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(2010), PG [R-PG*] (1hr 19min)

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April 30, 2011
May 20, 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 [R-PG*] ... Jack Black is as irritating as ever

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Davis Entertainment, Electric Dynamite
Distribution (US): Fox Home Entertainment
Director(s): Rob Letterman
Producer(s): Jack Black, Mike Bodkin, Ben Cooley, John Davis, Gregory Goodman, Cliff Lanning
Screenplay by: Joe Stillman, Nicholas Stoller
Book: Jonathan Swift
Cinematography/Camera: David Tattersall
Music: Henry Jackman
Film Editing: Alan Edward Bell, Maryann Brandon, Nicolas De Toth, Dean Zimmerman
Casting: Priscilla John, Jeanne McCarthy
Production Design: Gavin Bocquet
Art Direction: Robert Cowper, Phil Harvey, Peter Russel
Viewed on Fox Home Entertainment DVD

With Jack Black at the thespian helm of this film one need not be concerned about the moral caliber of it. Its moral caliber is true to his history in spite of his apparent attempts to cleanse his image by appearing in children's shows such as Yo Gabba Gabba™. But once an actor has displayed a style, visual or spoken, it doesn't go away. Black's performances in films such as Nacho Libre, Shallow Hal and Orange County leave character marks that don't wash off. Black certainly seems to enjoy taking off his shirt, as if it is his trademark to do so. Or maybe he is trying to make crotch shots with his legs in the air his trademark. Or maybe it is pelvic thrusts.

Lemuel Gulliver (Jack Black) is a mail room clerk for the New York Tribune and is a braggart, wanting everyone to think he is more than he is. With one of his lies, Gulliver convinces the Travel Editor, Darcy Silverman (Amanda Peet) to send him on a trip to Bermuda to investigate some new findings about the Bermuda Triangle.

As Gulliver boats to the suspected area he is swept up into a water spout and ends up on the shores of Lilliput. There, he finds all the inhabitants to be about 6 inches tall. The Lilliputians, thinking Gulliver is a monster sent by the Blefuscu kingdom to destroy Lilliput and take it over. After a period in the Lilliputian dungeon, Gulliver single-handedly defeats the entire Blefuscian Armada and finds favor with King Theodore (Billy Connolly), Queen Isabelle (Catherine Tate) and Princess Mary (Emily Blunt). Soon Gulliver becomes the Lilliputian Prosecutor and displaces the disaffected General Edward Eduardian (Chris O'Dowd).

One of the many twists from the original was Gulliver ending up in Brobdingnag where he was a "little people" and captive in a doll house of a young girl.

Part of the typical "humor" of Black's style was him putting out a large Lilliputian fire by urinating on it. And if you like Jack Black without a shirt this film is for you. One more, a Lilliputian is crammed up the anus of a giant. That is the caliber of this production.

Gulliver also has the Lilliputians, who are master builders, build him an opulent house and a replica of Times Square plus a vast opera house where he stages fatuous remakes of popular performers and performances such as Romeo and Juliet and KISS.

Jack Black is as irritating as ever. Almost as irritating as Chris O'Dowd as the self-serving General. Amanda Peet is intensely miscast.

As expected of a Black film, Gulliver's Travels, suitable for any PG audience according to the MPAA, earned a CAP rating much lower than the MPAA gave it. The content of Gulliver's Travels is clearly equivalent to many R-rated features, making it a R-PG (a film rated PG earning a R equivalent CAP final score). This R-PG earned R-equivalent investigation area scores (54 and below out of 100) in Wanton Violence/Crime (W), in Impudence/Hate (I) and in Sexual Immorality (S). What else is to be expected when other Black performances such as Nacho Libre rated PG earned a 13-PG CAP final score, such as Shallow Hal rated PG-13 earned a R-13 CAP final score, such as Orange County rated PG-13 earned a hard R-13 CAP final score. Etc.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 41 out of 100
To start out the violence envelope of this film the filmmakers had Gulliver brave storm perils. Once on the Island of Lilliput, action violence of varying intensities repeatedly besought the viewer as battles ensued. Other matters of the violent/criminal nature included arson, animated arguments, slapping, decayed flesh and attempted kidnapping.

