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(2006), PG-13 ["Hard" R-13*] (1hr 41min)
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(While the Scriptural references are certainly not subjective, my commentary may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)
Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Mosaic Media Group, Universal Pictures, Wild West Picture Show Productions
Distribution (US): Universal Pictures
Director(s): Peyton Reed
Producer(s): Stuart M. Besser, Peter Billingsley, Jeremy Garelick, John Isbell, Jay Lavender, Scott Stuber, Victoria Vaughn, Vince Vaughn
Screenplay by: Jeremy Garelick, Jay Lavender
Story by: Vince Vaughn, Jeremy Garelick, Jay Lavender
Cinematography/Camera: Eric Alan Edwards
Film Editing: Dan Lebental, David Rosenbloom, Casting: Juel Bestrop, Jeanne McCarthy
Production Design: Andrew Laws
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6
Gary Grobowski (Vince Vaughn) and Brooke Meyers (Jennifer Aniston) are living together and have been for a long time. They are not married. Neither are Vaughn and Aniston married to each other. That sets the moral stage for the entire show. And the language used doesn't help.
This film is rich in that which Hollywood apparently thinks your kids want in their entertainment: profanity and sexually immoral behaviors/talk. There is quite probably not a one-minute segment in the entire film that does not contain some manner of profanity and/or sexually immoral behavior and/or talk [Eph. 5:4], both heterosexual and homosexual.
I wonder whether the MPAA realizes what they did by putting their "stamp of approval" on this caliber of "entertainment" for 13 year old kids? [1 Cor. 15:33, Luke 17:2, Matt 25:40] That same wonder applies to the filmmakers, too. The entire show being based in the immorality of "shacking up" notwithstanding, the caliber of language was pathetic. In addition to the ton of uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary (plus one use of the most foul of the foul words) [Col. 3:8], God's name was taken in vain with the four letter expletive 17 times in this 101 minute film. And ten times without it.
This film, like so many, indeed has some good things to say. But it says a few good things while smearing with moral diarrhea, both visual and spoken, that cannot be excused by trying to ignore it, overlook it, look past it or filter it out. [1 Cor. 15:33]
The Break Up is particularly offensive to me. Not just because of the flagrant parading of behaviors which serve to desensitize our youth to sexual purity [Eph. 4:19 , Hebr. 13:4, Col 3:5] but because of the proliferation of the uses of God's name in vain with and without the four letter expletive. [Deut. 5:11] This film is a perfect example of what Ps. 12:8 speaks to. And this film most keenly sets the need for Ps. 141:4.
It is also particularly offensive to me because it is freely available to children (which includes at-home teens): because of the arrogant insults in it to He who spent three days in Hell so you and I would not have to spend one moment there; to He who took the nails for you and I.
But then, so what? So what that this film is offensive to me? I didn't write the Rules. What matters is what God thinks of it. His Word is quite clear about such matters.
And so what that I think this film is offensive. The CAP analysis model (the Findings/Scoring section) could not care less what I think about a film. While this Summary/Commentary section might be and sometimes is somewhat subjective, the Findings/Scoring section is completely objective to His Word. What I think is immaterial. What He thinks is paramount. And, yes, you too can know what He thinks about such matters. Just read His Word. And when you do, read the Word, not just the words.
One evening, after a hard day of taking tourists on bus tours of Chicago, Gary comes "home" and plops down to play some video games while Brooke slaves in the kitchen, also after a hard day's work at the Marilyn Dean art gallery. Brooke wants Gary to help her with the dishes. She even wants Gary to want to help her with the dishes. Really? Helping with the dishes and cleaning up is not an unreasonable request of Brooke but Gary would rather wait until the next morning to clean up the kitchen, in spite of how Brooke feels about a waking up to a dirty kitchen. That sets the stage for the friction that grows minute-by-minute. And that says enough about the plot and story.
Please seriously consider inspecting the listing of observations in the Findings/Scoring section before you decide whether this hard R-13 film is fit for your 13 year olds.
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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)
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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