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(2005), PG-13 [R-13*] (1hr 23min)
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Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Columbia Pictures Corporation, Imagine Entertainment, Sony Pictures Entertainment
Distribution (US): Sony Pictures Entertainment
Director(s): Dean Parisot
Producer(s): Peter Bart, Jane Bartelme, Jim Carrey, Linda Fields, Brian Grazer, Max Palevsky
Written by: Peter Tolan
Screenplay by: Judd Apatow, Nicholas Stoller
Cinematography/Camera: Jerzy Zielinski
Music: Theodore Shapiro
Film Editing: Don Zimmerman
Casting: Debra Zane
Production Design: Barry Robison
Art Direction: Gregory S. Hooper, Troy Sizemore
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6
Dick Harper (Jim Carey) of the Globodyne Corporation receives a notice to report to the 52nd floor where no one goes but the very top brass. Curiosity about the tragedy of the previous VP - Communications fills his head. Once there, Dick gets the word that he is indeed being promoted to the VP - Communications. Though company CEO, Jack McAllister (Alec Baldwin) is off in his personal helicopter, Frank Bascom (Richard Jenkins) shared the news of the promotion with Dick.
Now their lifestyle changes to suit the indecent salary. Dick's wife, Jane (Téa Leoni) quits her travel agency job. An in-ground hot tub is even ordered. Life is good. Until...
McAllister has embezzled all the company assets. [Hab. 2:9, Amos 3:10] During a quarterly forecast Dick is delivering, the company stocks drop to zero. The company is ruined. Dick has no income. Jane has no income. A lot of film time is spent on Dick and Jane trying to find a job.
Dick finds a job as a KostMart worker but is fired the day he starts. Jane took a job as an aerobics instructor. It, too, lasted for what seemed to be moments. Months roll by until Dick and Jane are losing their $600,00 house which is now worth only about $150,000. All pension funds are depleted and all other company benefits are now nonexistent. Dick and Jane resort to robbery to recover from financial disaster ... with a water pistol. [also Hab. 2:9, Ps. 62:10] Their first robbery is of a $1.29 slushie.
But not to worry. Bascom knows how to get the company money away from McAllister and, after a fight, enlists the aid of Dick and Jane to swindle the swindler. But that doesn't work either. At least, not as they had planned.
Fun with Dick and Jane is rated PG-13 for "brief language, some sexual humor and occasional humorous drug references." While there are certainly instances of "brief language" (I would not call 21 of them in 83 minutes "brief") and "some sexual humor", if there were "humorous drug references" they flew right by me.
Clearly the most invasive property of the film was in violence and crime [Prov. 3:31] and foul language. The use of foul language includes the most foul of the foul words. [Col. 3:8] The use of God's name in vain includes one use of His name with the four letter expletive plus a slew without it. [Deut. 5:11] Drinking and drunkenness were also present. [Eph. 5:18]
Sexually immoral behaviors and imagery include Carey and Leoni in bed in their underwear making out. While Dick and Jane were married, Carey and Leoni were not. [Gal. 5:19] There were also a few innuendo, at least once about intercourse. One of the toilet humor comments in the movie trailer, which I will not explain, is representative of about how raunchy this film gets. All the innuendo, immoral behaviors, and imagery are (subjectively) about the same caliber. There is just a lot of them. [Eph. 5:4]
Indeed, all the assaults on morality and ethics seemed so "lite" I had no idea this film was going to earn a "R-13"
The listing in the Findings/Scoring section is always the best tool to use to formulate your moral assessment of a film. Please consider it soberly. It is there that you might be in a better position to make an informed moral decision on your own whether a film is acceptable [Ezek 33:7 - 9]
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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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