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(2012), PG-13 [Hard R-13*] (117.9min)
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(While the Scriptural references are certainly not subjective, my commentary may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)
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
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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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.)
Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - SCORE out of 100
Impudence/Hate (I) - SCORE out of 100
Sexual Immorality (S) - SCORE out of 100
Drugs/Alcohol (D) - SCORE out of 100
Offense to God (O) - SCORE out of 100
Murder/Suicide (M) - SCORE out of 100
|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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