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(2006), PG [PG*] (1hr 22min)

Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
August 10, 2006
74 out of 100

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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.

(2006), PG [PG*] -- could say, that Zoom and Sky High are nearly two peas out of the same pod.

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Revolution Studios, Team Todd, Underground Films
Distribution (US): Sony Pictures Entertainment
Director(s): Peter Hewitt
Producer(s): Joseph Boccia, Trevor Engelson, Todd Garner, Neil A. Machlis, Nick Osborne, Julie Ragland, Jennifer Todd, Suzanne Todd
Screenplay: Adam Rifkin, David Berenbaum
Screen Story: Adam Rifkin
Novel: Jason Lethcoe ("Zoom's Academy")
Cinematography/Camera: David Tattersall
Music: Christophe Beck
Film Editing: Lawrence Jordan
Casting: John Papsidera
Production Design: Barry Chusid
Art Direction: Joshu de Cartier, Tamara Deverell
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

ZOOM  earned a CAP final score of 74 which places it near the middle of the scoring range earned by PG films in the comparative baseline database. But "PG" means it has a few immoral teeth. The Most of Zoom's  "teeth" appear in Impudence/Hate (I) and Sexual Immorality (S). Especially in Impudence/Hate (some language but mostly arrogance, rebellion, defiance, usurping parents, etc.). Trending appears to show this is typical of PG "kid" shows. Zoom  honors that trend.

Zoom  could be a sequel to Sky High. So much so I offer the scoring display for Sky High  to the same for Zoom  as a comparative for your consideration.

One of the great features of the CAP analysis model is the comparability. With the above scoring comparative one can easily identify moral content similarities. Morally speaking, for the most part if you've seen Sky High  you've seen Zoom. The thermometer patterns of the two films are very close except in Zoom  with the plethora of innuendo by Chevy Chase and Tim Allen [1Ths. 4:7, Rev. 21:27] made the sexually immoral content of Zoom  is a little more severe than the same in Sky High. And the matters of impudence were a little more severe in Sky High  than in Zoom  [1 Peter 5:5].

There is little else I could say that isn't already said by the comparative. However, by the information shown in the comparative one could say, that Zoom  and Sky High  are nearly two peas out of the same pod. Together with the listing of observations in the Findings/Scoring sections, the CAP service might help you be in the best position possible without seeing both films to make an informed moral decision as to the fitness of an unseen film when compared to a film you find acceptable. In a nutshell, if you found Sky High  acceptable, you will likely find Zoom  acceptable.

Jack Shepard (Tim Allen), a.k.a. Captain Zoom lost his powers of super speed 30 years ago. His nemesis (and brother), Conner Shepard (Kevin Zegars), a.k.a. Concussion is coming back. Jack must not only come out of moth balls but must assemble and train a new Zenith Team to combat Concussion. That is the team in the poster art.

The chubby guy with his megafist in the foreground is 12 year old Tucker Williams (Spencer Breslin), a.k.a Megaboy with the power to make any part of his body h-u-g-e. To Tucker's right is 17 year old Dylan West (Michael Cassidy), a.k.a Houdini with the power to make himself and objects invisible and to envision things beyond walls. Above Tucker is 16 year old Summer Jones (Kate Mara), a.k.a Wonder who has the power to levitate things. Above Dylan is 6 year old Cindy Collins (Ryan Newman who is actually 8 years old), a.k.a Princess with super strength.

In the top middle of the poster art is Captain Zoom. His power was super speed which exceeded that of even Superman, Flash and all others with super speed. But Zoom has lost his power. Nonetheless, the Zenith Project must assemble a new team of super heroes to stop the dastardly deeds of Concussion who has the power to send devastating shock waves at his command.

Together with developmental scientists Dr. Grant (Chevy Chase), Marsha Holloway (Courtney Cox) and General Larraby (Rip Torn), the Zenith Team must prevent Concussion from regaining a hold on the world.

