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(2006), PG ["Hard" PG*] (1hr 38min)

Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
August 31, 2006
71 out of 100

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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.

(2006), PG ["Hard" PG*]

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Walt Disney Pictures, Mayhem Pictures, Who's Nuts Productions
Distribution (US): Buena Vista Pictures, Walt Disney Pictures
Director(s): Ericson Core
Producer(s): Mark Ciardi, Victor H. Constantino, Brad Epstein, Gordon Gray, Ken Mok, Nikki Reed, Ezra Swerdlow, Mac Torluccio
Written by: Brad Gann
Cinematography/Camera: Ericson Core
Music: Mark Isham
lke8ZSasting: Toni Cobb Brock, Diane Heery, Sheila Jaffe
Production Design: Sarah Knowles
Art Direction: Charley Beal
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

If it were not for the amount of drinking, the bar scenes and the instance of drunkenness and if one less use of profanity was found, Invincible  would have been a "Lite" PG with a yellow CAPCon Alert light rather than the red light (see CAPCon Alert lights for more information). But as it is, Invincible  earned a final score of 71 which places it in the lower half of the scoring cell earned by PG films (68 to 86 out of 100) in the comparative baseline database.

Circa the late 70s, thirty year old Philadelphia Eagles football fan, part time bartender and teacher Vince Papale (Mark Wahlberg) is discouraged by failures that lead to marital desertion and divorce by his wife Sharon (Lola Glaudini). [Mal. 2:16]

Vince hears that the new coach of the losing Philly Eagles announced open tryouts to build a new team. All of Vince's buddies who know of his success in high school and "empty lot" football encourage him to try out. While working at the Tanker Bar, owned by long-time buddy Max Cantrell (Michael Rispoli), Max's temporary bartender cousin Janet Cantrell (Elizabeth Banks) becomes one of Vince's greatest encouragements to try out for the Philly Eagles. He does. And makes the team, playing for three seasons. Invincible  is hailed to be based on a true story.

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Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Most of the violence in Invincible  is in individualized football violence which is, at times, somewhat intense. [Prov. 3:31-32]

Impudence/Hate (I)
As might be expected of a football film, profanity was used. The MPAA terms the profanity "conversational snippets." God does not. [2 Tim. 2:16, Col. 3:8] Many would say "Kids hear that language every day at school." Then does hearing it at school excuse hearing it in and as entertainment? Besides, from where do you think the kids at school get such a vocabulary?

Sexual Immorality (S)
The only sexually-oriented material found included a hint of homosexuality, public urination and gaping-face kissing. It is good to control and contain one's passion. Gaping-face kissing challenges such control and tempts the body. Remember the "target" audience of this PG film, folks. [1Cor. 7:9, 1 Thess. 4:1 - 5]

Drugs/Alcohol (D)
Though there was no smoking noted in this film, this area presents the most invasive programming with many displays of a bar, of drinking alcoholic beverages and of drunkenness. Though it is not a sin to drink, it is a sin to get drunk OR to influence to get drunk or to drink in defiance such as underage drinking. A study by the American College of Physicians (ACP) has found an undeniable link between the presentation of alcoholic beverages in and as entertainment and arrogance/defiance with them by adolescents. And teaching/causing youth to abuse alcohol by emboldening youth with it in and as entertainment invokes Luke 17:2. If alcoholic beverages in entertainment were not a problem for our young, why is there and why has there been such a push to get and keep booze commercials off prime time broadcast TV? Even the University of Connecticut corroborates the ACP finding.]

Offense to God (O)
While there were no instances of occultism, demonism, Satanism or any other matter of such evil noted, it is offensive to God for His name to be used in vain. Invincible  presents two uses of God's name in vain but without the four letter expletive. [Deut. 5:11]

Murder/Suicide (M)
There were no instances of murder and/or suicide noted.

Please be sure to inspect closely the detailed listing of observations provided in the Findings/Scoring section, the heart of the CAP analysis model, before you decide for what age stratum this film is fit.


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  • Mal. 2:16 "I hate divorce," says the LORD God of Israel, "and I hate a man's covering himself with violence as well as with his garment," says the LORD Almighty. So guard yourself in your spirit, and do not break faith.
  • Prov. 3:31-32 Do not envy a violent man or choose any of his ways, for the LORD detests a perverse man but takes the upright into his confidence. [This verse speaks to having violent desires and thoughts as well as violent behaviors. So, don't let the violence seen in film conjure violence in your heart nor let your heart be drawn into the "He got what he deserved" or envy trap.]
  • 2 Tim. 2:16 But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.
  • Col. 3:8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy (injurious speech, slander in this use), filthy communication [aischrologia: foul speaking, low and obscene] out of your mouth.
  • 1Cor. 7:9 But if they cannot contain [exhibit self-control, be continent], let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn [with passion].
  • 1 Thess. 4:1 - 5 Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound more and more. For ye know what commandments we gave you by the Lord Jesus. For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication: That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour; Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God: ["know how to possess his vessel" - be able control his body and drives; be master of them not slave to them: "in sanctification and honor" - of God's Will; "Not in the lust of concupiscence" - not in passionate lust like the heathen.]
  • Eph. 5:18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. ["Wine" can be any intoxicating substance including illegal drugs or abuse of prescription drugs. The issue is do not get intoxicated and not abuse the body.]
  • 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 thoughtful discussion is in vain. That includes the popular three syllable sentence with His name trailing it AND the misuse of Jesus' name.]
  • 2Tim. 2:5 Similarly, if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not receive the victor's crown unless he competes according to the rules.

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • 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, pay for 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.)

    Invincible (2006) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • strike protest violence, brief
  • physical assault
  • individualized sports violence, repeatedly
  • unsportsmanlike conduct [2Tim. 2:5]

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • eight uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • marital desertion/divorce
  • adult tantrum, twice, once with property damage

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • crotch hit
  • public urination
  • hint of homosexuality
  • gaping-face kissing

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • drinking, repeatedly
  • drunkenness

    Offense to God (O)
  • two uses of God's name in vain but each without the four letter expletive

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • none noted

  • Christian Educators Association International



    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 more than eight 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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