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(2007), PG-13 [Hard R-13*] (2hr 00min)

Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
August 14, 2007
38 out of 100

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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.

(2007), PG-13 [Hard R-13*] ... At least eight murders, once of a child.

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Director(s): Matthew Vaughn
Producer(s): Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Michael Dreyer, Chantal Feghali, Neil Gaiman, Stephen Marks, Peter Morton, Tarquin Pack, Matthew Vaughn, Brad Weston, David Womark
Screenplay by: Jane Goldman, Matthew Vaughn
Novel: Neil Gaiman, Charles Vess
Cinematography/Camera: Ben Davis
Music: Ilan Eshkeri
Film Editing: Jon Harris
Casting: Lucinda Syson
Production Design: Gavin Bocquet
Art Direction: Robert Cowper, Phil Harvey, Peter Russell
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

Again I am able to view a film the day before opening day but am unable to get the report out until after a film has left theaters. I am getting tired of such delays.

The PG-13 Stardust  is a cleverly arranged hard R-13. At least eight murders, once of a child. Unholy magic throughout. Not to mention immoral sex resulting in a baby.

While I might expect Michelle Pfeiffer to become involved with this caliber of production as a witch (Lamia), it surprises me that Robert De Niro would play a homosexual pirate captain (Captain Shakespeare). But then, since Ian McKellen (a.k.a. Magneto of X-Men fame) is the narrator I guess there would have to be some sort of homosexuality presented. Sir McKellen is a self-proclaimed homosexual practitioner and activist. And what better way to perform homosexuality activist functions than to "get to the kids", the most morally vulnerable age stratum, by indoctrinating them to homosexuality through entertainment targeted at them (PG-13). We are each precious to Jesus no matter what we choose to do, but some of what we choose to do is not. And, yes, to practice homosexuality is a choice. Every single non-autonomic movement of the human body is a choice. No exceptions. No debate.

The adventure begins in Wall, England -- a few hours trip from London. Wall is so named because of a rock wall built 150 years ago just East of Wall. There is a small gap in the wall. The gap is a portal to an imaginary land beyond, the land of Faerie. The portal opens into a field which leads to a forest. On the other side of the forest is Stormhold, so named for the Stormhold castle carved out of the mountain. Stormhold is a gathering of witches, warlocks, wizards and other manner of unholy magic known only to the imaginary world. In this village is Una, (Kate Magowan) a key figure, a slave girl for Madam Semele, a.k.a. Ditchwater Sal (Melanie Hill), one of a sisterhood of witches called the Lilim. The Una is actually the imprisoned princess, the only daughter of the king of Stormhold (Peter O'Toole).

Wistful and lustful young Dunstan Thorn (Ben Barnes) is bound and determined to cross the wall. Through trickery, Dunstan evades the sentry and charges through the portal to make his way into Faerie and eventually to Stormhold. There he meets the mother of his son - Una the slave girl. By special invitation into her trailer, Dunstan succumbs to her honey-laden wiles and conceives a child. [Prov. 5:3, 1 Cor. 6:19 - 20, 1 Cor. 7:1 - 2]

Eighteen years later we meet Tristan Thorn (Charlie Cox), son of Dunstan Thorn and Una. Tristan, too, has a yearning to cross the wall.

Tristan is in love with the Wall flower, Victoria (Sienna Miller), the beautiful belle of Wall. So enraptured with her is he, Tristan makes a promise to her that if she would give him her hand in marriage he would go and fetch a fallen star they had just seen and bring it to her as a gift. The star fell in the mountains beyond Faerie. Now Tristan's love for Victoria and his yen to cross the wall combine to give him the push to cross the threshold into Faerie.

There are others who want the fallen star, too. The king's four living sons want it since the king made it the key of succession to the throne upon his soon-to-be death. A decayed old witch, Lamia (Michelle Pfeiffer), queen of the Lilim wants it to make herself young again. And the effeminate Captain Shakespeare (Robert De Niro) and others make the task quite difficult for Tristan.

