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UPDATED September 4, 2003
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(2003), PG-13 -- ...this comment was not speaking to Jesus' vocation..
Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Paramount Pictures, Happy Madison
Distribution (US): Paramount Pictures
Director(s): Sam Weisman, Producer(s): Blair Breard, Jack Giarraputo, Adam Sandler, Fred Wolf
Written by/Screenplay: Fred Wolf, David Spade
Cinematography/Camera: Thomas E. Ackerman
Music: Christophe Beck
Film Editing: Roger Bondelli
Casting: John Papsidera
Production Design: Dina Lipton
Art Direction: Marc Dabe
Viewed At: Dritwood Theater 6
Dickie Roberts (David Spade) is a has-been. Once a very popular child star, Dickie has become little more than a memory. Rob Reiner (himself) has a movie coming up, "Blake's Backyard" that has a perfect part for Dickie to regain his fame. But Reiner feels Dickie has lost something he never had - a childhood which is essential to conveying some of the portrayals in the film. Dickie's mom left him as soon as his fame left. While famous, Dickie always had everything he wanted and could do whatever he wanted. When his mom left, Dickie had to grow up fast. So, Dickie has never had the formative discipline and structure necessary for healthy development. [Prov. 29:15]
Dickie's agent, Sidney (Jon Lovitz) gives Dickie the idea to hire an average American family with two kids and live with the family for a month to discover what it is to be a child.. The Tracy family consists of dad, George (Craig Bierko); mom, Grace (Mary McCormack); little sister, Sally (Jenna Boyd), about 10; older brother, Sam (Scott Terra), about 12. The ideal American family. George agrees to the deal -- for $20,000 -- behind mom's back, but mom slowly warms up to the idea since the Tracy's are just about broke because, according to George, Grace spent all their money learning to become an Interior Decorator. What a man, this George. Not only does he unfairly place too much burden on his wife, he leaves his family for a younger woman. The All-American family, huh? Not according to God's Plan. [Eph. 5:22 - 33]
Many shenanigans happen in the show once Dickie settles in to the family life. Some vulgar, brutal and rude-n-crude but some touching and delightful. Alas, such is the formula for much of modern entertainment today. Embed the assaults on ethics and morality in a warm and moving theme to attempt to beautify the ignominy. Well, that is why we are here. To let you know of these matters so you can be in a better position to make an informed decision whether a film is or is not fit for your family before you sit through the film.
Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star is yet another "R-13"
The largest causes of the low score for a PG-13 are the zero scores in the Impudence/Hate and Sexual Immorality investigation areas. the Impudence/Hate score was zero for the most part due to foul language, much of it by the young kids in the cast. [Prov. 8:13] In the closing credits, several former child stars appear to perform a song of praise to child stars. One of them was Maureen McCormick, a.k.a Marsha Brady of "The Brady Bunch." Maureen was the only one to use the most foul of the foul words and only once. [Col. 3:8] Sexual humor and innuendo, comments and talk were thick and sometimes vulgar. [1Ths. 4:2-5] One time Dickie admits to homosexual experimentation. Twice, some character says "Is it hot in here" then takes off his shirt and outlines his breasts with his fingertips. One of those two times was initiated with a homosexual kiss. Dickie tells Sally and Sam "Your mother's hot!"
In another skit, Dickie takes the camera of a fan who wants to take a picture of Dickie and shoves it in his pants then clicks off a few shots of his private member. And we are close enough to it to see the positioning of the camera and its flashes through Dickie's clothing. Much of the sexual humor was directed at or involved Jenna Boyd and Scott Terra. And one little girl about 11 or 12 presented a very sensuous cheer routine more befitting of a strip club stage. I wonder what God thinks about the people responsible for coaching the little girl to do that? [1Cor. 6:9-10] Probably not much more than He thought of the ones who wote, who paid Spade to say and Spade himself to say "Nail that ... like Jesus the carpenter." I am not sure what filled the ellipsis when Spade said that, but it certainly got a reaction from the audience in this Bible belt state. Everyone clearly knew this comment was not speaking to Jesus' vocation but to mocking His suffering. It was a mockery of He who spent three days in Hell so you and I would not have to spend one moment there. [Gal. 6:7]
The one verse that seems to scream of application to this movie throughout was Luke 17:2 that warns of woe for they who teach and/or cause His little ones to sin.
I leave the full listing of findings to the Findings/Scoring section of this report -- the heart of the CAP Analysis Model.
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***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
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Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
Single Christian Network
|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.|