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(2012), PG-13 [Hard R-13*] (96.8min)

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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.

(2012), PG-13 [Hard R-13*] ... another hardcore R-13

Production (US): Summit Entertainment presents a di Bonaventura Pictures Production
Distribution (US): Summit Entertainment
Director(s): Asger Leth
Producer(s): Loernzo di Bonaventura, Mark Vahradian, Jake Myers, David Ready
Written by: Pablo R. Fenjves
Cinematography/Camera: Paul Cameron
Music: Henry Jackman
Film Editing: Kevin Stitt
Casting: Deborah Aquila, Tricia Wood, Julie Ticker, Ross Meyerson
Production Design: Alec Hammond
Viewed on Summit Entertainment Home DVD

Ex-New York City cop Nick Cassidy (Sam Worthington) has some issues. So intense are his issues that he is willing to kill himself by jumping off the 21st floor ledge outside the Roosevelt Hotel ... or so it would seem. Nick just escaped from prison where he was incarcerated for theft of a $40 million diamond from rich real estate tycoon Dave Englander (Ed Harris). After two years in the slammer Nick has apparently gone loony. Loony as a fox. Nick has maintained his innocence and is out to prove it. But to do that he will have to steal the diamond again. Again?

Man on a Ledge is another hardcore R-13 with a final score of 28 out of 100 when the R-rated features in our comparative baseline database earned final scores of 54 and below out of 100. Though the film is a well made story with great attention to detail and stellar performances, it is thick with assaults on morality and wholesome ethics. We all know about pretty packages, don't we? Pretty packages like this one that appear inviting on the surface but have moral dangers within remind me of what we are to expect of the antiChrist: that he will be attractive to all and will have all the answers but will hold hate and murder in his heart, just like some of the "heart" of this film might, by example [Rom. 5:19], murder wholesome morals and decision-making skills.


Following are brief discussions of the content per individual content investigation area. As always the Findings section of this report, the heart of the CAP Analysis Model, is the best source for discovering the full accounting of the content of this film.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - Zero out of 100
The number of violence/crime related line items of findings found in the content of this film are simply too many to allow a reasonable summary in this space. Please look to the listing in the Findings section to discover the extent of the violence/crime content of this film.

I will, however, take the space to remind you of God's Word about violence. God speaks darkly of violence more than 50 times from the Old Testament to the New Testament. Proverb 16:29 sums His Word up about violence rather nicely. In Proverb 16:29 God warns that violence is enticing and can lead the observer into the way that is not good. Further, four professional public health agencies have plagiarized God's Word about violence almost 2000 years after God "published His findings" by publishing their findings that warn violence in and as entertainment can, among other things, lead the viewer, especially the young, into real life violence and can lead the observer to believing violence is an effective way to settle conflict.

Impudence/Hate (I) - Zero out of 100
Thirty-seven uses of profanity which includes three uses of the most foul of the foul words plus seven uses of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive (incorporated into the scoring by the Offense to God content investigation area) constitutes "brief strong language" according to the MPAA, one of their reasons for the PG-13 rating. Forty two uses of "strong language" in 96.8 minutes is hardly "brief." The MPAA's "brief" hits the moviegoer (which includes our youth) an average of once every 2.3 minutes. [Col. 3:8, Eph. 4:29]

While "strong language" was the most prevalent of the impudence/hate content of this film, additional findings include falsification of personal identification, lying [Rev. 21:8], mob mentality urging suicide and more as shown in the Findings section.

Sexual Immorality (S) - 28 out of 100
There is no nudity in Man on a Ledge and no one gets in bed with anyone but there is enough sexually immoral matters to warrant loss of almost three fourths of the starting 100 points of this content investigation area: "gay" comments; adults in underwear (one time rather graphically); ghosting of female anatomy through clothing; excessive cleavage repeatedly; crude and vulgar talk; an offer of sex.

That God gave us sexual desires does not excuse flagrant abuse of them. We are not to be slave to them but master of them. All sexual activity is reserved for marriage. Indeed, any sexual contact (including sight, sound and touch), conduct or activity outside of a monogamous heterosexual marriage is sinful. [1 Thess. 4:1 - 5]

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 41 out of 100
The typical booze, drinking and smoking are present in this film for teenagers. And therein is a danger. A 2002 study by the American College of Physicians (ACP) revealed that adolescent exposure to drinking in and as entertainment undeniably leads to abuse of alcohol among underage viewers. The report entitled Relation Between Parental Restrictions on Movies and Adolescent Use of Tobacco and Alcohol reports that of 4544 youths from grades 5 through 8 of fifteen Vermont and New Hampshire middle schools (90% of the youths were under fourteen years old) only 16% were completely restricted in their entertainment diets. Within the ACP study population, the prevalence of having tried alcohol without parental knowledge was

  • 46% for those with no viewing restrictions
  • 16% for those with partial viewing restrictions
  • four percent for those with complete viewing restrictions. [Eph. 5:18]

    Offense to God (O) - Zero out of 100
    God's name is abused 16 times, seven times with the four letter expletive and nine times without it. With or without the four letter expletive, frivolous and casual use of His name is use of it in vain. And, yes, though not found in this film, that includes the ever-so-popular use of the three-syllable sentence with His name trialing it. [Deut. 5:11]

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
    No portrayals of murder or suicide were found in this film. SPOILER: Nick feigned a threat to commit suicide. But only completed murders and suicides are incorporated into the scoring by this investigation area. Portrayals of attempts or threats of murder or suicide, deaths by acts of war or police action, and defensive killings are not incorporated in this investigation area but are incorporated into the Wanton Violence/crime content investigation area.



