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(2007), PG-13 [Hard PG(13)*] (1hr 41min)

Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
Febraury 13, 2007
72 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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(2007), PG-13 [Hard PG(13)*] -- not equivalent to most PG-13 ... equivalent to most PG movies

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Castle Rock Entertainment, Flower Films, Village Roadshow Pictures
Distribution (US): Warner Bros. Pictures
Director(s): Marc Lawrence
Producer(s): Bruce Berman, Scott Elias, Hal Gaba, Nancy Juvonen, Marc Lawrence, Melissa Wells
Written by: Marc Lawrence
Cinematography/Camera: Xavier Pérez Grobet
Music: Adam Schlesinger
Film Editing: Susan E. Morse
Production Design: Jane Musky
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

Music and Lyrics  is not equivalent to most PG-13 movies. Indeed, mathematically it is equivalent to most PG movies in the comparative baseline database. A somewhat "hard" PG but PG nonetheless. For example, most PG-13 films contain many uses of profanity. Music and Lyrics  contains one. Most PG-13 movies contain blatant sexually immoral behaviors. Music and Lyrics  does as well but not nearly as graphic as most PG-13 films.

Music and Lyrics  earned a final score of 72 which earns it a place in the lower half of the scoring range earned by PG movies (68 to 86 out of 100) in the comparative baseline database. This film earned a score equivalent to G-rated movies (87 to 100 out of 100) in the comparative baseline database in Wanton Violence/Crime (W), Impudence/Hate (I), Drugs/Alcohol (D) and Murder/Suicide (M). However, it earned a score equivalent to R-rated films (54 and below out of 100) in Sexual Immorality (S) and Offense to God (O). Other PG-rated films have had a similarly wide variation of scoring over the six investigation areas. It is nothing new but warrants your close parental attention.

Pop band has-been Alex Fletcher (Hugh Grant) is desperate for a job. Singing phenomenon Cora Corman (Haley Bennett) provides it. She needs a new song in just a couple days. Alex's manager Chris Riley (Brad Garrett) finagles Alex into writing it.

What to do! Alex has but a couple days in which to write and compose a new song. In an act of desperation they hire a maniacal lyricist to help create a new song. Everything is going down the tubes as the pair become brain dead. Then house plant specialist Sophie Fisher (Drew Barrymore) shows up as a replacement to the regular girl who waters Alex's plants. As Alex and the maniac beat their brains to come up with lyrics for the new song, Sophie hums a few words that answer the dilemma. Now Sophie is the new lyricist for Alex. Together, Alex and Sophie make news in the music industry.

Music and Lyrics  is almost as morally gentle as a kitten. But as most cinematic "kittens" do, it has a few immoral teeth ... and uses them. Nearly all those teeth are capped with sexually oriented programming with quite a few uses of God's name in vain but all without the four letter expletive. The following individual investigation area discussions summarize the findings. Remember that the listing in the Findings/Scoring section is always the most complete representation of the content of a film.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
There was nothing of the violent or criminal nature noted.

Impudence/Hate (I)
Atypically free of impudent and hateful programming, Music and Lyrics  presented only one use of the three/four letter word vocabulary and only one instance of a child showing disrespect for his/her father. And that father is noted as allowing his young children to be taught how to do pelvic thrusts in dance and finding humor in it, as if he did not know what those moves mimic. [Eph. 5:4]

Sexual Immorality (S)
The sexually immoral content of this film provides an excellent opportunity to introduce our newest users to the CAP Rule of 1000 which states that a movie which presents, for example, 100 examples of bad behaviors/images of lesser severity, each worth only 10 "bads" (Movie A) is just as negatively influential as a movie of the same length that presents only 10 examples of bad behaviors/images but of more extreme severity each worth 100 "bads" (Movie B). Both movies are worth 1000 "bads." Music and Lyrics  is an example of Movie A regarding issues of sexually immoral behaviors and imagery.

Music and Lyrics  is filled to the brim with "lesser" issues of sexually immoral behavior and talk. Enough of the "lesser" issues to make the content found by this investigation equivalent in magnitude to some R-rated films. Not in intensity or graphic display but in sheer numbers, mainly excessive cleavage, pelvic thrusts and dressing to maximize the human form and/or skin exposure. [1 John 2:26]

Drugs/Alcohol (D)
There was only one instance of drinking alcoholic beverages in the entire 101 minutes of Music and Lyrics. [Eph. 5:18] But because of the age stratum of this film even one warrants alerting you to the following.

A study by the American College of Physicians (ACP) has found an undeniable link between the presentation of alcoholic beverages and tobacco in and as entertainment and abuse of them and arrogance/defiance with them by adolescents. And teaching/causing youth to abuse alcohol/tobacco (or drugs) by emboldening youth with them in and as entertainment invokes Luke 17:2. If alcoholic beverages in entertainment were not a problem for our young, why is there and why has there been such a push to get and keep booze commercials off prime time broadcast TV? Even the University of Connecticut corroborates the ACP finding.]

Offense to God (O)
God's name was used in vain least 14 times. That each was used without the four letter expletive, most in that Hollywood teen popular three-syllable sentence with His name trailing it, does not excuse the abuse of the name of the One who spent three days in Hell so you and I would not have to spend one moment there. [Deut. 5:11]

Murder/Suicide (M)
There were no murders or suicides noted.


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  • Eph. 5:4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. [I call attention to Eph. 5:4 (and Ps. 12:8 below) to warn of the creeping desensitizing power of this sort of "entertainment" and just to let you know that God knows about "vulgar" and "obscene."]
  • 1 John 2:26 These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you. ["These things I have written" includes lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes from 1 John 2:16 (below). An example of "them that seduce you" includes they who demonstrate sexual sin, however innocuous it may seem, in and as entertainment which can "seduce" the viewer, can lead one astray by desensitizing one and emboldening him/her to believe sexually immoral deeds, thoughts and display are acceptable OR by eroding one's natural inhibition against sexually immoral deeds and thoughts. And anything in and as entertainment that draws the viewer's attention to the private parts, clothed or not, is sexual.]
  • 1 John 2:16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. [The "world" here is kosmos {kos'-mos}: the ungodly multitude; the whole mass of men and women alienated from God, and therefore hostile to the cause of Christ.]
  • Eph. 5:18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. ["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. 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 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.)

    Music and Lyrics (2007) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • none noted

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • one use of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • a child showed disrespect of his/her father once
  • the father approved of his young children being taught the pelvic thrust in dance as if he did not know what the move mimics

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • pelvic thrusts, frequent
  • camera angle/pose to force viewer on private parts, repeatedly
  • dressing to maximize the human form and/or skin exposure, repeatedly
  • thong nudity
  • below navel skin threatening to expose that which follows, repeatedly
  • exhibitionism in performances
  • excessive cleavage, repeatedly
  • inappropriate touch
  • rude gaze, repeatedly
  • man and woman making out on couch then dropping to a prone position
  • intercourse aftermath (implied nudity, no gender-specifics seen)
  • sex talk re: intercourse
  • self-touching in vulgar dance
  • partial thong nudity
  • report of cohabitation
  • imagery of a man and woman together implying nudity.

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • drinking, once

    Offense to God (O)
  • 14 uses of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive
  • repeated talk of divorce

    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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