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(2000), TV-G

Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
January 21, 2004
79 out of 100

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If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary likely using a mix of KJV and NIV.

(2000), TV-G --What do you want the angels for your kids to say to God?

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Pacific Motion Pictures Corporation, Walt Disney Television
Distribution (US): American Broadcasting Company, Buena Vista Television
Director(s): Mark Rosman
Producer(s): Fitch Cady, E. Jeffrey Smith, Bill Unger
Written by :Stephanie Moore
Telenplay: Mark Rosman, Stephanie Moore
Cinematography/Camera: Philip Linzey
Music: George Blondheim, Eric Colvin
Film Editing: Bonnie Koehler
Casting: Bette Chadwick, Candice Elzinga
Production Design: David Fischer

My wife brought home a VHS of Disney's Life-Size thinking, since it was rated TV-G (NR on the box cover), that it would be appropriate or at least tame for our four girls (9 months; three, four, seven and 11 years) and one boy (7 years). Well, maybe not okay for the 9 month old girl but okay for all others. On the surface it does seem tame but after noting a couple things in it as I walked by, I decided to feed it to the CAP machine and let you know of the findings.

Sure enough! Disney's Life-Size earned a CAP score of 79 which places it squarely in the top half of the scoring range earned by PG movies (86 to 68 out of 100) in the comparative baseline database. Maybe this will help you understand the need to take everything rated "NR" with a grain of salt and be ready for surprises. "NR" means it has not been rated by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) - they have not seen it and anything goes (not that the MPAA is all that accurate anyway).

That one looses someone very close does not mean one must let their feelings be expressed as hatefulness or viciousness. But that is the "message" your kids will get if they watch Disney's Life-Size. They will get the standard Hollywood psychiatrist "message" that the loss of one's mother is cause enough to act arrogantly, hatefully, spitefully and to withdraw from social life. A lot of folks indeed do react that way to such a traumatic loss to be sure, but there is nothing to say it has to be that way -- except the movies. Little Casey Stewart (Lindsay Lohan) losing her mother, Karen was the device Disney used to say this.

Somehow getting connected with witchcraft, 11-or-so year old quarterback Casey decided to try to resurrect her mother through witchcraft. Casey found a book on the Internet that would help her do that: Holcroft's Book of the Dead, Volume 1 at a local store for $150.00 she didn't have. So, young Casey decided she had reason enough to steal the book and left an anonymous I.O.U to justify her theft.

With a hexagram containing her mother's familiar objects and a dime store incantation, Casey inadvertently brought a doll, Eve (Tyra Banks) to life rather than her mother back to life. After setting up for casting the spell but before the incantation, Casey's configuration was corrupted by her father, Ben's (Jere Burns) new love interest, Drew (Anne Marie Loder). Drew caused contamination of the setup with the doll's hair in Casey's mother's hair brush rather than hair from her mother, Karen. Now the doll, Eve is alive. Things get a little sticky as life with a live doll becomes rather complicated.

What to do!? What to do!? Casey found in Holcroft's Book of the Dead, Volume 1 a way to return Eve back to her normal plastic state with another spell - from Volume 2, Book of Awakenings. "Okay" she thought. "I'll jest get Volume 2." But the book was not available anywhere near and Casey had only four days to send the doll back to Sunnyvale.

There is a fun and energetic dance scene where everybody gets into the act as Eve leads the group in the song, "Be a Star." And some fine, wholesome values are portrayed. But at what expense? Would mixing a couple teaspoons of alum in a cake make no difference in the flavor? That leads me into letting you know what we found which you may find offensive - about the alum. So YOU can decide whether the mix is acceptable.

While there was nothing particularly sexual about the film, there was sexual symbolism concern for which was announced a number of years ago surrounding the "Barbie"(tm) doll craze: that the "10" Barbie doll set too high of a standard for girls, leading to envy and harsh disappointment. The same imagery is presented in this film. [Matt. 5:36; Luke 12:25; Job 5:2] In addition to the theft by a child giving the wrong signal to young viewers, so did the flight to avoid lawful prosecution. [John 10:10] Lying was frequent in the 88 minutes of viewing time. [Deut. 5:20; Rev. 21:8] The most frequent issue was the arrogance and hatefulness of young Casey toward several people, especially her father including "I hate you" to him. [Prov. 20:20; Exod. 20:12] And if you think "all kids do that", where did you get the idea all kids do? From the movies? I rest my case.

The listing in the Findings/Scoring section will provide all I found and will hopefully provide you with enough information about the content of this film for you to be in a better position to make an informed decision about its fitness for your family.

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  • Matt. 5:36; Luke 12:25; Job 5:2 (Matt.) Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black; (Luke) And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit?; (Job) For wrath killeth the foolish man, and envy slayeth the silly one. [If with our wishes we cannot add one inch to our stature or change the color of one hair, we ought not to wish for a more sensuous body or be envious of other's OR be teased to do so.]
  • John 10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. [John 10:10 tells us of the ways of Satan. Stealing is one of them. We certainly do not want to teach our youth to practice that which the devil does. Not to mention that one of the Ten Commandments proves stealing is sinful (Ex. 20:15, Deut. 5:19 Thou shalt not steal.)]
  • Deut. 5:20 Neither shalt thou bear false witness against thy [lie to] neighbour [anyone].
  • Rev. 21:8 But the 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. [Pointing out Rev. 21:8 may seem a little harsh, but God is serious about lying, dead serious. All children before the age of accountability are blessed, but what we carry with us in our childhood can easily be carried into adulthood.]
  • Prov. 20:20 If a man curses his father or mother, his lamp will be snuffed out in pitch darkness. [To live a life of parts of it in obscurity because of a moment of heated anger is a heavy price to pay. Prov. 20:20 is supported by several other verses, including Exod. 20:12]
  • Exod. 20:12 Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you. Other verses are much more harsh for the violator: Ex. 21:17; Lev. 20:9, each of which speaks of death for cursing one's father or mother. While "I hate you" to your father or mother is not cursing them in the strictest sense, that which is in the heart determines the severity of the offense. It is not wise in God's Word to speak ill of your parents, period. And it gives no justification for hating them. The Bible does, however, warn parents for abusing their children: Matt. 18:10 See that you do not look down on one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven. What do you want the angels for your kids to say to God?]

    ***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 (KJV) Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (NIV) Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.
  • Rom. 5:19 For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.
  • Jude 4 For certain men* whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change [warp, distort, falsely represent, situationally redefine, counterfeit, conditionally apply] the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. [*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 [or for] one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto [or for] me.
  • Luke 17:2 It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. [cause by teaching or example]
  • Ps. 119:133 Direct my footsteps according to your word; 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.


    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.

    Disney's Life-Size (2000) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • theft by a child
  • flight to avoid lawful prosecution

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • hateful talk, name-calling, mannerisms, repeatedly, by a child
  • lie by a child to avoid discovery of wrong-doing
  • hateful comments by a child to her father, repeatedly, including "I hate you!" to the father
  • another lie by a child
  • hateful display from unreasonable expectations: "You don't believe me! Why won't you believe me!" -SLAM-

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • suggestive eye movement by adult with equally suggestive comment
  • dressing to maximize the female form and.or skin exposure, repeatedly
  • sexual innuendo
  • below navel skin, repeatedly
  • a girl as quarterback receiving the ball through the legs of the center with inappropriate touch

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • None noted

    Offense to God (O)
  • experimenting with witchcraft by a child
  • a child trying to implement witchcraft
  • physical manifestation by unholy power
  • unholy transformation, twice
  • one use of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive (in the background voices)

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • none noted

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