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(2005), PG-13 [R-13*]
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Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): ELC Productions Ltd., Fox 2000 Pictures, Flower Films
Distribution (US): Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp.
Director(s): Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly
Producer(s): Drew Barrymore, Marc S. Fischer Alan Greenspan, Nick Hornby, Nancy Juvonen, Gil Netter, Amanda Posey, Bradley Thomas
Novel: Nick Hornby
Screenplay: Babaloo Mandel
Cinematography/Camera: Matthew F. Leonetti
Music: Craig Armstrong
Film Editing: Alan Baumgarten
Casting: Justine Baddeley
Production Design: Maher Ahmad
Art Direction: Brandt Gordon
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6
The *Dumb and Dumber* directors, the Farrelly brothers, are at it again. But there is some requirement for intellectual thought in this romantic comedy about two fetishes: one for business and one for baseball. It is interesting how the writers made the two opposing worlds seem to come together.
This film is rated PG-13 for crude and sexual humor and some sensuality. I suppose a man and a woman engaged in frenzied co-stripping, a male stripping a woman to nudity (unseen) and three men giving another man a shower while one of the three men washes the man's privates (genitals unseen) and apparently enjoying it as he says "Relax, I'm a doctor" (an anesthesiologist) would qualify as "crude sexual humor" or "some sensuality."
Independent and strong willed Boston business consultant Lindsey Meeks (Drew Barrymoore) met likable but immature high school science teacher Ben Wrightman (Jimmy Fallon) in the winter. Soon the pair fell in love and almost as soon the pair fell into a triangle. Ben loved Lindsey. And Ben loved the Boston Red Sox. Ben was devoted to, rather obsessed with the Red Sox. So devoted was he that he turned down a trip to France with Lindsey when he discovered a conflict of schedules - with the Red Sox as the ice melted and spring training rolled around.
Ben's Uncle "Take me out to the ball game" Carl (Lenny Clarke) took Ben to Red Sox games regularly during Ben's childhood. The Red Sox became a major staple in Ben's adolescent life. Most little guys who get to go to major league ball games become fascinated with the fanfare of professional baseball, but they soon grow out of it to some degree as they pass into adulthood. But not Ben. The Red Sox became a vital part of Ben's life. His apartment looked like a Red Sox gift shop with every form of Red Sox memorabilia imaginable. Ben even had his uncle's season tickets to all Red Sox games ... 15 seats away from the Red Sox dugout, worth $125,000.
But Ben's affection for Lindsey was the real thing. It usurped his obsession with Red Sox. Or did it. It came down to Ben having a choice between Lindsey or the Red Sox. Which won?
That which did not "win" was the saturation of the film with sexually questionable to sexually immoral material. The Sexual Immorality investigation area found enough assaults against sexual purity and natural inhibition to lose every one of its starting 100 points. [ 1John 2:16, Luke 17:2, 1Ths. 4:3 - 7, Col. 2:20 - 23]
The Drugs/Alcohol investigation area score was not much better and this is a serious issue in light of the findings of the American College of Physicians regarding the influence of entertainment alcohol on adolescents -- the PG-13 target audience to be exact [Eph. 5:18,].
While violence was not all that bad, the flippant suggestions of suicide throughout the film were somewhat disturbing. Comments such as "It's so cute I wanna kill myself" and "If one of the windows was open I would jump." Although all were said in jest, this is not a good subject to play around with considering the target age stratum and the apparent epidemic of teen suicides and attempted suicides.
Next in line for point loss due to content were Impudence/Hate due to foul language [Col. 3:8] and Offense to God due to multiple uses of His name in vain [Deut. 5:11]. Though all were without the four letter expletive, vain use of His name does not require the four letter expletive. The three-syllable sentence with His name trailing which is evidently so popular among the pre-shavers and new shavers is use of His name in vain.
Please inspect closely the listing in the Findings/Scoring section before you decide whether this film is fit for your family.
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Eph. 5:18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. ["Wine" can be any intoxicating substance. Though it is not a sin to drink, it is a sin to get drunk OR to influence to drink in defiance. A recent study http://www.acponline.org/journals/ecp/janfeb02/dalton.pdf has found an undeniable link between the presentation of alcoholic beverages and tobacco in and as entertainment and abuse of them by adolescents. And teaching/causing youth to abuse alcohol/tobacco by emboldening youth with them in and as entertainment invokes Luke 17:2]
***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 heart of the CAP Analysis Model)
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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