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(2010), R [Hard 13-R*] (119min)

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July 1, 2012
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(While the Scriptural references are certainly not subjective, my commentary may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)

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(2010), R [Hard 13-R*] ... but that which brought the baby about may not be blessed

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Sony Pictures Classics in Association with Everest Entertainment present a Mockingbird Pictures Production
Distribution (US): Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Director(s): Rodrigo Garcia
Producer(s): Julie Lynn, Lisa Maria Falcone, Alejandro Gonzalez I–‡rritu, Jonathan McCoy, Tom Heller, Karen Graci
Written by: Rodrigo Garcia
Cinematography/Camera: Xavier PŽrez Grobet
Music: Edward Shearmur
Film Editing: Steven Weisberg
Casting: Heidi Levitt
Production Design: Christopher Tandon
Viewed on Sony Pictures Home Entertainment DVD

As with many Hollywood productions presenting pregnancy by immoral sex, Mother and Child presents it in a warm and loving positive light where everything is all well, totally ignoring the reality of the Word of He who made us. Fully, a baby is a blessed thing but that which brought the baby about may not be blessed.

The content of this film earned a final score of 55 out of 100 which places it one point above the R-13 threshold of 54 and below out of 100, making it a 13-R*. Indeed, the Sexual Immorality (I) content investigation area found enough sexually immoral content to earn R-equivalence. The same is true for the findings made by the Impudence/Hate (I) and the Offense to God (O) content investigation areas. However, the Drugs/Alcohol (D) investigation area found content to be PG-equivalent while the Wanton Violence/Crime (W) and Murder/Suicide (M) content investigation areas each found content to be G-equivalent. It was the relatively low or absent violence/crime (W), drugs/alcohol (D) and murder/suicide (M) content and the inherent relatively high scoring under those content investigation areas that brought the final score up from deep into the bowels of the R scoring range (54 and below out of 100). The content scoring distribution of this film is a prime example of one of the precepts of the CAP Ministry: that if any one of the six content investigation areas reveals content to be R-equivalent the entire film should be considered R since no one can watch such a movie without seeing/hearing the R-equivalent content.

This film is a serpentine mixture of stories about the lives of three women: 50-year old Karen (Annette Bening), 37 year old Elizabeth (Naomi Watts) and Lucy (Kerry Washington).

Nearly 40 years ago 14 year old Karen (Alexandria M. Salling) had sex with Tom Weller (Connor Kramme), a teen boy ... and then came baby. Karen gave up the baby for adoption. Now Karen is a 50 year old bitter physical therapist, is not married and lives with her ailing mother. It takes the TLC of Paco (Jimmy Smits), a fellow therapist to break down Karen's emotional shields.

Elizabeth is a successful lawyer who uses her body to get her way. Not unexpected, Elizabeth prefers working for a man. The first man she works for in LA, Paul (Samuel L. Jackson) is the widowed owner of a successful law firm. It is not long before she gets him in bed. As an added character building device a young married neighbor man of Elizabeth's soon becomes a bed partner of Elizabeth. Elizabeth is the baby Karen gave up for adoption.

Lucy cannot conceive a child. She and her husband Joseph (David Ramsey) want to adopt.

I dare not delve any deeper into the story or plot lest I butcher it beyond recognition. Subjectively speaking, I did not like the film because of its cavalier approach and handling of sexual relationships. Fortunately this film is rated R which has at least the potential to keep it from young girls during their social and emotional formative years.


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) - 89 out of 100
The only matters applicable to this investigation area were the two deaths, one by natural causes and the other the result of giving birth, and the display of birthing pains.

Impudence/Hate (I) - Zero out of 100
Fourteen times someone utters profanity of some kind or another, one of them by a teen. In addition, nine times someone use the most foul of the foul words. [Col. 3:8, Eph. 4:29, 2 Tim. 2:16 - 17] Other than the foul language the only matters of impudence and/or hatred were the lies [Rev. 21:8] and an adult tantrum.

