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(2012), NR [PG-NR*] (97.2min)

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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), NR [PG-NR*] ... There is indeed much to enjoy

Production (US): Pure|Flix Entertainment in association with Latigo Entertainment
Distribution (US): Pure|Flix Entertainment
Director(s): David A. R. White, Jeff Peterson
Producer(s): Jeff Peterson, Anna Zielinski, Michael Scott, Elizabeth Travis, David A. R. White, Russell Wolfe
Written by: Tommy blaze
Cinematography/Camera: Gabriel Sabloff
Music: Will Musser
Film Editing: Gabriel Sabloff
Casting: Billy DaMota
Production Design: Peter Dang
Art Direction: Jean Kimber
Viewed on Pure|Flix Entertainment DVD

While the content of Me Again earned G- or PG-equivalence in five of the six CAP content investigation areas, it earned R-equivalence in Impudence/Hate, largely due to adolescent/teen disrespect for and arrogance toward parental and other fair authority.

Pastor Richard Chaplin (David A. R. White) has lost his fervor for the ministry ... and his family. His wife, April (Ali Landry) has become distant from him. His kids, Michael (Jonny Lennox), Briar (Victoria Bruno), and Ruby (Ina Summers) think he is a loser. His sermons have become useless and even offensive. All Rich does is about Rich.

Then one night Rich sees a TV advertisement by Big Earl (Bruce McGill) that promises of a new heart and spirit. As Rich waits for his good friend and Italian restaurant manager Fabrutzio Morelli, aka Tony (Tommy Blaze) to arrive at the church to cheer Rich up with some movies, Rich prays to the Lord about what in the world He is doing in Rich's life.

In the moments it takes Tony to get to the church, Rich hears a knock at the door but when he answers the knock it was not Tony at the door. Instead it was a blinding white light and Rich suddenly becomes Frank Bastion (Ron Gilbert), Tony's boss.

After a stint of learning Bastion's life Rich suddenly becomes a super model named Chloe (Andrea Logan White). After living her life for a number of hours Rich becomes a goldfish in an aquarium in Tony's restaurant where Rich's family were dining. After hearing his family's commentary about Rich he becomes the baby of a troubled couple who came to him earlier who Rich brushed off. Then Rich becomes grandma Muriel (Della Reese), Bastion's cleaning lady, then Briar's boyfriend Collin (Justin Prentice), then his wife April.

I believe the story is leading the viewer to believe God led Rich in a dream to wake him up. And this film does a good job of it. David White delivers some stellar performances as he assumes the character of another person, the character of Bastion in particular. And the ever-beautiful Della Reese delivers well her well-known power of matronly authority. Indeed all of the support cast were exemplary in their parts.

There is, of course, much more detail to the plot and story but I do not want to spoil too much of it should you decide the content this film we reveal for you is fit. But before getting into discussion about the content I do want to pick on one point made by the story.

Some folks have tried to capitalize on the wisdom of Eleanor Roosevelt's "Nobody can make you feel inferior without your permission" by extrapolating it to "You only feel the way you choose to feel." This film echoes Roosevelt with "What you feel is a choice", "Happiness is a decision you make", "Happiness is a choice. It's a conscious decision you have to make." These emotional darts seems to blame you for feeling bad about something: that it is your own fault if you do. I will argue any claim which projects that you choose to feel the way you feel. For example, when my mother died I did not choose to feel bad ... but I did.

Remember folks, as stated in the BEFORE...You Read On text, we inform you mostly of the negative content of a film. To inform you also of all the positive elements, which many films indeed portray, would spoil the film too much. There is indeed much to enjoy in Me Again that won't rile your parental values.


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) - 83 out of 100
Briar threatens Michael if he tells mom ... about what doesn't matter. It is still bullying. While Rich is Collin, he runs from the police and disobeys a police officer's command who then tackles him. Rich handcuffs and gags Collin as Rich explains the errors of his attempts to have his daughter. While these are certainly "necessary" matters to the script, they are still matters of violence, violence which God admonishes us against more than 50 times from the Old Testament to the New Testament. Proverb 16:29 is a good example of God's admonitions against violence.

Impudence/Hate (I) - 35 out of 100
Fifteen year old Briar is particularly arrogant and disrespectful toward her father. She and Collin together challenge Rich's parental authority by Briar kissing Collin in front of her father and Collin having a dare stare-down with him. [Exod. 20:12, 1 Pet. 5:5] Additional episodes of teen/adolescent arrogance and disrespect toward parents, a number of lies (one by Briar to her mother) and a scene of callous disregard for human life corporately with all the arrogance and disrespect were very expensive to the starting 100 points of this content investigation area. There are no uses of profanity in the entire show.

Sexual Immorality (S) - 90 out of 100
Collin and Briar plan to have immoral sex and secretly seek contraception. Collin has a stack of porn magazines in his bedroom. [Gal. 5:19, 1 Thess. 4:1 - 7]

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 97 out of 100
The only instance applicable to this content investigation area was the bar in Tony's restaurant.

Offense to God (O) - 93 out of 100
There is no Satanism, witchcraft, sorcery, blasphemy, or anything of the kind in the entire 97.2 minutes of this movie. And God's name is not abused even once.

Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
No portrayals of murder or suicide were found.



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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.]
  • 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. [This is one of the Ten Commandments]
  • 1 Peter 5:5 Likewise [in humility as the elders who have charge over you], ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud [huperephanos {hoop-er-ay'-fan-os}: an overweening estimate of one's means or merits, despising others or even treating them with contempt, haughty], and giveth grace to the humble.
  • Gal. 5:19 The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery;
  • 1 Thess. 4:1 - 7 (NIV) Finally, brothers, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more. For you know what instructions we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus. It is God's will that you should be sanctified [hagiasmos be kept or made pure]: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you [hekastos: each, every, whether male or female] should learn to control his [or her] own body [which includes control of drives, touching, seeking, exhibiting, lusting (even after images), promiscuity, etc.] in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the heathen, who do not know God; [Be master of your body and urges, not a slave to them.] and that in this matter no one should wrong his [autos: himself, herself, he, she, his, her] brother [adelphos: a fellow believer] or take advantage of him. The Lord will punish [unforgiven] men for all such sins, as we have already told you and warned you [humin: you, your, yourselves]. For God did not call us [hemas: us, we, our] to be impure, but to live a holy life. [All the gender-related definitions are included to show you these verses apply to women and youth as well as men. And "sexual immorality" (fornication - pornea), by definition, applies to all matters of sexual immorality, including incest, homosexuality, lesbianism, sex with animals and relatives, etc. All God's admonitions against sexual immorality can be summed us as any sexual contact (including sight and sound), conduct or activity outside of a monogamous heterosexual marriage is sinful.]

    Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry

  • Jer. 37:9 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; 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.)

    Me Again (2012) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 83 out of 100
  • big sister threatening younger brother not to tell mom
  • felony evasion of police
  • disobeying police command
  • police tackle

    Impudence/Hate (I) - 35 out of 100
  • teen/adolescent arrogance and disrespect toward parental and other fair authority, repeatedly
  • marital friction, repeatedly
  • teen daughter disrespect of father, repeatedly
  • lie to mother plus two lies by others
  • callous disregard for human life
  • teens deceiving parents to secretly seek contraception

    Sexual Immorality (S) - 90 out of 100
  • teens planning immoral sex
  • porn mags in teen boy's bedroom
  • teen male challenge defiance of girl's father for sexual intent with his daughter

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 97 out of 100
  • bar

    Offense to God (O) - 93 out of 100
  • attempt at divorce and divorce proceedings

    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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