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A Guy Thing (2003), PG-13
Analysis Date: January 17, 2003
CAP Score: 35
CAP Influence Density: 1.49
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Production: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
Distribution: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Distributing Corporation
Director(s): Chris Koch
Producer(s): David Ladd, David Nicksay
Written by/Screenplay: Greg Glienna (story & screenplay). Pete Schwaba, Matt Tarses, Bill Wrubel (screenplay)
Cinematography/Camera: Robbie Greenberg
Music: Mark Mothersbaugh
Film Editing: David Moritz
Casting: Brennan Dufresne, Risa Bramon Garcia
Production Design: Dan Davis
Art Direction: Patrick Banister
This report is a choppy and "building block" style to match the "U-School Productions" calber of A Guy Thing.
Paul (Jason Lee) is engaged to marry Karen (Selma Blair). Paul meets Becky (Julia Stiles). Becky is a tiki dancer at Paul's bachelor party. Their eyes meet. Paul begins to change his mind. He says as a dancer she is less than good. She says its her first day. They end up in bed together ... nude. Becky looses her underwear in Paul's apartment. She denies anything happened. They are in bed together nude and she lost her underwear and nothing happened? Only in the movies. Karen calls and says she is minutes from getting there. Paul rushes Becky out. Paul finds the underwear and stashes the underwear in the toilet tank. Then the wheels are set in motion.
One of the wheels runs over Paul because, unknown to Paul, Becky is Karen's cousin. Karen arrives and finds Becky's underwear in the toilet tank. Paul tells Karen he bought them for her. Karen notices they are dirty. Becky launches a barrage of gripes at the store where Paul says he bought them. The store representative lies saying its a college dare thing -- to put dirty underwear in the underwear bin. Becky buys it. All is forgiven. And the 98 minutes of lies and deceit begin. A basic formula. Oh, what a web we weave when first we plan to deceive.
At the party, Paul catches the crabs and spends several movie minutes with his hands at his privates. Becky's ex-boyfriend is a cop. A brutal cop out to do harm to Paul for stealing his fiance so he mugs Paul and plants drugs in Paul's car. Paul gets arrested.
Paul works for Karen's "redneck" Dad (James Brolin) selling ad space for a men's hunting magazine. Paul is scared stiff that Karen's dad will find out about Paul's unfaithfulness. Karen's parents throw a pre-marriage party. Becky is there. Paul develops diarrhea that (conveniently) lasts the whole evening. All guests leave and Paul gets better. Becky shows up at the door.
This PG-13 is another of the movies which present a plethora of "lesser" issues of assault of wholesome and moral rather than a few bolder issues to achieve the same impact. The scoring range for PG-13 movies is 55 to 67. R-rated movies are 54 and below. A Guy Thing earned a score of 35. It is a childhood-stealing "R-13"
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Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
Offense to God (O)(2):
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|"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.|