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(2006), PG-13 ["Hard" R-13*] (1hr 41min)

Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
August 5, 2006
25 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.

(2006), PG-13 ["Hard" R-13*] -- ...nasty little hard  R-13 collection of snippets...

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Apatow Productions, High, Wide and Handsome Inc., Mosaic Media Group, Relativity Media, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe
Distribution (US): Sony Pictures Entertainment
Director(s): Adam McKay
Producer(s): Judd Apatow, Joshua Church, Andrew J. Cohen, Will Ferrell, Ryan Kavanaugh, Adam McKay, Jimmy Miller, Sarah Nettinga, Matthew Tolmach
Written by: Will Ferrell, Adam McKay
Cinematography/Camera: Oliver Wood
Music: Anthony Short, Alex Wurman
Film Editing: Brent White
Casting: Shirley Fulton Crumley
Production Design: Clayton Hartley
Art Direction: Virginia L. Randolph
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

Again I am sorry this is so late -- seven days after opening day -- but until this ministry can be funded for dedicated fulltime operation such delays must be tolerated. The CAP Ministry is already fulltime, I am just not able to dedicate to it because of lack of funding. Since this film is touted to be the #1 film in America and is PG-13, thus drawing the vast teen audience, it bothers me greatly that you have not had the truth about its content until now.

Wow! What a nasty little collection of abrasive snippets at everything wholesome and pure. Including God. Will Ferrell together with PG-13 should warn you from the start. This film is both written and produced by Will Ferrell.

Ricky "I wanna go fast" Bobby (Jake Johnson, Luke Bigham then Will Ferrell) is born to speed. Racer daddy Reese (Gary Cole) is to blame for that. From the time Ricky took off in his mother's car after she left him it in with the keys in the ignition, Ricky has had speed in his blood. Now he is a top racer. But he is top racer at the expense of best friend and racing partner Cal Naughton, Jr. (John C. Reilly) and the "slingshot" tactic they developed. The only trouble with the slingshot maneuver is that it was always Ricky who benefited.

Ricky is at the top ... until France invades the circuit. Top French racer Jean Girard (Sacha Baron Cohen) bumps Bobby out of the track and out of racing. Now, Bobby has lost everything: money; fame; prestige; even his wife Carley (Leslie Bibb) to Cal. But the humble and quite Susan (Amy Adams) comes to the rescue and convinces Bobby to get out of the fast-food business he has settled for and back into racing.

I am not going to spend a lot of time on the story and plot because this film is saturated with assaults on morality and decency. Informing you of these would be time better spent.

Homosexuality. The last half of the film presents the practice of it in several forms. Homosexual kissing (more than once), a man in a pose akin to those in porn magazines, much talk of homosexual behavior/mannerisms, a male husband, inappropriate male-to-male touching (more than once) and more. Girard, the quintessential "gay" even claims to be sexually aroused when holding Bobby's hand. [1Cor. 6:9-10]

In terms of heterosexual behaviors, little is left out here either. Vulgar sex comments by an adolescent and by an adult before adolescents. A woman lifting her T-shirt (no gender-specifics seen). Many anatomical references, some quite vulgar and by an adolescent. An adult in underwear prancing about. More. [1Cor. 6:18]

The three/four letter word vocabulary is used profusely by both adult and child. [2 Tim. 2:16] And what would a PG-13 be without the adolescent expressing hate and disrespect for parents and other fair authority. Repeatedly. [1Pet. 5:5]

While the film's violence content was limited mainly to vehicle/racing violence, there was one instance of reckless gunfire for attention. Bobby stabs his own leg with a knife. And a cougar attacks Bobby. [1 Cor.15:33]

Drinking and drunkenness are rampant as well. The references in the Ephesians 5:18 Scriptural application below regarding the findings of the American College of physicians and even the University of Connecticut explain well the apprehension I have had for years about alcoholic beverages in and as entertainment for youth.

