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(2007), PG [Lite PG*] (1hr 47min)
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(While the Scriptural references are certainly not subjective, my commentary may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)
Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Walt Disney Pictures, Mayhem Pictures, Sandman Studios
Distribution (US): Buena Vista Pictures, Walt Disney Pictures
Director(s): Andy Fickman
Producer(s): Mark Ciardi, Gordon Gray, Richard Luke Rothschild
Screenplay by: Nichole Millard, Kathryn Price
Story: Nichole Millard, Kathryn Price, Audrey Wells
Cinematography/Camera: Greg Gardiner
Music: Nathan Wang
Film Editing: Michael Jablow
Casting: Sheila Jaffe
Production Design: David J. Bomba
Art Direction: John R. Jensen
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6
The Scorpion King gives us a little rendition of Elvis and performs ballet in this this delightful and (except for a few issues) family-friendly flick about a little girl, Peyton Kelly (Madison Pettis) who appears on the doorstep of he whom she claims to be her father after her divorced mother, Sara Kelly (voice of Kathryn Fiore) died 6 months ago. Since then, Peyton has been in the care of Aunt Karen (Paige Turco), Sara's sister.
The doorstep is that of rich and conceited Joe Kingman (Dwane "The Rock" Johnson), quarterback for the Boston Rebels, the King of QBs. Joe is the ex of Peyton's mother.
One day, as Joe wallows in single opulence, in an apartment littered with pictures, videos and posters of himself, Larry the doorman (Jackie Flynn) announces to Joe a cute girl is here to see him. Larry did not mention the cute girl was 8 years old. As Joe opens his door there stands Peyton, his 8 year old daughter. Joe's name is on Peyton's birth certificate. Other matters of his identity as Peyton's biological father surface such as photos of Sara and Peyton together. After a string of denials and counter arguments, Joe finally accepts Peyton is his daughter.
How is Joe to now continue his career as the #1 QB in America? That is what the rest of the story is about. Since this analysis is being posted on opening weekend (for a change) I will not go into the story and plot in as much detail as I usually do. Let me now share with you our findings regarding the content of The Game Plan.
With a final score of 85 The Game Plan did indeed earn a score equivalent to the PG films in our comparative baseline database. In fact, it is a "lite" PG. The PG scoring range earned by PG movies is 87 to 67 out of 100. But that does not guarantee it is "clean." As is almost always the case with modern movies mom/dad might have reason to fidget or squirm when watching this film with the kids. It is after all a PG film. Some content might be of alert to parents such as the content under Sexual Immorality. Please inspect this report thoroughly before you decide whether it is fit.
Remember folks, we do not decide for you as does the MPAA what is fit for your family. We simply tell you about the content so you might be in a better position to make an informed moral decision on your own for what age stratum this film is fit -- by your own standards without being a morality slave to the standards of the MPAA, advertisers, trailers, previews, promoters, etc. Also remember that the following discussions by investigation area summarize the findings noted. Please rely on the listings in the Findings/Scoring section for the most complete representation of the content of this film.
Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
While not nearly as violent or criminal as much of the works of Hollywood, there are a few of what might be best described as "lesser" issues (see CAP Rule of 1000): reckless driving; face slaps; individualized episodes of football violence. [1Tim. 2:2, Rom. 12:18]
While there was not one instance of profanity noted, several other matters of impudent and/or hateful demonstrations caused the loss of about one fourth of the starting 100 points in this investigation area: lies [Rev. 21:8]; child extorting the father [Exod. 20:12]; parent-child argument [Eph. 6:4, Prov. 15:1]; flatulence [Eph. 5:4]; ugly custody argumentation.
Sexual Immorality (S)
If you think a shirtless male is not a "sexual" image, take note of even the most amoral entity in Creation, Hollywood. One film had a wife in the family kitchen say to her bare-chested husband to put on a shirt else her female guest "would never be satisfied with another man." And even in this week's Sydney White a female character comments about a male being not that appealing until he takes off his shirt. Just today (9/30/07) on Hanna Montana Roxie made lustful reference to "when he takes his shirt off." So, I will tell you of such displays (plus a couple other matters of sexually-oriented "innocuity"), just so you might be in a better position to decide for yourself.
Though not likely to be captured as "sexual" by the target audience, the imagery and concept are planted by things such as a male bouncing his breasts to communicate to a woman, a man in a tub and in a towel only, ghosting of female anatomy though tight clothing, seemingly innocent inappropriate touch, a large helping of excessive cleavage and a few other examples of what might seem to be innocuous such as the use of camera angle to draw attention to the privates, excessive cleavage, pelvic thrusts and workout close-ups. [Phil. 4:8, Matt. 5:8] Just because Hollywood and commercial advertisements have made a man (or woman) in a tub as routine as tooth brushing, what do you think most fathers would do if the public school had a man in a tub in front of the 4th grade class? [Ps. 12:8] Well!? Its public isn't it?
And portraying a little girl in a men's locker room, twice, is not a good signal at all. I doubt you would want your 8 year old daughter to be in the high school boys locker room filled with boys for any reason. It's all a matter of the popular desire to get away with doing something wrong.
In this film, there are parties portrayed with drinking. One might think that is what people do at parties. Well, so will your little ones. That makes this matter a big deal. And I will make it a big deal with the following.
The American College of Physicians (ACP) has found that exposure to booze and drinking in and as entertainment emboldens the viewer, in particular the middle school age stratum, the PG and PG-13 crowd, to challenge and experiment with alcohol.
Though the ACP study used R-rated films since it was believed R-rated films contained the most drinking, the focus is on the influence of exposure to alcohol in and as entertainment regardless of the film rating. Besides, the ACP researchers were not aware of R-13 which defeats the assumption that R-rated films present the most drinking and drunkenness. A finding by Harvard University agreed with our R-13 finding, four years after our finding. As a sidebar note, consider this, too. Though there was no smoking noted in The Game Plan, the MPAA is apparently going to consider all films with smoking in them as R-rated, clearly announcing without trying that smoking in and as entertainment is indeed a negative influence. If so, why not make R-rated any films which present booze and/or drinking and/or drunkenness? [Eph. 5:18] We incorporated smoking into a film's scoring distribution long before the MPAA. Even other film rating websites have plagiarized our methodology. Might that imply others are following our lead? That we are doing something right?
Within the ACP study population of 4544 middle school students (90% were under fourteen years old), the prevalence of having tried alcohol without parental knowledge was
Rather revealing of the influences of the entertainment industry wouldn't you say? And emboldening children to sin with drink in and as entertainment screams of violating Luke 17:2.
I can add to the ACP study that reveals films which present drinking and drunkenness contribute to underage alcohol abuse. I submit that it is not so much the presence of alcohol in films or the rating of the film(s) that embolden youth to abuse it, but is rather the attitude portrayed: the attitude of freedom from authority, freedom from accountability and freedom from consequences. PG-13 and R-rated films, even lesser rated films, are typically heavy with attitude. Our report on this, ATTITUDE: In Perspective -- Investigation Area Scoring and Trend in CAP Entertainment Industry Investigations, Special Report-001 may provide more understanding of the point.
End of "sermon."
Offense to God (O)
The only instance noted as applicable to this investigation area was the divorce. God's hates divorce. Though He provides for it in cases of a spouse being sexually unfaithful, He hates it. [Mal. 2:16, Matt. 5:32]
No murders or suicides were noted.
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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)
|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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