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Heartbreakers (2001), (PG-13)
CAP Score: 31
CAP Influence Density: 1.98

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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.


If needed to focus or fortify, applicable text is underlined or bracketed [ ].
  • Hab. 2:12 Woe to him who builds a city [a guarded place such as a reign or regime] with bloodshed and establishes a town [a collective such as mob or gang] by crime!
  • Prov. 7:21 With her [the adulteress] much fair speech she caused him to yield, with the flattering of her lips she forced him.
  • Prov. 7:25 Do not let your heart turn to her [the adulteress/seductress] ways or stray into her paths.
  • Ex. 20:26 Neither shalt thou go up by steps unto mine altar, that thy nakedness be not discovered thereon.
  • Gal. 5:19 The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery;

    *******Food for Thought*******
  • 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. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]

    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: Heartbreakers (2001) CAP Thermometers

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

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • thefts and planning theft
  • extortion
  • reckless vehicular endangerment
  • trickery to cause property damage
  • assaults
  • paying cop to slap around a housekeeper
  • con activities and planning them
  • body crunching on concrete at end of great fall
  • threat with firearm
  • recreational gunfire

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • one use of the most foul of the foul words
  • 42 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • many lies to manipulate
  • adult tantrum
  • "Feel my butt" from mother to daughter
  • cinematic focus on gender-specific anatomy of nude statue
  • daughter claiming she is a professional criminal
  • :Shut up, mother!"
  • "You -----." mother to daughter
  • no consequences throughout

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • tongue in an ear
  • adults in underwear, some vulgar
  • woman undressing man, with discussion about his gender-specific anatomy and sexual excitement
  • man licking woman's bare leg, foot to stomach
  • man and woman in bed in foreplay
  • sex talk, requests, offers, innuendo, comments, humor, anatomical references, inferences ..., some exceptionally vulgar
  • excessive breast exposures
  • dressing to maximize the female form and/or skin exposure
  • inappropriate touching, both male to female and female to male
  • adultery
  • motions of oral sex
  • girls as toys
  • revealing swimwear
  • statue nudity, female frontal
  • painting nudity, female frontal
  • uses of sex to manipulate
  • picture nudity, male frontal
  • statue of a sexually excited male, nude
  • woman atop man in underwear, repeated
  • vulgar positioning of statue's broken male member, suggesting homosexual performance
  • portrayal of sadomasochism

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • drinking
  • drunkenness
  • smoking, many

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • two uses of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive and 14 without
  • mother teaching daughter to sin through crime for personal gain
  • to a comment "God is everywhere" was a reply "Yes He is, isn't He. Nosy ----."
  • mockery of Jesus
  • to premarital sex "To God, everything else is just paperwork."

    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.

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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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