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(2011), PG-13 [R-13*] (1hr 49min)

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June 3, 2011
June 4, 2011

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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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(2011), PG-13 [R-13*] ... it is simply not here

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): New Line Cinema, Contrafilm, Fletcher & Company, Mid Atlantic Film
Distribution (US): Warner Home Video
Director(s): Mikael Håfström
Producer(s): Christopher Almerico, Robert Bernacchi, Christy Fletcher, Beau Flynn, Mark Tuohy, Gian Paolo Varani,Tripp Vinson
Written by: Michael Petroni, Matt Baglio (book suggestion)
Cinematography/Camera: Ben Davis
Music: Alex Heffes
Film Editing: David Rosenbloom
Casting: Deborah Aquila
Production Design: Andrew Laws
Art Direction: Lóránt Jávor, Stuart Kearns
Viewed on New Line Cinema Productions Home Entertainment DVD

I've been in service to Jesus for many years now and I have never seen a demon possession like Hollywood wants us to think of them. I may have been involved in an exorcism when I prayed for a family in Florida and a cat went ballistic and a crack appeared in a French door glass as I finished the prayer. But other than that, nothing. At least nothing like Michael Kovak (Colin O'Donoghue) or Father Trevant (Anthony Hopkins) portrayed in this film. I indeed believe demon possession is a reality since Jesus cast out demons [e.g., Matt. 8:31 - 32] and charged His Disciples to do likewise. And I believe in angelic possession. But I just cannot believe demon possession can cause such grotesque deformation of human tissue, body contortions and aberration of behavior as Hollywood portrays it.

The Rite is a standard formula exorcism movie but if you are looking for a fright factor equivalent to The Exorcist of 1973, it is simply not here. The filmmakers claim "What follows is inspired by true events." I would like to add "...I suspect with liberal addition of embellishments." I will offer that there is one really true statement made by the Father Trevant character: "Be careful. Choosing not to believe in the devil won't protect you from him." Indeed, not believing the devil exists opens you up to his influence. The movie keeps saying the devil is a deceiver. I am going to "sermonize" on that for a while and share with you one of my publications from years ago:

Satan is the greatest trickster of global impact mankind has ever known. His first trick was mixing God's Truth with lies in fine-sounding argument and smooth talk in defiance of God's Word. God said to Adam and Eve that if they ate of the forbidden fruit "thou shalt surely die." [Gen. 2:17] God was not speaking to dropping dead at the first bite. He was telling Adam and Eve they would lose their immortality and would eventually die. Satan, taking advantage of the ambiguity of this concept, beguiled Eve with "Ye shall not surely die." [Gen. 3:4] Eve then did eat of the forbidden fruit and convinced Adam to so the same and both lost their immorality (which is why we will each age and die). Well, Adam and Eve did not die when they first bit the forbidden fruit, but mortal death which before was not came to be ... because of Satan's trickery. Eve was the first victim of it. And we have all suffered for it.

One of Satan greatest tricks is to convince many that God does not exist, keenly mixing that trick with the trick of convincing many others to think they don't need God: that we can deal with life and death all by ourselves all on our own; that nothingness lies on the other side of our last breath. Satan seasoned that trick with the salt of leading us to believe that whatever we choose to believe is the truth. Frosting for that trick is Satan convincing many others that even he does not exist.

Yet another great Satanic trick on mankind is to convince many that there are more than one god ... and goddesses. Masterful is Satan, the one who does not say we are sinners, in convincing many that sin is not really sinful or that sin is relative: that there are no moral absolutes. Yet another of Satan's great tricks is convincing many that the Bible is no more than mortal man's attempts to control the populations with fear and calling it interpretation of God's Word thus making His Word seem subject to the personal preferences and social pressures of the time the Inspired pen was put to paper.

Satan has even convinced many of they who will not reject Jesus that God can be measured by their own standards: that He must live up to our expectations; that we can comfortably be Christians on Sunday only; that God's Word is optional and can even be discarded when it gets in our way. Another very successful trick of Satan's is to convince us at a young age that we do not have to answer to any authority, especially parental, and in doing so making it easy for us when grown to not submit to Jesus -- and be comfortable with it. Arrogantly.

