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(2011), PG-13 [Hard R-13*] (1hr 44min)

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October 17, 2011
October 17, 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), PG-13 [Hard R-13*] -- There is no human nudity in this film but...

Production (US): Warner Brothers, De Line Pictures
Distribution (US): Warner Brothers Home Video
Director(s): Martin Campbell, Greg Berlanti
Producer(s): Donald De Line, Herbert W. Gains, Andrew Haas, Luceinne Papon, Geoff Johns
Based on DC Comics characters
Screenplay by: Greg Berlanti, Michael Green, Marc Guggenheim, Michael Goldenberg
Screen Story by: Greg Berlanti, Michael Green, Marc Guggenheim
Cinematography/Camera: Dion Beebe
Music: James Newton Howard
Film Editing: Stuart Baird
Casting: Pam Mickelsen
Production Design: Grant Major
Viewed on Warner Brothers Home Video DVD

Apparently true to the DC comics fame by the same title is this 2011 transposition of the comic book Green Lantern™ characters to the big screen.

From the planet Oa, the immortal Guardians of the Universe have harnessed the most powerful force in the Universe - the emerald energy of willpower. The Guardians sent a ring of power to 3,600 sectors of the Universe. Each ring enables the holder to use will power to defeat evil. Each ring had to locate one without fear. This group of beings the rings selected form the intergalactic peacekeepers known as the Green Lantern Corps.

The Corps has one formidable enemy - the Parallax (voice of Clancy Brown). The Parallax, a corrupted Green Lantern, is raw fear which feeds on fear. Only the mastery of will by Abin Sur )Tamuera Morrison) was able to imprison Parallax on the lost planet of Ryut. After a mortal battle with the escaped Parallax, Abin Sur crashed on the Earth. Before dying Abin Sur and sent his ring out to find another fearless one to replace him. The ring located its new host in Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds), an Air Force test pilot. From a test pilot to a super hero, Jordan must now spend his life protecting the world.

Due to content, Green Lantern (2011) earned a final score of 28 out of 100. R-rated films in the developmental comparative baseline database earned scores of 54 and below out of 100. The math is simple. Green Lantern (2011) earned a score equivalent to scores earned by R-rated films. Indeed, all six CAP content investigation areas (W, I, S, D, O and M - see the Findings/Scoring section) earned area scores equivalent to R-rated films. And as with so many other films, the R-equivalence is not due to individual examples of extreme assault on morality and wholesome ethics but is due to so many of them to make the magnitude of the content equivalent to the content of many R-rated films. See our CAP Rule of 1000 publication for more information on this technique of loading the content of films. Green Lantern (2011) is truly another R-13 film.


Following are brief discussions of the content per individual content investigation area. As always the Findings section of this report is the best source for discovering the full accounting of the content of this film.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - Zero out of 100
The majority of the violence in this film came through repeated presentations of action violence of varying intensities. Some "human" violence is presented in driving without consideration of others, vehicular reckless endangerment, jet plane crash with a death, alien wound gore and evil behaviors. As always, the listing in the Findings section is the best way to learn of the violence content.

Because of the intensity of the violence I feel it warranted to remind us all of God's admonition against violence. More than 50 times from Genesis to Revelation God warns us of the dangers of embracing violence. My favorite verse of this is Proverb 16:29 where God warns of the "catching" and leading properties of violence. And hundreds of years after God provided us with His Wisdom man has plagiarized God's Word by four professional public health agencies jointly publishing their findings regarding violence in and as entertainment. The aggencies warn, among other things, that viewing violence, especially by the young, can lead to real life violence and can lead the observer to feel that violence is an acceptable means of settling conflict.

Impudence/Hate (I) - 39 out of 100
Someone utters some form of profanity 14 times in the 104 minutes of this film. [Col. 3:8, Eph. 4:29] None of them are the most foul of the foul words. Other social snippets of impudence freckle the script. One order to kill by an alien and one episode of alien invasive procedures on a human fall outside of "social snippets" but are matters of impudence and/or hate nonetheless.

Sexual Immorality (S) - 46 out of 100
There is no human nudity in this film but there is a smattering of alien nudity. Since the alien in question is of humanoid stature its nudity is the same. And since God speaks darkly of "nakedness" 47 times from Genesis to Revelation (KJV) [**], nudity in and as entertainment is not acceptable.

