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(2012), PG-13 [Hard R-13*] (90.9min)

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May 26, 2012
May 27, 2012

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(2012), PG-13 [Hard R-13*] ... Only four of the 471 R-equivalent PG-13s earned lower final scores

Production (US): 20th Century Fox, Overbrook Entertainment/Robert Simons Company
Distribution (US): Fox Home Entertainment
Director(s): McG
Producer(s): Robert Simonds, James Lassiter, Will Smith, Simon Kinberg, Michael Green, Jeffrey Evan Kwatinetz, Brent O'Conner, Lisa Stewart
Screenplay by: Timothy Dowling, Simon Kinberg
Story by: Timothy Dowling, Marcus Gautesen
Cinematography/Camera: Russell Carpenter
Music: Christophe Beck
Film Editing: Nicolas de Toth
Casting: Kim Wagner, Justine Baddeley
Production Design: Martin Laing
Art Direction: Kendelle Elliot, Eric Fraser
Viewed on Fox Home Entertainment DVD

With a final score of 13 out of 100 This Means War is one hardest R-13 films we have revealed so far. Of the 751 PG-13 films we have analyzed so far in the sixteen years we have been doing this, 471 earned R-equivalent final scores (earned R-13 scores). Only four of the 471 R-equivalent PG-13s earned lower final scores than This Means War.

There is nothing sacred about sex in this film. It is a casual tool. For example, Reese Witherspoon, who played Lauren Scott decided to use sex as a tiebreaker to determine which of two guys would earn the coveted title of "boyfriend." And any time Lauren's close friend, Trish (Chelsea Handler) appeared every conversation was sexual, even vulgar with explicit talk about sex and male anatomy.

Boxer Conlon (Tom Hardy) of Warrior and Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) of Star Trek: The Future Begins play Tuck and Franklin "FDR" Foster, both CIA Agents. At a very expensive party during an introduction to two single women, FDR introduces Tuck as a travel agent and himself as (a captain again) ... a cruise ship captain of a very large vessel. That innuendo sets well the caliber of this film.

The film opens with a sequence of a flurry of gunfire and fighting action as Tuck and FDR operate to apprehend Karl Heinrich and to secure the device he is peddling. In the process, Karl's bother, Jonas (Clint Carleton) is killed and Karl swears vengeance. The operation was supposed to be covert but ended up as front-page news. Field Office Director Collins (Angela Bassett) grounds them both ... until Heinrich shows up to collect on his vengeance.

While all this is happening, as a "favor" of Trish, Lauren becomes a subject in online dating and ends up connecting with Tuck. Being the BFF of Tuck, FDR launches a protection operation as Tuck socializes with Lauren. In the process, both Tuck and FDR become romantic hopefuls for Lauren.

Thus is a tease of the two subplots behind all the action. I will stop here in case you, for some reason, find the content of this film acceptable. Next is the content. Content which earned a content investigation area score of zero out of 100 in four of the six CAP content investigation areas, earning 16 and 63 in the other two investigation areas. Please inspect closely the listings in the Findings/Scoring section and the individual investigation area discussions below.

If you do watch it I hope you like credits music of extreme amplitude distortion.


Following are brief discussions of the content per individual content investigation area. As always the Findings section of this report, the heart of the CAP Analysis Model, is the best source for discovering the full accounting of the content of this film.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - Zero out of 100
There are many portrayals of gunfire killing, many portrayals of gunfire to kill and gun battles in this film. There are far too many line items of findings to permit brief discussion them in the space provided here. Please inspect closely the listing in the Wanton Violence/Crime listing in the Findings/Scoring section for a full accounting of the violence/crime content.

This film is so riddled with violence it would be wise to remind our readers of what God has to say about violence. God speaks darkly of violence many times from the Old Testament though the New Testament but Proverb 16:29 puts a succinct point on the issue. In Proverb 16:29 God warns that violence is "catching": that violence can lead the viewer into a path that is not good. Indeed, after God "published His findings", four professional public health agencies published their findings about viewing violence in and as entertainment: that it can, among other things, influence the viewer, especially the young, to real life violence and can lead the viewer to believe that violence is an effective means of settling conflict.