Last but not least is the numerous instances of attempts to mock prayer, Jesus and His Lordship and the Trinity. [Gal. 6:7] And God's name is used in vain many times both with and without the four letter expletive. [Deut. 5:11]

The listing of direct observations in the Findings/Scoring section will reveal all that was noted. Please consider inspecting it closely before deciding whether to take your kids to see this nasty little hard  R-13 collection of snippets against all that is decent.


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  • 1Cor. 6:9-10 Do you not know that the [unforgiven] wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.
  • 1Cor. 6:18 Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body.
  • 2 Tim. 2:16 But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.
  • 1Pet. 5:5 Young men, in the same way [in humility as the elders who have charge over you] be submissive to those who are older. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble."
  • Eph. 5:18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. ["Wine" can be any intoxicating substance including illegal drugs or abuse of prescription drugs. This issue is do not get intoxicated and not abuse the body. 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. A study by the American College of Physicians (ACP) has found an undeniable link between the presentation of alcoholic beverages and tobacco in and as entertainment and abuse of them and arrogance/defiance with them by adolescents. And teaching/causing youth to abuse alcohol/tobacco (or drugs) by emboldening youth with them in and as entertainment invokes Luke 17:2. If alcoholic beverages in entertainment were not a problem for our young, why is there and why has there been such a push to get and keep booze commercials off prime time broadcast TV? Even the University of Connecticut corroborates the ACP finding.]
  • Gal. 6:7 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked [mukterizo {mook-tay-rid'-zo}: to turn up the nose or sneer at, deride]. A man reaps what he sows.
  • 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 thoughtful discussion is in vain. That includes the popular three syllable sentence with His name trailing it AND the misuse of Jesus' name.]

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • 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, pay for 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.)

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    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • reckless [street] driving, repeatedly
  • leaving child alone in car with keys in it
  • reckless gunfire for attention
  • wreck violence
  • self stabbing
  • animal attack
  • illegal flight to avoid lawful arrest
  • racing violence, repeatedly
  • criminal unsportsmanlike conduct

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • 51 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary, five of them by a child
  • one use of the most foul of the foul words
  • conceit, repeatedly
  • adolescent arrogance/disrespect at parents, repeatedly
  • adolescent hate-talk to parent/adult

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • crude humor
  • vulgar sex comment by adolescent
  • vulgar sex comment by adult before class of adolescents
  • having children show laughing acceptance of adult vulgarity
  • woman lifting shirt to expose herself (gender specifics not seen)
  • making out, repeatedly, once before children
  • vulgar gesture
  • anatomical references, repeatedly, some by adolescents, some vulgar
  • talk about positions of intercourse
  • sex talk/comments, some vulgar
  • homosexual inferences/comments/suggestions/imagery, repeatedly
  • inappropriate homosexual touch, repeatedly
  • homosexual kiss, repeatedly, once of exceptionally long contact
  • additional homosexual mannerisms
  • adult in underwear, repeatedly, exaggerated
  • vulgar talk about physical manipulation of flesh for pose in a porn magazine
  • dressing to maximize the female form and/or skin exposure, repeatedly
  • open mouth kissing
  • adulterous kissing
  • treating the practice of homosexuality as acceptable and routine
  • admission of sexually immoral behavior
  • reference to transvestism
  • anatomical humor

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • smoking, repeatedly
  • drinking, repeatedly
  • bar, repeatedly
  • booze, repeatedly
  • drunkenness, repeatedly
  • drug references, repeatedly
  • use of illegal drugs to manipulate
  • giving booze to a child
  • adolescent in possession of drug paraphernalia
  • intoxication by consumption of illegal drugs
  • planning to become a dealer of illegal drugs

    Offense to God (O)
  • 17 uses of God's name in vain, two with the four letter expletive
  • mockery of prayer, repeatedly
  • mockery of the Triune
  • divorce
  • "God needs the devil"
  • mockery of Jesus as Lord

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • none noted

  • Christian Educators Association International



    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 more than eight 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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