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(2006), PG [PG*] (1hr 14min)

Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
May 29, 2006
80 out of 100

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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.

(2006), PG [PG*] -- "Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking..."

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): DreamWorks Animation, DreamWorks SKG
Distribution (US): Paramount Pictures
Director(s): Tim Johnson, Karey Kirkpatrick
Producer(s): Bonnie Arnold, Ellen Coss, Jim Cox, Christian Kubsch
Screenplay: Len Blum, Lorne Cameron, David Hoselton, Karey Kirkpatrick
Characters: Michael Fry, T. Lewis
Music: Ben Folds, Rupert Gregson-Williams
Costume Design by: Jane Poole
Production Design: Kathy Altieri
Art Direction: Max Boas, Bethany Wilksen
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

RJ Raccoon (voice of Bruce Willis) is hungry. So hungry he tires to steal a bag of chips from a vending machine. Failing to get the chips RJ resorts to stealing the goodie stash from a hibernating grizzly bear named Vincent (voice of Nick Nolte), loading them all on to a little red wagon that also belonged to Vincent.

On being woke up by the noise of the thieving, Vincent tries to catch and eat RJ. During the melee, the little red wagon of goodies rolls down a hill into the path of a semi truck Now the goodies are really gone.

By slick talk RJ convinces Vincent to not eat him: that he can replace all the goodies. Vincent agrees to not eat RJ until the next full moon, about one week when Vincent finishes his hibernation, at which time if the goodies are not replaced that he will hunt RJ down and kill him.

RJ resorts to underhandedness and recruits the help of a bunch of forest critters to help him pilfer goodies from the humans in the suburb of El Rancho Camelot. El Rancho sprouted up during the hibernation of the critters. All that is left of their forest is a small patch in the middle of the housing jungle.

Their small patch of forest is surrounded by Steve. Steve is a hedge. They call it Steve because none of the critters know what it is. All the animals are afraid of Steve but RJ knows the treasures on the other side ... in suburbia. Treasures he must get or be killed by Vincent. All honor and integrity are forgotten by RJ as he clambers to save his own life.

RJ is worldly and knows how to get food from humans. So RJ uses trickery to convince the critters to help him steal food from the humans. That way, RJ can use the animals to replace the Bear's goodies and save his own skin.

In the end, RJ realizes the value of "family" and mends his ways. While this is certainly a good moral, a noble destination does not excuse an ignoble path.

The critters are initially led by Verne the turtle (voice of Garry Shandling). Among the "family" of forest critters are Hamilton "Hammy" Squirrel (Steve Carell), Lou and Penny Opossum (voices of Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara), Stella the skunk and Ozzie (voices of Wanda Sykes and William Shatner). While each animal provides key connectivity with the plot and story, some do it in a less than noble way.

Among the issues of assault on morality include several threats to kill and theft as if theft is a way of life. While there are no clearly spoken uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary, RJ says, for example, "You said a word yesterday. It starts with 'F'" and "Give your privates a good licking. They love it." Hammy squirrel gets into the innuendo act with "You wanna help me find my nuts?" [Matt. 25:40, Eph. 5:4]

Please consider inspecting closely the listing of other findings in the Findings/Scoring section before you decide for what age stratum this film is (or is not) fit.


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  • Eph. 5:4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences and present it to younger and younger audiences every year] when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, pay for it, enjoy it, want it, submit to it. I call attention to Ps. 12:8 to warn of the creeping desensitizing power of "entertainment."]
  • 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 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.)

    Over the Hedge (2006) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • attempting to break into a vending machine
  • theft of another's property
  • "I'm gonna have to kill you"
  • animal attack with threat to eat character
  • "I will hunt you down and kill you"
  • slapstick violence, repeatedly
  • additional animal attacks
  • gambling
  • additional theft
  • "I was on my way down here to kill you"
  • "Yer dead and yer friends are next"
  • assault on police to avoid arrest

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • flatulence
  • "You said a word yesterday. It starts with 'F'"
  • toilet humor

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • "Give your privates a good licking. They love it"
  • "You wanna help me find my nuts"
  • implied nudity
  • animal licking privates - "You said ..."
  • "I found my nuts"

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • none noted

    Offense to God (O)
  • a single use of God's name in vain but without the four letter expletive

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • none noted

  • Christian Educators Association International



    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 more than eight 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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