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(2006), PG-13 ["Lite" R-13*] (1hr 25min)

Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
September 2, 2006
49 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-13 ["LIte" R-13*] -- ...a teen cussfest and a sexfest.

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Landscape Entertainment, Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation
Distribution (US): Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation
Director(s): Betty Thomas
Producer(s): Michael Birnbaum, Bob Cooper, Marc S. Fischer, Karen Lunder, Karen Lunder, Steven K. Rubenstein
Written by: Jeff Lowell
Cinematography/Camera: Anthony B. Richmond
Music: Richard Gibbs
Film Editing: Matt Friedman
Casting: Heike Brandstatter, Coreen Mayrs, Anne McCarthy, Jay Scully
Production Design: Marcia Hinds
Art Direction: Bo Johnson
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

Again I am sorry this is so late - twelve days after viewing it - but until full funding becomes available such delays are at times inevitable. At least this will be useful to parents who wait for a movie to come out on video.

Occasionally I have alerted you of the content of the previews/trailers. I'll do that again. If the previews chosen to preface a feature film are consistent over the country, one of the previews shown in front of *John Tucker Must Die* presents oratory of sleeping together and other sexually immoral deeds. At the showing of this film, the auditorium was packed with preteen and early teen girls and every one of them has now been fed yet more little nuggets of seduction of thought, desensitization them even further against sexual purity. Needless to say, that is a comparatively minor example in comparison to the nuggets your daughters will get if they watch *John Tucker Must Die*. Remember that Jesus warns us that each of our youth has a angel which reports directly to God. [Matt. 18:10] Though your daughters may try to deny that such influence of programming of the type which saturates this film compromises the values and morals you taught them, the angels won't.

Forrest Hills High Schooler John Tucker (Jesse Metcalf), captain of the basketball team has friends. Lots of friends. Most of them girls. Girlfriends. At the same time. Sort of like one of the original sexual freedom axioms: "If you can't be with the one you love, love the one you're with."

So, Heather (Ashanti), Beth (Sophia Bush) and Carrie (Arielle Kebbel) band together to get even. Seeking antic anonymity through enlisting an innocent (one that Tucker had not yet conquered), the band of boiling babes convince Kate (Brittany Snow) to be "new game" for John to lure him into a Rube Goldberg string of social shenanigans to make him sorry. Revenge is their only goal. [Rom. 12:19]

Here you are quite likely able to fill in the blanks regarding the "plot and story." I will not belabor them and will get to the point of this service to you as parents, grandparents, pastors and other youth authority.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
This investigation area found quite little programming to reveal. There was only one instance of a physical fight.

Impudence/Hate (I)
However, this investigation area found much programming in violation of God's Word regarding our desired behaviors and ethics. There were enough examples of profanity [Prov. 8:13, Col. 3:8, Matt. 12:36] and arrogance against fair authority to drain *all* of the starting 100 points in this area.

Sexual Immorality (S)
As is typical of teen flicks nowadays, especially PG-13 films, this film is saturated with sexually immoral behavior, talk, comments, innuendo, etc. And nudity. As did the Impudence/Hate investigation area, this Sexual Immorality investigation area also found enough content to cause loss of all the starting 100 points in this investigation area. Now you know. [Rev. 21:8, Rev. 22:14-15, 1 Cor. 6:13] *Please* read thoroughly the listing of direct observations in the Findings/Scoring section *before* you decide for what age stratum, if any, this film is fit.

Drugs/Alcohol (D)
A positive note. While the girls drugged Tucker with estrogen to cause him to be impotent, there was not one single instance of smoking, teen or otherwise nor drinking or booze in this entire 85-minute movie. Now THAT is amazing, especially for PG-13 movies which are typically the worst at stealing childhood from children.

Offense to God (O)
Except for the appearance of goth dress a couple times, the only programming found by this investigation area was the use of God's name in vain. Repeatedly. While none were with the four letter expletive, they were still uses of God's name in vain, typically in the three-syllable sentence with God's name trailing it.

Murder/Suicide (M)
No murders/suicides were noted.

While no booze or teen drinking is certainly good, *John Tucker Must Die* is a teen cussfest and a sexfest. Of the six CAP investigation areas (W, I, S, D, O and M) those that reveal profanity, sexually immoral behavior and the use of God's name in vain (I, S and O) each earned an area score of *zero.* Each of the other three investigation areas (W, D, M) earned an area score equivalent to G-rated films. Now what does that tell you, mom/dad? At least it should tell you that the filmmakers feel that teens want dirty language, sex and disrespect for God in their entertainment.

Again I ask that you *please* read thoroughly the listing in the Findings/Scoring section, the heart of the CAP analysis model, *before* you decide whether this film is fit.


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  • Matt. 18:10 Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones [which includes at-home teens]; 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, lying to them, enticing/teasing them, seducing them and/or their thoughts, 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 than you. So, "little ones" includes at-home teens.]
  • 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.
  • Prov 17:20 He that hath a froward heart findeth no good: and he that hath a perverse tongue falleth into mischief. ["Perverse" in this use is "haphak" which means to turn, overthrow, overturn. And using foul language is certainly attempting to "overthrow" of "overturn" humble speech.]
  • 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.
  • Matt. 12:36 But I say unto you [Jesus is talking here], That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.
  • Rev. 21:8 But the [unforgiven] fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, 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.
  • Rev. 22:14-15 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city [Heaven]. For without [outside Heaven] are dogs, and [unforgiven] sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie. ["Whoremonger" is "pornos" mending a fornicator, one who prostitutes his/her body to another's lust.]
  • 1 Cor. 6:13 Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but God shall destroy both it and them [we won't need them in Heaven]. Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body [The body is the temple of Christ and the host of believers: John 2:21 But he spake of the temple of his body; 1 Cor. 6:19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?;1 Cor. 12:27 Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.]

    ***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.)

    John Tucker Must Die (2006) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • fight

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • 17 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary, all by teens
  • one use of the most foul of the foul words, by a teen
  • disrespect of school authority/teachers/parents, repeatedly
  • social warfare, repeatedly
  • unsportsmanlike conduct
  • lying, repeatedly
  • flatulence
  • rebellious T-shirt
  • "So what's the big deal? She lied. We've all lied before" to excuse lying
  • additional talk to excuse lying

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • below navel skin, threatening exposure of that which follows, repeatedly
  • sex talk by teens regarding participating in / admitting having participated in immoral sex, frequent
  • talk by teens focusing on sexual issues/behavior such as claims of having extensive sexual experience, frequent
  • face in crotch
  • sexual invitation
  • dressing to maximize the human form and/or skin exposure, repeatedly
  • rude stares
  • inappropriate touch in collapsed cheer pyramid
  • teen in underwear, repeatedly
  • lesbian kiss with witnessing adolescent male lusting after it
  • girl's underwear in boy's car
  • activities to draw attention to the posterior
  • planning sexual conquest
  • pelvic thrusts
  • using sex appeal to manipulate
  • teen girl exposing her underwear to entice
  • offer of sex to manipulate
  • rear male nudity, repeatedly
  • teen males wearing thong underwear, repeatedly
  • homosexual suggestion
  • vulgar sex comment
  • rear female nudity, repeatedly
  • women (teen girls) as toys/ornaments
  • excessive teen cleavage
  • adult males wearing thong underwear

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • drugging to cause erectile dysfunction/impotence

    Offense to God (O)
  • 13 uses of God's name in vain though all without the four letter expletive, 12 by teens
  • goth, though seldom

    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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