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Heartbreakers (2001), (PG-13)
CAP Score: 31
CAP Influence Density: 1.98
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SUMMARY / COMMENTARY:
HEARTBREAKERS (PG-13) -- For some time I have been getting on the case of statue nudity in movies. This R-13 movie provides justification for it.
NOTE: This report is somewhat vulgar, but not as much as the movie. If you do not want to hear about R-13 toilet humor, move on now.
Mom (Maxine - Sigourney Weaver) and daughter, Paige (Jennifer Love Hewitt) are scoundrels, fleecing rich men of their money with sex. Max would woo the men to marry her then send in Paige to maneuver the new hubbies into a compromising situation in which Max would suddenly appear [Prov. 7:21, 25]. Big divorce settlements financed the escapades of the terrible twosome -- all 13 escapades. Mom taught daughter well how to build an "empire" with crime [Hab. 2:12], even as petty as sneaking someone's credit card out of the gasoline pump to finance their own gas.
Escapades begin with #14, Dean (Ray Liotta), a car chop shot operator and womanizer. Smelling big bucks, Max woos Dean into marrying her. Then, after a wedding night which the viewer must suffer sorted details typically associated with a wedding night, including quite vulgar conversation and mannerisms, Max sends in Paige for the "kill." After "catching" the pair engaged in less-than-honorable activities, Max sues Dean for $300,000 -- and gets it. Plus she gets to keep a chopped Mercedes. Number 15 is tobacco billionaire William Tensey (Gene Hackman), a chain-smoking old man with one foot in the grave who addicted kids to smoking because he feels everyone should be able to smoke, regardless of age. Much time is spent on Max's maneuvers to hook Tensey. Part of the plot was the introduction of Paige to an up-and-coming millionaire bar owner, Jack (Jason Lee). He has been offered $3,000,000 for his oceanfront bar in Florida. Paige, wanting to go solo, sets her sights on Jack's potential as a source of luxurious living but gets a little more involved than she had planned.
For some time I have been getting on the case of statue nudity in movies. This R-13 movie provides justification for it. In The Wedding Planner Steve is caught "fondling" the privates of a male nude statue which also become super-glued to his hand (part of the avulsed parts then becomes a memento for Mary). In Heartbreakers< , in addition to Tensey tapping the breast of a female nude statue with his cane, there is a sexually excited male nude statue with exaggerated excitement (another push of the envelope of acceptability). The statue's excitement gets broken off and ends up at the mouth of a prone and incapacitated Tensey, much like the drawing of a male member on the cheek of a high school boy in Ten Things I Hate About You.
Note that all three of the above named movies are rated PG-13! Is this yet more evidence of the "R-13" trend showing up in PG-13? First, movies gave glimpses of statue nudity. Then came progressively more bold and longer visual contact. Now male statue nudity is shown in an excited state. All in the name of entertainment. If the display were of a live actor, the movie would have been rated X. But then, what better way to get more invasive sexual matters into movies for younger and younger kids to get the younger and younger dollars? Note also that more than twice as many teens go to the movies than adults -- a culture-shaping reality. Many evil men over the ages have realized the best way to shape a culture is to manipulate the minds of youth. Even the National Education Association (NEA) knows that.
Note finally that 14 movies in our database reveal statue nudity in the movie content. Of those 14, the older ones with statue nudity are rated R. The newer ones include PG-13 AND more bold display, not in artistic sobriety (not that nudity in art makes it "art") but rather in toilet humor with much cinematic focus on the gender-specifics of the nudity. While nudity itself is not sinful, display of it is, whether at the Sistine Chapel, the New York Metropolitan Museum, or in Heartbreakers< . God speaks of nudity as shameful many times in both the Old Testament and New and in no case I can find does He provide conditions under which intentional display of nudity is acceptable. He even advised priests to not climb the steps of the altar to avoid letting the wind expose them to the crowd below [Ex. 20:26].
While this attack on wanton nudity certainly sounds rather extreme in the shadow of modern morality, our conditioning to and subsequent general acceptance of the display of nudity does not change His Word which is the same today as it was in the Beginning as it will be for eternity. When Jesus changes His Word, I will change our investigation standards. But the likelihood of Jesus changing His Word is less than that of a frozen orb of dihydrogen monoxide surviving unscathed an excursion, entry to exit, through the subterranean location of exceeding exothermal energy.
By the way, to our antagonistic readers, we will NOT read or reply to email arguments about the statue nudity in Heartbreakers< .
Additional gratuitous sexual programming included a "newlywed" couple on their honeymoon suite stripping each other, both gazing upon his excitement (not seen) with vulgar discourse, and him licking Max's bare leg from the foot to the waist. There was also much intentional sexual teasing of men by teenager Paige who uses ALL her visual and vocal "assets" to lure them into immoral sexual relationships. At times more of Hewitt was exposed than covered. In one of her escapades of trickery with tease, Paige's hair got entangled in the zipper of Dean's pants for a reason I am certain you can guess, explicit dialogue and choreography notwithstanding. And when Dean tried to stand up when Max burst in his office, Paige banged her head on the bottom of the middle drawer of Dean's desk. Once Max left the room and the tangled two managed to stand up -- er, at least Dean stood up, the motions they exercised as they tried to disentangle were most suggestive [Gal. 5:19]. All for your 13 year old daughter, Mom.
And there are no consequences throughout.
And there is more ... a LOT more. Please be sure to visit the listing in the Findings/Scoring section.
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*******Food for Thought*******
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):