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(2006), PG-13 [R-13*] (1hr 40min)
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Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Donners' Company, DreamWorks SKG, Lakeshore Entertainment
Distribution (US): DreamWorks Distribution LLC, DreamWorks SKG
Producer(s): Marty P. Ewing, Ewan Leslie, Jack Leslie, Lauren Shuler Donner
Screenplay: Ewan Leslie, Karen McCullah Lutz, Kirsten Smith
Story: Ewan Leslie
Play: Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
Cinematography/Camera: Greg Gardiner
Music: Nathan Wang
Film Editing: Michael Jablow
Casting: Heike Brandstatter, Sarah Finn, Randi Hiller, Coreen Mayrs
Production Design: David J. Bomba
Art Direction: John Burke, John R. Jensen
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6
I am so sorry it has taken so long to get this report to you. It is so late it is almost as useless as yesterday's news. But illness and a plethora of other barriers have taken their toll. At least this report will be useful to those who wait until the final showing days and those who wait for a film to come out on video. And it will be useful to our ongoing study into the decay of morality in popular entertainment.
Styled after Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, She's the Man is a potentially humorous romp into gender-concealment that could have been fun. In some ways it was fun. But in many ways it was not.
She's the Man earned a R-equivalent investigation area score of zero in both Impudence/Hate (mostly due to profanity) and in Sexual Immorality. The film also earned a R-equivalent score in Offense to God merely because of the proliferation of the use of the teen-popular three-syllable sentence with God's name trailing it. While such abuse of God's name (and inherently the spiritual health of our youth who hear it so frequently in and a entertainment) is apparently of no concern to the MPAA, it is of serious concern to God. Deut.5:11]
The matters of profanity [2 Tim. 2:16 - 17, Eph. 5:4], sexually immorality [Gal. 5:19] and the flippant use of God's name earn this film a position in the R-13 stratum, inarguably equivalent to the same areas in some R-rated films. R-rated films consistently earn final scores from 54 and below out of 100. She's the Man earned a final score of 48. As with most films rated PG-13, the R-equivalence is not due to the film presenting a few bold, brash or vulgar matters such as is typical of many R-rated films but is due to the plethora of "lesser" issues of ignominy, thus forcing the total envelope magnitude to be equivalent to many R-rated films. For more information about the technique of loading the content of a film with many of the "lesser" issues of ignominy to gain a less-than-R rating but still be equivalent in magnitude to some R-rated films, see our CAP Rule of 1000
While the extent of the use of the three/four letter word vocabulary in this 100-minute film shows, by targeted example, contempt for the speech purity of your middle school aged kids, matters of sexual immorality and contempt for sexual purity were as prevalent as white on rice.
From another and most assuredly brighter perspective, there were absolutely no instances of any form of illegal drugs, alcohol or tobacco noted in the entire show.
When required to prove their gender, two high schoolers exposed their gender-specific areas. Though gender-specifics were not seen by the audience (except "fringes") the portrayal was of a full stadium of people of all ages witnessing the exhibitionism. Theme morality was as if such a display were as acceptable and commonplace as showing off a new pair of shoes or a new hairdo. The writers even seemed to attempt absolution from their accountability for such ignominy by having the girl's spectator father say to her likewise spectator mother something about there being more nudity in this game than usual.
The girl, Viola Hastings (Amanda Bynes), was a star soccer player for her school's girl's soccer team. Then the team was cut. Viola, bound and determined to play soccer,d confronts the coach. After getting nowhere in her attempts to revive the girl's team, Viola challenged the coach to let her play on the boy's team. Amidst the jock-style guffaws and "weaker sex" comments, with resolve and confidence Viola informed the coach she would soon be playing on the boys team.
From the boxart: "Everybody has a secret. . . . Duke (Channing Tatum) wants Olivia (Laura Ramsey) who likes Sebastian (James Kirk) who is really Viola (Amanda Bynes) whose brother [Sebastian] is dating Monitque (Alex Breckenridge) so she hates Olivia who's with Duke to make Sebastian jealous who is really Viola who's crushing on Duke who thinks she's a guy . . ." That just about says it all except for the "reason" for all the deception being Viola impersonating a guy to play guy's soccer -- and all that goes with it. [Ps. 101:7] Also, throw in a Eunice (Emily Perkins) crushing on Sebastian ... er ... Viola.
Even the deception above is built on deception. [Isa. 30:1] Viola's brother Sebastian sneaks off to London. Their father and mother are divorced and each does not know the whereabouts of their children, thinking an absent child is with the other parent.
Viola cashed in on the opportunity made by Sebastian sneaking off to London to take her brother's place at Illyria Preparatory High School where the game of the decade with Cornwall is to be played. Once Viola ... er ... "Sebastian" plays the Illyria-Cornwall game, she ... er ... "he" will be happy and can return to her ... er ... "his" regular life. But when the real Sebastian returns form London a day early ...
Whatever you guess would probably be as useful to the plot as that which the script writers put there.
While there was no hint of homosexuality in Viola playing as Sebastian, there were such hints in Viola's hairdresser whom Viola sought to make her look like a boy.
The middle-school film, She's the Man is most assuredly another R-13
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Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
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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