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(2011), PG [R-PG*] (90.1min)

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March 26, 2012
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(While the Scriptural references are certainly not subjective, my commentary may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)

If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary.

(2011), PG [R-PG*] ... You decide

Production (US): Columbia Pictures, A Happy Madison and Broken Road Production
Distribution (US): Sony Home Entertainment DVD
Director(s): Dennis Dugan
Producer(s): Barry Bernardi, Benita Vivianp, Allen Covert, Steve Koren, Robert Smigel, Tim Herlihy, Todd Garner, Adam Sandler, Jack Giarraputo
Story by: Ben Zook
Screenplay by: Steve Koren, Adam Sandler
Cinematography/Camera: Dean Cundey
Music: Rupert Gregson Williams, Waddy Watchel
Film Editing: Tom Costain
Casting: Roger Mussenden, Jeremy Rich
Production Design: Perry Andelin Blake
Art Direction: Alan Au, John Collins
Viewed on Sony Pictures Home Entertainment DVD

"RPG" is a backronym for "rocket-propelled grenade" which is a shoulder-fired anti-tank rocket with an explosive warhead. "R-PG" (note the hyphen) is the CAP term for a film that earned a final score in the range of scores earned by R-rated movies (the "R" in "R-PG") but the film is rated PG by the MPAA (the "PG" in "R-PG"). Jack and Jill earned a final score of 40 out of 100 which places it deeply in the range of scores earned by R-rated movies (54 and below out of 100). That final score of 40 makes Jack and Jill a heavy "R-PG" ready to explode and scatter immoral fragments in your kids including conditioning them to dishonor the name of God.

Jack Sadelstein (Adams Sandler) is a happily married publishing exec married to a delightful wife, Erin (Katie Holmes) with two great kids, biological daughter Sofia (Elodie Tougne) and adopted son Gary (Rohan Chand). Another member of Jack's family is his twin Jill (Adam Sanlder) who is said to be the female Jack. Jill lives in the Bronx ... far away from Jack. The way Jack likes it.

From childhood Jack and Jill have been argumentative and competitive. About everything. Their relationship could be best described as exasperating. But now their mother has died. Though Jack dreads Jill coming for another "annual" visit Erin feels Jack should at least invite Jill to spend Thanksgiving - which extends to Christmas -- with them so that Jill would not be alone over the holidays. Happenstance ended up with Jill not only in having an extended stay to include both holidays, not just Thanksgiving with Jack and family but in going along on a holiday cruise with them -- with an ulterior motive of Jack. Jack even tried to match Jill with a man. After a failure with a man found on the Internet Jill ended up with Al Pacino (played by himself). What a nice guy this Jack is! Maybe. You decide.


Following are brief discussions of the content per individual content investigation area. As always the Findings section of this report, the heart of the CAP Analysis Model, is the best source for discovering the full accounting of the content of this film.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 67 out of 100
As warned by the MPAA this film contains rather frequent display of comic violence which may be thought of as slapstick violence. Though no one was portrayed as being harmed by the "comic violence", to practice such behaviors could and probably would cause harm if emulated in real life. Besides, in many verses, Proverb 16:29 in particular, God advises that any violence can be proselytizing: that violence can be "catching"; that violence can lead one into a "path that is not good." Further, four professional public health agencies warn that viewing violence in and as entertainment can, among additional behavioral aberrations, lead the observer, especially the young, to real life violence and to believing violence is an acceptable means of settling conflict.

In addition to the comic violence the script throws a number of threats to do harm both physically and professionally. [Prov. 3:31, Rom. 12:18]

Impudence/Hate (I) - Zero out of 100
There are only two uses of profanity in the entire movie, one of them by an adolescent. But there are at least 12 examples of flatulence, some quite exaggerated, 11 lies and orders to lie, name-calling repeatedly, sibling friction repeatedly, social meanness and a fetish with underarm hair. [Eph. 5:4]

Sexual Immorality (S) - 26 out of 100
While there is no nudity in this PG film, there is a great deal of sexually oriented matters of imagery and behavior. There are so many individual examples of assault on wholesome manners and behavior that it would be counterproductive to even try to summarize them here. Please look to the listing in the Findings section for a full accounting of the sexually immoral content of this film.

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 48 out of 100
No possession or consumption of illegal drugs nor tobacco and no abuses of prescription drugs were found but several instances of alcoholic beverage, drinking and drunkenness are present. And, of course, no consequences of alcohol poisoning are presented.

Such self-absolution of accountability by filmmakers can be a problem as revealed by the American College of Physicians (ACP) who revealed in a 2002 study that viewing drinking in and as entertainment undeniably leads to abuse of alcohol among underage viewers. The report entitled Relation Between Parental Restrictions on Movies and Adolescent Use of Tobacco and Alcohol reports that of 4544 youths from grades 5 through 8 of fifteen Vermont and New Hampshire middle schools (90% of the youths were under fourteen years old) only 16% were completely restricted in their entertainment diets. Within the ACP study population, the prevalence of having tried alcohol without parental knowledge was

  • 46% for those with no viewing restrictions
  • 16% for those with partial viewing restrictions
  • four percent for those with complete viewing restrictions. [Eph. 5:18]

    There is nothing to say that viewing smoking in and as entertainment does not carry the same danger of influence as viewing drinking. Actually, the same matter of behavior modification applies to any behavior demonstrated in and as entertainment, including good behavior.

    Offense to God (O) - Zero out of 100
    It seems the favorite Sandler expression is the three-syllable sentence with God's name trailing it. There were no abuses of God's name with the four letter expletive found but the CAP analysis model found 37 abuses of His name without the four letter expletive.

