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(2011), PG-13 [R-13*] (2hr 7.3min)

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Influence Density
November 29, 2011
November 30, 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-13 [R-13*] ... this one is more of the same and all are R-13

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Walt Disney Pictures, Jerry Bruckheimer Films, Second Mate Productions
Distribution (US): Buena Vista
Director(s): Gore Verbinski
Producer(s): Jerry Bruckheimer, Bruce Hendricks, Jack Kney, Eric McLeod, Chad Oman, Pat Sandston, Mike Stenson, Peter Kohn
Written by: Terry Elliot, Terry Rossio
Cinematography/Camera: Dariusz Wolski
Music: Hans Zimmer
Film Editing: Stephen E. Rivkin, Craig Wood
Casting: Denise Chamian
Production Design: Rick Heinrichs
Art Direction: Bruce Crone, John Dexter, William Hawkins, William Ladd Skinner
Viewed on Buena Vista Home Entertainment DVD

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stanger Tides is more of the same. Evidence of such a statement is provided in the scoring data comparative of four of the Pirates™ franchise shown below. I have not kept track of all the Pirates™ films made so I do not know whether there are others. If any of you wish to let me know of other Pirates™ full-length features that hit the theaters, feel free to do so . If there are others I may conduct CAP analysis of them just to complete the Pirates™ comparative package.

One can see the four Pirates™ installments above are essentially peas in the same pod: that this one is more of the same and all are R-13. With a final scoring span of only seven points out of 100 over the four installments there is not much difference between them morally speaking. The span of Influence Density figures might suggest that the 2011 installment is a little less dense in terms of assaults on morality and wholesomeness but the final score indicates the magnitude of the total envelope is in the same ballpark. With a little lesser influence density figure for the 2011 installment the content had to be a little more extreme than other installments to yield a final score so near to the others.

Other than letting you know that Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) is hornswoggled into finding the Fountain of Youth, I will not reveal any more of the plot and story since it is more of the same and with some of the same faces and same antics, just with a different goal.


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) - Zero out of 100
Violence in this film comes in many forms: gunfire to kill, a body fished out of the sea, repeated action violence of varying intensities and some with deaths and, of course, sword fights/battles. Since the list of violent matters is so extensive I ask that you look to the listing in the Findings section for a complete accounting of the violence content. Such an extensive violence content begs of sharing with readers God's Word about embracing violence.

God warns of the enticing nature of violence in many verses of the Bible but the one I like to use to impart His Wisdom to you is Proverb 16:29. In it God warns that violence can be "catching": that violence can lead one "into the path that is not good." In addition, since God "published His findings" in the Bible man has plagiarized God's Word by four professional public health agencies publishing that viewing violence in and as entertainment can, among other things, lead to real life violence and lead the viewer to believe that violence is an effective way to settle conflicts. So, God has warned us. Man has warned us. But do we listen?

Impudence/Hate (I) - 63 out of 100
Profanity appears in the film mainly as root words of larger or combination words or combined with other words, which makes it appear the writers were using this form of masking profanity to "excuse" cussing. [Col. 3:8, Eph. 4:29] But in a number of locations lust for blood and killing are portrayed, even by children who are offered toys of dolls of humans hanging by the neck. One of the characters wanted his daughter to give up her life so he could have more years of life.

Sexual Immorality (S) - 58 out of 100
Sexually immoral display and behavior come in the forms of a barmaid escorting a man upstairs (ostensibly for sex), brief excessive breast exposure, multiple views of "mermaid nudity" and talk of intercourse. In one scene a clothed man gets on top of a clothed woman who then gets on top of him. The lead female character also mutters an innuendo about a male character "pointing" his anatomy. [1 Thess. 4:7, 1 John 2:16]

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 66 out of 100
Drinking (repeatedly) and drunkenness. Both are there. One of the reasons for alcoholism is the presentation of drinking and drunkenness without consequences. Most kids learn first about the "feel-good" effects of alcohol in the media before they can even spell "alcoholic." to fortify such a claim I will quote the American College of Physicians (ACP).

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]

    That says enough without elaboration from me regarding the onscreen influence of alcohol.

    Offense to God (O) - 40 out of 100
    In addition to four abuses of God's name [Deut. 5:11] one of the characters embraced faith in polytheism [1 Tim. 2:5], another exhibited unholy powers, yet another exhibited voodoo. A dead body came back to life (in two events), the mermaids shape-shifted and two men toasted to getting revenge (lust for vengeance). But the most severe offense was a Christian cleric stating a man's soul could not be Saved. Anyone who believes in his/her heart that Jesus is Lord and the resurrected Savior is saved. His/her past will not deny him/her Salvation.

