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(2009), PG [PG*] (1hr 23min)

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December 28, 2009
December 29, 2009

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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.

(2009), PG [PG*] ...

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Jerry Bruckheimer Films, Walt Disney Pictures, Whamaphram Productions
Distribution (US): Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
Director(s): Hoyt Yeatman
Producer(s): Todd Arnow, Jerry Bruckheimer, Duncan Henderson, David P.I. James, Chad Oman, Terry Rossio, Mike Stenson
Screenplay: Cormac Wibberley, Marianne Wibberley
Cinematography/Camera: Bojan Bazelli
Music: Trevor Rabin
Film Editing: Mark Goldblatt, Jason Hellmann
Casting: Ronna Kress
Production Design: Deborah Evans
Art Direction: Ramsey Avery, Daniel R. Jennings
Viewed at: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment DVD

This analysis is sponsored by the generosity of E&HP.

Finally! A film rated PG by the Motion Picture Association of American (MPAA) that earned a PG-equivalent CAP final score of 79. A score of 79 places G-Force squarely in the middle of the range of scores earned by PG-rated films (68 to 86 out of 100) in the comparative baseline database. And a delightful little romp it is into a child's version of the dark and sinister world of corporate espionage and homeland terrorism. But don't get a warm-n-fuzzy feeling for the content of G-Force yet. It is, after all, rated PG which means the MPAA thinks there is something in it that may not be suitable for children. Like all rodents this cute little furball of entertainment has teeth. Find out below why G-Force earned a final score of less than 100 and why it earned a red CAPCon Alert light.

A rich bad guy named Leonard Saber (Bill Nighy), a former arms dealer now CEO of Saberling Industries in league with Yanshu, a cloak-and-dagger cohort in the unfolding deed of evil, developed a microchip with possible military applications code named Clusterstorm. The nasty little chip is capable of converting household appliances into warring monsters (shades of Transformers!). Saber is suspected of selling the vicious little chip to the Far East so the FBI is quite interested in getting to know Saber very well but is hindered by red tape, procedure and protocol.

Saber installed the monster chips into every Saberling consumer electronics device made. A program called Sabersense is ready to activate all the Clusterstorm chips, setting against mankind all chip-equipped household appliances from coffee makers to refrigerators worldwide. The world is saturated with Saberling devices. Is that odious of the sinister goal of Saber? Hint: mankind has for years tried to exterminate Yanshu (which translated means moles).

Dr. Ben Kendall (Zach Galifianakis) has been quietly building the G-Force to tackle such cases. The G-Force is a group of three highly trained and genetically engineered Guinea pigs and one Mole capable of scurrying into places human agents could not go. That is what the G-Force must now do -- scurry into Saber's home to locate and download all computer files related to Clusterstorm. So, under the direction of Ben and his assistant Marcie (Kelly Garner) the G-Force: Darwin (voice of Sam Rockwell); Speckles (voice of Nicolas Cage); Juarez (voice of Penélope Cruz); Blaster (voice of Tracey Morgan) with the help of Mooch the electronic spy fly that could spell and later Hurley (Jon Favreau), invade the home of Saber to download all files related to Clusterstorm. Inserted into an effective support role is the uniquely identifiable voice talents of Steve Buscemi as Bucky, the one quarter ferret hamster.

Once the files are obtained the G-Force proceed to thwart the dastardly plans of Saber with all the perils of corporate espionage and threats to homeland security imaginable.

Attention to detail is incredible in this animation film of personified animals and intelligent insects. Even the roaches not only looked as real as possible but acted like roaches from the jerky zero-to-full speed movements to their wing flickers.

The story and plot is in some ways complex. So I will move on to the main purpose of this service, on to why parents and grandparents, ministers and pastors, youth leaders and more come to our pages: to reveal the truth about the content so they might be in a better position to make an informed moral decision whether a film is fit.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 64 out of 100
Most of the violence and/or crime content can be described as slapstick violence with an attitude and keystone cops crime. At times the slapstick becomes somewhat graphic. Most of the violence is presented in action violence sequences. One in particular instance involves heavy vehicular destruction with reckless endangerment. Another sequence of violence involves a sparkling house-tall monster made up of gathered household appliances trying to wreak havoc. Criminal content is seemingly innocuous breaking of the law such as "justified" theft and breaking and entering to circumvent legal means.

As with many films of nowadays, the violence content does not so much involve a few individual examples of extreme or pushing-the-envelope graphic violence but involves so many instances of the "lesser" kind of violence to pump up the "feeling" of violence to get the same effect as more extreme violence without being extreme. For more information about this relatively new technique of loading or weighing the content of film, see our CAP Rule of 1000 publication.

