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(2010), PG-13 [R-13*] (1hr 36min)

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April 2, 2010
April 3, 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-13 [R-13*] ... standard formula but has the advantage of high wattage performers

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): GK Films, Columbia Pictures, Spyglass Entertainment, Birnbaum/Barber, Studio Canal
Distribution (US): Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Director(s): Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
Producer(s): Gary Barber, Roger Birnbaum, Jonathan Glickman, Ron Halpern, Tim Headington, Graham King, David Nichols, Denis O'Sullivan, Lloyd Phillips
Writing Credits: (screenplay) Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, Christopher McQuarrie, Julian Fellowes, Jérôme Salle; (motion picture Anthony Zimmer) Jérôme Salle
Cinematography/Camera: John Seale
Music: James Newton Howard
Film Editing: Joe Hutshing, Patricia Rommel
Casting: Susie Figgis
Production Design: Jon Hutman
Art Direction: Marco Trentini, Susanna Codognato
Viewed on Sony Pictures Home Entertainment DVD

The Tourist earned a final score of 47 which is firmly within the scoring range earned by R-rated films in the comparative baseline database. Though the MPAA claims it is material suited for 13 year old kids, it earned R-equivalence in the Wanton Violence/Crime (W), Impudence/Hate (I) and Drugs/Alcohol (D) investigation area. So, since the film earned a R-equivalent score in one or more of the six CAP investigation areas, the entire film should be considered R-equivalent since no one can watch the film without being exposed to the R-equivalent content. (Name even one other media analysis model on the planet that can give you that much mathematically objective data about a film.)

A mysterious woman, Elise Ward (Angelina Jolie) picks Frank Tupelo (Johnny Depp) out of dozens of men on a train to Venice. She picked Tupelo because he was close in height and build (ectomorphic) to Alexander Pearce, a man Ward is in love with and whom Scotland Yard is desperate to capture. Slowly the two begin to connect. First by small talk then by exchanging personal history. The mysterious woman is being followed under surveillance by Scotland Yard in hopes she will lead them to Pearce. Scotland Yard suspects Tupelo is Pearce who stole $744 million from gangster Reginald Shaw, a man who kills anyone who steals from him, first the thief then the thief's family and the family doctor for good measure.

The rest of the show is standard formula but has the advantage of high wattage performers to make an otherwise boring plot and story somewhat entertaining. But, as usual for a PG-13, this entertainment has some dirt.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - Zero out of 100
The Tourist is almost intense with violence and criminal activity. High-dollar thieves. Murderers. Corrupt cops. A dose of gunfire with gunfire killings. And some action violence. The film contains enough violence and/or criminal activity to earn a score of zero out of 100 in this investigation area.

Our Lord has much to say about violence. And none of it good. One example is Prov. 16:29 which warns that violence is "catching": that it can lead a man into a "way that is not good." Lo and behold, about 2000 years after God warned us of the emboldening properties of violence, four professional public heath agencies, whether intentional or even aware of it, jointly agree with God. And criminal activity? Wanna know what God says about that? Since you've asked, I'll tell you. In Hab. 2:9 God has woe in store for the [unforgiven] criminal.

Prov. 29:17 tells us that "bread of deceit" (ill-gotten gain) is as gravel in the thief's mouth.

Prov. 3:21 - 32 tells us to not to look up to the violent ones.

I could go on ... and on. But won't.

Impudence/Hate (I) - 27 out of 100
Oddly enough for a PG-13 profanity was uttered only 11 times but there were two uses of the most foul of the foul words. God told us that He hates potty mouth talk. In Prov. 8:13 He even says He hates the froward mouth. In Col. 3:8 God strongly advises us to rid ourselves of such speech.

The lies [Rev.21:8], the police peeping and the name-calling did not help the Impudence/Hate area score. If you are an unforgiven liar you might want to get a cool soda before you read what God has in store for the unforgiven liar. And Rev. 21:8 is only one verse in which He makes His position known about lying.

Sexual Immorality (S) - 72 out of 100
Any man who looks upon a woman and lusts after her has committed adultery with her in his heart. I wonder if the filmmakers know that they cause men to sin when they display a woman (Jolie in the case of this film) in her underwear or in see-through clothing (again Jolie) or have fellow actors gawk at her as she walks? [Matt. 5:28] I wonder also whether the filmmakers know also that the verse applies to women who lust after men as well? [Matt. 5:28]

And nudity? While there was no live nudity in the film there was painting nudity and statue nudity. God has a lot of [negative] things to say about that which He calls nakedness. He even warned the priests of Jesus' day to not climb the step to an altar lest the wind expose their nakedness. [**] No, the paintings of nakedness in some bibles nor on the ceiling of a church do not excuse nudity. God did not put the nakedness in those bibles or on the ceiling of that church. Men did.