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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 "fantasy" 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 the 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. Their findings include:
    --> Children who see a lot of violence are more likely to view violence as an effective way of settling conflicts. Children exposed to violence are more likely to assume the acts of violence are acceptable behavior.
    --> Viewing violence can lead to emotional desensitization towards violence in real life. It can decease the likelihood that one will take action on behalf of a victim when violence occurs.
    --> Entertainment violence feeds a perception that the world is a violent and mean place. Viewing violence increases fear of becoming a victim of violence, with a resultant increase in self-protective behavior and a mistrust of others.
    --> Viewing violence may lead to real life violence. Children exposed to violent programming at a young age have a higher tendency for violent and aggressive behavior later in life than children who are not so exposed.
    Further, God speaks darkly of violence 56 times in the Old and New Testament of the KJV.]
  • Rom. 5:19 For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, ... ["the one man" can be a movie performer demonstrating immoral behaviors.]
  • 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. 4:29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
  • Rev. 21:8 But the [unforgiven] fearful [cowardly], and unbelieving, and the abominable [vile], and murderers, and whoremongers [sexually immoral], and sorcerers [which includes witches, warlocks, spiritists, diviners, necromancers, those who practice the magic arts, etc.], and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
  • Eph. 5:18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. [Since "drunk" is methusko {meth-oos'-ko}: to intoxicate; make drunk; to get drunk; become intoxicated, "wine" can be any intoxicating substance including illegal drugs or abuse of prescription drugs. The issue is do not abuse the body by intoxicating it [1 Cor. 6:19]. 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.]
  • 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 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.]
  • 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 in slang or profanity. 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 even if as a euphemism. 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. Nor will "Everybody says that" excuse the sin of using His name in vain. If everyone on the planet who has ever drawn a breath used His name in vain, it would still be a sin to do so. If no one ever did, it would still be a sin to do so. Whether we believe it or not. Whether we like it or not. Whether we care or not.]

    Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry

  • Jer. 37:9 - 10 This is what the LORD says: Do not deceive yourselves, thinking, 'The Babylonians [the destroyers from within] will surely leave us.' They will not! Even if you were to defeat the entire Babylonian army that is attacking you and only wounded men were left in their tents, they would come out and burn this city down. [The "destroyers form within" do not have to be army warriors. They can be the ones who destroy through corruption of moral standards as well, such as filmmakers who perpetuate desensitization against wholesome standards. They aren't going anywhere, folks. Not until Jesus comes again.]
  • 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. And remember, mom/dad, "little ones" is mikros, meaning less by birth; younger. All of your children are younger than you and less by birth than you. So, "little ones" includes at-home teens.]
  • 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.)

    Man on a Ledge (2012) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - Zero out of 100
  • scenes of a character on a skyscraper ledge, many
  • prison yard beating
  • claim of considering suicide every day
  • funeral proceedings
  • fight
  • firearm threat, frequent
  • firearm to control, repeatedly
  • firearm stand-off
  • felony evasion
  • reckless driving to escape lawful confinement
  • gunfire to kill, repeatedly
  • failed attempt to outrun a locomotive with extensive property damage
  • staging a crime
  • breaking and entering with explosives
  • news report of suicide every 17 minutes
  • long sequences of breaking and entering robbery maneuvers, repeatedly
  • admission of repeated breaking and entering to commit petty theft and watch TV as a youth
  • preparation for firearm operation
  • on-going robbery sequences
  • gunfire to disable door lock
  • order by police to kill fugitive
  • action violence sequences of varying intensity
  • police corruption
  • beating injuries
  • threat to kill, repeatedly
  • defensive killing

    Impudence/Hate (I) - Zero out of 100
  • 34 uses of profanity
  • three uses of the most foul of the foul words
  • faking personal identification to effect wrongdoing
  • lies
  • "I'm ready to die"
  • adult tantrum
  • mob mentality goading an apparent suicidal man to jump, repeatedly
  • two uses of Spanish profanity
  • beating by a cop

    Sexual Immorality (S) - 28 out of 100
  • two "gay" innuendo
  • adult in underwear, repeatedly
  • ghosting of female anatomy through clothing, repeatedly
  • rude comment re: male anatomy
  • display of excessive cleavage, repeatedly
  • crude slang
  • vulgar talk
  • admission of sexually immoral behavior, repeatedly
  • offer of sex
  • vulgar anatomical reference

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 41 out of 100
  • booze, repeatedly
  • illegal drug reference
  • offer of cigarette
  • drinking, repeatedly
  • smoking
  • bar

    Offense to God (O) - Zero out of 100
  • seven abuses of God's name with the four letter expletive and nine without it
  • mocking God

    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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