Whatever the form or extent of violence, God advises that we avoid feeding our minds with it. [Prov. 16:29]

Impudence/Hate (I) - 40 out of 100
Profanity is used only once in this 83-minute film but the four letter euphemism of the human posterior is used six times [Col. 3:8, Ps. 12:8, Eph. 5:4]. Other matters causing loss of points from the starting 100 points in this investigation area include: a child demonstrating the Toy Story™ "Sid" mentality; flatulence; igniting flatulence; lies; vendetta. This investigation area score of 40 is why the film earned a red CAPCon Alert light. Any film which earns a score of 54 or less in any investigation area earns a red CAPCon Alert light. Even if the film earned investigation area scores of 100 in each of five investigation areas, if it earned an investigation area score of 54 or less in any one investigation area it earns a red CAPCon Alert light. See our CAPCon Alerts page for more information.

Sexual Immorality (S) - 80 out of 100
The only matters related to sexually immoral behaviors and/or imagery were items of crude humor about sex acts and/or human anatomy, a skit about immoral sex causing a hamster to be part ferret and a reference in the film to a pornographic TV program with which the viewer of this clearly "kids' show" must be familiar for any supposedly humorous connection to be made [again Eph. 5:4].

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 100 out of 100
There were no instances of the presence, possession or consumption of illegal drugs, no instances of the presence, possession of consumption of alcoholic beverages or tobacco products and no instances of abuse of prescription drugs.

Offense to God (O) - 88 out of 100
God's name was, of course abused three times in this film though none were with the four letter expletive. To human understanding, that there were no four letter expletives attached to the abuses of God's name makes the expression "acceptable," God is not nearly as lenient about it, not even in the three-syllable sentence with His name trailing it. [Deut. 5:11] And twice Blaster called someone a "fool." While "Mr. T" of A Team™ fame and others have desensitized the world regarding calling others "fool", God is still as adamant about it as ever. [Matt. 5:22]

Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
While there are a number of attempts to murder personified story characters none were successful. All attempts to murder, death by acts of war or police action and attempts at suicide are not incorporated into this investigation area but are incorporated into the Wanton Violence/Crime investigation area.


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  • Prov. 16:29 A violent man enticeth his neighbour, and leadeth him into the way that is not good. [The issue is the violence, the 'way that is not good' no matter how "small" or "justified" it might seem, and its effect on the observer. "A violent man" can be any character(s) of any age, male, female or non-human in the act of demonstrating violent behavior/action whether for good or evil OR the violent behaviors/actions themselves. Such exposure can and does embolden the viewer into aggression, especially youth. It took years for American professional health agencies to finally affirm, probably without knowing it, that which God told us in 1 Cor. 15:33 below. See also Joint Statement on the Impact of Entertainment Violence on Children: Congressional Public Health Summit for more information. Further, God speaks darkly of violence 56 times in the Old and New Testament of the KJV.]
  • Col. 3:8 But now ye also put off [rid yourself of] 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. 5:4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. [I call attention to Ps. 12:8 and Eph. 5:4 to warn of the creeping desensitizing power of this sort of "entertainment" and just to let you know that God knows about "vulgar" and "obscene."]
  • 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. So, trying to excuse such expressions with "I was talking TO God/Jesus when I said that" will not work with Him.]
  • Matt. 5:22 But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment [krisis: accusation, trial]: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca [senseless, empty headed: a term of reproach among Jews at the time of Christ], shall be in danger of the council [any session or assembly or people deliberating or adjudicating]: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool [moros: impious, godless], shall be in danger of hell fire.

    ***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.)

    G-Force (2009) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 64 out of 100
  • assault for personal gain
  • breaking and entering to spy
  • action violence, repeatedly of varying intensity
  • role model characters taking risks in traffic
  • "justified" attempted theft

    Impudence/Hate (I) - 40 out of 100
  • one use of profanity with six crude euphemisms of human posterior
  • crude references to defecation
  • flatulence, repeatedly and igniting flatulence
  • child abusive to animals and emulative of Toy Story's™ "Sid"
  • lying
  • vendetta

    Sexual Immorality (S) - 80 out of 100
  • crude suggestion of human male anatomy
  • skit about immoral sex causing hamster to be one quarter ferret
  • reference to a pornographic TV show, requiring the observer of this kids' show to have seen it to make any connection
  • crude humor regarding male pants zipper
  • additional crude humor

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 100 out of 100
  • none noted

    Offense to God (O) - 88 out of 100
  • three uses of God's name in vain
  • claim of guinea pigs being closely related to humans
  • two instances of name-calling with "fool"

    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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