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(2004), PG-13
Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
Febraruy 13, 2004
51 out of 100

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If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary likely using a mix of KJV and NIV.

(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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  • Prov. 4:24 Put away perversity from your mouth; keep corrupt talk far from your lips.
  • Prov. 8:13 To fear the LORD is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech.
  • 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 thoughtful discussion is in vain. That includes the popular three syllable sentence with His name trailing it AND the misuse of Jesus' name.]
  • Eph. 5:18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. ["Wine" can be any intoxicating substance, including drugs. Though it is not a sin to drink, it is a sin to get intoxicated. Also, a recent study has found an undeniable link between the presentation of alcoholic beverages and tobacco in and as entertainment and abuse of them by adolescents . And teaching/causing youth to abuse alcohol/tobacco/drugs by emboldening youth with them in and as entertainment invokes Luke 17:2]
  • 1Cor. 7:2 But since there is so much immorality, each man should have his own wife, and each woman her own husband. ** "Nakedness" (display of nudity) is spoken of as dark, restricted, undesirable, shameful, etc. 47 times in the KJV from Genesis to Revelation. God even advised the priests in robes not to climb the steps to the altar lest the wind expose their nudity. Ex. 20:26 Neither shalt thou go up by steps unto mine altar, that thy nakedness be not discovered thereon.
  • Rev. 21:8 But the [unforgiven] cowardly [timid, fearful], the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars -their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.
  • 1Cor. 6:9-10 Do you not know that the [unforgiven] wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.

    ***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 (KJV) Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (NIV) Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.
  • Rom. 5:19 For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.
  • Jude 4 For certain men* whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change [warp, distort, falsely represent, situationally redefine, counterfeit, conditionally apply] the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. [*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 [or for] one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto [or for] me.
  • Luke 17:2 It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. [cause by teaching or example]
  • Ps. 119:133 Direct my footsteps according to your word; 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.


    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.

    50 First Dates (2004) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • unethical surgical procedure
  • vehicular injury
  • gunfire to kill
  • baseball bat beating

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • 30 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • gross-out humor
  • massive tattoos, repeatedly
  • lies, repeatedly
  • toilet humor, repeatedly
  • vulgar joking
  • vulgar gesture, repeatedly

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • admission of sexual immorality, repeatedly
  • admission of homosexuality
  • anatomical references, repeatedly
  • ghosting of female anatomy through clothing
  • excessive cleavage
  • homosexual offer of sex
  • sex talk/comments, repeatedly, some vulgar and in front of children
  • offer to find sex
  • heterosexual offer of sex, repeatedly
  • camera angle to force viewer on to private parts
  • partial rear male nudity
  • sexual aggression, female, repeatedly
  • sexual insult
  • vulgar self-touching
  • homosexual insert - gender switch
  • inappropriate touch, repeatedly
  • "After the 12th date I'm entitled to [inappropriate touch]
  • man and woman on couch making out
  • man and woman in bed the morning after
  • cohabitation with father's approval
  • wet T-shirt ghosting
  • homosexual reference, repeatedly

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • drug reference
  • booze
  • drinking, repeatedly
  • smoking illegal drugs
  • offering beer as a thank-you

    Offense to God (O)
  • seven uses of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • none noted

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