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(2006), G [PG*] (1hr 18min)
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Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Dan Krech Productions, IDT Entertainment
Distribution (US): Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation
Director(s): Christopher Reeve, Colin Brady, Dan St. Pierre
Producer(s): Morris Berger, Morris Berger, Stephen R. Brown, Jerry Davis, Janet Healy, Igor Khait, Dana Reeve, Ron Tippe
Screenplay:Robert Kurtz, Jeff Hand
Story: Howard Jonas
Cinematography/Camera: Andy Wang
Music: John Debney
Film Editing: John Bryant
Casting: Mary Hidalgo
Production Management: Christina DeSilva
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6
Just because the MPAA says this film is "child-friendly" by slapping a "G" on it does not make it so. Besides, whether a film is fit for your kids is your call to make, not the MPAA. Nor ours. We just give you some objective tools that you might be in a better position to make an informed moral decision on your own whether an unseen film is fit. We tell you what is there using God's Word as the yardstick, you decide.
In accordance with the trending suggested by the comparative baseline database, the density as well as intensity of matters of violence/crime and impudence/hate in Everyone's Hero are notably more severe than the G-rated films we have grown to know. It is becoming more and more obvious that the MPAA is trying to "lighten up" on the ignominious content permitted in all their film ratings to parallel what they apparently perceive as an increasing moral decay in modern culture. And by this complex socio-sympathetic relationship, whether intentional, a relationship is borne that provides emboldenment for a darker attitude in the viewer ... from the"ground" (childhood) up: from the age stratum most ill-equipped with the least experiential maturity to properly process the more intense influences. By the way, it is not sex, drugs alcohol, violence, etc. in and as entertainment that does the most damage to wholesome ethics and morality. It is rather the attitude in and as entertainment. See ATTITUDE: In Perspective - Investigation Area Scoring and Trend in CAP Entertainment Industry Investigations for more information.
The "lightening up" of the MPAA was first revealed by our R-13 finding in the year 2000. Harvard University scientists have published a finding that agrees with our "R-13" finding but did so four years after we published the "R-13" finding. They used worldly measure. We used God's Word. Imagine that!?
Everyone's Hero contains a lot of violence such as child abduction and a placing a child in very dangerous situations not tolerated in earlier "kid" films but yet garnered a G rating from the MPAA. Not that long ago this film would likely have been rated PG. I suspect this increase in tolerance of abusive content has been going on for quite some time but we have not had the funds to compile our massive data gathered from analysis of more than 1100 films over twelve years to reveal such trends other than for "R-13" films. When we do get the funding to tackle such a likewise massive project, we will publish the findings.
Ten year old Yankee Irving (voice of Jake T. Austin) is accused of stealing Darlin' (voice of Whoopi Goldberg), Babe Ruth's baseball bat. Since Yankee appears to have stolen the bat while his Yankee Stadium janitor father left Yankee in the stadium locker room for a few minutes on his shift, dad was fired with the promise that if dad returns the bat he could have his job back.
Yankee takes his fother's job loss personally and strikes out on his own from New York City to Chicago to chase down Lefty Macginnis (voice of William H. Macy), the Chicago Cubs pitcher whom Yankee suspects took the bat. Macginnis had appeared as a stadium security guard at the locker room cage holding Darlin' when Yankee was in the cage looking at Babe's bat. Macginnis chased Yankee out of the locker room, leaving Macginnis alone in the locker room. That evening the bat was stolen.
Let's take a look at that and another situation for a moment. The Yankees owner assumed Yankee, who was left in the locker room by his dad, stole the bat and Yankee's dad believed the Yankees manager. That is judging by mere appearances. While this is yet another example of entertainment throwing a character child in a pool of "why won't you believe me" dissonance by placing the child in an unbelievable truth situation (which can embolden viewing children to feel animosity toward their parents and other authority), assuming Macginnis stole the bat is also judging by mere appearances. [John 7:24] While we must judge behavior (see Judge Not Lest Ye Be Judged) we must do so righteously and cannot let that which seems to be the truth be the truth without knowing the truth.
Darlin' was Babe's favorite bat. She seemed to hit the ball j-u-s-t right. It seemed to Babe that all he had to do is tell Darlin' where he wanted the ball to go and she made it happen. Darlin' was so special she was never tossed into the bat barrel but had her own cubby in the locker room.
Lefty was losing it as a pitcher and the owner of the Cubs told Macginnis to steal Darlin' to keep it from Babe so the Yankees would lose and Lefty could keep his job as a Cubs pitcher. Gain by such extortion is not only illegal it is sinful. [Ps. 62:10] First Corinthians 6:9 - 10 warn that unforgiven extortioners will not make it to Heaven.
This film has a story to tell and has some nice things to say. But a noble destination does not excuse an ignoble path. The potential exists for the young to mimic undesirable behaviors this film portrays. Such ignobility is questionable as a good role model for anyone's hero. While it is certainly noble of Yankee to want to "clear his father's name", must Yankee do such things as he does to do it?
The following provides a summary of the findings by investigation area.
Wanton Violence/Crime (W) Investigation Area
The content revealed by this investigation area presented the most serious loss of points. Issues of violence/crime included abduction of a 10 year old child; physical threats of a child by an adult; a child, however noble the reason, traveling alone from New York City to Chicago; the same child being trapped in dangerous, life-threatening situations due to disobedience (sneaking out); theft by a child of the possession of another. All these portrayals on the part of the writers and filmmakers as well as story characters may invoke the warning of Matt. 18:10 and Luke 17:2.
Impudence/Hate (I) Investigation Area
The content revealed by this investigation area represents the second largest loss of area points due to matters of lying; adult tantrum; innuendo regarding body functions/exudates; bully tormentings; adolescent assault of adults. [Isa. 13:11, Prov. 8:13]
Sexual Immorality (S) Investigation Area
The only material this investigation area could find of the sexual nature was posterior humor [Eph. 5:4] and excessive cleavage [1 John 2:16, 1 Tim. 2:9].
Drugs/Alcohol (D) Investigation Area
There were no instances of any form of alcoholic beverage, smoking, illegal drugs or abuse of prescription drugs noted.
Offense to God (O) Investigation Area
The instances of judging the guilt of someone based on mere appearances were the only two issues applicable to this investigation area. [John 7:24]
Murder/Suicide (M) Investigation Area
No instances of murder and/or suicide were found.
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***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
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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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