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(2004), PG-13 (R-13)
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With Reder Comment. (2004), PG-13 (R-13) -- The MPAA is most assuredly morally dead ...
Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Paramount Pictures, De Line Pictures
Distribution (US): Paramount Pictures
Director(s): Steven Brill
Producer(s): Donald De Line, Andrew Haas, Wendy Japhet, Richard Vane
Story: Fred Wolf, Harris Goldberg, Tom Nursall
Screenplay: Jay Leggett, Mitch Rouse
Cinematography/Camera: Jonathan Brown
Music: Christophe Beck
Film Editing: Peck Prior
Casting: Sheila Jaffe
Production Design: Perry Andelin Blake
Art Direction: Simon Bright, Denise Hudson
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6
Great day in the morning! The MPAA is most assuredly morally dead to claim this material is fit for 13 year old kids! They have apparently gone the way predicted by Ps.12:8 and Jude 4. Their service is useless anymore. If their service is intended to alert parents to the content of films, they must have slept through most of this one. This PG-13 movie earned a R-13 final score of 30 out of 100 with a score of zero in each of four of the six CAP investigation areas! R-rated movies in the comparative baseline database earned scores os 54 and below out of 100.
Without A Paddle is also a prime example of the CAP Rule of 1000 with literally dozens of lesser issues of assault on morality and decency to get the same effect as a movie using fewer but more bold issues of ignominy, such as in R-rated movies. It is further a prime example of the slipping standards of the MPAA (see Harvard Agrees with Us.
This film is saturated with crude sexual issues (33.2 per hour) and foul language (51.7 per hour). There are also 20.4 instances of violence per hour, mostly gunfire to kill. Ten decimal nine instances of drug farming, intoxication and hallucinations and drinking and drunkenness fill the spaces between.
Did you make lifelong friendships as children? Did you keep those friendships? In Without A Paddle four ten year old boys; Tom Marshall (Matthew Price), Jerry Conlaine (Andrew Hampton), Dan Mott (Jarred Rumbold), Billy Newwood (Carl Snell) formed a lifelong pact of friendship.
Once grown up and separated (in the order shown in the poster art) Jerry (Matthew Lillard, Shaggy in Scooby-Doo and Scooby-Doo 2) became a business man. Dan (Seth Green) became a doctor. Tom (Dax Shepard) became an opportunist. All are now city boys and thirty-ish. By a telephone call from his mother and during an argument with his live-in lover, Jerry learned that Billy was killed. Again the three boys were drawn together.
After the funeral, Jerry, Dan and Tom gathered once again in their now 20 year old treehouse, reminisced and rekindled their friendship. The treehouse was filled with memorabilia and gadgets and other things, one of which should not be collected.
But in that treehouse the boys discovered plans Billy had made so long ago to find the lost treasure of the legendary thief, D. B. Cooper, complete with a map and a detailed study of the Oregon territory where D. B. Cooper was supposed to have parachuted into with all his loot. If this sounds much like the story of Goonies with D. B. Cooper as the pirate, One-eyed Willy, it should. Hints of The Matrix films, Deliverance, the "freek" days of the seventies and even Star Wars films are also drawn upon to build the story. (CAP analyses of some of these films are available from CAP Reports.)
Embarking on their adventure, the boys end up nearly getting drowned in river rapids, nearly eaten by a bear and nearly killed by marijuana farmers Elwood (Ethan Suplee, Remember the Titans and Dennis (Abraham Benrubi). They even get welcomed by two ecology-freak blondes, Flower (Rachel Blanchard) and Butterfly (Christina Moore) in a treehouse who offered the boys solace from the raging pot farmers after them. During their stay with the blondes the boys lose all their clothes except their underwear. After the pot farmers are driven off by dropping bags of manure on them, the boys spend a great deal of time in just their underwear. When a storm drenched them, the boys cuddled to stay warm. But that is not all.
Enough of the trying to build a polite picture of this film which brings you 59 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary [Col. 3:8], two use of the most foul of the foul words [Prov. 22:11], two uses of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive and seven without [Deut. 5:11]. Drug farming, drug intoxication and drug-induced hallucinations [Hab. 2:9]. Drinking and drunkenness [Eph. 5:18]. Massive gunfire to kill [Prov. 3:31-32]. Female nudity [**]. A man and a woman frolicking in bed in their underwear. Cohabitation. [1Cor. 7:2] Quite possibly the single verse that condemns this film the most is Luke 17:2.
The listing in the Findings/Scoring section will reveal all that was noted so you can decide for yourselves whether this film is fit for your family or not, in spite of my disgust with it.
Yes, it had a message, and it was received well by our youth as you can see. A "message" of stealing childhood from children -- and that they should love it. That a 12 year old child even knows about spooning, a practice of homosexuality, let alone what it is marks indelibly a dark period in our history, darkened further and amplified by watching it in and as entertainment. Don't be fooled into thinking this was a one-time mention of spooning to our young in and as entertainment. Anger Management, another PG-13 (R-13), also presented it but not as boldly as Without A Paddle, which makes sense since Anger Management is a little more than a year old. [Ps 12:8, Luke 17:2] (See: R-13.) Maybe next year our kids will get to see spooning in action without the underwear.
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***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
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 heart of the CAP Analysis Model)
Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
|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.|
|In the name of Jesus: |
Lord, Master, Teacher, Savior, God.
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