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(2010), G [G*] (1hr 37.75min)

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June 22, 2011
June 23, 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.

(2010), G [G*] ... . occasional upheavals à la Ramona (that's her behind Selena)

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Fox 2000 Pictures, Walden Media, DiNovi Pictures
Distribution (US): Fox Home Entertainment
Director(s): Elizabeth Allen
Producer(s): Denise Di Novi, Alison Greenspan, Brad Van Arragon
Screenplay: Laurie Craig, Nick Pustay
Novel: Beverly Cleary
Cinematography/Camera: John Bailey
Music: Mark Mothersbaugh
Film Editing: Jane Moran
Casting: Heike Brandstatter, Christian Kaplan, Coreen Mayrs
Production Design: Brent Thomas
Art Direction: Shannon Grover
Viewed on Fox Home Entertainment DVD

When I first saw the title of this film I thought to myself "Self, 'Beezus' is just another mockery of the name of Jesus. Thankfully I find that the name "Beezus" was portrayed as the best a toddler could say "Beatrice." Rather clever of the writers, dontchaknow.

Ramona (Joey King) is a nine year and three month little girl with a propensity to get into trouble .... or to cause trouble. We've never met one of those kids, have we? Beezus is her big sister, Beatrice (Selena Gomez). Both are the daughters of Robert (John Corbett) and Dorothy (Bridget Moynahan) Quimby. With Robert as vice president of a company, the family are enjoying a comfortable life with occasional upheavals à la Ramona. And à la downsizing.

Chief confidante for Ramona is Aunt Bea (Ginnifer Goodwin, not Frances Bavier of Andy Griffith fame - no one will ever replace Frances Bavier as Aunt Bea). Aunt Beatrice still has a flame burning from a questionable relationship with Hobart Kemp (Josh Duhmel), her high school sweetheart who, after ten years, is still secretly in love with her and has come back to Klickitat Street not to restore his old jeep as he claims but rather to try to rekindle the old flame in Aunt Bea.

This is a delightful film with several subplots that serve the master plot well. Aside from a few stabs at challenging moral wholesomeness, it is a pleasant journey into the life of suburbia.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 93 out of 100
The only matters that touch on violence are the instance of an adult encouraging mischief and some action violence involving a kitchen fire.

Impudence/Hate (I) - 80 out of 100
The most of the items of programming that caused point loss were behaviors applicable to this investigation area: deceiving of parents; a child believing she was cussing; sister brutality; allowing a nine year old to traipse out into the world alone; a teen saying "I hate my life. I wanna die!" and a few more shown in the listing in the Findings/Scoring section. [Rom. 12:18]

Sexual Immorality (S) - 97 out of 100
If Hobart had not tried to brush off the backside of Aunt Bea, this investigation area would have found nothing of the sexual nature.

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 97 out of 100
One time the family celebrated Robert finding a job with what appeared to be champagne.

Offense to God (O) - 100 out of 100
Nothing at all was found that would be applicable to this investigation area.

Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100

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  • Rom. 12:18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.

    ***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 [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, 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 [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.)

    Ramona and Beezus (2010) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 93 out of 100
  • adult encouraging mischief
  • action violence involving a kitchen fire

    Impudence/Hate (I) - 80 out of 100
  • deceiving parents
  • child thinking she was cussing
  • child mischief
  • teen saying "I hate my life. I wanna die"
  • sister brutality
  • allowing 9 year old to traipse into world alone

    Sexual Immorality (S) - 97 out of 100
  • attempt at inappropriate touch

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 97 out of 100
  • booze, once

    Offense to God (O) - 100 out of 100
  • none noted

    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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