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(2011), PG [PG*] (1hr 43.5min)

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October 24, 2011
October 24, 2011

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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 [PG*] ... I hope she doesn't quit her singing job.

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Fox 2000 Pictures, Blossom Films, Mid Atlantic Films, New Regency Pictures, Regency Enterprises, Walden Media
Producer(s): Denise Di Novi, Alison Greenspan, Nicole Kidman, Per Saari, Rick Schwartz, Stan Wlodkowski
Distribution (US): Fox 2000 Pictures
Director(s): Thomas Bezucha
Screenplay: Thomas Bezucha, April Blair, Maria Maggenti
Screen Story: Kelly Bowe
Novel Headhunters: Jules Bass
Cinematography/Camera: Jonathan Brown
Music: Michael Giacchino
Film Editing: Jeffrey Ford
Casting: Kate Dowd, Veronika Varjasi
Production Design: Hugo Luczyc-Wyhowski
Art Direction: Raymond Chan
Viewed on 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment DVD

The lead role in this Fox film is Selena Gomez of TV and song fame. I hope she stays with singing because she is one of the best vocalists around. But as an actress she is destined to be best at half-hour sitcoms. She seems to play to the camera a lot. Maybe with experience she would get better but I hope she doesn't quit her singing job. For those who may be thinking this film might present a couple musical numbers by Gomez, she doesn't sing a note.

Gomez stars as Grace Bennett, a recent high school grad who has longed to travel to Paris ... and gets her wish. But she must go with her aggressive sister, Emma (Katie Cassidy) and her griping sister Meg (Leighton Meester).

While in Paris, Grace is noted to be the spitting image of British Heiress Cordelia Winthrop Scott, played also by Gomez. Now that the Parisians think Grace is the British Heiress and the real Heiress is off to parts unknown, Grace, Emma and (reluctantly) Meg decide to take advantage of the posh and opulent life afforded by the real Heiress and live for their five-day vacation on her riches.


Following are brief discussions of the content per individual content 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
Violence content was limited to the three girls walking the ledges outside of a hotel building several stories above the ground. But the criminal content involved extended stealing of the identity as well as the property and services owned and paid for by someone else, namely Cordelia Scott. Meg steals a rose and Cordelia is forcibly abducted by the three girls to postpone discovery of the lie about Grace's identity.

God is very stern about lying. [Rev. 21:8] So much so the unforgiven liar will not make it into Heaven. His Words, not mine.

Impudence/Hate (I) - 84 out of 100
One of the words of profanity is used [Eph. 4:29] but the strongest presence applicable to impudence and/or hate is lying: a lie by Riley (Luke Bracey), one of the men in the girls' lives plus the lie about one's identity and the maintaining of it to live in riches for a while. [Hab. 2:9]

Sexual Immorality (S) - 42 out of 100
With the number of times Emma flashes her crotch and buttocks in a scant swim suit, the number of times a pose and/or camera angle is/are used to force the viewer on private parts, and that Meg and Riley end up living together unmarried plus the shot of the nude man in a bathtub makes the magnitude of the sexually oriented content of this film equivalent to magnitude of the sexually oriented content of many R-rated films, not due to individual extremes as are often typical of most R-rated films but due to so many "lesser" examples (see our R-13 publication for more information on this technique of loading the content of films). The scores in the other content investigation areas were high enough to make the average of the content investigation area scores (the final score) PG-equivalent.

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 74 out of 100
The dugs/alcohol content is limited to a few scenes of champagne (and maybe beer) and social drinking of them. No one gets drunk and there are no illegal drugs nor abuses of prescription drugs noted and no tobacco.

Offense to God (O) - 97 out of 100
God's name was used in vain only once and then without the four letter expletive. But even once is once too much. [Deut. 5:11]

Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
No murders or suicides were portrayed in the entire 103.5 minutes of the program.



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  • Rev. 21:8 But the [unforgiven] fearful [cowardly], and unbelieving, and the abominable [vile], and murderers, and whoremongers [sexually immoral], 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.
  • 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.
  • Hab. 2:9 Woe to him who builds his realm by unjust gain to set his nest on high, to escape the clutches of ruin!
  • 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. 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.)

    Monte Carlo (2011) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 77 out of 100
  • theft of property and services owned by someone else, extensive
  • petty theft
  • perilous antics
  • abduction

    Impudence/Hate (I) - 84 out of 100
  • one use of profanity
  • a lie
  • prolonging a lie about identity and ownership

    Sexual Immorality (S) - 42 out of 100
  • pose and/or camera angle to force viewer on to private parts and/or skin, frequent
  • dressing to maximize the human body and/or skin exposure, repeatedly
  • nude man in a bathtub
  • excessive cleavage
  • exhibitionism, twice
  • scant swim wear, repeatedly
  • living together unmarried

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 74 out of 100
  • champagne/booze, repeatedly
  • drinking, repeatedly

    Offense to God (O) - 97 out of 100
  • one use of God's name in vain

    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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