While all the violence was "sanitized" to fit into "clean violence" for kids' films, the influence of exposure to violence in and as entertainment is not as vulnerable to toning it down as one might think. The difference between, for example, seeing a blade penetrate flesh and seeing only the wielder thrust the blade might be a matter of intensity but the violence of the blade action is still there.

God warned us about embracing violence a couple thousand years ago [Prov. 16:29]. Then man, in the form of four professional public health agencies, decided to plagiarize God's wisdom with a warning about viewing violence. One of their findings reveals that viewing violence may lead to real life violence. Real smart these Earthlings are, aren't they? Sooner or later those Earthlings will discover that "violence" in "...may lead to real life violence" can be replaced with just about any behavior-related word. For example, "viewing sex may lead to real life sex" or "viewing rebellion may lead to real life rebellion." God knew what He was talking about when he warned us that bad company (evil communications) corrupts good character (manners) [1 Cor. 15:33].

Impudence/Hate (I) - Zero out of 100
Ten times someone, typically Black, utters some form of profanity [Col.3:8]. But the strongest presence of impunity is in the form of crude/rude humor such as a 6-inch man forced up an giant's anus [Eph. 5:4], bondage, lies, feeding of lies and excusing lying with fear of telling the truth, and more. [Rev. 21:8]

Sexual Immorality (S) - Zero out of 100
The content of this film applicable to sexual immorality includes many things such as a Black pointing out a woman's breasts when he is asked by her "What do you love about me?", a little girl forcing her dolls to "make out", a reference to oral sex, a man in the shower, urinating on a fire to put it out, and much more Please look to the listing in the Findings/Scoring section (the heart of the CAP Analysis Model) of this report for a complete itemization of the sexual immorality content. [Mark 7:21 - 23]

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 92 out of 100
The only matters applicable to illegal drugs, alcohol, tobacco or abuse of prescription drugs were the two scenes with alcoholic beverages.

Offense to God (O) - 70 out of 100
Six time someone used God's name in vain though without the four letter expletive [Deut.5:11] and once someone called another "fool" [Matt. 5:22].

Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
There were no murders or suicides noted.


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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. 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.
  • 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 [all forms of evil/magic to force or do harm], and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
  • Mark 7:21 - 23 For from within, out of men's hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. All these evils come from inside and make a man 'unclean.'"
  • 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.
  • 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 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.]

    ***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.)

    Gulliver's Travels (2010) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 41 out of 100
  • storm peril at sea
  • action violence repeatedly of varying intensities
  • arson
  • military battle, repeatedly
  • animated argumental threat
  • slap
  • decayed flesh, twice
  • attempted kidnapping

    Impudence/Hate (I) - Zereo out of 100
  • ten uses of profanity
  • lies to glorify self
  • plagiarizing to glorify self
  • euphemism of profanity
  • crude anus humor (small man forced up an anus)
  • bondage
  • more lies, repeatedly
  • servitude
  • feeding lies with more
  • excusing lying with fear of telling the truth
  • string of lies

    Sexual Immorality (S) - Zero out of 100
  • adult in underwear, repeatedly
  • man in shower
  • innuendo re: making out
  • crude shirtless humor
  • innuendo re: male/female encounters
  • partial read nudity, repeatedly
  • pants drop to nudity (unseen nudity)
  • urinating on fire (genitals unseen) by giant, saturating small people with urine
  • pelvic thrust seen from below and in front, repeatedly
  • excessive cleavage, repeatedly
  • self nipple-pinch, male
  • statue urinating
  • crude sexual humor
  • repeated crotch views (lifting knees with them apart)
  • male shirtless display sequence with "You should show everything you got" in song
  • sexual reference re: oral sex
  • anatomical reference
  • talk of sexual attraction
  • pointing out woman's breasts when she asked man "What do you love about me?"
  • innuendo re: erection
  • attention to male crotch in wedgie
  • implication of safety pin in privates
  • little girl forcing dolls to "make out"
  • crotch kick

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 92 out of 100
  • alcoholic beverage, twice

    Offense to God (O) - 70 out of 100
  • six abuses of God's name
  • "Fool!" once

    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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