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(2011), PG-13 [Hard R-13*] (1hr 49.5min)

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Influence Density
June 8, 2011
June 8, 2011

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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-13 [Hard R-13*] ... another KO on sexual humility and responsibility

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Columbia Pictures, Happy Madison Productions
Distribution (US): Columbia Pictures
Director(s): Dennis Dugan
Producer(s): Barry Bernardi, Allen Covert, Jack Giarraputo, Tim Herlihy, Steve Koren, Heather Parry, Adam Sandler
Screenplay: Allan Loeb, I.A.L. Diamond
Stage Play: Abe Burrows
French Play: Pierre Barillet, Jean-Pierre Grédy
Cinematography/Camera: Theo van de Sande
Music: Rupert Gregson-Williams
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

After viewing the film but before crunching the numbers I set back for a moment and noticed there are six full pages of findings annotations and that the vast majority are in Sexual Immorality. The entire film felt like hundreds of little slaps in the face of sexual humility and responsibility - all as if such a corrupt moral standard is the way things are supposed to be, just like the adulteress in Prov. 30:20 who eats and wipes her mouth and says she's done nothing wrong. Well, even a champion prize fighter can take only so many "little slaps in the face" until they finally combine to equal a KO. (For those who are still too young or not familiar with the prize fighting world, "KO" means "knock-out." At least it used to mean that.) I wagered myself that this film was going to be another KO on sexual humility and responsibility and, combined with so many lies and uses of God's name in van, will be a full-fledged R-13. It seemed that everyone was doing or saying something sexual while using God's name in vain or lying ... or all three. Even the kids. We'll see.

My predictions were correct. After more than 1300 of these film analyses using the same model, the same equations, the same investigation standards and forms, it would seem that one might become able to safely predict the outcome based only on the listing of findings made. Such is this case. Just Go With It is a hard R-13 film with a zero out of 100 investigation area score in Sexual Immorality, Impudence/Hate (which includes profanity and lying) and Offense to God (which includes using His name in vain). The final score of 38, when R-rated films in the comparative baseline database earned scores from 54 and below out of 100, might seem to cinch the "R-ness" of the film but the Influence Density figure of 2.05 when R-rated films in the database earned ID figures from 0.78 to 2.04 cinches the "R-ness" of this film completely.

Danny Maccabee (Adams Sandler) is an unmarried plastic surgeon who pretends to be married to win one-night stands using sob stories about marriage. It worked for him on his failed wedding day years ago so he kept his wedding ring and kept up the charade of being married.

Now in a successful practice with divorced-with-two-kids Katherine (Jennifer Aniston) as his receptionist/assistant, Danny runs into 23 year old Palmer (Brooklyn Decker) who seems to be the one. But Danny met Palmer under his lying and does not want Palmer to know about his lying - she will not be "the other woman" to a man's marriage. So, Danny convinces Katherine to 'just go with it' and perform as his soon-to-be divorced wife. Complication after complication arises from moment to moment but Danny juggles his lies to keep his lies alive.

One more point about the content of this film causing such a low scoring distribution. As with many PG and PG-3 films, including this one, nothing in particularly invasive of wholesome moral standards as is typically found in R-rated features. There are not that many big dogs chomping out bites of morality but there s-o m-a-n-y little ankle-biters that the overall effect is the same. It is akin to comparing knocking down a brick wall with cannon balls or beebees. It takes a lot less work to knock down a brick wall with cannon balls but the job can be done with beebees. Eventually. This film does not present that many cannon balls of immorality but it is full of beebees. For more information on this relatively new technique of loading down the content of a film with tons of lesser attacks on morality and decency to achieve the same "feel" as fewer but more extreme assaults, see our CAP Rule of 1000 publication.

In a few locations throughout this report I note "by children" and "including children." There is a reason for this. Jesus warned that whatever we do to his little ones we do to Him (Matt. 25:40]. He further warned that s/he who teaches and/or causes His little ones to sin would be better off [figuratively] with a millstone tied about his/her neck then cast into the sea [Luke 17:2]. Jesus further warned that children have angels who behold the very face of God [Matt. 18:10]. Thus, by only these three verses of many, it is unwise to use children in the demonstration of sin. It would be good of the filmmakers (and we who set our children before the works of the filmmaker) to take His Word seriously. For each of us will eventually take His Word seriously, whether now, by choice, or after our last breath when the choice is made without us. In other words, by not choosing, the choice is made. Whether we believe it or not. Whether we like it or not. Whether we care or not.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 94 out of 100
The only violence and/or criminal activity demonstrated in the entire 109.5 minutes of actual story were a child threatening to kill a man and a slap in the face. The film is fully G-equivalent in violence.

