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(2003), PG-13
Analysis Date: July 3, 2003
CAP Score: 67 out of 100
CAP Influence Density: 0.60

MinMax: -100

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If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary likely using a mix of KJV and NIV.

(2003), PG-13 -- "Your dogs are gay!"

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Marc Platt Productions, Type A Films
Distribution (US): Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Distributing Corporation
Director(s): Charles Herman-Wurmfeld
Producer(s): David Nicksay, Marc E. Platt, Stephen Traxler, Reese Witherspoon
Written by/Screenplay: Characters: Amanda Brown. Story: Eve Ahlert, Dennis Drake, Kate Kondell. Screenplay: Kate Kondell
Cinematography/Camera: Elliot Davis
Music: Rolfe Kent
Film Editing: Peter Teschner
Production Design: Missy Stewart
Art Direction: Mark Worthington
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

I did not expect Legally Blonde 2: Red,White and Blonde to earn a PG-13 score, but it did. Barely. I expected it to earn more of a score earned by PG movies. I guess that is evidence of the insulation of the CAP analysis model and its scoring from my personal opinions. One of the six CAP investigation areas revealed enough content to earn a score of zero. Care to guess which one? That's right. Sexual Immorality. Just like the first Legally Blonde.

Harvard Law School graduate Elle Woods (Reese Witherspoon), even more obsessed with fashion and lace than in the first Legally Blonde, joins a Boston Law Firm to just get fired because of her animal activist passion. She is miffed when she finds that animals are used for cosmetic research and development. Scheduled for a large wedding to Emmett Richmond (Luke Wilson), Elle is so infatuated with her dog, Bruiser that she wants to find Bruiser's family to invite them to the wedding. Elle finds only Bruiser's mother -- in a cosmetics research facility. Bruiser's mom is one of the animals being used. Elle launches a single-minded campaign to outlaw using animals for cosmetic research purposes. And she goes to Washington to do it.

Elle joins the staff of prominent senior Representative Rudd (Sally Field) in order to be able to prepare the Bruiser Bill which would outlaw animal abuse in the name of cosmetic research. Standing in her way, initially, is the Hill-smart staff of Representative Rudd. Leading the caustic opposition to Elle and all that she stands for is Chief of Staff, Grace Stoteraux (Regina King). But Elle finds an informed and quite experienced fellow, Sidney Post (Bob Newhart) in the most unlikely career, a doorman, to help her navigate the trickery and complexity of politics on the Hill. Soon, the Rudd staff warm up to Elle and apply their combined expertise to help her. Even the seemingly slithering Grace does an about face and blackmails her boss, Rudd into supporting Elle.

Legally Blonde 2: Red,White and Blonde is a bubbly and bright yet air-headed farce with warm and touching force. It could be enjoyable and maybe even recommendable, but.......

Sexual immorality is rampant. [1 Cor. 6:18 - 20] There is strong stereotyping of the homosexual lifestyle and acceptance of it such as transvestism, "Chip-n-Dale" dancers and promotion of it in both dialogue and dressing of dogs in black leather strap outfits. Bruiser meets a Rottweiler owned by a congressman and falls madly in love with it. The veterinarian's office said Bruiser is some dog for a little Chihuahua that it would try to mount a Rottweiler -- both dogs being male. The veterinarian office clerk's comment, after token refusals of Elle and the congressman to accept the behavior of their dogs, was "Your dogs are gay!" to which they eventually say "accepting" things such as "I am proud of..." And the two male dogs get married with Elle and Emmett. [1 Cor. 6:9-10, Rom. 1:24 - 27]

Regarding "acceptance" of the practice of homosexuality, God has decreed that such practice is sinful as are so many of our behaviors. But we do not have to accept the sin (not even our own) to accept the sinner. We do not have to embrace the sin to embrace the sinner. We do not have to practice the sin to reach the sinner. Nor do we have to change ourselves, compromise our faith, or situationally redefine, counterfeit or conditionally apply God's Word to appease they who choose to practice that which flies the face of the Word of He who spent three days in Hell so you and I would not have to spend one moment there. We do not have to lower the standards set for us by making the sinner's standards our own. To do otherwise is being closed minded to His Word in favor of the world. To do otherwise is encouraging the sin which is sin on ourselves. We must love the sinner (even ourselves) enough to tell him/her the Truth. While Jesus wants us to not look down our noses at they who choose to violate His Word, He also does not want us to "look up to" them. The practitioner of homosexuality is as precious to Jesus as anyone else. Even me. God hates no one no matter what Fred Phelps says. It is some of our behaviors God hates. And all sinful behavior can be forgiven. No expect ions. No debate.

The use of foul language was limited to seven uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary plus 16 uses of God's name in vain but each without the four letter expletive [Deut 5:11]

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  • 1Cor. 6:18 - 20 Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body. Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body
  • 1Cor. 6:9-10 Do you not know that the [unforgiven] wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. Rom. 1:24 - 27 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet.
  • Deut. 5:11 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain [shav' {shawv}: emptiness, nothingness, vanity]: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. [With or without the four letter expletive, the use of God's name in any way other than respect, reverence or thoughtful discussion is in vain. That includes the popular three syllable sentence with His name trailing it AND the misuse of Jesus' name.]

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences to younger and younger audiences every year] when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, pay for it, enjoy it, want 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 (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 [warp, distort, falsely represent, situationally redefine, counterfeit, conditionally apply] 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]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto [or for] one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto [or for] me.
  • Luke 17:2 It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. [cause by teaching or example]
  • Ps. 119:133 Direct my footsteps according to your word; 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.


    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.


    Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde (2003) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • none noted

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • seven uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • deceit
  • lies
  • blackmail to coerce favor

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • adoration of being a playmate(tm)
  • talk about being naked
  • homosexual presences, repeatedly
  • genital talk
  • dressing to maximize the female form and/or skin exposure, repeatedly
  • suggestive eye movements
  • promotion of homosexuality using animals, repeatedly
  • dialogue of acceptance of the practice of homosexuality
  • transvestism
  • "Chip-n-Dale" dancers
  • satire of sadomasochism
  • gay dog marriage
  • "Your dogs are gay"
  • talk of animal intercourse
  • dressing of dogs in stereotypical homosexual dress

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • none noted

    Offense to God (O)
  • 16 uses of God's name in vain, all without the four letter expletive
  • calling animals "beings"

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • none noted

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    NOTE: While the Summary/Commentary section of these reports is precisely that -- a summary in commentary format which can be and sometimes is subjective, the actual CAP Analysis Model (the Findings/Scoring section) makes no scoring allowances for trumped-up "messages" to excuse, for manufacture of justification for, or camouflaging of ignominious content or aberrant behavior or imagery with "redeeming" programming. Disguising sinful behavior in a theme/plot does not excuse the sinful behavior of either the one who is drawing pleasure or example of behavior or thought from the sinful display or of the practitioners demonstrating the sinful behavior. We make no attempt to quantify the "artistic" or "entertainment" value of a movie -- whether a movie has any positive value or "entertainment" value is up to mom/dad. The CAP analysis model is the only known set of tools available to parents and grandparents which give *them* the control they need, bypassing the opinion-based assessment of movies by others and defeating the deceit of those who would say anything to convince their parents otherwise. The model is completely objective to His Word. Our investigation standards are founded in the teachings and expectations of Jesus Christ. If a sinful behavior is portrayed, it is called sinful whether Hollywood tries to make it otherwise. That the sinful behavior is "justified" by some manufactured conditions does not soften nor erase the price of sin. Whether there is application of fantasy "justification" or "redemption" is up to mom/dad.

    "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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