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(2010), PG-13 [PG-13*] (117.2min)

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February 24, 2012
February 29, 2012

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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 [PG-13*]

Production (US): The Way Distribution, LLC, Producers Distribution Agency, ARC Entertainment, Elixir Films, Filmax Entertainment, Eleventy One, Icon Entertainment International, An Emilio Estevez Picture
Distribution (US): ARC Entertainment, LLC
Director(s): Emilio Estevez
Producer(s): David Alexanian, Johannes Brinkmann, Trevor Drinkwater, Emilio Estevez, Ramon Gerard Estevez, Julio Fernández, Alberto Marini, Lisa Niedenthal, Toni Novella, Janet Sheen, John Sloss, St ewart Till
Screenplay by: Emilio Estevez
Based on Stories from Book: Off the Road: A Modern Day Walk Down the Pilgrim's Route by Jack Hitt
Cinematography/Camera: Juanmi Azpiroz
Music: Tyler Bates
Film Editing: Raul Davalos, Richard Chew
Casting: Mary Vernieu, J.C. Cantu
Production Designer: Victor Molero
Viewed on ARC Entertainment Home DVD

Ophthalmologist Dr. Thomas Avery (Martin Sheen) and his 40 year old son, Daniel (Emilio Estevez) are not on the best of terms. Daniel has decided to drop everything and walk The Way of St. James or the El Camino de Santiago, nearly 500 miles from St. Jean Pied de Port in France to Santiago de Compostela on the west coast of Spain where the Apostle James is reported to be buried. There are many routes to the Camino de Santiago, all start from wherever the pilgrim is when s/he decides to walk the pilgrimage, but the film used the route from St. Jean Pied de Port in France. The Camino de Santiago has been travelled by thousands of pilgrims for over a thousand years and has been one of the most important Christian pilgrimages of medieval times.

Once Daniel begins the pilgrimage his dad gets bad news. Daniel was killed by a storm on his first day of the journey. Dr. Avery decided to walk the Camino de Santiago for himself in honor to his son.

There are many details about Dr. Avery's interfacing with other pilgrims, far too many and far too intricate to summarize here. But the key people in Dr. Avery's trek to Santiago de Compostela were Canadian Sarah (Deborah Kara Unger), Dutchman Joost (Yorick van Wageningen) and Irishman Jack (James Nesbitt). Together these four provide the bulk of the story and content.


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) - 86 out of 100
The only matters of the violent and/or criminal nature were the painting of torture (of Jesus), the portrayal of the death of a son, a hit to the face of Dr. Avery by Sarah and the theft of Dr. Avery's bag by an adolescent.

Impudence/Hate (I) - 49 out of 100
There are 14 uses of profanity in the 117.2 minutes of this program. [Col. 3:8, Eph. 4:29] The extent of the use of profanity made this film equivalent to some of the lighter R-rated films in the comparative baseline database. The profanity plus cheating on a vision exam, open urination (twice) and admitting an abortion are the only matters of impudence and/or hate in this film.

Sexual Immorality (S) - 91 out of 100
There is one scene of a man wearing only thong underwear, one booty call at Sarah by Joost and sounds to imply intercourse by a hostel proprietor.

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - Zero out of 100
Smoking and drinking are frequent through the course of this film. Drunkenness appears twice. Joost tries to buy drugs from Sarah. There is enough drugs/alcohol content in this film for the content in this area to be equivalent to the same in R-rated films. And that makes it a significant risk for the adolescent viewing population.

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.

    Offense to God (O) - 77 out of 100
    God's name in abused four times.

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
    There are no portrayals of murder or suicide.



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  • 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.
  • 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 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.)

    The Way (2010) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 86 out of 100
  • painting of torture
  • portrayal of the loss of a man's son
  • physical assault
  • theft by an adolescent

    Impudence/Hate (I) - 49 out of 100
  • cheating a vision exam
  • 14 uses of profanity
  • open urination, twice
  • admission of an abortion

    Sexual Immorality (S) - 91 out of 100
  • thong nudity - male
  • booty call
  • sounds to imply intercourse

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - Zero out of 100
  • smoking dope, three
  • smoking cigarettes, frequent
  • booze, frequent
  • drinking, frequent
  • drunkenness, twice
  • chain smoking
  • drug deal with no drugs seen or exchanged
  • toasting with booze

    Offense to God (O) - 77 out of 100
  • abuse of God's name, multiple

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
  • 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 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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