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 13 out of 100
Here is where this film is typical of most PG-13s. Booze and drinking. Like it is okay for your 13 year old to be exposed to alcoholic beverages and drinking of them without consequences in movies but not on TV? There is a price to pay for exposing youth to drinking (and smoking) in and as entertainment.

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 finding 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.

But to we listen?

By the way, there is also smoking but to a much lesser degree. [Eph. 5:18]

Offense to God (O) - 83 out of 100

Other than three abuses of God's name, each without the four letter expletive, and gambling there is no content in The Tourist that applies to this investigation area. There is no occultism, Satanism, witchcraft, sorcery or any of the like.

Murder/Suicide (M) - 90 out of 100

While Shaw speaks of killing many people, we see him kill only one. By ligature. Graphically.


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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 "justified" the violence might seem, and its "leading" effect on the observer. "A violent man" ["man" here is enowsh {en-oshe"}: man (collective), mortal, person, mankind; contracted for iysh {eesh}: whosoever, each] can be any character of any age, any gender, human or not since the cinematic display is at the hands men and women, 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 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. Further, God speaks darkly of violence 56 times in the Old and New Testament of the KJV.]
  • Hab. 2:9 Woe to him who builds his realm by unjust gain to set his nest on high, to escape the clutches of ruin!
  • Prov. 20:17 Bread of deceit is sweet to a man; but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel.
  • Prov. 3:31-32 Do not envy a violent man or choose any of his ways, for the LORD detests a perverse man but takes the upright into his confidence. [These verses speak to having violent desires and thoughts as well as performing violent behaviors. So, don't let the violence seen conjure violence in your heart nor let your heart be drawn into the "He got what he deserved" trap which is vengeance.]
  • Prov. 8:13 The fear [yirah: respect, reverence, piety] of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate. ["Froward" is tahpukah: perversity, perverse thing. "Perverse" is iqqesh: aside from the right path, corrupt, twisted, distorted, crooked. "Froward mouth" then includes perverse, profane (bebelos: unhallowed, ungodly) speech. And arrogance is what emboldens and propels one to use profane speech. By the way, "The fear of the LORD" does not mean we must be afraid of Him. See our Fear of God publication for more information.]
  • 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.
  • Matt. 5:28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. **"Nakedness" (display of nudity) is spoken of as dark, restricted, undesirable, shameful, etc. 47 times in the KJV from Genesis to Revelation. For example, Ezek. 16:36 "Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thy filthiness was poured out, and thy nakedness discovered through thy whoredoms with thy lovers,..." thus associating display of nakedness with ill repute. Also, what makes display of nudity okay in entertainment/art if it is not okay in flesh? God even advised the priests not to climb the steps to the altar lest the wind expose their nudity to the people below in Exodus 20:26 "Neither shalt thou go up by steps unto mine altar, that thy nakedness be not discovered thereon." The display of nakedness, even accidental or the tease of it are not good in God's eyes.
  • 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 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?

    ***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.)

    The Tourist (2010) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - Zero out of 100
  • flight and attempted flight to avoid arrest, repeatedly
  • police corruption, repeatedly
  • order to kill
  • gunfire to disable lock
  • gunfire to kill
  • pursuit to kill
  • action violence of varying intensities, repeatedly
  • boating assault
  • admission of and talk about killing many
  • physical assault, repeatedly
  • hostage
  • threat with knife to face, repeatedly
  • firearm to head, repeatedly
  • police killing, four
  • dead body, four

    Impudence/Hate (I) - 27 out of 100
  • 11 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • two uses of the most foul of the foul words
  • lying, repeatedly
  • peeping
  • name-calling

    Sexual Immorality (S) - 72 out of 100
  • rude gaze with comments
  • camera angle/pose to force viewer on private parts
  • woman stripping to underwear
  • woman in see-through clothing
  • painting nudity
  • statue nudity
  • reference to cohabitation
  • excessive chest exposure

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 13 out of 100
  • fake cigarette
  • booze, repeatedly
  • drinking, repeatedly
  • smoking, repeatedly

    Offense to God (O) - 83 out of 100
  • three uses of God's name in vain though each was without the four letter expletive
  • gambling

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 90 out of 100
  • murder by ligature, graphic

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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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