Impudence/Hate (I) - Zero out of 100
The level of profanity in this film is seemingly light in comparison to many other PG-13 films since there are only 17 uses of profanity in the entire 90.9 minutes of the show. But such "lightness" does not excuse even the first time profanity is spoken. [Col. 3:8, Eph: 4:29] In addition to the repeated profanity, lying is rather thick. God is quite stern with they who lie. [Rev. 21:8]

Sexual Immorality (S) - Zero out of 100
As much as the film is riddled with violence it is riddled with sexually immoral content. For the same reason I asked you to inspect closely the violence listing in the Findings/Scoring section, I ask that you inspect the Sexual Immorality listing to discover the extent of the sexually immoral content.

God is quite clear about how we are to sexually control ourselves and keep ourselves pure in His Sight. [1 Thess. 4:1 - 5] The bottom line is that all God's admonitions against sexual immorality can be summed up as any sexual contact (including sight and sound), conduct or activity outside of a monogamous heterosexual marriage is sinful. [Gal. 5:19] Filmmakers (and other publishers) who lay such influence before our teens are akin to the adulteress of Prov. 30:20 who eats, wipes her mouth and says she's done nothing wrong.

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - Zero out of 100
While no consumption of or possession of illegal drugs or tobacco and no portrayals of abuse of prescription drugs were found, alcoholic beverages and drinking of them are rather frequent. And for the PG-13 age stratum, that is a real danger to them.

A 2002 study by the American College of Physicians (ACP) revealed that adolescent exposure to drinking in and as entertainment undeniably leads to abuse of alcohol among underage viewers. The report entitled Relation Between Parental Restrictions on Movies and Adolescent Use of Tobacco and Alcohol reports that of 4544 youths from grades 5 through 8 of fifteen Vermont and New Hampshire middle schools (90% of the youths were under fourteen years old) only 16% were completely restricted in their entertainment diets. Within the ACP study population, the prevalence of having tried alcohol without parental knowledge was

  • 46% for those with no viewing restrictions
  • 16% for those with partial viewing restrictions
  • four percent for those with complete viewing restrictions. [Eph. 5:18]

    There is nothing to say that viewing smoking in and as entertainment does not carry the same danger of influence as viewing drinking. Actually, the same matter of behavior implantation applies to any behavior demonstrated in and as entertainment, including good behavior.

    While no consumption of or possession of illegal drugs or tobacco were found, Trish offered the use of illegal drugs to Lauren to ease her worries. In addition, a forced injection of FDR by Tuck using a "tranq dart" is seen and "Save me a drink" is heard.

    Offense to God (O) - 16 out of 100
    The only matters found that apply to this content investigation area were the 22 abuses of God's name. It seems Hollywood's favorite phrase that abuses God's name is the three-syllable sentence with His name trailing it. Though no uses of His name with the four letter expletive were noted, speaking His name in vain with or without the four letter expletive is sinful. [Deut 5:11]

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 63 out of 100
    There are many killings portrayed in this film but only those which are murder or suicide are incorporated in this investigation area. Deaths by police action, war, defensive killing and attempted murder and/or suicide are incorporated into the Wanton Violence/Crime investigation area.

    However, this film does portray five murders.



