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(2012), PG-13 [Hard R-13*] (117.9min)

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October 28, 2012
November 1, 2012

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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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(2012), PG-13 [Hard R-13*] ... Cruise, Baldwin and Zeta-Jones must have been scraping the bottom of the barrel

Production (US): Warner Brothers and New Line Cinema present a Corner Store Entertainment production in association with Material Pictures in association with Offspring Entertainment
Distribution (US): Warner Brothers Home Video
Director(s): Adam Shankman
Producer(s): Jimmy Badstibner, Samuel J. Brown, Jeff Davis, Michael Disco, Jennifer Gibgot, Garrett Grant, Barry Habib, Martin Lake, Carl Levin, Tobey Maguire, Scott Prisand, Daniel Shafer, Adam Shankman, Hillary Butorac Weaver, Matt Weaver
Cinematography/Camera: Bojan Bazelli
Film Editing: Emma E. Hickox
Casting: Juel Bestrop, Seth Yanklewitz
Production Design: Jon Hutman
Art Direction: Paul Kelly
Viewed on Warner Brothers Home Video DVD

First of all, the title of this film has absolutely nothing to do with Jesus, the true Rock of Ages. I am actually a bit offended by the title of this film that the writers would mock such ageless nobility by capitalizing on a counterfeiting of that which has been attributed to Jesus for hundreds of years. "Rock of Ages" means the foundation cornerstone for the eternal church -- Jesus Himself. The title of this film is a clear mockery. Even the first song performed is "Paradise City."

This film is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for "sexual content, suggestive dancing, some heavy drinking, and language." I am not sure of how to put this but the title and content seem to fit the modern rock culture of defiance of God's Word: of freedom from authority, freedom from accountability and freedom from consequences.

It is an age-old story of a poor misunderstood mid-west girl running off to Hollywood to search for fame and fortune which soon turns out to be a search for "love" on a very rocky road to be sure. I will say no more about the story. Subjectively speaking, it is not worth your patronage.

I will say, however, that sex -- the heaviest content in this film -- is not love and love is not sex: that sex is a tool of love, no more no less. A tool reserved for the married man and woman. All of God's Word condemning immoral sex can be summed up as any sexual contact (including touch, sight and sound), conduct or activity outside of a monogamous heterosexual marriage is sinful. And I did not write the Rules. If you don't like the Rules, talk to the One who wrote them. Since He spent three days in Hell (between His mortal death and the resurrection) so you and I would not have to spend one moment there, He is entitled. Besides, He can give you a much better answer than I ever could.

PG-13 films typically require three and sometimes four log sheets used to annotate all the assaults on morality and decency found. This film required six log sheets. Though the CAP Analysis Model has proven me wrong a time or two, I can tell you with certainty born of experience with analysis of more than 1500 titles that the content of this film is R-equivalent: a "R-13." Let me get to the number crunching and I'll let you know.

With a final score of 37 out of 100, the content of this piece of cinematic tripe is clearly R-equivalent since R-rated films in our comparative baseline database of films consistently earned final scores of 54 and below out of 100. Even the Influence Density (ID) figure of 2.25 fortifies the R-equivalence since R-rated features in the comparative baseline database earned ID figures between 0.78 and 2.04 (the higher the figure the more dense the assaults on morality and wholesome ethics). Cruise, Baldwin and Zeta-Jones must have been scraping the bottom of the barrel to sign on for this film.


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) - 97 out of 100
There was one piece of violence in the entire 117.9 minutes of the film. Police arrest violence.

Impudence/Hate (I) - 24 out of 100
In addition to 15 uses of profanity plus one use of the most foul of the foul words [Col. 3:8, Eph. 4:29], matters of impudence/hate demonstrated included lying, intentional unsanitary practices, massive tattoos, harassment, job discrimination based on the size of female breasts and a man urinating on another man's shoes. [Rom. 12:18]

Sexual Immorality (S) - Zero out of 100
The sexually immoral content of this film is vast, far too vast to try to summarize it here. Please look to the listing in the Findings/Scoring section to learn of the sexually immoral content. [1 Thess. 4:3 - 7]

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - Zero out of 100
Booze. Drinking. Drunkenness. Bars. Drunken revelry. It's all there for your 13 year old to absorb. Maybe such indulging happens but for your kids to see it in and as entertainment, usually portrayed in an acceptable light, carries danger.

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 report 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]

    By the way, smoking was noted once.

    Offense to God (O) - Zero out of 100
    Many times the filmmakers had the extras flashing the mano cornuto, contemporarily known as the "rock on" hand gesture. It is no surprise that factions of the rock culture adopted an unholy hand gesture of recognition between Satanists as a gesture of solidarity. And it is no surprise it caught on, whether the users know what the gesture actually means. Satan loves it when "they know not what they do", especially in rebellion and arrogance.

