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(2006), PG-13 [R-13*] (1hr 13min)
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Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): New Regency Pictures, Regency Enterprises
Distribution (US): Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
Director(s): Jason Friedberg, Aaron Seltzer
Producer(s): Jason Friedberg, Arnon Milchan, Jack L. Murray, Paul Schiff, Aaron Seltzer
Written by: Jason Friedberg, Aaron Seltzer
Cinematography/Camera: Shawn Maurer
Music: David Kitay
Film Editing: Paul Hirsch
Casting: Amanda Harding, Amanda Koblin
Production Design: William A. Elliott
Art Direction: Daniel A. Lomino
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6
Date Movie is nothing more than a gross-out sex flick with an attempt at a feel-good ending. Subjectively speaking, it is empty of any intellectual challenge. But then, I guess that is a form of art. Art is not sin and sin is not art, but when art uses sin it becomes sin. And, yes, even today sexual activity outside of a monogamous heterosexual marriage is still sinful. Why? Because God's Word does not change. Thank God!
Date Movie is rated PG-13 for "continuous crude and sexual humor, including language." The MPAA got that right ... except for the rating. Date Movie earned a final score in the range of scores earned by R-rated movies. That makes it another R-13. A "hardcore" R-13.
Fat, hairy and crusty Julia Jones (Alyson Hannigan) with a heart of gold cannot find a man. So she tries to flaunt sex appeal to capture one. It doesn't work. A noted professional counselor named Hitch (Tony Cox) who has a string of abbreviations after his name on the door, who is also a minister, takes Julia to a gang of machine shop workers who do some bariatric surgery on Julia and make a beautiful woman of her with a grinding wheel, an electric drill, epoxy glue and various other machine shop tools.
Then Julia finds a man, Grant (Adam Campbell) whose last [stage] name I will not print. Grant became amorously interested in Julie when she was obese. But now that Julia has become beautiful, his interest is peaked.
Grant has an ex-girlfriend, Andy (Sophie Monk) -- a 100% sexual relationship -- who again becomes interested in Grant when wind of Julia's marriage to Grant comes Andy's way. The battle is on. And through it all is just about every form of gross-out, crude, sexual vulgarity called "humor" the human mind can conceive. [Eph. 5:4, Gal. 5:19 ]
Foul language is used as if salt on popcorn. [Col. 3:8] God's name in vain is freely used as well. [Deut. 5:11] Sexual/anatomical display are as if Kinsey wrote the film, as if there are no standards or inhibitions left whatsoever. There's more. Lots of camera angles to focus on the female anatomy, including the crotch from behind (in near thong dress). Repeatedly.
One exceptionally long skit was of Campbell feigning an orgasm. Licking kissing. Co-stripping for sex. Frenzied making out. Vulgar dance. Gross self-touching. Demanding a sample of ejaculate (after given a porn mag plus a sample cup) to determine Grant's fertility. Yes this is a PG-13 film, mom/dad. Need I say more about the acceptance standards of the MPAA for your 13 year old children?
I will speak of the vulgarities in the film only so much and you can rest assured it is woefully less than was actually displayed and demonstrated. If you think it is gross to read such here, guess what your kids see AND hear if you let them attend this flick? I am not going to spend any more time on this Summary/Commentary for two reasons. One, this analysis is being posted on opening day and, though I have very little regard for this type of filming I respect those who yet might want to see it and do not want to spoil it any further on opening day. Two, I am going to let the listing in the Findings/Scoring section speak for this film because this film is not worth the effort of writing a thorough Summary/Commentary.
I will say one more thing. With an examples per hour rate of sexually immoral behaviors, demonstrations, language, etc., of 77.3 per hour, this 73-minute actual program time film averaged more than one example of sexual immorality per minute. Probably more since I can write only so fast.
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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.
(The objective heart of the CAP Analysis Model, independent of and insulated from the Summary/
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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Lord, Master, Teacher, Savior, God.
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