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(2010), NR [PG-NR*] (0hr 22.37min)

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September 3, 2011
September 4, 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), NR [PG-NR*] ... "I totally worship the ground she walks on."

Production (US): PressOn Productions & JSJ Films, LLC
Distribution (US): PressOn Productions
Created by: Janice Henry, Josh Brown, Sarah Gray
Hurleyville Them by: Tyler Dodds
Director(s): Josh Brown, Sarah Gray
Producer(s): Janice Henry, Josh Brown, Sarah Gray
Written by: Josh Brown, Sarah Gray
Viewed on PressOn Productions Home Entertainment DVD

This episode of the Hurleyville series is a little darker than Episode 1. It presents some footage of the kids reaching out into the world. And the new kid, Riley Ross (Josh Maguire) is portrayed as a bit of a bully at first.

Teen sensation Naomi Ramoni (Catherine Collins) is coming to Hurleyville. As the girls ogle and giggle over a poster of Naomi and the possibility of seeing her in a concert in Hurleyville, Lucy Lorenz (Jordan Bezner) says "I totally worship the ground she walks on." [Exod. 20:4] In an imagined concert Lucy asks Naomi if she can go with her and says she will do anything Naomi asks of her. In Naomi's home Naomi abuses Lucy as a slave. And Lucy expresses glee at the abuse because it is her idol who is abusing her. [Matt. 18:10] By the way, Naomi is reading a gossip magazine as she abuses Lucy. The Apostle Paul warned us about gossip in 2 Corinthians 12:20.

If someone says s/he "worships the ground" someone walks on ask if s/he really means "worship." If s/he stutters about it saying "I didn't really mean worship", ask him/her what does s/he mean? It may help the one who made the worship claim rethink the word.

A sidebar note for mom and dad. This film displays the peace symbol and the "rock-on" hand gesture. While it is clear that the use of these in this film is completely innocuous, please note that some circles use them for unholy purposes. Refer to our Back to School publication for more information.


Following are brief discussions of the content per individual CAP 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) - 70 out of 100
The writers add a little more of what may be though of as typical of adolescents. Riley intimidates Sam Collins (Hayden Rich). Naomi abuses Lucy's adoration.

Impudence/Hate (I) - 55 out of 100
As the boys try to play a little toss football with Riley and as Riley fails to catch the ball, they torment Riley and express some meanness. Hazel Collins (Allison Stewart) throws a bit of a tantrum at not being able to attend the Ramoni concert as does Riley at not being able to catch the football.

Sexual Immorality (S) - 100 out of 100
As with Episode 1, there is no behavior or display that can be classed as sexually immoral in this episode.

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 100 out of 100
There are no illegal drugs, alcohol or tobacco nor is there any abuse of prescription drugs.

Offense to God (O) - 70 out of 100
Lucy is used as the device to demonstrate the cinematic theme of idol worship.

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


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  • Matt. 18:10 Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven. ["Despise" is kataphroneo {kat-af-ron-eh'-o}: to condemn, despise, disdain, think little or nothing of, to look down upon (which includes abuse, even by influence or bad example, lying to them, enticing/teasing them, seducing them and/or their thoughts, involving them in sin or crime, etc.). What do you want the angels for your kids to say to God? By the way, "little ones" is mikros meaning less by birth, younger. All of your children are "less by birth" than you. All of them are younger. So, "little ones" includes at-home teens, the most easily influenced, morally malleable age stratum.]
  • 2 Cor. 12:20 For I am afraid that when I come I may not find you as I want you to be, and you may not find me as you want me to be. I fear that there may be quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, factions, slander, gossip, arrogance and disorder.
  • Exod. 20:4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: [Paraphrased in the film: "You shall not make for yourself an Idol."]

    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.)

    Hurleyville, Episode 2: Idols (YEAR) CAP Thermometers

    NOTE: The reason for the seemingly low area scores (and inherently a relatively low final score) for so few instances of potentially abrasive content is the shortness of the film. For example, the two instances of violence found in this film by Wanton Violence/Crime are spread over only 22.4 minutes instead of typically the more than 90 minutes of a feature-length film. The same two examples over 90 minutes equates to an examples per hour figure of 1.3, but the same two instances of violence spread over the much shorter 22.4 minutes yields a much higher examples per hour figure of 5.4. The higher the examples per hour figure the more severe the potential for negative influence. So, the two instances of violence in the 22.4 minutes of this film have a higher potential of negative influence than would the same two instances spread over 90 minutes.

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 70 out of 100
  • intimidation to cause fear
  • abuse of an adoring child

    Impudence/Hate (I) - 55 out of 100
  • tormenting, meanness
  • tantrum

    Sexual Immorality (S) - 100 out of 100
  • none noted

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

    Offense to God (O) - 70 out of 100
  • idol worship
  • gossip magazine

    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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