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(2007), PG-13 [Hard PG(13)*] (1hr 41min)
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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.
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]
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]
There were no murders or suicides noted.
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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.
Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
|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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