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(2007), PG-13 [R-13*] (1hr 40min)
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(While the Scriptural references are certainly not subjective, my commentary may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)
Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): The Weinstein Company, FilmColony
Distribution (US): The Weinstein Company, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Director(s): Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini
Producer(s): Gary Binkow, Richard N. Gladstein, Candace M Taylor, Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein, Dany Wolf
Screenplay by: Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini
Novel: Emma McLaughlin, Nicola Kraus
Cinematography/Camera: Terry Stacey
Music: Mark Suozzo
Film Editing: Robert Pulcini
Casting: Ann Goulder
Production Design: Mark Ricker
Art Direction: Ben Barraud
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6
I am sorry but I cannot remember this film. Even the cover art sparks no memory of this film. While I need to remember a film to give you a summary discussion of the story, I do not need to remember it to give you the Findings/Scoring results and some commentary on the contents by investigation area since these matters are built by annotations recorded at the time of viewing a film.
Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
The cut of The Nanny Diaries I viewed is not a violent film in the least. No scoring points were lost to violence.
Twenty one uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary [Eph. 4:29], one use of the most foul of the foul words [Col. 3:8] plus a number of issues of impudence against authority cost the film all of its starting 100 points in this investigation area. [Isa. 13:11, Prov. 8:13]
Sexual Immorality (S)
Issues of sexually immoral display an/or behavior such as inappropriate touch, references to cohabitation for sex and sexual aggression drained over half of the starting 100 points in the Sexual Immorality investigation area. [Gal. 5:19, 1Ths. 4:1-5]
Over two-thirds of the starting 100 points in Drugs/Alcohol were lost because of behaviors such as drinking (repeatedly), drunkenness and smoking in this film for the pre-high school crowd. That makes this a big deal. And I will make it a big deal.
The American College of Physicians (ACP) has found that exposure to booze and drinking in and as entertainment emboldens the viewer, in particular the middle school age stratum, the PG and PG-13 age stratum, to challenge and experiment with alcohol.
Though the ACP study used R-rated films since it was believed R-rated films contained the most drinking, the focus is on the influence of exposure to alcohol in and as entertainment regardless of the film rating. Besides, the ACP researchers were not aware of R-13 which defeats the assumption that R-rated films present the most drinking and drunkenness. A finding by Harvard University agreed with our R-13 finding, four years after our finding. As a sidebar note, consider this, too. The MPAA is apparently going to consider all films with smoking in them as R-rated, clearly announcing without trying that smoking in and as entertainment is indeed a negative influence. If so, why not make R-rated any films which present booze and/or drinking and/or drunkenness? [Eph. 5:18] We incorporated smoking into a film's scoring distribution long before the MPAA. Even other film rating websites have plagiarized our methodology. Might that imply others are following our lead? That we are doing something right?
Within the ACP study population of 4544 middle school students (90% were under fourteen years old), the prevalence of having tried alcohol without parental knowledge was
Rather revealing of the influences of the entertainment industry wouldn't you say? And emboldening children to sin with drink in and as entertainment screams of violating Luke 17:2.
I can add to the ACP study that reveals films which present drinking and drunkenness contribute to underage alcohol abuse. I submit that it is not so much the presence of alcohol in films or the rating of the film(s) that embolden youth to abuse it, but is rather the attitude portrayed: the attitude of freedom from authority, freedom from accountability and freedom from consequences. PG-13 and R-rated films, even lesser rated films, are typically heavy with attitude. Our report on this, ATTITUDE: In Perspective -- Investigation Area Scoring and Trend in CAP Entertainment Industry Investigations, Special Report-001 may provide more understanding of the point.
Offense to God (O)
In this film labeled as implicitly "approved" for the middle school crowd, fifteen times God's name was used in vain, once with the four letter expletive. Such flagrant use of God's name in vain, especially in that three-syllable sentence with His name trailing it, is becoming a true insult to the One who spent three days in Hell so you and I would not have to spend one moment there. Even once is too many but 15 times in squeezed into 100 minutes presents a density not typically equaled in the "real world." This has a cost. People become desensitized because of their inundation with it. God will hold us each accountable since He has warned us in Deuteronomy 5:11 that He will not hold him guiltless for taking His name in vain. And God warns that being cast into the sea with a millstone tied about the neck would be better for s/he who teaches and/or causes a youth to sin, for example, by using His name in vain. [Luke 17:2]
Like the Wanton Violence/Crime investigation revealing no issues of violence/crime, the Murder/Suicide investigation area found no suicides or murders.
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***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
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.
Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
|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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