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(2004), PG-13
Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
April 2, 2004
53 out of 100

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If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary likely using a mix of KJV and NIV.

(2004), PG-13 -- ... contender for the new Arnold ...

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Hyde Park Entertainment, Mandeville Films
Distribution (US): Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Distributing Corporation (MGM)
Director(s): Kevin Bray
Producer(s): Ashok Amritraj, Bill Bannerman, Jim Burke, Lucas Foster, Marcienne Friesland, David Hoberman, Keith Samples
Screenplay: Mort Briskin (earlier screenplay), David Klass, Channing Gibson, David Levien, Brian Koppelman
Cinematography/Camera: Glen MacPherson
Music: Tree Adams, Graeme Revell
Casting: Sarah Finn, Randi Hiller
Production Design: Brent Thomas
Art Direction: Roxanne Methot
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

The Samoan/African American Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, contender for the new Arnold (Schwarzenegger), plays returning Army Special Operations veteran Chris "Puddin" Vaughn instead of retired wrestler Sheriff Buford T. Pusser in this "remake" of 1973's *Walking Tall* with Joe Don Baker. Interesting that both Johnson and the original Pusser were wrestlers.

I will be sure to conduct an analysis of the 1973 version just to again reveal the changes in modern sin-ematic morality. In this version, "Pusser" doesn't have a wife who is killed by the bad guys. He has a bed partner, though.

Chris Vaughn returned home after a seven-year hitch in the Army. Hoping to find a job in the local saw mill, Vaughn found the saw mill had closed as had a number of other respectable establishments, replaced with a casino, pornography shops and other vices. Vaughn found crime and corruption had grown rampant in his stomping grounds.

After a friendly football game with his old buddies, Jay Hamilton (Neal McDonough), owner of the Wild Cherry casino, invited Vaughn to a night of carnal pleasure at the casino. There, Vaughn met one of his high school girlfriends, Deni (Ashley Scott) ... now a strip dancer as we see onscreen. Vaughn knew something was amiss with Hamilton as he saw the changes in him during the football game. Hamilton did not play nice.

Realizing what the corruption had done to his town, soft-speaking Vaughn literally busted up up the Wild Cherry casino with a big stick and a few of the security guards along the way. Then the security guards do a number on Vaughn and slice up his abdomen, leaving him for dead. Hamilton and company do not want Vaughn making waves. They also have the welfare of their respectable illegal drug manufacturing operation to consider. The town depends on them. Even Vaughn's 14-or-so nephew Pete (Khleo Thomas). And where is Sheriff Stan Watkins (Michael Bowen) in all this? On the take, of course.

During a stretch on the couch to heal, Vaughn's father, Chris Sr. (John Beasley) and mother Connie (Barbara Tarbuck) do their best to convince Vaughn to back off. But does he listen? Did he ever listen? After healing, Vaughn answers to charges of vandalism and assault. But Vaughn stood up and reminded the jury what was happening in the town and announced his intentions to run for sheriff. Showing the jury his scars did it. The next thing we see is Vaughn as Sheriff of Kitsop County, Washington. After firing the entire sheriffs department, Vaughn drafts detox patient Ray Templeton (Johnny Knoxville) as his only deputy. Now the action heats up. One of the major action violence sequences has already happened. Three more to go.

*Walking Tall* is a very violent movie. And it is the kind if violence that conjures the feeling of gratification [Prov. 3:31-32]. Sexual immorality is present for a portion of the film [Gal. 5:19]. Foul language is not a severe as many PG-13s, though [Col. 3:8]. Illegal drug dealing and manufacturing operations are portrayed [Eph. 5:18] as are illegal drug use and overdose of a child [Luke 17:2; Matt. 18:10].

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  • 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.
  • Gal. 5:19 The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery;
  • Col. 3:8 But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.
  • 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.
  • Matt. 18:10 Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven. ["despise" is contemn, disdain, think little or nothing of (which includes abuse and neglect).]

    ***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 (KJV) Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (NIV) Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.
  • Rom. 5:19 For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.
  • Jude 4 For certain men* whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change [warp, distort, falsely represent, situationally redefine, counterfeit, conditionally apply] the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. [*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 [or for] one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto [or for] me.
  • Luke 17:2 It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. [cause by teaching or example]
  • Ps. 119:133 Direct my footsteps according to your word; 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.


    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.

    Walking Tall (2004) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • brawl
  • beatings, repeatedly, some graphic
  • cutting of flesh
  • theft
  • police corruption
  • firearms for assault
  • multiple assaults, some graphic, most to kill
  • vandalism
  • threat to do harm
  • massive explosion as attempted murder
  • gunfire to kill, repeatedly, some massive
  • abduction of a child
  • threat with firearms
  • multiple abductions at gunpoint
  • defensive killings, many
  • attempted murder, many

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • 14 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • tattoos

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • dressing to maximize the female form and/or skin exposure, repeatedly
  • vulgar innuendo and reference
  • sado-lesbian dance routine
  • offers of sex
  • strip dancing
  • camera angle to force the viewer on private parts
  • rear nudity
  • dancing in thong clothing
  • porn shop
  • below navel skin
  • gaping face kissing
  • co-stripping for sex
  • adults in underwear, repeatedly
  • woman in underwear in man's bed the morning after
  • cohabitation

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • drug deal with neglect of a child
  • adolescent offering drugs to another adolescent
  • booze, repeatedly
  • bar, repeatedly
  • adolescent overdose
  • smoking
  • drug manufacturing lab

    Offense to God (O)
  • none noted

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • none noted

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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 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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