    In addition to the flashing of the cornuto, God's name was abused 20 times. [Deut. 5:11]

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
    No murders or suicides were noted.



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  • 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.
  • Rom. 12:18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.
  • 1 Thess. 4:3 - 7 For this is the will of God, even your sanctification [sexual purity], that ye should abstain from fornication [which includes promiscuity]: That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel [control his/her body] in sanctification and honour; Not in the lust of concupiscence [desire for that which is forbidden, craving; promiscuity], even as the Gentiles which know not God: That no man go beyond [transgress] and defraud [take advantage of] his brother in any matter: because that the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified. For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness. ["Fornication" is porneia, meaning illicit sexual intercourse a) adultery, fornication, homosexuality, lesbianism, intercourse with animals etc., b) sexual intercourse with close relatives; c) sexual intercourse with a divorced man or woman. In other words, sexual immorality which includes promiscuity. Be master of your body and urges, not a slave to them. Be not a seeker of any manner of sexually-oriented imagery or behavior outside of a monogamous heterosexual marriage. For any sexual contact (including touch, sight and sound), conduct or activity outside of a monogamous heterosexual marriage is sinful.]
  • 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.]
  • 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 even if as a euphemism. 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.]

    Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry

  • Jer. 37:9 - 10 This is what the LORD says: Do not deceive yourselves, thinking, 'The Babylonians [the destroyers from within] will surely leave us.' They will not! Even if you were to defeat the entire Babylonian army that is attacking you and only wounded men were left in their tents, they would come out and burn this city down. [The "destroyers form within" do not have to be army warriors. They can be the ones who destroy through corruption of moral standards as well, such as filmmakers who perpetuate desensitization against wholesome standards. They aren't going anywhere, folks. Not until Jesus comes again.]
  • 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. And remember, mom/dad, "little ones" is mikros, meaning less by birth; younger. All of your children are younger than you and less by birth than you. So, "little ones" includes at-home teens.]
  • 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.)

    Rock of Ages (2012) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - SCORE out of 100
  • police arrest violence

    Impudence/Hate (I) - SCORE out of 100
  • 15 uses of profanity
  • one use of the most foul of the foul words
  • lying, repeatedly
  • unsanitary practices risking contagious transfer
  • massive tattoos, repeatedly
  • harassment by inappropriate touch, twice
  • discrimination based on size of breasts
  • man urinating on another man's shoes

    Sexual Immorality (S) - SCORE out of 100
  • dressing to maximize the human form and/or skin exposure, frequent
  • rude gaze, twice
  • drunken man forcing himself on a woman
  • statue in vulgar pose
  • homosexual innuendo, repeatedly
  • several women as toys/possessions/ornaments, frequent
  • thong nudity, male
  • innuendo re: erection
  • pelvic thrusts, multiple
  • adult in underwear, frequent
  • sadomasochism practices
  • spraying cologne on private parts, twice
  • open/gaping mouth kissing, repeatedly
  • revealing swim wear
  • woman on man in bed in underwear
  • anatomical reference, repeatedly
  • very short skirt
  • male head resting on nude female buttocks
  • partial nudity, rear, repeatedly
  • vulgar song title
  • man forcing his privates (clothed) into woman's face
  • exposure to below navel skin, male, frequent
  • vulgar hand gesture
  • crotch jut at audience
  • inappropriate touch, male hand fondling female breasts, repeatedly
  • revealing underwear due to very short skirt
  • female tongue in man's ear
  • woman stripping man revealing his pubic hair
  • man stripping woman to underwear then spreading her legs
  • man licking a woman's legs while she was in underwear
  • man and woman in underwear in foreplay, multiple scenes
  • additional instances of man and woman in underwear together
  • innuendo re: intercourse
  • self-fondling to insinuate sex with another man's girlfriend
  • woman stroking a man, twice
  • many striptease dancers making vulgar moves and displays, repeatedly
  • man and woman co-stripping
  • additional instances of a man and woman in bed, repeatedly
  • long sequence of "coming out" (homosexuality)
  • homosexual kiss
  • female breasts hidden only by a man's arm
  • tongue sucking/licking kissing
  • more self-fondling
  • make-out frenzy

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - SCORE out of 100
  • booze, frequent
  • drinking, frequent
  • bar, frequent
  • drunkenness, repeatedly
  • drunken revelry, frequent
  • man pouring booze in woman's mouth with her head tilted back
  • smoking, once

    Offense to God (O) - SCORE out of 100
  • 20 abuses of God's name
  • mockery of religious protesting, repeatedly
  • cornuto , frequent
  • Satanic reference associated with sexual anatomy, twice
  • adultery, repeatedly
  • "Stacey Jaxx is God!"

    Murder/Suicide (M) - SCORE out of 100
  • none noted

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