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(2011), PG-13 [R-13*] (1hr 47.5min)

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August 28, 2011
August 29, 2011

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

If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary.

(2011), PG-13 [R-13*] ... "It was just sex."

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): 2S Films, Alcon Entertainment, Wild Ocean Fillms
Distribution (US): Warner Brothers Pictures
Director(s): Luke Greenfield
Producer(s): Yolanda T. Cochran, Broderick Johnson, Andrew A. Kosove, Aaron Lubin, Pamela Schein Murphy, Ellen H. Schwartz, Molly Smith, Hilary Swank, Steven P. Wegner
Screenplay by: Jennie Snyder
Novel by: Emily Griffin
Cinematography/Camera: Charles Minsky
Music: Alex Wurman
Film Editing: John Axelrad
Casting: Sari Knight, Mandy Sherman
Production Design: Jane Musky
Viewed on Warner Brothers Home Entertainment DVD

'Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.' An age-old expression that used to be connected with the purity of wholesome marriage. Not 'ny more. Now marriage hopefuls are borrowing their friends' girlfriend or boyfriend for immoral sex ... in addition to having immoral premarital sex with their own boyfriend/girlfriend. The participants have truly become slaves to the modern mores about immoral sex - that sex is about as significant as a three-day old doughnut or getting some on your chin when you blow your nose. There is nothing pure about this film. Something Borrowed is no more than enmity toward and contempt for sexual responsibility, humility and the purity of the marriage bed. Something Borrowed is best described as an exercise in how many ways Hebrews 13:4 (and a plethora of other verses) can be violated. And it is provided free of consequences to your 13 year old kids. Hollywood continues to promote the idea that sex is love, not understanding that sex is not love and love is not sex: that sex is a tool of love, nothing more, nothing less; that deep and rich love is quite possible without any sex at all.

Lawyer Rachel White (Ginnifer Goodwin) met lawyer Dexter Thaler III (Colin Egglesfield) in college and was smitten by him. And he with her. Letting the relationship fade, six years later Dexter again runs into Rachel who introduces him to her BFFL, Darcy Rhone (Kate Hudson). Dexter and Darcy seem to hit it off and eventually plan to get married (after living together, of course). But one night on a date with his betrothed, Darcy, Dexter gallantly offers to take Rachel home ... and ends up in Rachel's bed with her. And Rachel's professional associate, Ethan (John Krasinski) is slowly getting his heart ripped out as Rachel pursues her satisfaction, er, satisfactions.

I am not going to take any more time to provide a summary of the story. It is all the same -- someone is getting in bed or is trying to get in bed with someone. Repeatedly. With a scoring distribution such as that earned by the content of this film -- 78, Zero, Zero, Zero, Zero, 100 -- it cannot be anything but another R-13.


Following are brief discussions of the content per individual CAP investigation area. As always the Findings section of this report is the best source for discovering the full accounting of the content of this film.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 78 out of 100
The major violence content of this film comes as a background video: w woman is being murdered then murdered by gunfire. Rachel hits Ethan with a badminton racket and Dex ignores traffic laws.

Impudence/Hate (I) - Zero out of 100
Someone utters profanity 22 times. [Col. 3:8, Eph: 4:29] Darcy screams "I HATE YOU" at Rachel a number of times. [Rom. 12:18, Col. 3:8]

Sexual Immorality (S) - Zero out of 100
There are far too many line items of sexual immorality in this film to even try to summarize them briefly here. Please look to the listing in the Findings section for a complete accounting of the sexually immoral content of this film. [1 Thess. 4:1 - 7] I will mention ex-president [fortunately] Bill Clinton's lingering influence by Darcy stating "It was just sex."

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - Zero out of 100
This PG-13 film, being targeted at our youth by the 'teen-approved' label of "PG-13", is a serious risk for our youth. Not only because of the flagrant acceptance of sexual irresponsibility but because of the dangers associated with exposing youth to drinking and drunkenness in and as entertainment which saturate this film as much as in many R-rated films.

A 2002 study by the American College of Physicians (ACP) revealed that adolescent exposure to drinking in and as entertainment undeniably leads to abuse of alcohol among underage viewers. The finding entitled Relation Between Parental Restrictions on Movies and Adolescent Use of Tobacco and Alcohol reports that of 4544 youths from grades 5 through 8 of fifteen Vermont and New Hampshire middle schools (90% of the youths were under fourteen years old) only 16% were completely restricted in their entertainment diets. Within the ACP study population, the prevalence of having tried alcohol without parental knowledge was

  • 46% for those with no viewing restrictions
  • 16% for those with partial viewing restrictions
  • four percent for those with complete viewing restrictions. [Eph. 5:18]

    There is nothing to say that smoking in and as entertainment does not carry the same danger of influence as drinking. Actually, the same matter of behavior influence applies to any behavior demonstrated in and as entertainment, including good behavior.