Sexual Immorality (S) - 10 out of 100
Though this is not the lowest scoring content investigation area it is the one with the long list of findings, too long in fact to warrant the time and effort to summarize them all here. Besides, I didn't like typing them the first time. If you want to know the full accounting of the Sexual Immorality findings please inspect the listing of findings in the Findings/Scoring section.

But I do want to address one particularly vile demonstration of sexually immoral behaviors by Watts. As her apartment neighbor man stood on his balcony, Elizabeth (Watts) stood on her adjacent balcony and opened her shower robe to expose her full nudity to the man to entice him into sexual immorality. This was a demonstration of God's admonition against the adulterous women (or man) who 'eats, wipes her mouth and says she's done nothing wrong.' [Prov. 30:20, Prov. 6:25 - 26, Ezek. 16:58]

Let it be known that God has some very specific things to say about sexually immoral behaviors. [1 Thess. 4:1 - 5] So strong are His feelings against sexual immorality that He warns that they who are sexually immoral and are not forgiven of the sins will not make it to Heaven. [Again Rev. 21:8] All of His numerous admonitions against sexual immorality can be summed up as any sexual contact (including sight, sound and touch), conduct or activity outside of a monogamous heterosexual marriage is sinful. Remember, folks. I did not write the Rules. The One who suffered unimaginable mutilation and murder then spent three days in Hell so you and I would not have to spend one moment there did.

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 83 out of 100
The only issues applicable to this content investigation area were the appearance of dinner wine and other forms of alcoholic beverages. Only once was anyone seen imbibing.

Offense to God (O) - 50 out of 100
Contempt for God's name is noted an equal number of times with and without the four letter expletive. With or without the four letter expletive, abuse of God's name carries consequence. [Deut. 5:11]

Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
There are no murders or suicides portrayed in the entire 119 minutes of the film.



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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.
  • 2 Tim. 2:16 - 17 But shun profane [ungodly] and vain [empty, useless] babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness. And their word will eat as doth a canker...
  • Rev. 21:8 But the [unforgiven] cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars -their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death."
  • Prov. 30:20 This is the way of an adulteress: She eats and wipes her mouth and says, 'I've done nothing wrong.' [Though this verse uses "adulteress" to make its point, the heart of the matter is the arrogance of "What's the big deal!" or "It's okay sometimes" defense of sexual immorality (or any other wrong-doings). This verse makes an adulter(er/ess) also of many filmmakers and performers, thinking they can demonstrate sexual debauchery while thinking they've done no wrong. By God's Word they have done wrong. Whom do you suppose will "win" in the end? Better yet, whom do you think will lose?]
  • Prov. 6:25 - 26 Do not lust in your heart after her beauty or let her captivate you with her eyes, for the prostitute reduces you to a loaf of bread, and the adulteress preys upon your very life.
  • Ezek. 16:58 You will bear the consequences of your lewdness [zimmah {zim-maw'} or zammah {zam-maw'}: not chaste, incest, licentiousness, adultery, idolatry, harlotry] and your detestable practices, declares the LORD.
  • 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 [sexual immorality]: 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.)

    Mother and Child (2010) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 89 out of 100
  • a death by natural causes
  • death at giving birth
  • two episodes of birthing pains

    Impudence/Hate (I) - Zero out of 100
  • 14 uses of profanity, once by a teen
  • 9 uses of the most foul of the foul words
  • lies
  • adult tantrum

    Sexual Immorality (S) - 10 out of 100
  • teen pair making out
  • teen removing her blouse before a teen boy
  • teen pregnancy by immoral sex
  • woman fondling a man's genitals
  • intercourse, repeatedly once with nudity
  • rear and side female nudity after intercourse
  • cohabitation
  • full frontal female nudity
  • morning after sleeping together, man and woman in bed
  • adulterous relationship leading to immoral sex
  • man and woman in bed after the fact
  • woman luring man into adulterous sex with her nudity
  • rear female nudity
  • female vaginal exam
  • additional scenes of a man and a woman in bed
  • speaking casually of losing virginity

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 83 out of 100
  • booze, repeatedly
  • drinking

    Offense to God (O) - 50 out of 100
  • 6 abuses of God's name, 3 of them with the four letter expletive
  • two sequences of rejecting God

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
  • none noted

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