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 69 out of 100
    Murder was portrayed as if committing it was little more than an inconvenience. Murder by gunfire. Murder by blade. One of the murders was by slicing of the victim's neck with a sword.



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  • Prov. 16:29 A violent man enticeth his neighbour, and leadeth him into the way that is not good. [The issue is the violence, the 'way that is not good' no matter how "small" or "fantasy" or "justified" the violence might seem, and its "leading" effect on the observer. "A violent man" can be any character of any age, any gender, human or not in the act of committing (demonstrating in the case of entertainment) violent behavior/action whether for good or evil OR the violent behaviors/actions themselves. Such exposure can and does embolden the viewer into aggression, especially youth. It took years for the American professional health community to finally affirm, probably without knowing it, that which God told us in 1 Cor. 15:33 below. See also Joint Statement on the Impact of Entertainment Violence on Children: Congressional Public Health Summit for more information. Their findings include:
    --> Children who see a lot of violence are more likely to view violence as an effective way of settling conflicts. Children exposed to violence are more likely to assume the acts of violence are acceptable behavior.
    --> Viewing violence can lead to emotional desensitization towards violence in real life. It can decease the likelihood that one will take action on behalf of a victim when violence occurs.
    --> Entertainment violence feeds a perception that the world is a violent and mean place. Viewing violence increases fear of becoming a victim of violence, with a resultant increase in self-protective behavior and a mistrust of others.
    --> Viewing violence may lead to real life violence. Children exposed to violent programming at a young age have a higher tendency for violent and aggressive behavior later in life than children who are not so exposed.
    Further, God speaks darkly of violence 56 times in the Old and New Testament of the KJV.]
  • 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.
  • 1 Ths. 4:7 For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life.
  • 1 John 2:16 For everything in the world -the cravings of sinful man [lust of his flesh], the lust of his eyes [which includes that which makes him lust, e.g., images and talk], and the boasting of what he has and does -comes not from the Father but from the world. [The "world" here is kosmos {kos'-mos}: the ungodly multitude; the whole mass of men and women alienated from God, and therefore hostile to the cause of Christ.]
  • 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.]
  • 1 Cor. 6:19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
  • 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.]
  • 1 Tim. 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

    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.)

    Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger tides (2011) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - Zero out of 100
  • body brought up from the deep in a fishnet
  • bludgeoning, repeatedly
  • assault to imprison
  • many firearms for control
  • payoff for wrongdoing
  • action violence of varying intensities, repeatedly
  • theft
  • gunfire to kill, repeatedly
  • sword fight, one-on-one, long
  • physical brutality, repeatedly
  • binding to torture
  • weapon to throat
  • near stabbing
  • sword impalement through human without effect
  • sword battle with deaths
  • gunfire to intimidate
  • intimidation with firearm, repeatedly
  • firearm threat to head
  • decayed body
  • death by impalement
  • order to kill, repeatedly
  • sword/gun battle with killings, long, repeatedly
  • man stripped of his flesh

    Impudence/Hate (I) - 53 out of 100
  • five uses of disguised profanity
  • bloodlust/lust for killing, repeatedly
  • more lust for killing including by children and selling of effigies of humans hanging by the neck as toys
  • impersonating a court officer
  • derogatory term
  • massive tattoos
  • lies
  • father's want of daughter to sacrifice her life to save his

    Sexual Immorality (S) - 58 out of 100
  • barmaid for sex
  • brief excessive breast exposure
  • talk of intercourse
  • man on woman, clothed
  • woman on man, clothed
  • multiple side nudity, upper, female
  • many flash images of "mermaid nudity"
  • sexual innuendo re: man "pointing something" (anatomy) at a woman
  • lie about being pregnant to influence

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 66 out of 100
  • drinking, repeatedly
  • drunken revelry
  • drugging to abduct
  • booze

    Offense to God (O) - 40 out of 100
  • four abuses of God's name but each without the four letter expletive
  • dead body coming back to life
  • unholy powers, repeatedly
  • miniaturization by unholy magic
  • shape-shifting, normal teeth changing to evil
  • decayed body moving
  • lie that one's soul cannot be saved
  • toasting to revenge (lust for vengeance)
  • embracing "gods"

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 69 out of 100
  • murder by gunfire, repeatedly
  • murder by incineration
  • two murders by blade, once by slicing the throat

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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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