    Offense to God (O) - Zero out of 100
    It seems that the favorite expression of Snyder or Emily Griffin is the three-syllable sentence with God's name trailing it. Forty-four times someone uses God's name in vain [Deut. 5:11], 43 times without the four letter expletive and once with it.

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
    There are no murders or suicides in the entire 107.5 minutes of the show.


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  • Hebr. 13:4 Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure [which includes before AND during marriage AND gender], for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral. [Whether we believe it or not. Whether we like it or not. Whether we care or not.]
  • Col. 3:8 But now ye also put off [rid yourself of] all these; anger, wrath, malice [kakia: ill-will, desire to injure, wickedness, depravity, evil, trouble, not ashamed to break laws, etc.], blasphemy [blasphemia: impious and reproachful speech injurious to divine majesty], filthy communication [aischrologia:foul speaking, low and obscene speech] out of your mouth.
  • Eph. 4:29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
  • Rom. 12:18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.
  • 1 Ths. 4:1 - 7 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 [hagiasmos be kept or made pure]: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you [hekastos: each, every, whether male or female] should learn to control his [or her] own body [which includes control of drives, touching, seeking, exhibiting, 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.] and that in this matter no one should wrong his [autos: himself, herself, he, she, his, her] brother [adelphos: a fellow believer] or take advantage of him. The Lord will punish [unforgiven] men for all such sins, as we have already told you and warned you [humin: you, your, yourselves]. For God did not call us [hemas: us, we, our] to be impure, but to live a holy life. [All the gender-related definitions are included to show you these verses apply to women and youth as well as men. And "sexual immorality" (fornication - pornea), by definition, applies to all matters of sexual immorality, including incest, homosexuality, lesbianism, sex with animals and relatives, etc. All God's admonitions against sexual immorality can be summed us as any sexual contact (including visual and audible), conduct or activity outside of a monogamous heterosexual marriage is sinful.]
  • Eph. 5:18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. [Since "drunk" is methusko {meth-oos'-ko}: to intoxicate; make drunk; to get drunk; become intoxicated, "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 [1 Cor. 6:19]. 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 in slang or profanity. With or without the four letter expletive, the use of God's name in any way other than respect, reverence or responsible discussion and in praise and prayer is in vain. That includes the popular three syllable sentence with His name trailing it AND the misuse of Jesus' name or title. So, trying to excuse such expressions with "I was talking TO God/Jesus when I said that" or It's just words" or "I was acting" will not work with Him. Nor will "Everybody says that" excuse the sin of using His name in vain. If everyone on the planet who has ever drawn a breath used His name in vain, it would still be a sin to do so. If no one ever did, it would still be a sin to do so. Whether we believe it or not. Whether we like it or not. Whether we care or not.]

    Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry

  • Jer. 37:9 This is what the LORD says: Do not deceive yourselves, thinking, 'The Babylonians [the destroyers from within] will surely leave us.' They will not!
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend what is vile, embrace 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 [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.)

    Something Borrowed (YEAR) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 78 out of 100
  • background TV video violence
  • background TV video gore
  • moving violation
  • assault

    Impudence/Hate (I) - Zero out of 100
  • "It was just sex"
  • 22 uses of profanity
  • one use of the most foul of the foul words
  • lies, repeatedly and planning lies
  • corroboration of lies
  • deceit

    Sexual Immorality (S) - Zero out of 100
  • admission of immoral sex, repeatedly
  • excessive cleavage
  • pregnancy by immoral sex
  • man in woman's restroom
  • talk of immoral sex, repeatedly
  • sensuous dancing
  • intercourse inquiry
  • offer of sex
  • open-face kissing
  • man and woman in bed nude the morning after, twice
  • flash nudity, two
  • cohabitation, repeatedly
  • picture nudity, twice
  • inappropriate touch, twice
  • lesbian kiss in a background porn video
  • dressing to maximize the female form and/or skin exposure, repeatedly
  • man claiming to be "gay" to be rid of a leech woman
  • woman trying to get a man in bed, repeatedly
  • promoting the practice of homosexuality, repeatedly
  • man feigning to be "gay" with "gay" touching of another man to be rid of a woman
  • genitalia and sexual behavior talk
  • vulgar dancing
  • man on woman clothed making out
  • man on woman in bed clothed making out
  • anatomical insult
  • vulgar sex talk, repeatedly
  • more vulgar dancing with vulgar lyrics in song

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - Zero out of 100
  • party with drinking, repeatedly
  • additional instances of drinking, repeatedly
  • drunkenness, repeatedly
  • booze, repeatedly
  • possession of illegal drugs
  • bar, repeatedly

    Offense to God (O) - Zero out of 100
  • 44 uses of God's name in vain, once with the four letter expletive

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
  • none noted

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