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(2011), G [Strong PG-G*] (1hr 16.25 min)

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May 29, 2011
May 30, 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.

(2011), G [Strong PG-G*] ... Animated or not, plaster statue or not, it was nudity...

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Touchstone Pictures, Rocket Pictures, Miramax Films, Starz Animation
Distribution (US): Touchstone/DreamWorks
Director(s): Kelly Asbury
Producer(s): Elton John, Baker Bloodworth, Steve Hamilton Shaw, David Furnish, Igor Khait
Story by: Rob Sprackling, John Smith, Andy Riley, Kevin Cecil, Kelly Asbury, Steve Hamilton Shaw
Screenplay by: Andy Riley, Kevin Cecil, Mark Burton, Emily Cook, Kathy Greenberg, Steve Hamilton Shaw, Kelly Asbury
Music: Elton John, Bernie Taupin
Score: James Newton Howard, Chris bacon
Film Editing: Catherine Apple
Casting: Gail Stevens
Production Design: Karen deJong
Art Direction: Karen deJong
Viewed on Touchstone/DreamWorks Home Entertainment DVD

Why would a filmmaker put full rear male nudity in a kid's film ... unless it is Sir Elton John, self-professed homosexual practitioner? He is executive producer and the nudity would not be there if he did not approve it. And it is written by Disney. Animated or not, plaster statue or not, it was nudity of human features. And why would the MPAA slap a G rating on it ... unless they are afraid of saying anything? It does seem odd that against the "rules" of tradition the most of the plethora of innuendo seem to be about the male entity.

Gnomeo & Juliet is not what has been traditionally G safe material. Let's see what the numbers say. I suspect, mom/dad, if this movie made you feel uncomfortable, it should.

Well, the numbers are not as brutal as I had hoped ... er ... expected, but Gnomeo & Juliet is truly not G safe. It earned a final score of 61 out of 100, placing it squarely in the scoring range earned by PG films in the comparative baseline database (55 to 67 out of 100). And after analysis of nearly 1400 films and after proving what Harvard University proved a full four years before them, I suspect the CAP Analysis Model has earned a measure of credibility.

Gnomeo and Juliet is a rather odd portrayal of the Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet but it is the same old story with a few changes to protect the ... er ... something. It is so similar to the original Romeo and Juliet that to provide a summary/commentary of the story and plot would be redundant. Suffice it to say the Montagues and the Capulets are still at war but in a modern setting. Gnomeo (voice of James McAvoy) and Juliet (voice of Emily Blunt) find a way to defeat the bullies and the rivalry to smoother themselves in love with out killing themselves.

About the "modern setting", it is "modern" in more ways than one. It is now more clear than ever that the creeping content syndrome is infecting the content of G-rated films as well. G-rated films in the comparative baseline database earned final scores of 100 to 87 out of 100. This "G" earned a 61 out of 100 using the very same analysis model, the same investigation standards, the same equations and the same operating procedures as were used on Gnomeo & Juliet.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 30 out of 100
Violence in this rendition of the age old story appears mostly as action violence in rather rough competition and rivalry. Trespassing and stealth to do sabotage freckle the landscape of the story. While the story also portrays the deaths of two of the lead characters, the story later re-assembles one of them and discovers the other not to have been killed after all. Assault, an animal attack and a fight top off the violence content.

The loss of points to violence was quite significant. God has many things to say about violence and none of them are good. Indeed, He speaks of violence darkly 56 times from Genesis to revelation. Whether animated or live action, violence is violence and God warns that it is "catching" and has a tendency to lead one into "that way that is not good." [Prov. 16:29]

Impudence/Hate (I) - 39 out of 100
There is one use of profanity and one use of disguised profanity. The biggest problem with the moral standards demonstrated is the lying. Repeatedly. Name calling and vehicular rudeness added to the reduction of points.

Lying is a terrible practice. Lying can cause some horrible consequences and so much pain. God is adamant about lying. So much so that He warns that the [unforgiven] liar will not make it to Heaven. [Rev. 21:8]

Sexual Immorality (S) - 21 out of 100
Beyond any shadow of doubt the filmmakers included full rear male nudity intentionally. Be it animated character nudity, it is still nudity. For the short 87.25 minutes of programming the numerous instances of rear male nudity plus numerous innuendo about male-specific anatomy, female figure and more, the sexual content of this film is equivalent to that of some R-rated films, not in invasiveness of any one or more specific examples of sexual content but in the magnitude of the so many examples (See our CAP Rule of 1000 for more information on the technique of loading a film with tons of "lesser" assaults on morality and decency to achieve the same effect as a film with fewer but more extreme and bold examples.) It is hard to believe this "kid's film" is equivalent to some R-rated features in Sexual Immorality (S) but the numbers don't lie. In one instance, the viewer had to be familiar with the R-rated American Beauty to understand the inference of the scene.

God did not put us here to be servant to our sexual fantasies and drives but to live a holy life. [1 Ths. 4:7] Indeed, if God even advised the priests to not climb the steps to an altar [Ex. 20:26] lest the wind expose their nudity to the crowd below, what make it okay to display it in and as entertainment?

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 100 out of 100
There were no instances of illegal drug possession, consumption or sales, no prescription drug abuse and no tobacco use found.

Offense to God (O) - 78 out of 100
The greatest offense noted applicable to this investigation area were the repeated lusting for vengeance/revenge. [Rom. 12:19]

Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
No murders or suicides were noted in the entire 76.25 minutes of programming.


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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" the violence might seem, and its "leading" effect on the observer. "A violent man" can be any character of any age, any gender, human or not in the act of committing (demonstrating in the case of entertainment) 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 community 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.]
  • Rev. 21:8 But the [unforgiven] fearful [deilos {di-los'}; timid, cowardly], and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers [sexually immoral], and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
  • 1 Ths. 4:7 For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life.
  • Ex. 20:26 Neither shalt thou go up by steps unto mine altar, that thy nakedness be not discovered thereon.
  • Rom. 12:19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.

    ***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.]


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    (The objective heart of the CAP Analysis Model, independent of and insulated from the Summary / Commentary section.)

    Gnomeo and Juliet (2011) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 30 out of 100
  • talk of blood
  • rough competition
  • trespassing, repeatedly
  • stealth to do sabotage
  • action violence, repeatedly
  • assault
  • character death, two (one mistaken and another later re-assembled)
  • animal attack
  • fight
  • talk of death and two suicides (Shakespeare character telling the original story abbreviated)

    Impudence/Hate (I) - 39 out of 100
  • one use of profanity
  • name calling, repeatedly
  • vehicular rudeness
  • disguised profanity
  • instruction to lie
  • urination
  • lies, repeatedly
  • deception of father

    Sexual Immorality (S) - 21 out of 100
  • revealing outfit exposing all but gender-specific privates, repeatedly
  • female form parlance: "Nice junk in the trunk"
  • innuendo "Tulips look limp"
  • innuendo "Is his ... big and pointy?"
  • self touching - rubbing buttocks
  • use of female-specific underwear as a prop
  • innuendo re: male anatomy
  • attention to posterior, repeatedly
  • satire of sex scene from American Beauty
  • rear male nudity, repeatedly
  • form-fitting clothing on animated human

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

    Offense to God (O) - 78 out of 100
  • seeking revenge/vengeance, repeatedly
  • divorce

    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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