménez). "Narnia" is changed to "Gnarnia" for license purposes. Still sounding the same but spelled differently.
Peter appears as the winged Angel wandering the halls of X-Men's Xavier School for Gifted Youngsters, except this "angel" has chicken-size wings rather than eagle-sized and this "angel" portrays well the popular meaning of "chicken." What a way to shape children's image of an angel. Little do the filmmakers apparently know that an angel, Michael, battled Satan ... and won [Rev. 12:7] At least the Epic Movie "angel" does not defy his father as did the X-Men "angel."
We first see Lucy (Jamaya Mays) in a groping mimic of The Da Vinci Code. Susan (Faune A. Chambers) is introduced on the plane with snakes on it in a spoof which changed the crotch bite of a man by a snake into another crotch activity. Edmund ... er ... Edward (Kal Penn) comes to us as Ignacio in Nacho Libre with better thespian skills than Jack Black.
The four characters end up in the Chronicles' wardrobe after fleeing somebody for some reason. Once in the Land of Gnarnia, Mr. Tumnus French-kisses a male beaver while Peter writes in the snow with his urine as the four do battle with the White Witch (Jennifer Coolidge) -- but not spelled "Witch" in this film -- who bares her chest to Edward and murders Albus Dumbledore by sword while Darrell Hammond as Captain Jack Swallows -- a vulgar innuendo itself -- rides his water wheel over a few characters, etc., etc. Before you shake your head in disbelief, if "Swallows" in the name "Jack Swallows", taken from the name "Jack Sparrow" in Pirates of the Caribbean, would have been "Swallow" it would not be an innuendo. But if you don't see the innuendo in "Jack Swallows", wonderful!
I am not going to spend a lot of time on discussing the plot or story. You can look up subjective reviews on this film as well as anyone else. Besides, I am not a movie critic.
Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Though many of the matters of violence in Epic Movie are basted in what some call humor, they are still violence. And humor does not excuse it. A compound break of the forearm. Kidnapping. A bullet piercing an eyeball. Point-blank firing of a gun into a character's chest, repeatedly. Stabbings. A body serving as a pin cushion for arrows. More. [Prov. 16:29]
Forty-three uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary in 113 minutes plus profanity in background songs. [Col. 3:8] Urination, repeatedly. Several threats to kill. Flatulence. More. [Eph. 5:4] Indeed, Eph. 5:4 regarding "obscenity" and "coarse joking" is applicable to nearly every behavior demonstrated in the film.
Sexual Immorality (S)
To even summarize the sexually immoral content of this film would take a page or two. I will try to condense it to a workable length as I have done in the rest of the investigation area discussions. Dressing to maximize the human form and/or skin exposure ... repeatedly. Anatomical vulgarities. Nudity. The finger sucking with the finger appearing to have an "erection" noted above. A man and a woman in bed making out. After-intercouse imagery. Anatomical exaggerations. More. Much more. [Prov. 30:20, Mark 7:21, Rev. 21:8, Gal. 5:19, 1Ths. 4:1-5, 1 John 2:26, Hebr. 13:4, Jude 1:4, 1Cor. 6:9-10, 1Cor. 6:18, many more]
Booze. Smoking. Drinking and chugging. Drunkenness. All are present. Repeatedly, except smoking which was noted only once. The drinking and drunkenness are of significant danger in this film suggested by the MPAA as being fit for the middle school age stratum. A study by the American College of Physicians (ACP) revealed that adolescent exposure to drinking and smoking in entertainment leads to an undeniable increase in alcohol abuse 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% were under fourteen years old) only 16% were completely restricted from viewing R-rated movies.
The study selected R-rated movies because the study claimed 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 not only by this ministry but Harvard University School of Public Health scientists though Harvard's finding was made a full four years after ours. Whether a movie is rated R, the focus is the influence of adolescent exposure to drinking (and smoking) in and as entertainment regardless of the MPAA classification. Besides, Epic Movie is fully equivalent to most R-rated films and contains more cavalier drinking and drunkenness than most of the R-rated films we have analyzed.
Within the ACP study population, the prevalence of having tried alcohol without parental knowledge was
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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)
Christian Educators Association International
|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.|
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