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(2005), NR [G-NR*] (1hr 23min)

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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.

(2005), NR [G-NR*] ... a good story when you need to continue the day with a warm smile

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Vivendo Entertainment, Hallmark Entertainment, Mat IV, Alpine-Medien Productions, Larry Levinson Productions
Distribution (US): Hallmark Entertainment
Director(s): David S. Cass. Sr.
Producer(s): Nick Lombardo, Steve Squillante, Albert T. Dickerson III, Jeff Kloss, Robert Halmi, Jr.
Written by: Tom Amundsen
Cinematography/Camera: James Wrenn
Music: Kevin Kliesch
Film Editing: Colleen halsey
Casting: Penny Oerry, Amy reece
Production Design: Yuda Acco
Art Direction: Nathan Ogilvie
Viewed on Hallmark Entertainment DVD

Dr. Sydney Ludwick (Lisa Hartman), a staff physician at Fairview Memorial Hospital is not having a good day. Mrs. Magruder, one of her more likable patients, is dying. Her from-college, settle-for boyfriend is being, er, himself, Mr. Personality. After work, her best friend, the floor charge nurse, Brenda (Jennifer Echols) and she set for a light libation in Syd's apartment to try to find justification for the day. Brenda notices brightly colored, balloon covered stationery on Sydney's coffee table and wonders whether Syd was going to a party at Chuck E. Cheeseª. As it turns out, the letter was an invitation to a high school reunion to which Syd had no intentions of going. However, the womanly wisdom of Brenda wins and Syd heads for the reunion. Actually, it was Mrs. Magruder finally dying and Mr. Personality's uncaring attitude about it that finally convinced Syd she should go to the reunion.

Sydney had left her small hometown of Bloomfield several years ago for the big city doctor life. She left behind the love of her life, Gus Martin (Dale Midkiff) who is now a successful construction business owner. Gus had married in Syd's absence and now has a seven year old son, Jake (Blake Woodriff) but Gus' wife and Jake's mother had died sometime earlier. Oddly as it may seem the script had Jake suffering an unknown condition that made him sick often. Gus was now a single man with a young son ... a clever device to build the story about a doctor and her lost love getting rekindled.

Syd had not been back to Bloomfield since her father died years ago. Syd let her youthful caliber of feelings and limited understanding of what really happened blame her mother for her father's death. But conquering her animosity and contempt for her mother Syd decided to go ahead and visit the old stomping grounds. Now is where the social warfare begins and there is where I stop spoiling the story.

Back to You and Me is a good story when you need to continue the day with a warm smile.


Following are brief discussions of the content per individual content investigation area. As always the Findings section of this report is the best source for discovering the full accounting of the content of this film.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 100 out of 100
No instances of violence of any sort were noted.

Impudence/Hate (I) - 84 out of 100
While there is no profanity in this film, Sydney speaks quite hateful to her mother and disrespectful about her. [Eph. 6:2]

Sexual Immorality (S) - 88 out of 100
Connie (Barbara Niven), a Gus' girl wannabe, is very aggressive and frequently uses her body and dress as tools to attract Gus.

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 60 out of 100
There are an atypical number of appearances of and references to alcoholic beverages in this film which is faith-based. Yes, Jesus drank wine and even made wine from water for a wedding ceremony, but He never got drunk or drank to get drunk. [John 2:1 - 9] There is no drunkenness noted in Back to You & Me however please read on.

It was the goal of the Bloomfield townspeople to be voted the healthiest town in America by a magazine contest. Everyone is on a health kick with eating right, exercising often and no smoking. But the planners anticipate drunkenness at the high school reunion. Would that not be a little bit double standard? A contradiction?

The content investigation areas found the content to earn the lowest area score in Drugs/Alcohol. The alcohol content is the reason for the yellow CAPCon Alert "caution" light in the upper left corner of this page. Click the light for more information.

Offense to God (O) - 88 out of 100
Three times someone abuses God's name by using His name as a conversational expletive. Such contempt for His name is the reason for Deut. 5:11. God, when He was Jesus, spent three days in Hell between the death of his body and His resurrection so you and I would not have to spend one moment there. Do He not deserve the respect of not using His name in vain?

Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
There are no forms of or references to murder or suicide in the entire 83 minutes of the show.



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  • Eph. 6:2 Honour thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise; [No where in that verse or any others does God place any age restrictions on the admonishment. There is no age at which we may stop honoring our parents.]
  • John 2:1 - 9 On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus' mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine was gone, Jesus' mother said to him, "They have no more wine." "Dear woman, why do you involve me?" Jesus replied. "My time has not yet come." His mother said to the servants, "Do whatever he tells you." Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons. Jesus said to the servants, "Fill the jars with water"; so they filled them to the brim. Then he told them, "Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet." They did so, and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine.
  • 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 in slang or profanity. With or without the four letter expletive, the use of God's name in any way other than respect, reverence or responsible discussion and in praise and prayer is in vain. That includes the popular three syllable sentence with His name trailing it AND the misuse of Jesus' name or title. So, trying to excuse such expressions with "I was talking TO God/Jesus when I said that" or It's just words" or "I was acting" will not work with Him. Nor will "Everybody says that" excuse the sin of using His name in vain. If everyone on the planet who has ever drawn a breath used His name in vain, it would still be a sin to do so. If no one ever did, it would still be a sin to do so. Whether we believe it or not. Whether we like it or not. Whether we care or not.]

    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 when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend what is vile, embrace it, enjoy it, want it, submit to it.]
  • 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.)

    Back to You & Me (2005) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 100 out of 100
  • none noted

    Impudence/Hate (I) - 84 out of 100
  • hateful talk to mother
  • social lie
  • disrespect of mother
  • using a truck as an ambulance for a child without safety restraint

    Sexual Immorality (S) - 88 out of 100
  • a clutching woman using physical attractiveness as subterfuge, frequent
  • inappropriate touch by clutching woman
  • self "fluffing" of breasts to ensure physical attractiveness

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 60 out of 100
  • booze, repeatedly
  • unlit cigarette in mouth, twice
  • conversation about having a beer
  • song about "crying in my beer"
  • planning for drunkenness

    Offense to God (O) - 88 out of 100
  • 3 uses of God's name in vain but each without the four letter expletive.

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
  • none 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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