But the fallen star is not really a star. The fallen star, which is actually the space-bound jewel of a pendant of the king, is transformed into a young woman, Yvaine (Claire Danes). Still, Tristan promised to fetch the fallen star and give it to Victoria. Further, it is Yvaine's heart that is the "food" for Lamia to become young again. "Food?" Yes, food. Lamia needed to eat Yvaine's heart to regain youth.

There is much more to the rather graphic at times fantasy witchcraft and sorcery story in this film but enough is enough. Now to the part for which most of you come to our pages.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
With an area score of 11 out of 100, this content of the film is clearly equivalent to the same of many R-rated features. maybe not in extremeness but in total magnitude or envelope. Knives and swords at throats and faces. Much talk of cutting out a heart and eating it. Defensive killings by sword. Swords protruding out the backside of the victim. More. [Prov. 16:29]

Impudence/Hate (I)
Only four uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary were noted. Only four? That is four too many. [2 Tim. 2:16 - 17] Aside from the relatively lite assault on morality with the four uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary, a son lying to his father, cheating and more lies comprise the majority of the impudence content of this film.

Sexual Immorality (S)
Because, in part, of the implied immoral intercourse resulting in pregnancy out of wedlock and Pfeiffer dropping her clothes to the ground (genitals not seen), Stardust  earned another R-equivalent score in this investigation area. Additional matters of sexually immoral behavior include rude gaze, nude man in tube with woman watching, nude woman in tub with man watching and a man and a woman in bed ostensibly after another intercourse overnight (cohabitation for sex), Stardust  earned an area score equivalent to some hard R-rated movies. A film does not need to display nudity or other images to make a bold statement of and for  immoral sex. Sometimes the suggestion of it is more influential than the display of it, [Rev. 21:8, Rom. 13:13, Prov. 30:20]

Drugs/Alcohol (D)
This film is equivalent in content to many PG films regarding drugs, smoking and alcohol content. A teen planning to drink and two teens drinking some celebratory wine is all there is to the Drugs/Alcohol content. Though equivalent to many PG films in this area, such should not be minimized. The American College of Physicians (ACP), the University of Connecticut and others have found undeniable links between underage abuse of alcohol and displaying it to them in and as entertainment. In a study of 4544 middle school students (90% were under 14) the ACP found that the prevalence of having tried alcohol without parental knowledge was 46% for those without restrictions on which rating may be viewed, 16% for those with partial restrictions and 4% of those with complete restrictions. That rather points a finger at presenting alcohol and drinking in and as entertainment. Whether we agree or not. [Eph. 5:18]

Offense to God (O)
Though the four uses of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive are serious enough [Deut. 5:11], they subjectively do not compare to the other matters of unholy content. Many unholy living things. Enchantment. Ghosts. The use of unholy magic to control and do harm. Shape-shifting. Many other matters of unholiness. This is not a film with which one might build reverence for God and His Word. [Deut. 18:10 - 12]

Murder/Suicide (M)
As introduced at the beginning of this report, there are portrayals of eight murders in this film. Murder to rise in power. Murder by poison. Murder by blade (multiple), including of a child. Murder by spike. Murder by evil power twice, once augmented by drowning. [Again Rev. 21:8, Rev. 22:14-15]


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  • Prov. 16:29 A violent man entices his neighbor and leads him down a path that is not good. [The issue is the violence and its effect on an observer. "A violent man" can be a man, woman OR the men/women/characters demonstrating the violent behavior/action on the screen. Knowing of Prov. 16:29 you now know why violence, especially in and as entertainment, can embolden the viewer into aggression, especially youth. See also *Joint Statement on the Impact of Entertainment Violence on Children Congressional Public Health Summit* . Further, God speaks darkly of violence 56 times in the Old and New Testament of the KJV. And see 1 Cor. 15:33 below.]
  • Prov. 5:3 For the lips of an adulteress drip honey, and her speech is smoother than oil;
  • 1 Cor. 6:19 - 20 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's. 1 Cor. 7:1 - 2 Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman. Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband. ["Not to touch..." God is wise to rationalizations of man. "Touch" is haptomai {hap'-tom-ahee}; to touch; of carnal intercourse with a woman or cohabitation for sex.]
  • 2 Tim. 2:16 - 17 But shun profane [ungodly] and vain babblings [empty, useless]: for they will increase unto more ungodliness. And their word will eat as doth a canker...
  • Rev. 21:8 But the [unforgiven] fearful [deilos {di-los'}; timid, cowardly], and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers [sexually immoral], and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
  • Rom. 13:13 Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy.
  • Prov. 30:20 This is the way of an adulteress [or adulterer]: She eats and wipes her mouth and says, 'I've done nothing wrong.' [Though this verse uses "adulteress" to make its point, the heart of the matter is the arrogance of "What's the big deal!" defense of sexual immorality (or any other wrong-doings). This verse makes an adulter(er/ess) of many filmmakers and performers, thinking they can create and entice with sexual immorality in their works and think they've done no wrong.]
  • 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. 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 an expletive. With or without the four letter expletive, the use of God's name in any way other than respect, reverence or 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.]
  • Deut. 18:10 - 12 There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination [witchcraft], or an observer of times [soothsayer, sorceress, conjurer], or an enchanter [diviner, interprets omens], or a witch [one who practices sorcery, magical arts], Or a charmer [user of magic charms, casts spells], or a consulter with familiar spirits [one who communicates with/invokes the dead], or a wizard [one who has a familiar spirit], or a necromancer [consulter of gods]. 12 For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee. [God sounds so serious about embracing evil that it seems He would include embracing evil even in and as entertainment since it has been proven in so many ways that entertainment can and does influence deeply and contaminate values. Even God agrees with that. (see 1 Cor. 15:33).]
  • Rev. 22:14-15 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city [eternal life in Heaven]. For without [outside Heaven] are dogs [dogs (animals) and metaphorically an unforgiven man of impure mind, an impudent man], and [unforgiven] sorcerers [pharmakos: pertaining to the magical arts; those who practice evil magic including witches, warlocks, wizards, sorcerers, spiritists, diviners, necromancers, etc.], and whoremongers [the sexually immoral], and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie [all liars - see Rev. 21:8].
  • Matt. 5:22 But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment [krisis:  accusation, trial]: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca [senseless, empty headed: a term of reproach among Jews at the time of Christ], shall be in danger of the council [any session or assembly or people deliberating or adjudicating]: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool [moros:  impious, godless], shall be in danger of hell fire.

    ***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.)

    Stardust (2007) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • assault by cane
  • tale of multiple murders performed to increase political strength and purse
  • beating
  • kidnapping
  • knife at throat, repeatedly
  • much talk of cutting out a heart and eating it
  • threat to do physical harm, repeatedly
  • sword threat
  • knife at stomach
  • defensive killing by sword
  • animal attack with victim being ripped apart
  • sword fight with run-through impalement
  • additional defensive killing, repeatedly, some graphic

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • four uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • teen defiance of rules
  • lie to father
  • cheating
  • lie, repeatedly

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • rude gaze
  • implied intercourse
  • baby by immoral sex
  • strip to display full nudity (not seen)
  • excessive cleavage, repeatedly
  • nude woman in tub
  • nude man in tub with woman watching, repeatedly
  • man on woman with sexual innuendo
  • suggestion of homosexuality, repeatedly
  • transvestism
  • talk of being a homosexual practitioner and homosexual suggestion
  • woman nude in tub with man watching
  • nude ghost, repeatedly (genitals unseen)
  • woman in towel only with man watching
  • man and woman waking together in bed ostensibly after intercourse
  • cohabitation

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • plan to drink
  • teen drinking

    Offense to God (O)
  • four uses of God's name in vain, thrice by a teen
  • astrology
  • many unholy living things
  • enchantment
  • ghosts, repeatedly
  • unholy magic, repeatedly, frequent to, e.g., turn lights on, open doors, control mind, make things disappear, change gender, create fire, levitate, silence, kill and much more
  • witches, repeatedly, frequent
  • "Fool" [Matt. 5:22]
  • divination
  • magical transportation
  • unholy creation of living being
  • unholy prophecy
  • shape-shifting, once to control
  • voodoo (harm by effigy)

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • murder to gain power
  • murder by poison, two counts
  • murder by blade, repeatedly, including of a child in ritual
  • murder by spike
  • murder by unholy magic, two counts

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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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