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(2010), PG [High G-PG*] (1hr 55min)

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February 8, 2010
February 10, 2010

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(While the Scriptural references are certainly not subjective, my commentary may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)

If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary.

(2010), PG [High G-PG*] ... probably because of the Christian elements...

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Fast Track Productions, Mayhem Pictures, Walt Disney Pictures
Distribution (US): Walt Disney Home Entertainment
Director(s): Randall Wallace
Producer(s): Jayne Armstrong, Mark Ciardi, Pete DeStefano, Gordon Gray, Bill Johnson, Todd Y. Murata, Mike Rich, Andrew Wallace
Writing Credits: Mike Rich (written by), William Nack (book)
Cinematography/Camera: Dean Semler
Music: Nick Glennie-Smith
Film Editing: John Wright
Casting: Sheila Jaffe
Production Design: Thomas E. Sanders
Art Direction: Sarah Boardman, Naaman Marshall
Viewed on Walt Disney Home Entertainment DVD

Using the same analysis model governed by the same equations and investigation standards and methodology used on more than 1300 films now, with a final score of 95 out of 100 Secretariat earned a solid place among the group of films in our comparative baseline database that earned G-equivalent final scores. That makes Secretariat a High G-PG, meaning a PG-rated film earning a final score in the high end of the range of scores earned by G-rated films in the comparative baseline database.

I cannot imagine how the MPAA gave this film a PG because of "brief mild language" which is three uses of profanity when G-rated films have contained more. Also, the MPAA gave Takers a PG-13 rating with the tag stating "some language" while Takers presented 153 uses of profanity. So, "mild brief language" can be three uses of profanity but "some language" can be 153 uses? Maybe the PG is for the gambling since the whole film was based on horse racing? I doubt it. I rather suspect the PG was given to Secretariat probably because of the Christian elements in the film, including Christmas and Jesus in song, i.e., "Oh, Happy Days." The film even starts out with telling us a story of Job arguing with God 4000 years ago. The MPAA apparently has to do what they can to keep them kids away from Jesus, huh? Well, a PG will not likely keep many kid as away from this film but it's a stab at limiting attendance.

This is a movie of the story of Penny Tweedy (Diane Lane), owner of what is claimed to be the finest racehorse that ever lived, Secretariat, coming up through the horse training industry. When Penny's mother died, Penny decided she must take the reins of her father's, Christopher Chenery's (Scott Glenn) horse training farm. Against all odds, Penny rebuilt the Chenery farm. As time and projects progressed in Penny's fight to save the farm and ultimately the family's financial health, Penny Tweedy became known in the area of the farm as the daughter of Chris Chenery, Penny Chenery instead of Penny Tweedy, which brings up another level to the story.

The story is also about the support of Penny's family. While her husband Jack (Dylan Walsh) became uncomfortable and even verbally combative with Penny spending so much time trying to save the farm, he was there to support Penny through it all. One might believe that is backwards with the Bible which says that the wife is to support the husband: that the wife is subject to her husband [Eph. 5:23]. Well, the Bible also says the husband is to support the wife. [1 Cor. 7:3, 1 Pet. 3:7] Don't ever think, husbands, that "head of the wife" means boss. Neither is the wife to be independent of the husband.

Secretariat earned a final score of 96 which places it squarely in the high end of the range of scores earned by G-rated films (87 to 100 out of 100) in the comparative baseline database, giving this film a lite G-equivalence. The lowest investigation area score (Impudence/Hate) is 86 out of 100 because of the three uses of profanity and the one instance of a horse urinating on a man. If one of those 3 uses of profanity or the horse urinating on a man were left out, the Impudence/Hate investigation area score would have been higher than 86 which would have given the film a green CAPCon Alert light. But, alas, because of the score of 86 the film earned a yellow CAPCon Alert light.

Secretariat a long story of the attainment of the Triple Crown by Secretariat and of the contributions by many. That there may have been some immoral or sinful deeds along the way does not excuse demonstration of them in and as entertainment nor perpetuating them by example nor the emboldening of doing likewise. As few as they are, the following individual investigation area findings present discussions of the findings. The listings in the Findings/Scoring section provide itemized details of the findings.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 97 out of 100
The only instance of anything that remotely touches violence is a still photo of a racing injury to Secretariat's jockey, Ronnie Turcotte (Otto Thorwarth) who may have been as vital to Secretariat's success as Penny.

Impudence/Hate (I) - 83 out of 100
Three uses of profanity plus two uses of a euphemism of human anatomy plus a horse urinating on a human are all that were found by this investigation area. [Col. 3:8]

Sexual Immorality (S) - 100 out of 100
There were not even innuendo let alone display of anything even remotely associated with sexual immorality.

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 100 out of 100
No use, consumption or even possession of alcoholic beverages or tobacco were noted nor were there any abuses of prescription drugs.

Offense to God (O) - 88 out of 100
Only once did anyone abuse God's name. And that was Lucien Laurin (John Malkovich), Secretariat's trainer. And it was without the four letter expletive. [Deut. 5:11]

Horse racing is built by gambling, i.e., betting on the ponies. Indeed the purse of the winner is filled by gambling. The pockets of the winning gamblers are filled by gambling. The facilities are built with funds spent by they who come to gamble. Though there was nothing said about gambling in the entire 115 minutes of the film, gambling cannot be rightfully separated from horse racing, the very theme of this film. Therefore, gambling must be and has been incorporated into the scoring.

Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
No murders. No suicides. None.


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  • Eph. 5:23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.
  • 1 Cor. 7:3 Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife unto the husband.
  • 1 Pet. 3:7 Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.
  • 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.
  • 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 an expletive. With or without the four letter expletive, the use of God's name in any way other than in prayer, with respect or reverence or in responsible discussion is in vain. That includes the popular three syllable sentence with His name trailing it AND the misuse of Jesus' name or title. So, trying to excuse such expressions with "I was talking TO God/Jesus/Christ when I said that" or "It's just words" or "I was acting" or "I was quoting" will not work with God.]

    ***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.)

    Secretariat (2010) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 97 out of 100
  • still photo of racing injury

    Impudence/Hate (I) - 83 out of 100
    • 3 uses of profanity
  • horse urinating on a man

    Sexual Immorality (S) - 100 out of 100
  • none noted

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 100 out of 100
  • none noted

    Offense to God (O) - 88 out of 100
  • one use of God's name in vain but without the four letter expletive
  • gambling, a necessary part of horse racing

    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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