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|On July 26, 2000 the American Medical Association, the American Psychological Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry released a joint statement regarding the dangers of violence in entertainment. I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. An exceptionally important statement in the release that deserves your earnest attention is "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." [Emphasis is mine] Another statement in the report is "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." From our five-year 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 joint statement and our findings.
|If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary likely using a mix of KJV and NIV.
SUMMARY / COMMENTARY:
Saving Grace (R) -- "Saving Grace" will not provide eternal Salvation, but it may lead to elsewhere.
Grace (Brenda Blethyn) is a widow of a the owner of a magnificent country home in the Welsh countryside. Opulent and glittering, the home provides for a picture postcard view of Cornwall England. But alas, Grace's husband is killed by a fall from an airplane and what is left of him is honored in a closed casket procession -- a rather small closed casket. Maybe the size of the casket is evidentiary of the size of his bank account. Not only did Grace inherit the magnificent home, she inherited the massive indebtedness of her bum and womanizing husband.
While pondering her woes, a viral gardener Matthew (Craig Ferguson) comes along and offers a way out of the indebtedness -- and into the dregs of crime. Matthew introduces Grace to growing and selling marijuana. Once a large crop is grown, Grace takes her wares to London to sell. Meeting street hustler Vince (Bill Bailey) after trying her best to select clients from the punk and other similarly dressed pedestrians, Grace is introduced by Vince to master dealer Jacques (Tcheky Karyo). Jacques tries his best to be menacing and threatening to Grace, but even he could not maintain his bravado of evil against the "motherly grace" of Grace. After a few manipulations not typical of the innocence of the sweet ole lady type, Grace scores big with Jacques and goes away rich and but only inwardly guilty as sin.
Back at the homestead as the police start to close in on her operations, Grace sets fire, unintentionally though, to her pile of tetrahydrocannabinol and becomes as intoxicated by the smoke as the rest of the townspeople, cop included. And all have a flitteringly good time, many nude but all drunk on Captain Cannabis, old ladies included [Gal. 5:21].
In the end, Grace becomes famous and wealthy suffering absolutely no consequences whatsoever [Eccl. 8:11]. And, of course, all the drug usage was presented as fun and games.
Among the items of ignominy listed in the Findings/Scoring section include drinking, smoking dope, drug intoxication, nudity, dealing, public urination, lies, threat with a knife, a crooked cop ....... But all in "fun." [Gal. 5:21; Hab. 2:12]
1 Cor. 15:33 (KJV) Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (NIV) Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.
Prov. 12:22 Lying lips are abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly are his delight.
Eccl. 8:11 When the sentence for a crime is not quickly carried out, the hearts of the people are filled with schemes to do wrong.
Gal. 5:21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
Hab. 2:12 Woe to him who builds a city with bloodshed and establishes a town [empire or means of living] by crime!
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.
FINDINGS / SCORING:
NOTE: Multiple occurrences of each item described below may be likely, definitely when plural.
Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
growing marijuana to distribute
illegal drug dealing
threat to cut off fingers
threat with a knife
19 uses of the most foul of the foul words
9 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
lies to cover up
fame/fortune by dealing in illegal drugs
sex talk, innuendo
man and woman in bed with sexual innuendo
mass illegal drug intoxication
Offense to God (O)(2):
Dungeons and Dragons as a social gathering
five uses of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive