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(2011), PG-13 [R-13*] (126.7min)

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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.

(2011), PG-13 [R-13*] ... a rare production

Production (US): Columbia Pictures, Scott Rudin, Michael De Luca, Rachel Horowitz
Distribution (US): Sony Pictures
Director(s): Bennett Miller
Producer(s): Michael De Luca, Rachel Horovitz, Bradd Pitt, Scott Rudin, Andrew Karsch, Sidney Kimmel, Mark Bakshi, Elizabeth W. Scott, Alissa Phillips
Screenplay by: Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin
Story by: Stan Chervin
Based on the book by Michael Lewis
Cinematography/Camera: Wally Pfister
Music: Mychael Danna
Film Editing: Christopher Tellefsen
Casting: Francine Maisler
Production Design: Jess Gonchor
Art Direction: Brad Ricker, Chris Grun
Viewed on Sony Pictures Home Entertainment DVD

Moneyball is a rare production that contains some of the typical earmarks of PG-13 but the total picture or envelope actually earned a PG-equivalent final score of 71 out of 100, thus the CAP designator of PG(13). "PG(13)" means the film earned a final score in the range of scores earned by PG-rated films in the comparative baseline database of films (the "PG" in "PG(13))" but the MPAA rated it PG-13 (the "(13)" in "PG(13))."

Moneyball is definitely R-equivalent in language and alcohol but G-equivalent in everything else. Get a curse-free filter for your home equipment and filter out the 28 uses of profanity and the two uses of the most foul of the foul words and you will have G-equivalent programming except for the four examples of chewing tobacco and the three examples of drinking.

Moneyball is, in my nonprofessional opinion, a production of quality caliber with talented cast and superb attention to detail. Too bad the writers had to throw in all the profanity, tobacco and alcohol. If these contents were left out this would be a solid G-equivalent film. And a good one at that.

Brad Pitt plays Billy Beane, a player turned scout then general manager for the Oakland Athletics. The "As" are not doing well at all. Billy decides to challenge the traditional baseball "system" and devise his own way of doing things to rebuild his team on a shoestring budget. With the help of Yale-educated economist Peter Brand played by Jonah Hill, the pair build a new team from a gaggle of misfits through trade after trade and end up changing the way baseball is played.


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) - 95 out of 100
The only matters related to violence and/or crime are the two episodes of reckless driving.

Impudence/Hate (I) - Zero out of 100
Twenty-three uses of profanity plus two uses of the most foul of the foul words plus two mouthed uses of it stole all of the starting 100 points in this content investigation area, making it clearly equivalent to R-rated programming in this area. [Col. 3:8, Eph. 4:29] In addition to the cussing were two crude terms, Billy telling his 12 year old daughter Casey (Kerris Dorsey) "Don't tell your mother", a number of tantrums by adults, lying and teen disrespect of the father in song. [Isa. 2:17]

Sexual Immorality (S) - 95 out of 100
A crude anatomical reference and pelvic thrust dancing were the only matters applicable to this content investigation area.

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 47 out of 100
This is the second of two content investigation areas that found content to be equivalent to some R-rated features: chewing tobacco (repeatedly)and drinking (repeatedly) stole over half of the starting 100 points in this investigation area. Such content in and as entertainment begs of reminding our readers of the findings of the American College of Physicians regarding the influence of alcohol and tobacco in and as entertainment on our youth.

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 implantation applies to any behavior demonstrated in and as entertainment, including good behavior.

    Rather ... er ... sobering facts to be sure. But do we listen?

    Offense to God (O) - 92 out of 100
    Twice God's name was abused but both times without the four letter expletive, not that leaving off the four letter expletive absolves the one who abuses His name of the guilt of doing so. God will not hold guiltless they who use His name in vain. [Deut. 5:11]

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
    No murders or suicides were portrayed in the entire 126.7 minutes of the show.



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  • 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.
  • Isa. 2:17 And the loftiness of man shall be bowed down, and the haughtiness of men shall be made low: and the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.]


    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.)

    Moneyball (2011) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 95 out of 100
  • reckless driving, twice

    Impudence/Hate (I) - Zero out of 100
  • 28 uses of profanity with two uses of the most foul of the foul words plus two muffled/mouthed uses of it
  • crude term, twice
  • "Don't tell your mother"
  • teen disrespect of father in song

    Sexual Immorality (S) - 95 out of 100
  • crude anatomical reference
  • pelvic thrust dancing

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 47 out of 100
  • chewing tobacco, repeatedly
  • booze
  • drinking, three times

    Offense to God (O) - 92 out of 100
  • two abuses of God's name, both without the four letter expletive

    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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    Please note our new manner of indicating a film's Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) rating in comparison with the CAP equivalence such as "PG-13 [R-13]." The first term is the Motion Picture Association of America's (MPAA) rating. The second term [in brackets] indicates that which the film earned under the CAP analysis model. In the example, "PG-13 [R-13]" indicates the MPAA rated the film PG-13 but the film earned a CAP final score in the scoring range earned by R-rated movies in the comparative baseline database. Other comparative terms used might be "PG [13-PG]", "G [PG-G] or even 'PG-13 [PG]" as was the case for Alien vs Predator. I doubt there will ever be a "G [R]" used, but only time will tell. The CAP analysis model is Rock-solid. The MPAA is not.

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    For G rated Films with
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    PG equivalence: PG-G
    PG-13 equivalence: 13-G
    R equivalence: R-G<
    For PG rated Films with
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    PG equivalence: PG
    PG-13 equivalence: 13-PG
    R equivalence: R-PG
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    G equivalence: G-13
    PG equivalence: PG(13)
    PG-13 equivalence: PG-13
    R equivalence: R-13
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    PG-13 equivalence: 13-R
    R equivalence: R
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