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(2004), PG-13 -- ...memory of anyone she met or anything she had done after the accident disappeared with the first REM.
Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Columbia Pictures Corporation, Happy Madison Productions, Flower Films, Anonymous Content
Distribution (US): Sony Pictures Entertainment, Columbia Pictures
Director(s): Peter Segal
Producer(s): Scott Bankston, Allen Covert, Michael Ewing, Jack Giarraputo, Steve Golin, Nancy Juvonen, Larry Kennar, Daniel Lupi, Jay Roach, Adam Sandler
Written by: George Wing
Cinematography/Camera: Jack N. Green
Music: Teddy Castellucci
Film Editing: Jeff Gourson
Casting: Elizabeth Boykewich, Roger Mussenden
Production Design: Alan Au
Art Direction: John Hockridge, Domenic Silvestri
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6
Well, 50 First Dates is not a hardcore R-13 but it is R-13 nonetheless. With a final score of 51 and an area score of zero in both Impudence/Hate (language, arrogance, etc.) and Sexual Immorality, 50 First Dates is definitely equivalent to most R-rated programs in the comparative baseline database of movies. No doubt.
In 2002, 64.5% of the PG-13 movies we analyzed earned R-13 scores (scores equivalent to scores earned by R-rated movies - 54 and below out of 100). Of the eleven PG-13 movies I have analyzed so far in 2004, ten are R-13, which reveals that so far in 2004 ninety-one percent of the PG-13s are R-13 movies. By visual extrapolation of the curve from 1996 to 2002 through 2003 and to 2004 (see the graph in our R-13 report), the roughly projected percentage of R-13s in 2004 is not far from 90%. Though eleven of the dozens of PG-13 movies that are likely to be made in 2004 is not a reliable sampling, the percentage of R-13s for 2004 certainly looks likely to be higher, a lot higher than in 2002. If we are offered full funding this year I will be able to give you the results of the massive data we have from 2003 and the rest of this year and all coming years ... if we get the funding. Otherwise, there is just no time to do so. All this massive data just setting there, going to waste all because of money. That hurts.
There were several really fine, well-executed and touching performances in 50 First Dates. The writers apparently spent more time on building characters and character backgrounds this time instead of burning up time on so much smut, vulgarity and debauchery typical of PG-13 and R-rated movies - two peas in a pod. 50 First Dates is a nice warm cup o' tea, but there are crystals of moral cyanide in this brew. Maybe this flick has a nice package, but even the antiChrist will be appealing to the worldly.
Veterinarian Dr. Henry Roth (Adam Sandler) is a victim of social warfare. He has trouble making a commitment with a girl. He buries himself in his work with the Sea Life theme park animals. Then, one day in a flash of light, Henry finds his true love. At a cafe as sunlight glints off her table knife into Henry's eyes, Henry spies Lucy Whitmore (Drew Barrymore). Then is when we hear the oriental gentleman in the preview speak one of several lines he has in the show but the only one without some sort of monosyllabic profanity.
Lucy tried to build a little house using her breakfast waffles but had trouble making the door swing so Henry came to the rescue with a toothpick as the door hinge and there the relationship began. For at least one day. They hit it off well that day but Lucy has a problem. Her short term memory is gone. Due to a head injury in a car wreck with her father, Lucy cannot remember anything from the previous day. Lucy remembered everybody and everything from before the accident but memory of anyone she met or anything she had done after the accident disappeared with the first REM.
Henry was quite smitten with Lucy and was determined to make it a lasting relationship. He finally decided to try commitment. Each day, Henry had to start anew. Literally. Lucy could not remember Henry from one day to the next. Henry even started a daily bet with Nick (Pomaika'i Brown) the co-owner of the cafe who Henry said "could kill me with one punch." The bets were whether Henry could break the ice and would get to sit down with Lucy as he did the first day.
There is a lot more to the story and much of it delightful and enjoyable and some of it not, but I have to keep these Summary/Commentary sections short to minimize costs until we can find full funding. Now to the moral cyanide in this warm cup o' tea.
Thirty uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary. [Prov. 4:24; Prov. 8:13] Seven uses of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive. [Deut. 5:1] Vulgar sex talk [Eph. 5:4] and some of it in front of young adolescents [Luke 17:2]. Gunfire to kill. Drinking and smoking illegal drugs. [Eph. 5:18] "After the 12th date I am entitled to [inappropriate touch]." Man in bed with a woman the morning after with cohabitation in the father's house with the father's approval. [1Cor. 7:2] Vulgar self-touching. Homosexuality presence. [1Cor. 6:9-10] Partial rear male nudity. [**; Rev. 21:8] The Findings/Scoring section itemizes all that was noted.
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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.
Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
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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 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.|