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  • Prov. 16:29 A violent man enticeth his neighbour, and leadeth him into the way that is not good. [The issue is the violence, the 'way that is not good' no matter how "small" or "fantasy" or "justified" the violence might seem, and its "leading" effect on the observer. "A violent man" can be any character of any age, any gender, human or not in the act of committing (demonstrating in the case of entertainment) violent behavior/action whether for good or evil OR the violent behaviors/actions themselves. Such exposure can and does embolden the viewer into aggression, especially youth. It took years for the American professional health community to finally affirm, probably without knowing it, that which God told us in 1 Cor. 15:33 below. See also Joint Statement on the Impact of Entertainment Violence on Children: Congressional Public Health Summit for more information. Their findings include:
    --> Children who see a lot of violence are more likely to view violence as an effective way of settling conflicts. Children exposed to violence are more likely to assume the acts of violence are acceptable behavior.
    --> Viewing violence can lead to emotional desensitization towards violence in real life. It can decease the likelihood that one will take action on behalf of a victim when violence occurs.
    --> Entertainment violence feeds a perception that the world is a violent and mean place. Viewing violence increases fear of becoming a victim of violence, with a resultant increase in self-protective behavior and a mistrust of others.
    --> Viewing violence may lead to real life violence. Children exposed to violent programming at a young age have a higher tendency for violent and aggressive behavior later in life than children who are not so exposed.
    Further, God speaks darkly of violence 56 times in the Old and New Testament of the KJV.]
  • 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.
  • Eph. 4:29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
  • Rev. 21:8 But the [unforgiven] fearful [cowardly], and unbelieving, and the abominable [vile], and murderers, and whoremongers [sexually immoral], and sorcerers [which includes witches, warlocks, spiritists, diviners, necromancers, those who practice the magic arts, etc.], and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
  • 1 Thess. 4:1 - 5 Finally, brothers, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more. For you know what instructions we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus. It is God's will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control his [or her] own body [which includes control of drives, touching, seeking, lusting (even after images), crude talk, promiscuity, etc; be able control his/her body and drives] in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the heathen, who do not know God; [Be master of your body and urges, not a slave to them. Be not a seeker of any manner of sexually-oriented imagery or behavior outside of a monogamous heterosexual marriage. For any sexual contact (including sight, sound and touch), conduct or activity outside of a monogamous heterosexual marriage is sinful.]
  • Gal. 5:19 The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery;
  • 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!" or "It's okay sometimes" defense of sexual immorality (or any other wrong-doings). This verse makes an adulter(er/ess) of many filmmakers and performers, thinking they can demonstrate by participation in sexual impurity while thinking 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 [1 Cor. 6:19]. 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.]
  • 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.
  • 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 in slang or profanity. With or without the four letter expletive, the use of God's name in any way other than respect, reverence or responsible discussion and in praise and prayer is in vain. That includes the popular three syllable sentence with His name trailing it AND the misuse of Jesus' name or title even if as a euphemism. So, trying to excuse such expressions with "I was talking TO God/Jesus when I said that" or "It's just words" or "I was acting" will not work with Him. Nor will "Everybody says that" excuse the sin of using His name in vain. If everyone on the planet who has ever drawn a breath used His name in vain, it would still be a sin to do so. If no one ever did, it would still be a sin to do so. Whether we believe it or not. Whether we like it or not. Whether we care or not.]

    Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry

  • Jer. 37:9 - 10 This is what the LORD says: Do not deceive yourselves, thinking, 'The Babylonians [the destroyers from within] will surely leave us.' They will not! Even if you were to defeat the entire Babylonian army that is attacking you and only wounded men were left in their tents, they would come out and burn this city down. [The "destroyers form within" do not have to be army warriors. They can be the ones who destroy through corruption of moral standards as well, such as filmmakers who perpetuate desensitization against wholesome standards. They aren't going anywhere, folks. Not until Jesus comes again.]
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend what is vile, embrace it, enjoy it, want it, submit to it.]
  • 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.)

    this Means War (2012) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - Zero out of 100
  • gunfire to intimidate
  • assault, repeatedly
  • gunfire to kill, frequent
  • gunfire killing, frequent
  • action violence of varying intensities
  • death by fall from atop a skyscraper
  • order to kill
  • peril of hanging by fingertips from ledge atop a skyscraper
  • flame thrower toward viewer
  • irresponsibility with a firearm
  • sparring violence, repeatedly
  • threat to kill though in jest, repeatedly
  • firearm, frequent
  • breaking and entering by two
  • gun battles with deaths, repeatedly
  • misuse of government funded equipment and services, frequent
  • long fist fight with use of objects as weapons
  • abduction of two women
  • threat to kill abductees unless performance happens
  • grand theft - auto

    Impudence/Hate (I) - Zero out of 100
  • 17 uses of profanity
  • one use of the most foul of the foul words
  • lying, frequent
  • using a man as a bullet shield
  • "I want to die right now"
  • vulgar gesture
  • long sequence of deceit

    Sexual Immorality (S) - Zero out of 100
  • dressing to maximize the female body and/or skin exposure, repeatedly
  • sexual invitation, repeatedly
  • excessive cleavage
  • anatomical talk about male genitalia
  • innuendo re: intercourse and other sexual matters, repeatedly
  • pose to force viewer on private parts - female
  • inappropriate touch , repeatedly
  • adult in underwear, repeatedly
  • rude gaze
  • woman and man horizontal with her leg between his
  • woman on man making out
  • "kinky" sex foreplay
  • vulgar talk
  • offer to have sex in adultery
  • paintball shot to crouch
  • planning on intercourse with two men as a tiebreaker between them
  • making out frenzy, twice
  • co-stripping
  • nude man in bed
  • morning after
  • admission of sexually immoral behavior, repeatedly

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - Zero out of 100
  • booze, frequent
  • bar, repeatedly
  • drinking, repeatedly
  • offer of illegal drugs
  • forced injection
  • "Save me a drink"

    Offense to God (O) - 16 out of 100
  • 22 abuses of God's name

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 63 out of 100
  • five gunfire murders (with no gore)

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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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