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(2010), PG-13 [R-13*] (2hr 9.6min)

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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*] ... one of the most impudent statements I have ever heard

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Edward R. Pressman Film
Distribution (US): 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Director(s): Oliver Stone
Producer(s): Edward R. Pressman, Alessandro Camon, Celia D. Costas, Eric Kopeloff, Alex Young, Oliver Stone
Written by: Allan Loeb, Stephan Schiff
Characters: Stanley Weiser, Oliver Stone
Cinematography/Camera: Rodrigo Prieto
Music: Craig Armstrong
Film Editing: Stuart Levy, David Brenner, Julie Monroe
Casting: Kathleen Chopin, Sarah Finn
Production Design: Kristi Zea
Art Direction: Paul D. Kelly
Viewed on Fox Home Entertainment DVD

Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas) is a bad boy. A Wall Street bad boy. Because of some underhanded and illegal dealings, Gekko was sentenced to almost 8 years in prison. Gekko's daughter, Winnie (Carey Mulligan) has disowned him because she blames him for being a lousy father and for her brother's drug overdose death. But along comes Jacob Moore (Shia LaBeouf, another Wall Street monkey with personal interests in Winnie and in fusion energy. Current commercial nuclear power plants are fission power - breaking apart uranium nuclei by neutron capture to create heat energy. Nuclear fusion is actually "fusing" together hydrogen nuclei to create helium nuclei and lots of heat in the process. More energy is given off than is used in the fusion process so it is a viable power source. And there are no harmful byproducts with fusion power as there are with fission power. Fusion power is virtually unlimited "green" power which is why Moore was so interested in it.

I am not going to spend a great deal of time on the Summary/Commentary I usually spend because, in my opinion, it is 129.6 minutes of ... something. I don't really know what. The film is that unremarkable. And I want to get on to the next analysis. I will mention that while LaBeouf was in his typical style of not playing to the camera, Douglas' part could have been played by even me. Carey Mulligan's part as Gekko's daughter Winnie was about as cardboard or cookie-cutter as any performance I have seen. It seems she likes to have lengthy shots of her face saying nothing.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 59 out of 100
While not particularly violent, this film has its parts of violent/criminal content. The most violent/criminal parts of the film were the repeated views of a painting of a nude human being ripped apart and eaten by its father of some kind, underhanded financial ethics throughout and ill-gotten gain at the expense of a daughter [Hab. 2:9].

Impudence/Hate (I) - 20 out of 100
Twenty two times someone uses profanity of some kind, including two uses of the most foul of the foul words. [Eph. 5:4, Eph. 4:29] And one of the most impudent statements I have ever heard was about suicide being "the honorable thing to do." Suicide is murder -- murder of the self. Murder is not honorable.

Sexual Immorality (S) - 46 out of 100
All the sexually immoral behaviors and imagery typical of a PG-13 are there: vulgar gestures; innuendo; man and woman in bed making out; camera angle/pose to force the viewer on private parts; cohabitation for sex; crude anatomical reference; painting nudity; sexual insult; adult in underwear; more. But there was one scene I have never seen in any of the more than 1400 films I have analyzed. It was of two giant inflatable mannequins in the position and motions of intercourse. [Eph. 5:12, 1 Ths. 4:7, Hebr. 13:4]

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 43 out of 100
Booze. Drinking. Smoking. Bars. They are all there for your 13 year old kids. While many may think there is no harm in demonstrating such behaviors in and as entertainment since "movies do not influence kids", the American College of Physicians (ACP) disagree.

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. [Eph. 5:18]

    There is nothing to say that smoking in and as entertainment does not carry the same level of influence.

    Our studies provide an additional parameter for the ACP study. While booze, drinking and smoking in and as entertainment indeed embolden defiance of rule and law and take their toll on wholesome decision-making skills of youth, our studies indicate the stronger influence is rather the attitude portrayed by and in association with the drinking (and smoking and any other behavioral dimension). PG-13 and R-rated films and sometimes less severe rated films are typically heavy with attitude. Our report on this, ATTITUDE: In Perspective -- Investigation Area Scoring and Trend in CAP Entertainment Industry Investigations, Special Report-001 may provide more understanding of the point by revealing that the strongest proselytizing element in modern entertainment is not sex, drugs, alcohol, or violence, etc. but is the attitude; the attitude of freedom from authority, freedom from accountability and freedom from consequences. It is indeed such attitude that emboldens youth to defy rule and law. Note also that attitude (impudence, arrogance, a proud look, "haughty eyes") is the first in the list of seven behaviors our Lord hates. [Prov. 6:16 - 19]

    Offense to God (O) - 31 out of 100
    While no adolescents abuse God's name in this film, adults do. Ten times without the four letter expletive and three times with it. God is displeased with those who speak His name in vain. [Deut. 5:11] With or without the four letter expletive.

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 90 out of 100
    There are two views of one of the characters throwing himself in front of a moving subway train. While there is no gore -- we do not see the body -- the viewer sees the suicide. Twice. Don't we have enough horror with teen suicides to have a film for teens show it? Twice?


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  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Eph. 5:4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.
  • Eph. 5:12 For it is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret.
  • 1 Ths. 4:7 For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life.
  • Hebr. 13:4 Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure [which includes before AND during marriage AND gender], for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral. [Whether we believe it or not. Whether we like it or not. Whether we care or not.]
  • 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.
  • Prov. 6:16 - 19 These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren. ["Proud look" Proud: ruwm {room} - to rise, rise up, be set on high, be lofty, be exalted. Look: ahyin {ah-yin} - eye, sight, conceit, pleased (with self).]
  • 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 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. 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 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.)

    Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 59 out of 100
  • multiple views of a macabre painting of human being eaten
  • reckless driving
  • underhanded financial ethics throughout
  • seeking vengeance

    Impudence/Hate (I) - 20 out of 100
  • calling suicide "honorable thing to do"
  • 22 uses of profanity
  • two uses of the most foul of the foul words

    Sexual Immorality (S) - 46 out of 100
  • vulgar gesture
  • innuendo in song
  • man and woman in bed making out
  • camera angle and/or pose to force viewer on private parts
  • excessive cleaveage
  • cohabitation for sex
  • crude anatomical reference, repeatedly
  • women as toys/ornaments
  • painting nudity, multiple views
  • sexual insult
  • adult in underwear, two
  • pregnancy out of wedlock
  • "gay" presence

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 43 out of 100
  • bar, repeatedly
  • smoking, repeatedly
  • drinking, repeatedly
  • booze, repeatedly

    Offense to God (O) - 31 out of 100
  • claim of human race come to be by evolution
  • 10 uses of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive and three times with it

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 90 out of 100
  • one suicide with two views of it

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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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