    God is clear about abuse of His name: of using His name in vain. He warns that they who do, if unforgiven, will be held guilty for abuse of His name. [Deut. 5:11] Maybe the MPAA does not feel contempt for the use of God's name in vain, but God does.

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
    There are no portrayals of murder or suicide in the entire 90.1 minutes of the show.



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  • Deut. 22:5 The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman's garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the LORD thy God.
  • Prov. 16:29 A violent man enticeth his neighbour, and leadeth him into the way that is not good. [The issue is the violence, the 'way that is not good' no matter how "small" or "fantasy" or "justified" the violence might seem, and its "leading" effect on the observer. "A violent man" can be any character of any age, any gender, human or not in the act of committing (demonstrating in the case of entertainment) violent behavior/action whether for good or evil OR the violent behaviors/actions themselves. Such exposure can and does embolden the viewer into aggression, especially youth. It took years for the American professional health community to finally affirm, probably without knowing it, that which God told us in 1 Cor. 15:33 below. See also Joint Statement on the Impact of Entertainment Violence on Children: Congressional Public Health Summit for more information. Their findings include:
    --> Children who see a lot of violence are more likely to view violence as an effective way of settling conflicts. Children exposed to violence are more likely to assume the acts of violence are acceptable behavior.
    --> Viewing violence can lead to emotional desensitization towards violence in real life. It can decease the likelihood that one will take action on behalf of a victim when violence occurs.
    --> Entertainment violence feeds a perception that the world is a violent and mean place. Viewing violence increases fear of becoming a victim of violence, with a resultant increase in self-protective behavior and a mistrust of others.
    --> Viewing violence may lead to real life violence. Children exposed to violent programming at a young age have a higher tendency for violent and aggressive behavior later in life than children who are not so exposed.
    Further, God speaks darkly of violence 56 times in the Old and New Testament of the KJV.]
  • Prov. 3:31 Envy thou not the oppressor [man of violence, extortionist, etc.], and choose none of his ways.
  • Rom. 12:18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.
  • Eph. 5:4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.
  • Gal. 5:19 The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; ...
  • Eph. 5:18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. [Since "drunk" is methusko {meth-oos'-ko}: to intoxicate; make drunk; to get drunk; become intoxicated, "wine" can be any intoxicating substance including illegal drugs or abuse of prescription drugs. The issue is do not abuse the body by intoxicating it [1 Cor. 6:19]. Though it is not a sin to drink, it is a sin to get drunk OR to influence to get drunk OR to drink in defiance such as underage drinking.
  • Deut. 5:11 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh His name in vain. [Vain is shav {shawv}: emptiness, nothingness, vanity, such as in slang or profanity. With or without the four letter expletive, the use of God's name in any way other than respect, reverence or responsible discussion and in praise and prayer is in vain. That includes the popular three syllable sentence with His name trailing it AND the misuse of Jesus' name or title even if as a euphemism. So, trying to excuse such expressions with "I was talking TO God/Jesus when I said that" or It's just words" or "I was acting" will not work with Him. Nor will "Everybody says that" excuse the sin of using His name in vain. If everyone on the planet who has ever drawn a breath used His name in vain, it would still be a sin to do so. If no one ever did, it would still be a sin to do so. Whether we believe it or not. Whether we like it or not. Whether we care or not.]

    Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry

  • Jer. 37:9 This is what the LORD says: Do not deceive yourselves, thinking, 'The Babylonians [the destroyers from within] will surely leave us.' They will not!
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend what is vile, embrace it, enjoy it, want it, submit to it.]
  • Col. 2:8 Beware lest any man [by his influence] spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 Be not deceived: evil [kakov: of a bad nature, not such as it ought to be] communications corrupt good manners.
  • Rom. 5:19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
  • Jude 1:4 For there are certain men* crept in unawares [secretly slipped in among us], who were before of old ordained to this condemnation [whose condemnation was written about long ago], ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness [a license for immorality], and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. [*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 one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
  • Luke 17:2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. [Offend: skandalizo {skan-dal-id'-zo} - scandalize; to entice to sin; to cause a person to begin to distrust and desert one whom he ought to trust and obey; to cause to fall away.]
  • Ps. 119:133 Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me [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. ["Evil" includes all things that are sinful.]


    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.
    (The objective heart of the CAP Analysis Model, independent of and insulated from the Summary / Commentary section.)

    Jack and Jill (2011) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 67 out of 100
  • comic violence, repeatedly
  • series of thinly veiled physical and professional threats

    Impudence/Hate (I) - Zero out of 100
  • two uses of profanity, once by a child
  • flatulence, repeatedly, some exaggerated
  • fetish with underarm hair
  • name-calling, repeatedly
  • sibling friction, repeatedly
  • deception, repeatedly
  • lying, repeatedly
  • order to lie, repeatedly
  • social cruelty, repeatedly

    Sexual Immorality (S) - 26 out of 100
  • female underwear showing
  • exaggerated baby nudity
  • adult in underwear
  • strange affection for brother by sister
  • dressing to maximize the female form and/or skin exposure, repeatedly
  • self stroking of crotch, by two
  • innuendo re: promiscuity, sex with sister, masturbation and intercourse
  • full male nudity before a female character (unseen by moviegoers)
  • woman in men's room
  • character pulling up her underwear
  • inappropriate touch, three times
  • looking up a woman's skirt to determine gender
  • perversion over a woman's sweat shadow on the bed sheet
  • crude humor

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 48 out of 100
  • booze, repeatedly
  • drinking, repeatedly
  • bar
  • drunkenness

    Offense to God (O) - Zero out of 100
  • 37 uses of God's name in vain (all without the four letter expletive)
  • associating "Jewish" with atheism
  • mocking God
  • impersonating a woman [Deut. 22:5]

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
  • none noted

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    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 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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