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(2006), PG-13 ["Hard" R-13*] (1hr 41min)
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(While the Scriptural references are certainly not subjective, my commentary may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)
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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***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
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.
Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
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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