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A Guy Thing (2003), PG-13
Analysis Date: January 17, 2003
CAP Score: 35
CAP Influence Density: 1.49

MinMax: -100

A Guy Thing (YEAR) CAP Mini-thermometers

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If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary likely using a mix of KJV and NIV.

A GUY THING (PG-13) -- It is a "R-13".

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" > almost entirely due to the use of lies [Rev. 22:15], the three/four letter word vocabulary [Prov. 8:13, Prov. 17:20, Col. 3:8], the use of God's name in vain both with and without the four letter expletive [Deut. 5:11] and issues of sexual immorality [Rev. 22:15]. The listing in the Findings/Scoring section will reveal all that was noted.


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  • Rev. 22:15 Outside [of Heaven] are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.
  • Prov. 8:13 The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.
  • Prov. 17:20 He that hath a froward [iqqesh {ik-kashe'}:twisted, distorted, crooked, perverse, perverted] heart findeth no good: and he that hath a perverse [haphak {haw-fak'}: to turn, overthrow, overturn; obstinate in opposing the norm or the accepted] tongue falleth into mischief.
  • Col. 3:8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.
  • Deut. 5:11 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain [vain: shav' {shawv}; false, emptiness, nothingness, lying, worthlessness (of conduct)]: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences to younger and younger audiences every year] when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, pay for it, enjoy it, want it]. [I call attention to Ps. 12:8 to warn of the creeping desensitizing power of "entertainment."]
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 (KJV) Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (NIV) Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.
  • Jude 4 For certain men* whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change [warp, distort, falsely represent] the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto [or for] one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto [or for] me.
  • Luke 17:2 It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. [cause by teaching or example]
  • Ps. 119:133 Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me.
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.


    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.


    A Guy Thing (2003) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • assault, repeatedly
  • police brutality
  • mugging by a cop
  • breaking and entering
  • reckless driving
  • false arrest (non-custodial false arrest)
  • police corruption
  • bullying

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • 35 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • one use of the most foul of the foul words
  • lying, repeatedly
  • rude anatomical references, repeatedly

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • picture nudity
  • anatomical reference
  • self-touching
  • dressing to maximize the female form and/or skin exposure
  • adult in underwear, repeatedly
  • excusing sexual immorality with "We're men", repeatedly
  • vulgar gesture
  • focusing viewer on male privates by repeated scratching of them
  • suggestive eye movement
  • sexual request
  • adult on commode
  • old woman grabbing male private parts to coerce
  • homosexual suggestions

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • bar, repeatedly
  • booze, repeatedly
  • bar drinking, repeatedly
  • drunkenness
  • dinner party drinking
  • smoking
  • use of illegal drugs in catered foods
  • drug intoxication

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • four uses of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive in background music
  • 23 uses of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • none noted

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    NOTE: The CAP Analysis Model (the Findings/Scoring section) makes no scoring allowances for trumped-up "messages" to excuse, for manufacture of justification for, or camouflaging of ignominious content or aberrant behavior or imagery with "redeeming" programming. Disguising sinful behavior in a theme/plot does not excuse the sinful behavior of either the one who is drawing pleasure or example of behavior or thought from the sinful display or of the practitioners demonstrating the sinful behavior. We make no attempt to quantify the "artistic" or "entertainment" value of a movie -- whether a movie has any positive value or "entertainment" value is up to mom/dad. The CAP analysis model is the only known set of tools available to parents and grandparents which give *them* the control they need, bypassing the opinion-based assessment of movies by others and defeating the deceit of those who would say anything to convince their parents otherwise. The model is completely objective to His Word. Our investigation standards are founded in the teachings and expectations of Jesus Christ. If a sinful behavior is portrayed, it is called sinful whether Hollywood tries to make it otherwise. That the sinful behavior is "justified" by some manufactured conditions does not soften nor erase the price of sin. Whether there is application of fantasy "justification" or "redemption" is up to mom/dad.

    "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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    (1) As noted in CAP Special Report-001, "Investigation Area and Scoring Trend," of the six CAP Investigation Areas, Impudence/Hate was the strongest presence in all four movie classifications. It has a strong revelation about the entertainment media.

    (2) The use of the three/four letter word vocabulary without God's name in vain is incorporated into the Impudence/Hate Investigation Area. The use of God's name with or without the four letter expletive is incorporated into the Offense to God Investigation Area. There is no duplication.

    (3) Only portrayal of successful murder or suicide are incorporated into Murder/Suicide. Portrayal of attempts to commit murder or suicide and deaths by police action or war are incorporated into Wanton Violence/Crime.

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