Subjectively speaking Zoom  is not as entertaining as Sky High  but critics who say they don't like it are not children. If you find what we reveal about the content to be acceptable, let your kids decide for themselves whether they like it and don't let movie critics decide for them.

This film takes full advantage of the "new and improved" technology to portray violent actions. While no gore is seen and no death occurs, the aggression of super heroes doing battle found by the Wanton Violence/Crime (W) investigation area are at times intense. [Prov. 16:29]

Largest in point loss was due to the content found by the Sexual Immorality (S) investigation area, mostly dress and comments. [Eph. 5:4] Next in line for point-loss is the content found by the Impudence/Hate (I) investigation area due to a wide variety of issues of arrogance, rebellion and other issues of the impudent nature such as inclusion of Hollywood's seeming fetish with body exudate humor in and as entertainment for kids and three instances of the three/four letter word vocabulary. [Col. 3:8] While none of the portrayals of sexually immoral behaviors/comments and issues of impudence in this film are all that "nasty", there are enough of them to be equivalent to some "lite" R-rated films in Impudence/Hate (I) and Sexual Immorality (S). Zoom  is rated PG after all and that means there are some questionable presentations in it that parents might find unsuitable for their kids.

While the Wanton Violence/Crime (W) investigation area found programming equivalent to most PG-13 films in the comparative baseline database, the Drugs/Alcohol (D) investigation area and the Murder/Suicide (M) investigation areas found nothing thus making these areas fully equivalent to G-rated films. The Offense to God (O) investigation area earned a score equivalent to the scores earned by PG films in the comparative baseline database.

The listing of observations in the Findings/Scoring section goes beyond this Summary/Commentary and reveals all that was noted. Please consider inspecting it before you decide whether to take your little ones to see Zoom.


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  • 1Ths. 4:7 For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life.
  • Rev. 21:27 Nothing impure will ever enter it [Heaven], nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, ...
  • 1 Peter 5:5 Likewise [in humility as the elders who have charge over you], ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud [huperephanos {hoop-er-ay'-fan-os}: an overweening estimate of one's means or merits, despising others or even treating them with contempt, haughty], and giveth grace to the humble.
  • Prov. 16:29 A violent man entices his neighbor and leads him down a path that is not good. [The issue is the violence. "A violent man" can be a man, woman OR the behavior/action on the screen, too. Now you know why violence, especially in and as entertainment, can embolden the viewer into aggression, especially youth. See also "Joint Statement on the Impact of Entertainment Violence on Children Congressional Public Health Summit" . Further, God speaks darkly of violence 56 times in the Old and New Testament of the KJV. And see 1 Cor. 15:33 below.]
  • Eph. 5:4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.
  • Col. 3:8 But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander (injurious speech), and filthy language [aischrologia: foul speaking, low and obscene speech] from your lips.

    ***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 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.)

    Zoom (2006) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • animated super hero violence, repeatedly
  • action violence, repeatedly
  • assault, repeatedly
  • slapstick violence

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • three uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • crude name-calling
  • flatulence
  • body exudates humor, repeatedly
  • race insult
  • adolescent mischief at authority
  • teen arrogance at leadership, repeatedly

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • animated dressing to maximize the female for and/or skin exposure
  • live dressing to maximize the female form and/or skin exposure, for example, the female being the only one to tie the top of her jump suit around her waist
  • excessive cleavage
  • using sex appeal to influence
  • attention to posterior
  • brief but intentional view of top portion of adolescent male glutei maximi fissure
  • innuendo, one vulgar referencing oral sex
  • adult male in underwear before a young girl
  • talk of nudity
  • teen romantic notions that appear to be an excuse to touch, specifically, teen boy handling the necklace of a teen girl while she wears it

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • none noted

    Offense to God (O)
  • God's name used in vain twice but not with the four letter expletive
  • unnatural powers throughout

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • none noted

  • Christian Educators Association International



    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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