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(2008), PG-13 [Hard R-13*] (1hr 46min)

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June 7, 2008

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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.

(2008), PG-13 [Hard R-13*] ... is another sexfest for teens

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Fox 2000 Pictures, Spyglass Entertainment
Distribution (US): Fox 2000 Pictures
Director(s): Anne Fletcher
Producer(s): Gary Barber, Roger Birnbaum, Becki Cross Trujillo, Jonathan Glickman, Jeffrey Silver, Erin Stam
Written by: Anne Fletcher, Aline Brosh McKenna
Cinematography/Camera: Peter James
Music: Randy Edelman
Film Editing: Priscilla Nedd-Friendly
Casting: Amanda Mackey Johnson

Production Design: Shepherd Frankel Art Direction: Jonathan Arkin
Viewed on Fox ome Entertainment DVD

I am sorry but it has been too long for me to remember this film enough to give you much of a story or plot. All I can remember is that Jane Nichols (Katherine Heigl) arranges weddings. She has done so for 27 weddings and has 27 gowns, hence the title 27 Dresses (though one of them is a man's suit). I also remember that she is in love with her boss, George (Edward Burns) but journalist Kevin Doyle (James Marsden) steps in and finagles his way into Jane's life. Not necessarily in dishonest ways but certainly devious ways.

My notes say "A story of Jane loves George, her boss, who doesn't know Jane loves him, who meets Jane's sister, Tess (Malin Akerman) and becomes drawn to Tess while Jane becomes a target of Tess' jibes and jabs. All the while Kevin is chasing Jane while Tess chases George as Jane chases George." It does get messy and underhanded as Tess flaunts to Jane George's attraction to her. But that is all I can remember.

Since the annotations of observations (the findings) do not require my memory, I can tell you is that this is indeed a hard R-13 film due to frequent use of the three/four letter word vocabulary, sexually immoral behaviors and talk, and abuse of God's name frequently (my notes say one character, I think Jane, says "I am Jesus!"). Please look to either the individual investigation area discussions below or to the itemized listings in the Findings/Scoring section. At least those parts of the report do not rely on my memory but on the detailed notes taken at the time of viewing.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 97 out of 100
The only matter of violence in the entire film is a rude bump resulting in unconsciousness.

Impudence/Hate (I) - Zero out of 100
This investigation area found enough content for the film to earn a score of zero out of 100. In addition to 20 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary, the writers had a little girl hearing a member of one of the wedding say a foul word three times then the girl saying "It's okay. We have cable." How much is said by that short scene time of about ten seconds could not be captured in the space available in this report. But I will say it screams of violating not only Col. 3:8 but Luke 17:2, the verse warning of being better off with millstone around the neck then cast into the sea.

Further, the "nothing" lies, the lies to impress [Rev. 21:8], the slaps to the face and a little more more finished off the starting 100 points in Impudence/Hate.

Remember, folks. I didn't write the Rules. I just share them with you.

Sexual Immorality (S) - Zero out of 100
As Impudence/Hate found enough content to lose all the starting 100 points in that investigation area, so did Sexual Immorality lose all its 100 starting points due to film content. It is rife with little digs at wholesome sexual purity such as stripping to change clothes in a car, making out (clothed), a man and a woman stripping for sex in a car, planning sexually immoral behaviors, admissions of immoral sex, innuendo about an erection and immoral intercourse, sex talk, invitation to sex and more. None of which were, of course, important to the story. Please look to the listing in the Findings/Scoring section (the heart of the CAP Analysis Model) for a full accounting of the findings made while watching what is another sexfest for teens. [1 Ths. 4:1-5]

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 31 out of 100
Booze. Drinking. Drunkenness. They are all there. Not as thick as in other R-13 films but enough to warrant your inspection of the findings of the American College of Physicians before you decide whther this film is fit. The report found that exposure to alcohol (and tobacco) in and as entertainment emboldens the middle-school age stratum - the PG-13 crowd - to abuse alcohol and tobacco. [Again Luke 17:2]

Offense to God (O) - Zero out of 100
Twenty-five uses of God's name in vain (all without the four letter expletive) [Deut. 5:11] plus a couple other matter such as "I am Jesus!" [John 1:14] drained all of the starting 100 points in this area as well.

Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
No murders or suicides were noted.


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  • Col. 3:8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy (injurious speech, slander in this use), filthy communication [aischrologia: foul speaking, low and obscene] out of your mouth.
  • Rev. 21:8 But the [unforgiven] fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
  • 1Ths. 4:1-5 Finally, brothers, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more. For you know what instructions we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus. It is God's will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control his [or her] own body [which includes control of drives, touching, seeking, lusting (even after images), promiscuity, etc.] in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the heathen, who do not know God; [Be master of your body and urges, not a slave to them or a seeker of any manner of sexually-oriented imagery or behavior outside of a monogamous heterosexual marriage.]
  • John 1:14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

    ***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].
  • 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 is in vain. That includes the popular three syllable sentence with His name trailing it AND the misuse of Jesus' name or title.]
  • 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.)

    27 Dresses (2008) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - SCORE out of 100
  • rude bump resulting in unconsciousness

    Impudence/Hate (I) - SCORE out of 100
  • 20 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary, three of them before a child plus two muffled most foul of the foul words also before a child
  • the child, after hearing three of the foul words saying "It's okay. We have cable."
  • slaps to the face
  • lies to impress
  • lies about "nothing"
  • punk dress
  • tantrum
  • additional lies

    Sexual Immorality (S) - SCORE out of 100
  • stripping to change clothes in a car
  • innuendo re: intercourse and other immoral sex, repeatedly
  • rude gaze, repeatedly
  • woman on commode, repeatedly
  • sex talk, repeatedly
  • dressing to maximize the female form and/or skin exposure, repeatedly
  • admission of immoral sex
  • talk of sex party
  • making out (clothed)
  • anatomical talk
  • ghosting of female anatomy through clothing
  • gamming
  • cross dressing, twice
  • man and woman stripping in a car for sex
  • woman in underwear
  • altering dress to increase show of cleavage
  • sexual invitation

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

    Offense to God (O) - SCORE out of 100
  • 25 uses of God's name in vain, all without the four letter expletive, once by a child
  • female pastor
  • cornutto ("horned hand"), thrice (see Back to School Special)
  • "I'm Jesus!"

    Murder/Suicide (M) - SCORE out of 100
  • No murders or suicides 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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