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(2006), PG [Hard 13-PG*] (1hr 33min)

Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
January 22, 2007
58 out of 100

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

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(2006), PG [Hard 13-PG*] -- ... could have been a nice Saturday-afternoon-at-the-movies-with-mom Hilary chick flick ...

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Material Girls Productions LLC, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), Maverick Films, Patriot Pictures, Rafter H Entertainment
Distribution (US): Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
Director(s): Martha Coolidge
Producer(s): Greg Carney, Ronald Colby, Haylie Duff, Hilary Duff, Susan Duff, Brent Emery, David Faigenblum, Gary Hamilton, Milton Kim, Eve LaDue, Michael Mendelsohn, Mirjana Mijojlic, Mark Morgan, Guy Oseary, Tara Pirnia, Troy Rowland, Austen Tayler, Tim Wesley
Written by: John Quaintance, Jessica O'Toole, Amy Rardin
Cinematography/Camera: Johnny E. Jensen
Music: Jennie Muskett
Film Editing: Steven Cohen
Casting: Aleta Chappelle
Production Design: James H. Spencer
Art Direction: Ian Phillips
Viewed on MGM DVD

Tanzie and Ava Marchetta (Hilary and Haylie Duff) live in the lap of luxury. Before his death, their chemist father, Vic Marchetta (Philip Casnoff) had built an empire on cosmetics. Now, housekeeper and para-mother, Inez (Maria Conchita Alonso) cares for the girls. While Ava is old enough to be out on her own, Tanzie is not. So, the pair stay with their housekeeper and loving friend of nine years.

All is going well until one day an announcement is released that Marchetta cosmetics are causing long-term skin lesions. That was all it took to topple the Marchetta enterprises. The now penniless girls, still living with Inez but now at Inez's home, launch an investigation to find out whether the claim is true and if not, to rebuild the Marchetta empire. With the help of LA Free Legal Clinic lawyer, Henry Baines (Lukas Haas) an intricate weave of corporate espionage, bribery and chicanery surfaces. All indicators point not to Marchetta's rival, Fabiella (Anjelica Huston) but rather to the Marchetta CEO, Tommy Katzenbach (Brent Spiner - Star Trek-TNG (tm) "Data").

Material Girls earned a CAP final score of 58 which places it deep into the scoring range earned by PG-13 films (55 to 68 out of 100) in the comparative baseline database. That makes it a hard 13-PG, meaning it earned a score earned by PG-13 films but was rated PG by the MPAA.

Material Girls could have been a nice Saturday-afternoon-at-the-movies-with-mom Hilary chick flick if it were not for ...

Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
... things like Ava saying "I'd kill my first-born for...", a background soap show presenting a woman talking of suicide if she can't get sex, falsifying of evidence plus a couple other matters of either the violent nature or criminal intent. [Matt. 23:25, Hab. 2:9]

Impudence/Hate (I)
... the nine uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary [Prov. 22:11, Col. 3:8], the lies [Prov. 6:16, 19], the mother cheating on the father [Eph. 5:22], the "Bite me" by Ava [Eph. 5:4], and the reference in the script of this PG film to an R-rated film which would require the viewer to have seen it for the reference to make any sense. [Luke 17:2]

Sexual Immorality (S)
... the saturation of the film with dressing to maximize the female form and/or skin exposure, camera angle to force the viewer on private parts or exposed skin near private parts and posing to augment these matters plus a number of other examples of challenging sexual modesty. There were so many events of one or more of these "lesser" matters of ignominy (see CAP Rule of 1000 for more information) that the magnitude of their sum equaled the sum of the sexual matters in many R-rated films. [Gal. 5:19, 1 Ths. 4:1-5]

Drugs/Alcohol (D)
... party drinking, multiple. Smoking, three times. [1 Cor. 6:19]

Offense to God (O)
... 12 uses of God's name in vain but without the four letter expletive. Note that God's name in vain includes the teen popular three-syllable sentence with His name tailing it. [Deut. 5:11]

Murder/Suicide (M)
There were no murders nor suicides noted.


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  • Matt. 23:25 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess.
  • Hab. 2:9 Woe to him who builds his realm by unjust gain to set his nest on high, to escape the clutches of ruin!
  • Prov. 22:11 He who loves a pure heart and whose speech is gracious will have the king for his friend.
  • Col. 3:8 But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander (injurious speech), and filthy language [aischrologia: foul speaking, low and obscene speech] from your lips.
  • Prov. 6:16, 19 (16) These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:... (19) A false witness that speaketh lies,...
  • Eph. 5:22 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.
  • 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;
  • 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), 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.]
  • 1 Cor. 6:19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? [While this verse is pointed at sexual immorality, it works with abuse of the body no matter what form the abuse takes.]
  • 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 an expletive. 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 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, pay for 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.)

    Material Girls (2006) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • falsification of evidence, repeatedly
  • "I'd kill my firstborn to ..."
  • corporate espionage and warfare
  • talk of suicide for sex

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • nine use of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • lie to get our of obligation
  • massive tattoos
  • euphemism of the most foul of the foul words
  • lie about identity
  • mother cheating on father
  • reference to an R-rated film to this film targeting the PG age stratum requiring the viewer to have seen it
  • "bite me"

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • camera angle or pose to force viewer on private parts, repeatedly
  • "gay" suggestions/references, repeatedly
  • signing autograph on below navel skin
  • exposure to below navel skin threatening exposure of that which follows, repeatedly
  • excessive breast exposure
  • dressing to maximize the female form and/or skin exposure, frequently
  • gamming
  • comment to suggest inappropriate touch
  • rude gaze, repeatedly
  • use of sex/body appeal to manipulate
  • "sexual banter"
  • sexually teasing to compromise material wealth
  • talk of immoral sex in a background TV soap
  • dressing and mannerisms of a prostitute to influence behavior/compliance
  • sexual insult
  • prostitute

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • party drinking, multiple
  • smoking, three times

    Offense to God (O)
  • 12 uses of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • 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 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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