Impudence/Hate (I) - Zero out of 100
While the amount of profanity seems atypically light in comparison to most PG-13 films, 14 times someone, including the adolescent children, uttered a form of profanity. [Col. 3:8, Luke 17:2] But the profanity by itself was not what caused the loss of all the starting 100 points in this investigation area - it was all the lying, including by the children. God is so adamant about the evil of lying that He promises that the [unforgiven] liar will not make it into Heaven. [Rev. 21:8]

Sexual Immorality (S) - Zero out of 100
If you have ever heard a sexual innuendo, booty call, offer of sex and anatomical references, you'll likely hear it in this film. In addition, you'll see many sexually-oriented behaviors such as inappropriate touch, excess cleavage, dressing to maximize the female form and/or skin exposure and a hundred other examples of sexually-oriented display. There are far too many examples of sexual assault on wholesome standards to even summarize here. Please look to the listing in the findings/Scoring section for a full accounting of the sexual immorality content of this film. [1 Ths. 4:1 - 5]

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 36 out of 100
There is enough booze, and drinking in this film to be equivalent to the booze and drinking in most R-rated films. And this film is rated PG-13 - for the middle school crowd. But the American College of Physicians (ACP) disagree.

A 2002 study by the ACP revealed that adolescent exposure to drinking in and as entertainment undeniably leads to abuse of alcohol among underage viewers. The finding 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]

    Offense to God (O) - Zero out of 100
    Here is where the popularity of the three-syllable sentence with God's name trailing it is suggested. Every few minutes someone, even the children, spoke His name in vain in the popular three-syllable sentence. The numerous uses of God's name in vain is the sole purpose of the loss of all the starting 100 points in this investigation area. [Deut. 5:11]

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
    No murders or suicides were noted.


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  • Matt. 18:10 Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven. ["Despise" is kataphroneo {kat-af-ron-eh'-o}: 1) to condemn, despise, disdain, think little or nothing of, to look down upon (which includes abuse, even by influence and lying to them).]
  • Prov. 30:20 This is the way of an adulteress [or adulterer]: She eats and wipes her mouth and says, 'I've done nothing wrong.' [Though this verse uses "adulteress" to make its point, the heart of the matter is the arrogance of "What's the big deal!" or "It's okay sometimes" defense of sexual immorality (or any other wrong-doings). This verse makes an adulter(er/ess) of many filmmakers and performers, thinking they can demonstrate behavioral impurity while thinking they've done no wrong.]
  • 1Ths. 4:1-5 Finally, brothers, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more. For you know what instructions we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus. It is God's will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control his [or her] own body [which includes control of drives, touching, seeking, lusting (even after images), crude talk, promiscuity, etc.] in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the heathen, who do not know God; [Be master of your body and urges, not a slave to them. Be not a seeker of any manner of sexually-oriented imagery or behavior outside of a monogamous heterosexual marriage. For any sexual contact (including sight and sound), conduct or activity outside of a monogamous heterosexual marriage is sinful.]
  • Rev. 21:8 But the [unforgiven] fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers [the NIV calls it "magic arts" which includes those who practice evil magic including witches, warlocks, wizards, sorcerers, spiritists, diviners, necromancers, etc.], and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
  • 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 You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name. [Vain is shav {shawv}: emptiness, nothingness, vanity, such as an expletive. With or without the four letter expletive, the use of God's name in any way other than respect, reverence or responsible discussion is in vain. That includes the popular three syllable sentence with His name trailing it AND the misuse of Jesus' name or title. 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.]

    ***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 [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences and present it to younger and younger audiences every year] when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, enjoy it, want it, submit to it. I call attention to Ps. 12:8 to warn of the creeping desensitizing power of "entertainment."]
  • 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.)

    Just Go With It (2011) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 94 out of 100
  • child threatening to kill a man
  • assault (slap)

    Impudence/Hate (I) - Zero out of 100
  • 14 uses of profanity, some by the children
  • lying, frequent, including long sequences of lying
  • excusing lying to children to satisfy adult "needs"
  • adolescent assault of mother
  • jesting about killing children
  • posterior humor with child
  • toilet humor (child defecating on a man's hand)

    Sexual Immorality (S) - Zero out of 100
  • sexual gesture, repeatedly
  • booty calls, repeatedly
  • sexual harassment
  • sexual invitation and request, repeatedly
  • inappropriate touch, repeatedly
  • excessive cleavage, repeatedly
  • self touching, repeatedly
  • innuendo re: intercourse, repeatedly
  • adolescent boy portrayed as sexually "drooling"
  • dressing to maximize the female form and/or skin exposure, repeatedly
  • pose/camera angle to force viewer on private parts
  • attention to private body parts, repeatedly
  • sexual talk/innuendo, frequent, mostly about intercourse and as if it is as important as having a soda
  • portraying young kids as sexually wise, repeatedly
  • "gay" mannerisms
  • long sequence of attention to female breasts with inappropriate "professional" touch
  • crotch hit, repeatedly
  • adolescent talking about intercourse
  • rude gaze, repeatedly
  • adult in underwear, repeatedly
  • exhibitionism, repeatedly
  • woman in shower
  • vulgar fondling
  • anatomical references, repeatedly
  • man and woman in bed
  • women as toys/ornaments

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 36 out of 100
  • bar
  • drinking, repeatedly
  • booze, repeatedly
  • child pretending to smoke
  • tale of adult giving beer to adolescents

    Offense to God (O) - Zero out of 100
  • 23 uses of God's name in vain (none with the four letter expletive), three times by children

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

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