Amidst it all, Satan has tricked even the best of the believers that they have their heels dug in, steadfast in their faith as they compromise God's Word by situationally redefining it, counterfeiting it and conditionally applying it to fill their own bellies. All in the name of "interpretation" and the human frailty of they who put pen to paper for God.

And the greatest of all of Satan's tricks is to convince us we are immune to his tricks, leading us by the nose into sin and away from Jesus while we think we are wise. These are just a few ...

I hope Jesus enriches your faith in Him with the above presentation.

Michael Kovak, the son of a mortician father, Istvan (Rutger Hauer), is confused about what he is going to do with his life. It appears he, like the rest of his heritage, will be either a mortician or a priest. Michael chooses becoming a priest.

In his last year of seminary school and after submitting a resignation, Father Matthew (Toby Jones) talks Michael into going to a special school in Italy ... an exorcism school. In Michael's gnawing doubt about his faith, Father Xavier (Ciarán Hinds), lead instructor of the exorcism training, advises Michael to take a day off and visit Father Lucas Trevant (Anthony Hopkins) a seasoned exorcist. Father Xavier is confident Michael's doubt will be erased by shadowing Father Trevant.

After observing and assisting with a couple "minor" exorcisms Michael becomes less uncertain about the reality of demon possession and his faith. It is Michael's new-found faith that saves Father Trevant.

Following are brief individual investigation area discussions regarding the film content applicable to the subject area. As always it is best to look to the listings in the Findings/Scoring section (the heart of the CAP Analysis Model) for a full accounting of the content found.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 11 out of 100
The content of this film is not really that violent but there is so much violence that the film projects an envelope or overall magnitude of violence equivalent to the violence content of many R-rated films. (See our CAP Rule of 1000 for more information about this technique of loading the content of a film.) Some of the heaviest violence contents of the film include a graphic traffic fatality, injuries on a young boy that mimic severe abuse, bloody discharge from a woman and a "demon" comment about eating a newborn child.

One of the properties of viewing violence is true for just about any form of behavior, good or bad. First, let me share with you that which was revealed by four professional public health agencies about viewing violence: that "viewing violence may lead to real life violence." Man discovered and published this finding 2000 years after God warned us about the "catching" property of violence: that for man it can "lead him into the way that is not good." [Prov. 16:29]

The reason I said "One of the properties of viewing violence is true for just about any form of behavior, good or bad" above is that "violence" in "viewing violence may lead to real life violence" and its application to "lead him into the way that is not good" can be replaced with just about any chosen behavior and still be true. For example, "viewing sex may lead to real life sex" or "viewing theft may lead to real life theft" or "viewing rebellion may lead to real life rebellion", etc. And language. And arrogance. And ... But on the flip side of that perspective, "viewing honor and trust may lead to real life honor and trust" and "lead him into the way that is good." And so on.

Impudence/Hate (I) - 39 out of 100
This film is atypically lite in profanity for a PG-13 but the eight times someone cusses is eight times too many according to God. [Col. 3:8] And in keeping with the concept that "viewing violence may lead to real life violence", "'viewing' profanity may lead to real life profanity." There is no escaping it ... as long as movies ooze aberrant behavior. And though our youth are magnitudes higher on the totem pole than monkeys, the old expression of "monkey see, monkey do" fits here as well. Kids don't start out knowing what cuss words are. They must hear them from someone else. [Luke 17:2]

Sexual Immorality (S) - 42 out of 100
While there is nothing that could be described as "R-caliber" sexually immoral behaviors demonstrated in this film, there are so many of the not-so-offensive sexually motivated examples of assault on morality and decency. This investigation area, too, found so many of the "lesser" issues of content to be equivalent in magnitude or total envelope to the fewer but more extreme examples of sexually oriented behaviors in many R-rated features.

