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Head Over Heels (2001), (PG-13)
CAP Score: 26
CAP Influence Density: 1.81
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NOTE: If you do not want the plot, ending, or "secrets" of a movie spoiled for you, skip the Summary/Commentary. In any case, be sure to visit the Findings/Scoring section -- it is purely objective and is the heart of the CAP Entertainment Media Analysis Model applied to this movie
SUMMARY / COMMENTARY:
HEAD OVER HEELS (PG-13) -- Another R-13 for 2001.
The beautiful Monica Porter stars as Amanda Pierce, a painting restorer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET) who appears to be a young lady with high moral standards -- except one. We find she has been living in cohabitation with her boyfriend and is willing to cohabitate with the very next one. With all the other wholesome morals she seems to exude one might conclude by this example and uncounted others that living with someone out of wedlock is the accepted standard for unmarried couples. While the world may have given in to the relentless barrage of sexual immorality over the years, God has not [Jude 4; 1 Cor. 7:2]. And He ain't wrong just because it is "politically correct" to accept sexual immorality as routine, even at the presidential level. God's Word about sexual immorality is not optional or debatable [Rev. 21:8]. If every single individual on this planet who has ever drawn a breath practiced sexual immorality, it will still be sinful. And even if no one *ever* practiced sexual immorality, it would still be a sin to do so.
As said in the intro of *Left Behind*
Note that I am NOT looking down my nose at anyone, I am not "holier than thou", and I am not a hypocrite. *I*, too, am a sinner. More of a sinner than some, less than others (if more or less matters) but a sinner nonetheless. Everyone sins, without exception [Rom. 3:23]. I am just pointing out the dangers of excusing sexual immorality by ignoring His Word and by situationally redefining or conditionally applying -- reversing -- His Word to suit worldly ethics. And I am just pointing out what is hidden to most practitioners of immorality and invisible to some: what this reversing of the Truth reveals in the resulting twisted mess -- hturT -- with emphasis on the hurt in the end.
Amanda is suffering the pains of recoiling from a failed romance and vows to bury herself in her work. Following an unsolicited lesbian assault by one of her co-workers ("details" later) in the apartment Amanda cohabited with her ex-boyfriend, Amanda decides to vacate the apartment. She settles on what was best described as a large closet for $500.00 per month in a luxurious apartment occupied by the "last four non-smoking models in Manhattan": Roxana (Ivana Milicevic); Jade (Shalom Harlow); Holly (Tomiko Fraser); Candi (Sarah O'Hare).
Freddie Prinze Jr. costars as Jim Winston ... er ... Bob Smoot, an undercover FBI agent on the trail of some diamond smugglers. Working as a highly-sought fashion expert, Winston occupies an apartment one floor below and across the street from Amanda and the models -- an excellent setup for peeping on Winston which they did, frequently. Following a chance meeting, Winston woos Amanda. It was a case of him chasing her until she caught him. In one of several episodes of the girls peeping on Winston like stereotypes of four Monday night football revelers, the girls see what appears to be him bludgeoning a female guest with a baseball bat. This discovery crushes Amanda and she vows to bring him to justice for this murder which was not murder. This leads to that and we find that Winston was using Amanda to further his covert police maneuvers -- a shallow tactic that did not stay shallow. Lies led to love. And to sexual intercourse.
Sexual immorality was the main property of this teen flick [Mark 7:20-21]. Does that make sense to YOU?. It could have been a moving, soft romance but it wasn't. Tons of sexual talk, innuendo, comments and other sexual matters flooded the script at about 34 per hour. There is even programming where a Great Dane dog tries to rape Amanda, more than once but the first being very graphic. Lesbianism was addressed as though it is simply another lifestyle and as acceptable (for the most part) as apple pie [1 Cor. 6:9]. I say "for the most part" because Amanda did express misgivings as her lesbian friend cupped Amanda's right breast in her left hand as they snuggled down for the night, the lesbian's face on Amanda's left breast. But Amanda did not *do* anything about it. While that was the most invasive expression of lesbianism in the movie, it was not the only expression of lesbianism. There is even transvestism as a maintenance man barters for women's clothing to wear while dancing alone in front of a mirror. And there was a homosexual kiss. If you think reading this is vulgar, what about your 13 year olds (and younger) seeing and hearing it? I don't write movies, folks. I just report on them. Pragmatically. Accurately. Brutally. Honestly. Rock-soldly. Uninfluenced by "context."
Toilet humor added to the offensive properties of this flick as three of the models listened to the sounds of cannonball diarrhea in a man's bathroom. And the three girls (in a men's restroom no less) were also sprayed with the explosive sewage overflow of a toilet while listening to two unseen men practice homosexual activities ... at least that is what the words were saying. As I said -- toilet humor.
Running neck-and-neck with the above issues of ignominy were excessive cleavage, intercourse with no genitals visible, and self touching. A great deal of violence [Jonah 3:8] was included in the forms of threats with firearms to the head and back, gunfire to kill, assault with knives, multiple abductions and fighting. And all this was given to us as comedy to mask the brutality of such behaviors. Yes, there is a plethora of profane language [Col. 3:8]. And there's more ... a lot more. See the listing in the Findings/Scoring section below.
If needed to focus or fortify, applicable text is underlined or bracketed [ ].
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.
FINDINGS / SCORING:
NOTE: Multiple occurrences of each item described below may be likely, definitely when plural.
Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
Offense to God (O)(2):