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Second Glance (1992), (Not Rated)
CAP Score: 86
CAP Influence Density: 0.25

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SECOND GLANCE (Not Rated) -- what your life could be without Jesus.
A CAP Final Score of 86 places Second Glance at the highest possible score in the CAP "PG" scoring range (68 to 86). One point more would have placed it at the bottom of the "G" scoring range (87 to 100). With an Influence Density of 0.25, it is quite probable this movie would have been given a PG rating by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA).

Second Glance is about being given a chance to see what your life could be without Jesus: a story not only of the consequences of your actions in your own life but the consequences of your actions (or inaction) in the lives of others your life touches.

Danny Burgess (David White) is a high school nice guy. A very nice guy, admired by adults but shunned by his peers and ridiculed because he doesn't go to drinking parties, doesn't go out with "everybody's girl", and leads many Christian activities and gatherings. But Danny is getting fed up with being a nice guy and the rejection that goes with it. He wants to be popular. He wants to have "fun."

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One night in a heated discussion about this with his dad (Steve Butler), he reminds Danny that what he is looking for is not fun but is sin. Being as wise in the Scriptures as he is, Danny accepts that but still feels the pangs of rejection by his schoolmates. We have all probably heard something quite similar in our lives. I heard it just days ago when a reader wrote and said I "just ----- all the fun out of movies." But I am not a teenager. And our teens and preteens are being assaulted like never before. Satan's days are numbered and he knows it. From the conclusion of our finding in ATTITUDE: In Perspective :

"The discovery by the CAP of the overwhelming presence of impudence in entertainment media is quite possibly a revealing of the subliminal, insidious, and sometimes invisible tactics of Satan: a revelation that in these final days the father of lies and deception is accelerating his battles with Jesus using exponentially more deceptive attacks on our youth through the single avenue Jesus despises the most -- impudence [Prov. 6:16 - 19]. And all this during the most impressionable period of their lives with the lures most typically sought by youth: unearned and unmerited independence and autonomy; freedom from accountability; freedom from authority; freedom from consequences, each being an offspring of impudence. All of which, together, feed the foolishness bound in the hearts of youth (Prov. 22:15) and steal the childhood from children!"

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Failing to lose the hurt, Danny gives up for a moment and says "I wish I was never a believer." And God heard him ... and granted his prayer.

The next morning Danny is noticeably more drained than in previous wakings. And things were different. His parents had been divorced for years because Danny had not said prayers for His intercession during their hard times. His sister, Jenny (Mandy Posey) was never there. Scotty, a boy Danny had struck up a support relationship with, committed suicide three months earlier. Vicki (Crystal Smith), one of the popular girls and girlfriend of the town bull, Bull (Jim Whitehead) decided she wanted Danny instead of Bull and accused Danny of being the father of her baby (a pregnancy she made up just to manipulate Danny). And Ricky, one of Danny's close friends was in the hospital because Danny did not talk Bull down from an anger high caused by Ricky talking to Vicki. Well, Danny was finally respected, popular and was having fun for sure, but at what price? An angel, Muriel (Blaine Pickett) mentors Danny through his alternate life, pointing out the problems with it with laser accuracy.
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Second Glance truly compels us to think -- somberly. It made me recall a time I stopped to aid a hit-and-run victim (I am an ex-medic), but noticing his injuries were not compatible with life I laid my hand on what was left of his back and lifted him up to Jesus. When local medics arrived and I turned the patient over to them I stood off for a few moments collecting myself then a stranger who had apparently seen what I had done came up to me and said I was a good man. I told him Jesus was a good man and added something to that I cannot remember. I suspect the reason I have been reminded of this is that Jesus used it in some way and is preparing to let me know. This movie makes you think.
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While a compelling movie indeed, Second Glance has some programming that mom/dad might want to think about to decide when is the best time to present it to their kids. Among these issues are lies to manipulate [Prov. 6:16-19], arrogance against a father [Gal. 4:2], and threats of physical harm [Ps. 11:5]. In addition suggestive eye movements [Matt. 5:28; Eph. 4:19], teen drinking [Prov. 20:1] and jealousy [Prov. 6:34] are issues parents should consider before exposing their kids to them.


If needed to focus or fortify, applicable text is underlined or bracketed [ ].
  • Prov. 6:16-19 There are six things the LORD hates, seven that are detestable to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers. ["haughty eyes", the first in the list, is "a proud look" in the NIV, both are matters of impudence.]
  • Gal. 4:2 He [the child] is subject to guardians and trustees [the father and those appointed by him] until the time set by his father.
  • Ps. 11:5 The LORD examines the righteous, but the wicked and those who love violence his soul hates.
  • Matt. 5:28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.
  • Eph. 4:19 Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, with a continual lust for more.
  • Prov. 20:1 Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler; whoever is led astray by them is not wise.
  • Prov. 6:34 For jealousy is the rage of a man: therefore he will not spare in the day of vengeance.

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  • 1 Cor. 15:33 (KJV) Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (NIV) Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.
  • Jude 4 For certain men* whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]

    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.


    NOTE: Multiple occurrences of each item described below may be likely, definitely when plural.

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • threats of physical harm

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • arrogance against father
  • insolence at elderly
  • lies to deflect accountability and to manipulate
  • jealously

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • sexual innuendo
  • suggestive eye movement

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • teenage drinking

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • "I wish I was never a believer."

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • none noted

    NOTE: The CAP Analysis Model makes no scoring allowances for trumped-up "messages" to excuse or for manufacturing of justification for aberrant behavior or imagery, or for camouflaging such ignominy with "redeeming" programming. Disguising sinful behavior in a theme plot does not excuse the sinful behavior of either the one who is drawing pleasure from the sinful display or the practitioners demonstrating the sinful behavior. This is NOT a movie review service. It is a movie analysis service to parents and grandparents to tell them the truth about movies using the Truth.

    "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 aplaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. 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 "rest of the story" and our findings.

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    (1) As noted in CAP Special Report-001, "Investigation Area and Scoring Trend," of the six CAP Investigation Areas, Impudence/Hate was the strongest presence in all four movie classifications. It has a strong revelation about the entertainment media.

    (2) The use of the three/four letter word vocabulary without God's name in vain is incorporated into the Impudence/Hate Investigation Area. The use of God's name with or without the four letter expletive is incorporated into the Offense to God Investigation Area. There is no duplication.

    (3) Only portrayal of successful murder or suicide are incorporated into Murder/Suicide. Portrayal of attempts to commit murder or suicide and deaths by police action or war are incorporated into Wanton Violence/Crime.

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