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(2005), PG-13 [R-13*] (1hr 36min)

Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
May 14, 2005
31 out of 100

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(2005), PG-13 [R-13*] -- I wish it was titled The Ruby Show ...

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Avery Productions, New Line Cinema, Bender-Spink Inc., Avery Pix, Spring Creek Productions
Distribution (US): New Line Cinema
Director(s): Robert Luketic
Producer(s): Chris Bender, Richard Brener, Julio Caro, Michael Flynn, Magnus Kim, J.C. Spink, Paula Weinstein
Written by: Anya Kochoff
Cinematography/Camera: Russell Carpenter
Music: David Newman, Rosey
Film Editing: Scott Hill, Kevin Tent
Casting: Ronna Kress
Production Design: Missy Stewart
Art Direction: James F. Truesdale
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

Wow! What a scoring distribution. Just look at the thermometers (attached)! W-86, I-zero, S-zero, D-zero, O-zero, M-100! Little slapstick violence and no murders or suicides. That is all that can be said for this "R" for teenagers.

Dog walker and doctor's office temp, Charlotte "Charlie" Cantalini (Jennifer Lopez) is looking for Mr. Right and has been for years. She thinks she has found him in Kevin Fields (Michael Vartan). But momma Viola Fields (Jane Fonda) doesn't agree. Recently fired news anchor and previous Inverness Valley [Mental Health] Clinic patient Viola launches a full-force campaign to end the relationship between her son, Michael and this "temp" Charlie. And Ruby (Wanda Sykes) is at Viola's side all the way -- fighting her all the way.

That is all I will say about this film since donations are severely down and we must reduce costs -- this Summary/Commentary section is the most expensive. I will say, however, I wish this film was titled The Ruby Show because it would not have been what it was without Ruby (Wanda Sykes).

Please be sure to read the rather lengthy listing in the Findings/Scoring section.

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, 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 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 you], 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 [or for] one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto [or for] 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 - 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. "Little ones": mikros - little;, small of age; younger which can include at-home teens].
  • 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 heart of the CAP Analysis Model)

    Monster-In-Law (2005) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • minor assaults, repeatedly
  • a slap-fest

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • 21 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • one use of the most foul of the foul words
  • lies, lying and deception, repeatedly
  • adult tantrums
  • massaging the details of what happened to gain the edge
  • feigning illness to manipulate
  • impersonation
  • much social warfare

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • cross-dressing humor
  • dogs copulating
  • encouragement of immoral sex
  • double vulgar gesture
  • homosexual humor
  • homosexual comment
  • tattoo for sensuality
  • anatomical references, repeatedly
  • homosexual insult
  • homosexual conversation
  • below navel skin, repeatedly
  • sex talk and comments, repeatedly, some vulgar
  • vulgar gesture - intercourse
  • excessive cleavage, repeatedly
  • camera angle to force viewer onto private parts, repeatedly
  • dressing to maximize the human form and/or skin exposure, repeatedly
  • cohabitation, repeatedly
  • sexual invitation and acceptance
  • homosexual references, repeatedly
  • lesbian reference
  • adult in underwear
  • sexual aggression
  • making out
  • being offended by preference for sexual purity
  • woman in tub
  • sex talk - intercourse and nakedness
  • phone sex
  • cross dressing
  • portrayal of homosexuality

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • booze, repeatedly
  • drinking, repeatedly
  • consumption of alcoholic beverages to soothe, repeatedly
  • abuse of prescription medications
  • drug intoxication
  • drugging with prescription drugs
  • guzzling

    Offense to God (O)
  • 29 uses of God's name in vain, none with the four letter expletive
  • dabbling in tarot
  • zen meditation

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • none noted

  • First Impressions and

    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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