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 42 out of 100
This is a PG-13 so there is booze, bars, drinking and other matters of drugs/alcohol in it.

Offense to God (O) - Zero out of 100
God's name is abused ten times, two of them with the four letter expletive. God is longsuffering but harsh on abusers of His name. [Deut. 5:11] So much so that s/he who abuses His name will not go unpunished. Eventually. Unless forgiven, of course.

Murder/Suicide (M) - 39 out of 100
Portrayal of alien murders of humans is thick.



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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 "fantasy" 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 the 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. Their findings include:
    --> Children who see a lot of violence are more likely to view violence as an effective way of settling conflicts. Children exposed to violence are more likely to assume the acts of violence are acceptable behavior.
    --> Viewing violence can lead to emotional desensitization towards violence in real life. It can decease the likelihood that one will take action on behalf of a victim when violence occurs.
    --> Entertainment violence feeds a perception that the world is a violent and mean place. Viewing violence increases fear of becoming a victim of violence, with a resultant increase in self-protective behavior and a mistrust of others.
    --> Viewing violence may lead to real life violence. Children exposed to violent programming at a young age have a higher tendency for violent and aggressive behavior later in life than children who are not so exposed.
    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. 4:29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
    ** "Nakedness" (display of nudity) is spoken of as dark, restricted, undesirable, shameful, etc. 47 times in the KJV from Genesis to Revelation. For example, Ezek. 16:36 "Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thy filthiness was poured out, and thy nakedness discovered through thy whoredoms with thy lovers,..." thus associating display of nakedness with ill repute. What makes display of nudity okay in entertainment/art if it is not okay in flesh? God even advised the priests not to climb the steps to the altar lest the wind expose their nudity to the people below in Exodus 20:26 "Neither shalt thou go up by steps unto mine altar, that thy nakedness be not discovered thereon." The display of nakedness, even accidental (preventable) or the tease of it is not good in God's eyes.
  • 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 in slang or profanity. With or without the four letter expletive, the use of God's name in any way other than respect, reverence or responsible discussion and in praise and prayer 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" or It's just words" or "I was acting" will not work with Him. Nor will "Everybody says that" excuse the sin of using His name in vain. If everyone on the planet who has ever drawn a breath used His name in vain, it would still be a sin to do so. If no one ever did, it would still be a sin to do so. Whether we believe it or not. Whether we like it or not. Whether we care or not.]

    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 when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend what is vile, embrace it, enjoy it, want it, submit to it.]
  • 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.)

    Green Lantern (2011) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - Zero out of 100
  • action violence of varying intensities, frequent
  • driving without consideration of the safety or property of others
  • reckless endangerment
  • jet crash with death of pilot by incineration in front of son
  • rude driving
  • spaceship crash debris with injured pilot
  • abduction by alien force
  • death
  • alien wound gore, repeatedly
  • alien surgical gore
  • beating
  • vengeance assault, twice
  • destruction of in-flight helicopter to kill occupants
  • shape-changing with screaming pain
  • threat to kill with forced injection

    Impudence/Hate (I) - 39 out of 100
  • 14 uses of profanity
  • name-calling to ease one's own guilt
  • alien invasive procedures on human
  • nepotism
  • rude hand gesture
  • order to kill

    Sexual Immorality (S) - 46 out of 100
  • man and woman in bed unmarried, she apparently nude
  • adult in underwear, repeatedly
  • cohabitation
  • body nudity, repeatedly
  • intercourse innuendo
  • female humanoid nudity
  • excessive breast exposure
  • dressing to maximize the human form - male, throughout
  • comment of admission of sexually immoral behavior

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 42 out of 100
  • pack of cigarettes on nightstand
  • bar
  • booze, repeatedly
  • drinking, repeatedly
  • "Get a drink"
  • guzzling
  • "I need a drink"
  • forced injection to control

    Offense to God (O) - Zero out of 100
  • 11 abuses of God's name, two of them with the four letter expletive
  • levitation, repeatedly
  • evil being, frequent
  • claim of immortality, repeatedly
  • telepathy, repeatedly
  • fantasy powers, frequent
  • physical deformation of human by alien possession

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 39 out of 100
  • murder of multiple characters by fantasy power, repeatedly
  • murder of father by son using flame
  • scene of mayhem and multiple murders of humans by fantasy power

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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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