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MAR2011.124

(2011), NR [PG-NR*] (2hr 12.8min)

Final Score
Analysis Date
Date Posted
Influence Density
MinMax
September 26, 2011
September 27, 2011
74
0.56
-100

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SUMMARY / COMMENTARY:
(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.



(2011), NR [PG-NR*] ... a significant matter of content -- drinking


Production (US): Bob Jones University, Unusual Films
Distribution (US): Vision Video
Director(s): Tim Rogers
Producer(s): Darren Lawson
Written by: David Burke
Cinematography/Camera: Wade K. Ramsey
Music: Brian D. Buda
Film Editing: Laura Stevenson
Casting: Sharyn Robertson
Production Design: Terry Davenport, David Rogers
Viewed on Vision Video DVD



William Edward "Will" Wright (Daniel Smitley then Thomas Sneed) has an obsession. Baseball. His obsession is so strong that he defies his mother and father to sneak in a little time on the make-shift ball field the local boys use.

Will is a "town boy" from the well-to-do side of the river but all the boys he plays ball with are "lintheads" from the other side of the river, the mill side. The mill, the Newton Mill is a textile mill, hence the derogatory expression "linthead." Will's father, Ezekiel (Darren Lawson) and his mother, Rachel (Sarah Lawson) are against Will associating with the folks from the mill side of the river.

While Will fetches a croquet ball he mischievously tossed into the creek he meets Charles "Chick" Spangler (Willy Walker then Benjamin Ascher) who was fetching a baseball batted into the same creek. Chick invites Will to play baseball with the other boys where Chick's brother, Pike (Stephen Hawkey then Logan Phillips) begins a relationship of animosity and contempt for Will because he is from the other side of the river. This side of the river? That side? Does this sound like there is some teachings of prejudice by example by fathers afoot?

Fast forward to eight years later. During the Prohibition years (1920 - 1933), Will is still playing baseball and Chick is still his good friend and Pike still hates Will. The three are participating in the Newton Mill Team tryouts. Here is where Will starts to show his stuff and begins to contemplate professional ball. After convincing Coach Scoop (Ken Hines) of his abilities, Will signs up for work at the mill to make his membership to the team "o"fficial.

There is much more to the story and plot but I do not want to spoil it too much. I do, however, want to point out a significant matter of content -- drinking. Will gets introduced to moonshine since the prevailing opinion is that baseball and booze go together. Darlene (Anne Cleland), a baseball fan supplies the team with the booze but Chick is the one who is first to get Will to drink ... just like a team member. Will soon becomes addicted. And all this is during prohibition when alcohol is illegal. And let me comment on a stance taken in the film. Though not entirely clear it seems the script had the characters teaching that it is sin to drink at all. If true, let me remind our readers that Jesus never sinned but He drank wine and even made wine from water. He changed six waterpots* of water into wine - about 150 gallons -- for a marriage ceremony as one of His beginnings of miracles in Galilee. [John 2:1 - 10] But Jesus never got drunk. That is the point. Drinking itself is not a sin but drinking to drunkenness is. [Eph. 5:18] Note that John 2:1 - 10 do not say "strong wine" when it makes a clear distinction between wine and "strong wine" and "strong drink" in other verses. The alcoholic content of wine in Jesus' day was about the same as our beer and definitely not as strong as our recreational drinks such as Bacardi 151™ or Jack Daniels™, not even "Mad Dog 20/20" wine (20 ounces of 20% alcohol).
* The six waterpots were two to three firkins, from 22 to 33 gallons each.

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

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 77 out of 100
The violence content of this film centers around contempt for others because of where they live, especially Pike's contempt for Will. [Ps. 119:22, Prov. 18:3, Rom. 12:18] Additional matters of violence include a knife threat, vandalism, assault with a snake, assault resulting in injury to the innocent and attempted murder.

The criminal content involves consuming and dealing in alcohol during prohibition. No one suffers any legal consequences for their illegal acts. [Eccl. 8:11]

Impudence/Hate (I) - 70 out of 100
There is not a single use of profanity in the entire 132.8 minutes of the show. Not even a euphemism of profanity. But in several instances are adolescent disrespect and defiance of parents [Ex. 20:12], lies [Rev. 21:8], and a hateful relationship [Col. 3:8].

Sexual Immorality (S) - 100 out of 100
Not even a hint of sexually immoral behavior or display was found.

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - Zero out of 100
The alcoholic content of this film is intense enough to make it equivalent to the same content of may R-rated films, thus the reason for the red CAPCon Alert light in the uppermost left corner of this page (click on it for an explanation). This content is a significant risk for the viewer, especially the adolescent viewer, so sayeth the American College of Physicians (ACP).

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 finding 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]

    There is nothing to say that viewing smoking in and as entertainment does not carry the same danger of influence as viewing drinking. Actually, the same matter of behavior influence applies to any behavior demonstrated in and as entertainment, including good behavior.

    Offense to God (O) - 95 out of 100
    Twice spectators are noted as betting/gambling.

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
    There are no murders or suicides in this film. Pike attempts to murder Will with a baseball bat but attempts at murder and/or suicide (as are deaths due to war or police action) are incorporated into the Wanton Violence/Crime investigation area scoring.


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    SCRIPTURAL APPLICATION(S)
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    CHAPTER/VERSE

  • John 2:1 - 10 [These verses are too long to include in this report and are left to your investigation.]
  • 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.
  • Ps. 119:22 Remove from me scorn and contempt, for I keep your statutes.
  • Prov. 18:3 When wickedness comes, so does contempt, and with shame comes disgrace
  • Rom. 12:18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.
  • Eccl. 8:11 Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil.
  • Ex. 20:12 Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.
  • 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.
  • 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.

    Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry

  • Jer. 37:9 This is what the LORD says: Do not deceive yourselves, thinking, 'The Babylonians [the destroyers from within] will surely leave us.' They will not!
  • 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.]


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    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.
  • FINDINGS / SCORING:
    (The objective heart of the CAP Analysis Model, independent of and insulated from the Summary / Commentary section.)


    Milltown Pride (2011) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 77 out of 100
  • social station rivalry, repeatedly
  • threat
  • boys on train trestle and in tunnel
  • vandalism
  • knife threat
  • assault with copperhead snake with intent to do harm
  • assault resulting in injury to innocent
  • attempted murder

    Impudence/Hate (I) - 70 out of 100
  • adolescent ignoring mother's command
  • adolescent mischief, repeatedly
  • lie, repeatedly
  • father teaching contempt based on social inequality to son
  • encouraging to lie
  • son defying father's command
  • son's defiance of mother's command
  • sneaking to do harm
  • hatred relationship leading to vandalism and intense animosity
  • continued hatred

    Sexual Immorality (S) - 100 out of 100
  • none noted

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - Zero out of 100
  • drinking, frequent
  • sneaking to drink
  • "I'll never know what the fuss is all about unless I try it [drinking]"
  • encouraging continued drinking
  • drunkenness, repeatedly
  • alcoholism
  • dealing in illegal booze

    Offense to God (O) - 95 out of 100
  • betting/gambling

    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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