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(2010), PG-13 [Lite PG-13*] (1hr 40.5min)

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April 6, 2011
April 7, 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), PG-13 [Lite PG-13*] ... clearly R-equivalent in Impudence/Hate which includes profanity

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): River Road Entertainment, Participant Media, Imagenation Abu Dhabi FZ, Zucker Productions, Weed Road Pictures, Hypnotic, Fair Game Productions
Distribution (US): Summit Entertainment
Director(s): Doug Liman
Producer(s): Mohamed Khalaf Al-Mazrouei, Dave Bartis, Bill Pohlad, David Sigal, Mari-Jo Winkler, Kim H. Winther, Janet Zucker, Jerry Zucker, Jez Butterworth, Gerry Robert Byrne, Kerry Foster, Sean Gesell, Akiva Goldsman, Anadil Hossain, Doug Liman, Bill Pohlad
Writing Credits: (Screenplay) Jez Butterworth, John-Henry Butterworth, (book "The Politics of Truth") Joseph Wilson, (book "Fair Game") Valerie Plame
Cinematography/Camera: Doug Liman
Music: John Powell
Film Editing: Christopher Tellefsen
Casting: Joseph Middleton
Production Design: Jess Gonchor
Art Direction: Kevin Bird
Viewed on Summit Entertainment DVD

Fair Game is a perfect example of the position of the CAP Ministry that advises if the content of a movie earns a R-equivalent score in even one of the six investigation areas (W, I, S, D, O, M) the entire film should be considered R-equivalent since no one can watch only the G-equivalent or the PG-equivalent content without seeing (or hearing) the R-equivalent content as well.

The content of Fair Game earned a final score of 65 making it equivalent to the PG-13 films in the comparative baseline database. The PG-13 equivalent final score is because of G-equivalence in Sexual Immorality and Murder/Suicide, to PG-equivalence in Wanton Violence/Crime and Offense to God. However, Fair Game it is clearly R-equivalent in Impudence/Hate which includes profanity and in Drugs/Alcohol which are the reasons for the R-equivalent score. Impudence/Hate found 19 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary plus two uses of the most foul of the foul words. Drugs/Alcohol found drinking, smoking, drunkenness plus bars.

Naomi Watts and Sean Penn star as the husband-and-wife CIA agent Valerie [Plame] Wilson and Ambassador Joe Wilson. The DVD cover claims the movie is inspired by true events so one must conclude there is some fact behind this film. At the end of the show is file footage of the real Valerie Wilson submitting to a committee.

Valerie was dispatched to perform covert operations surrounding Saddam Hussein's development of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction. The film uses a standard spy flick formula which we have all seen. Even the script calls on our memories of "007." Literally.

Valerie's husband, Ambassador Wilson is drawn into the melee based upon her recommendation. Ambassador Wilson ends up questioning the reasons for the U.S. war on Iraq and writes a newspaper column launching his challenge. For whatever reason, Valerie's undercover spy status is leaked by the Whitehouse, apparently as a function of Ambassador Wilson's newspaper article. This caused danger and vulnerability to all her contacts which were dropping like flies under the bullets of assassins. The leak also left Valerie's life in shambles and in danger. She started receiving daily death threats and threats on her house and her children Samantha (Ashley Gerasimovich) and Trevor (Quinn Broggy). Now the war in focus has shifted from the war on Iraq to the war between the Wilsons and the Whitehouse.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 73 out of 100
The most intense violence content in this film is repeated images of inner city bombings and danger to the civil population, including children. Other items of violence include threats to do harm and assaults.

Impudence/Hate (I) - 17 out of 100
Nineteen times someone utters some form of the three/four letter word vocabulary plus two uses of the most foul of the foul words. [Col. 3:8] Other than the profanity, the lying and excusing of lies were all that caused point loss in this investigation area. But there was enough of these two matters to reduce the original 100 points to 42 making the content applicable to this investigation area R-equivalent.

Sexual Immorality (S) - 87 out of 100
No nudity or intercourse at all which is quite atypical of PG-13 movies. The only content associated with sexually immoral behavior were the rude gaze, the booty call, the sex talk and the anatomical reference. This investigation area could find only enough applicable content to be G-equivalent in this investigation area.

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 40 out of 100
Smoking, drinking. booze and drunkenness. Familiar friends of PG-13. This investigation area found content to be equivalent to the typical PG-13. But that is bad enough because it is viewable by 13 year olds. So sayeth the American College of Physicians.

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 viewers. 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 in their entertainment diets. 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. [Eph 5:18

Offense to God (O) - 70 out of 100
God's name was abused seven times. One of them with the four letter expletive. God is not happy at all with such behavior. [Deut. 5:11] There were, however, no instances of witchcraft, sorcery, occultism or the like.

Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
No one was murdered nor did anyone commit suicide.


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  • Col. 3:8 But now ye also put off [apotithemi: rid yourself of, cast off, put away] 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.
  • 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?
  • 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.)

    Fair Game (2010) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 73 out of 100
  • physical assault, repeatedly
  • threat to do harm of relatives, coercion
  • images of civil unrest, terror and warfare amid civil population, including children, repeatedly
  • phone threat

    Impudence/Hate (I) - 17 out of 100
  • 11 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • two uses of the most foul of the foul words
  • lies, repeatedly
  • excusing lying "for the greater good"

    Sexual Immorality (S) - 87 out of 100
  • rude gaze
  • sex talk
  • booty call
  • anatomical reference

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 40 out of 100
  • bar
  • booze, repeatedly
  • drinking, repeatedly
  • smoking, repeatedly
  • drunkenness

    Offense to God (O) - 70 out of 100
  • seven uses of God's name in vain, once with the four letter expletive

    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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