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(205), PG-13 [R-13*] (1hr 27min)
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Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Just Friends Productions Inc., Bender-Spink Inc., Cinerenta Feature Films, Inferno Distribution
Distribution (US): Inferno Distribution
Director(s): Roger Kumble
Producer(s): Chris Bender, William J. Johnson, Marco Mehlitz, Rob Merilees, Michael Ohoven, Jim Seibel, J.C. Spink, William Vince, Jake Weiner
Written by: Adam 'Tex' Davis
Cinematography/Camera: Anthony B. Richmond
Music: Jeff Cardoni, Machine Head, H. Scott Salinas, Adam Schiff, Eric West
Film Editing: Jeff Freeman
Casting: Coreen Mayrs, Brenda McCormick, Rick Montgomery
Production Design: Robb Wilson King
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6
Los Angeles womanizing music promoter exec Chris Bander (Ryan Reynolds), just ten years out of high school, is responsible for the musical success his insufferable pin-up ex-girlfriend, Samantha James (Anna Faris). And wishes he hadn't. She is a leech. And viscous when jilted.
Once upon a time, in high school, Chris was a "looser." Overweight and out-of-touch with the social games typical of high school life (at least according to Hollywood), Chris was not able to get past being Just Friends with the New Jersey dream girl, ex-cheerleader turned teacher and bar tender living with her parents, Jamie Palamino (Amy Smart).
Chris launches a campaign to make Jamie more than just friends. But not without spiteful competition. It is the same predictable formula, including some bitter and poisonous ingredients.
Just Friends, a PG-13 by the way, is a "consenting adults" mostly skinless sex flick for young teens with inappropriate touch, presenting of sexually immoral behavior as acceptable, a woman taking a man's pants down with unseen oral sex and many other matters of sexual immorality. What is sexually immoral? Some folks are going to hate me for this (so what else would one expect when told of the sin involved in their favorite pastime?). God's many admonitions against sexually immoral choices may be summed up as any sexual contact (including visual), conduct or activity outside of a monogamous heterosexual marriage. [1Cor. 6:18 - 20]
Just Friends is also a cussfest for young teens, at about 34 uses of some form of the three/four letter word vocabulary per hour. Just because it does not contain the most foul of the foul words does not make it fit for anyone let alone 13 year old kids. Maybe our young teens hear this kind of language vulgarity in school every day. Well? Why do you think 13 year olds talk that way? When they are saturated with such vulgarity in and as entertainment, with impunity and no consequences, it is no wonder. [Matt. 25:40, Matt. 18:10, Luke 17:2]
Just Friends is a slap in the face of God regarding honor of His name. The teen favorite three syllable sentence with God's name trailing it was rampant. And God's name with the four letter expletive was not left out. Twice. [Deut. 5:11]
And it is thick with entertainment-borne drinking and drunkenness the American College of Physicians warns us about. [Eph. 5:18] Besides all that, it is empty. Predictable. And vain.
With an investigation area score of zero in four of the six CAP investigation areas, this film is yet another example of the MPAA being morally dead who evidently think you are stupid or at lest won't notice or don't care anymore (which may be more true than we realize). [Jude 1:4] R-rated films in the comparative baseline database earned final scores of 54 and below, mostly in the forties. Just Friends earned a final score of 30, making its morality envelope raunchier than most R-rated films. Not because of the raunchiness of any individual examples of sexual immorality but because of the sheer number of "lesser" instances of assault on sexual purity and decency (See CAP Rule of 1000.
R-rated films in the comparative baseline database earned influence density scores of 0.78 to 2.04 (the higher the number the worse the density of assaults on morality and ethics). Just Friends earned an influence density of 2.68.
There is no doubt of the "ratings creep" Harvard University proved four years after we did. I dearly wish someone would fund us if for no other reason than to compile and continue our massive research data. [Ps. 12:8]
As always, the objective listing of directly observed findings in the Findings/Scoring section is the best source of information that might put you in a better position to make an informed moral decision on your own whether this film is fit for your young teens.
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***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
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(The objective heart of the CAP Analysis Model, independent of and insulated from the Summary/
Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
Christian Educators Association International
|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 more than eight 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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