The assaults on sexual humility included choices such as a booty call, a sexual insult, excessive display of skin (during an "exorcism"), a vulgar invitation for sex (also during an "exorcism") and pregnancy due to rape (not seen) of a 16 year old girl by her father. Choices? Yes. Not one scene in a film, not one photon of light, not one dyne of sound is not chosen to be there. [Eph. 5:3 - 5, Eph. 5:12]

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 88 out of 100
This investigation area found content to be mathematically equivalent to many G-rated films. No one gets drunk. No one uses illegal drugs nor are any even mentioned. And no one smokes or abuses prescription drugs. There is one scene where Michael and a friend of his hold beer in their hands at a bar, but nothing more. [Eph. 5:18]

Offense to God (O) - Zero out of 100
Here is where the content gets the most bold. The content of the film applicable to this investigation area is truly equivalent to the same content in many R-rated films. Again, not because of the severity of individual examples of assault on God's Word and His Way but because of so many examples. The number of examples of content of this nature, 30.8 per hour, are so many that to even try to summarize them here would belabor the point. Please inspect the listing in the Findings/Scoring section for a full accounting of what was found.

Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
There were no murders or suicides found.


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  • Matt. 8:31 - 32 So the devils besought him, saying, If thou cast us out, suffer us to go away into the herd of swine. And he said unto them, Go. And when they were come out, they went into the herd of swine: and, behold, the whole herd of swine [about 2,000] ran violently down a steep place into the sea, and perished in the waters. [Go? That is all? Yessir, that is all it took for Jesus.]! !
  • Gen. 2:17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.!
  • Gen. 3:4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
  • 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 "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 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. 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. 5:3 - 5 But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; Neither filthiness [aischrotes: obscenity], nor foolish talking, nor jesting [eutrapelia: scurrility, ribaldry], which are not convenient [aneko proper, fitting]: but rather giving of thanks. For this ye know, that no whoremonger [pornos: s/he who indulges in (Biblically) unlawful intercourse], nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. ["Unclean" is not about being in need of bathing, it is akathartos which means impure in thought and life-immoral. Being sexually pure takes more than abstaining from physical sexual misdeeds. Being sexually pure includes not filling your mind with lustful and debaucherous images and talk which, it turn, cause unclean thoughts-and desires.]
  • Eph. 5:12 For it is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret.!
  • 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?

    ***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.)

    The Rite (2011) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 11 out of 100
  • surgical operations on a cadaver
  • boy watching mortician father work on his dead mother, twice
  • traffic fatality, twice, one of the two was quite graphic
  • comment of eating newborn
  • tale of suicide
  • child with abuse injuries
  • boy speaking of killing himself
  • bloody discharge - female, repeatedly
  • newborn death
  • attempted murder by strangulation
  • self injury
  • funeral
  • priest hitting little girl, knocking her down, maybe to unconsciousness
  • physical assault, repeatedly

    Impudence/Hate (I) - 39 out of 100
  • eight uses of profanity
  • one use of the most foul of the foul words
  • evil tattoo
  • vehicular reckless disregard for the safety and property of others and self
  • urination
  • lie

    Sexual Immorality (S) - 42 out of 100
  • vulgar sexual talk by "demon", repeatedly
  • camera angle to force viewer on private parts
  • dressing to maximize the human form and/or skin exposure
  • booty call
  • sexual insult
  • reference to male anatomy, repeatedly
  • rude gaze
  • excessive display of skin, repeatedly
  • unwed pregnancy
  • vulgar invitation for sex
  • flash view of intimate female nudity
  • vulgar sex talk, repeatedly

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 88 out of 100
  • booze
  • drinking
  • bar

    Offense to God (O) - Zero out of 100
  • unholy emblems on bracelet (e.g. Mal Occhio)
  • equating seminary school with the practice of homosexuality
  • images and audio of demon possession of varying intensities, frequent, some graphic
  • unholy abilities such as knowing the unknown, repeatedly
  • evil images of various kind
  • unexplained power outage during exposé of traits of demon possession
  • evil manifestation
  • unexplained frog infestation
  • dead father speaking on phone
  • impossible footprints in snow on warm day then disappearing in seconds
  • mule demon with red eyes
  • premonitions by child, repeatedly
  • priest contemplating suicide
  • portrayal that demonic possession can cause evil actions on the part of the one possessed
  • coughing up nails, repeatedly
  • images of evil worship, e,g,. an upside down Cross or Southern Cross
  • flash appearance/disappearance
  • door closing by itself
  • demonic growls, repeatedly
  • "God is not here", "God is dead", etc.
  • portrayal of elements of demonic possession of varying intensity, frequent, some graphic
  • demonic cackling, repeatedly
  • portrayal of young boy hating God

    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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