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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


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

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* "What does it matter what we think we know? In the end, there's no denying the Truth." Put another way, we can exercise our God-given freedom of choice and disobey, but our disobedience will not change the Truth *or* make the consequences of disobedience go away. Disbelief in God's Word or God Himself will not make Him OR His Word go away. The Truth will catch up to us in the end. Some will call this using fear tactics to proselytize. Fine. It won't change reality in the end. Whether we believe it or not.

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 [ ].
  • 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 the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord.
  • 1 Cor. 7:2 But since there is so much immorality, each man should have his own wife, and each woman her own husband.
  • Rev. 21:8 But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars -their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death. [IF unforgiven before death.]
  • Rom. 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, ...
  • Mark 7:20-21 He went on: "What comes out of a man is what makes him 'unclean.' For from within, out of men's hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, ...
  • 1 Cor. 6:9 Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual [includes lesbian] offenders ...
  • Jonah 3:8 But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth. Let everyone call urgently on God. Let them give up their evil ways and their violence.
  • Col. 3:8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.


    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: Head Over Heels (2001) CAP Thermometers

    NOTE: Multiple occurrences of each item described below may be likely, definitely when plural.

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • assault with ball bat to head
  • breakings and enterings, once by trading access for women's clothing to a transvestite
  • peeping
  • threat with firearm to back
  • gunfire to kill, repeatedly
  • assault with knives
  • abductions
  • threats with firearm to head
  • control by firearms
  • fighting

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • 22 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • lies to cover embarrassment and other vain purposes
  • graphic sounds of defecation/diarrhea

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • sexual comments, innuendo, talk
  • homosexual kiss
  • inappropriate touching
  • self tweaking of breasts
  • intercourse (no gender-specific anatomy or posterior visible)
  • cohabitation
  • lesbian touching
  • attempted rapes of a woman by a dog
  • masked nudity using positioning or convenience objects to hide gender-specific anatomy
  • lesbian suggestions
  • transvestism
  • adults in underwear
  • ghosting of female anatomy through clothing
  • homosexual activities by dialogue
  • man and woman stripping for sex (no gender-specific anatomy or posterior visible)
  • excessive cleavage
  • dressing after sex (no gender-specific anatomy or posterior visible)
  • invitation for overnight cohabitation
  • admission of sexual immorality

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • drinking
  • drunkenness
  • bar scene with drinking

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • one use of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive and 27 without

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

    NOTE: The CAP Analysis Model makes no scoring allowances for trumped-up "messages" to excuse or for manufacturing of justification for aberrant behavior or imagery, or for camouflaging such ignominy with "redeeming" programming. Disguising sinful behavior in a theme plot does not excuse the sinful behavior of either the one who is drawing pleasure from the sinful display or the practitioners demonstrating the sinful behavior. This is NOT a movie review service. It is a movie analysis service to parents and grandparents to tell them the truth about movies using the Truth.

    "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." [Emphasis is mine] And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I aplaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our five-year 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.

  • (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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