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(2003), PG
Analysis Date: April 18, 2003
CAP Score: 60 out of 100
CAP Influence Density: 0.75

MinMax: -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.

(2003), PG -- ...little purpose to this show except to flaunt sexuality....

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Fox 2000 Pictures, Robert Simonds Productions, Spirit Dance Entertainment
Distribution (US): The 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
Director(s): Linda Mendoza
Producer(s): Elaine Dysinger, Christy Haubegger, Nellie Nugiel, Tajamika Paxton, Laura Angelica Simon, Tracey Trench, Forest Whitaker
Written by/Screenplay: Story: Laura Angelica Simon, Steve Antin. Screenplay: Laura Angelica Simon, Steve Antin, Alison Balian, Liz Sarnoff
Cinematography/Camera: Xavier Pérez Grobet
Music: Emilio Estefan Jr., song "Llevame contigo" by Carlos Ponce & Joel Someillan
Film Editing: Maysie Hoy
Casting: Chemin Sylvia Bernard
Production Design: Candi Guterres
Art Direction: Anthony R. Stabley
Viewed At: AMC - Hulen, Fort Worth, Texas

Three women, yanking open their overcoats to expose their fancy underwear with the purpose to offer sexual favor to a man. Just the thing for your PG-aged kids dontcha know! That sexual immorality and more, lots more, is what is in store for all kids who watch *Chasing Papi*. And anyone else. After more than 700 analyses I suspect our credibility is high in saying *Chasing Papi* is another PG-13 PG. Papi - er - Tomas Fuentes (Eduardo Verástegui) is a L.A. ad agency executive who travels to three major US cities in performance of his job. This is a story of "a girl in every port."

In Miami, Tomas has Cici (Sofia Vergara). Cici is a cocktail waitress of Latino hot blood and everything that implies, not afraid for anyone to see what she has to offer. The woman in the red dress in the poster above is Cici. In Chicago, Tomas has Lorena (Roselyn Sanchez), a trim and proper attorney. That is Lorena in the white shirt and grey skirt. In Manhattan, NY Tomas has Patricia (Jaci Velasquez), a high society socialite. Patricia is the one with the furball in her left arm.

Each woman is totally unaware of the others. In a strange coincidence, all thee women were watching a weird astrologer and took his counsel that told them they must drop everything they were doing and with haste go to the side of their men, "man" in this case. As they primp and polish themselves in different rooms of Tomas' home, Tomas arrives and plops into bed. All three women hear Tomas arrive and ready themselves to surprise Tomas. They each dash out of the respective rooms that conveniently lead into Tomas' bedroom and yank open their overcoats to expose their scant underwear to offer themselves to him sexually. Then, in a silent but explosive moment the three women see each other. For the first time. Two is added to two to get five. The rest of the story is formula with no thinking outside the box.

*Chasing Papi* is light and fluffy and is comical at times with a salting of intrigue in a cops-n-robbers caper, but as an evening of entertainment fun it leaves a little to be desired. But that is my subjective opinion. There is little purpose to this show except to flaunt sexuality in dress (and lack of it), mannerisms and topic. Sexual immorality involves both hetero- and homosexuality [1 Cor. 6:18]. Each instance of sexual immorality may seem to be of lesser severity, but enough of them are present to maybe cause concern for parents. A few instances of sexual immorality include dressing to maximize the female form and/or skin exposure, cohabitation, undressing to underwear, open face kissing, self-touching and excessive cleavage. Other matters that may be of concern for parents include three uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary [Prov. 22:11], lying [Prov. 19:5], six uses of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive [Deut. 5:11] and drinking [**] with prescription drug abuse. The listing in the Findings/Scoring section will provide all that we noted.


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  • 1 Cor. 6:18 Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body.
  • Prov. 22:11 He who loves a pure heart and whose speech is gracious will have the king for his friend.
  • Prov. 19:5 A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who pours out lies will not go free.
  • Deut. 5:11 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain [shav' {shawv}: emptiness, nothingness, vanity]: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. [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.] ** A recent study by the American College of Physician's (ACPs) revealed that adolescent exposure to drinking and smoking in entertainment leads to an undeniable increase in alcohol and tobacco abuse. The finding entitled Relation Between Parental Restrictions on Movies and Adolescent Use of Tobacco and Alcohol reports that of 4544 youths from grades 5 through 8 of fifteen Vermont and New Hampshire middle schools (90% were under fourteen years old) only 16% were completely restricted from viewing R-rated movies. The report further states the prevalence of having tried smoking without parental knowledge was 35% for those with no restrictions on viewing R-rated movies, 12% for those with partial restrictions, and two percent for those with complete restrictions. The prevalence of having tried alcohol without parental knowledge was 46% for those with no restrictions, 16% for those with partial restrictions and four percent for those with complete restrictions. Rather revealing of the influences of the entertainment industry wouldn't you say? Whether the movie is rated R or not, the focus is the influence of adolescent exposure to drinking and smoking in and as entertainment. This movie targets the age group of the study. And influencing children to sin with drink in and as entertainment screams of violating Luke 17:2.

    ***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 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]. [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.
  • 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] 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.


    Chasing Papi (2003) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • breaking and entering
  • threat to kill
  • kidnapping
  • bondage

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • lying
  • crude talk
  • three uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary

    Sex/Homosexuality (S)
  • homosexual suggestion ("O-o-o-o" by a male as a male walks by)
  • dressing to maximize the female form and/or skin exposure, repeatedly
  • inappropriate touch
  • three women exposing their underwear to a man to entice
  • additional instances of women in underwear, repeatedly
  • excessive cleavage, repeatedly
  • three women lying in bed with a man, one with her head and hand on his crotch
  • cohabitation

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • bar, twice
  • booze, repeatedly
  • drinking, repeatedly
  • prescription drug abuse, twice
  • beer

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

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • none noted

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    NOTE: While the Summary/Commentary section of these reports is precisely that -- a summary in commentary format which can be and sometimes is subjective, the actual CAP Analysis Model (the Findings/Scoring section) makes no scoring allowances for trumped-up "messages" to excuse, for manufacture of justification for, or camouflaging of ignominious content or aberrant behavior or imagery with "redeeming" programming. Disguising sinful behavior in a theme/plot does not excuse the sinful behavior of either the one who is drawing pleasure or example of behavior or thought from the sinful display or of the practitioners demonstrating the sinful behavior. We make no attempt to quantify the "artistic" or "entertainment" value of a movie -- whether a movie has any positive value or "entertainment" value is up to mom/dad. The CAP analysis model is the only known set of tools available to parents and grandparents which give *them* the control they need, bypassing the opinion-based assessment of movies by others and defeating the deceit of those who would say anything to convince their parents otherwise. The model is completely objective to His Word. Our investigation standards are founded in the teachings and expectations of Jesus Christ. If a sinful behavior is portrayed, it is called sinful whether Hollywood tries to make it otherwise. That the sinful behavior is "justified" by some manufactured conditions does not soften nor erase the price of sin. Whether there is application of fantasy "justification" or "redemption" is up to mom/dad.

    "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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