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(2003), PG-13 -- ...what the American filmmaker thinks the American teen likes.
Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): 20th Century Fox, Conundrum Entertainment
Distribution (US): 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
Director(s): Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly
Producer(s): Mark Charpentier, Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly, Marc S. Fischer, Marc S. Fischer, Garrett Grant, Kristofer Meyer, Kris Meyer, Bradley Thomas, Charles B. Wessler
Story: Charles B. Wessler, Bennett Yellin, Peter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly
Screenplay: Peter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly
Cinematography/Camera: Daniel Mindel
Music: Tom Wolf
Film Editing: Christopher Greenbury, Dave Terman
Casting: Rick Montgomery
Production Design: Sidney J. Bartholomew Jr., Sydney J. Bartholomew Jr.
Art Direction: Arlan Jay Vetter
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6
POINT OF TRIVIA: This report makes 800 CAP Entertainment Media Anaysis Reports!
Stuck on You is a joint -- err -- actually a conjoined effort by Matt Damon and Greg Kinear to take a "Farrelly outrageous comedy" from the note pad to the screen. Teamwork is outstanding in this 108 minute comedy, but then teamwork is not really a choice.
Fast and furiously 32 year old conjoined twins Bob and Walt Tenor (Matt Damon and Greg Kinear) flip burgers in record time. Their teamwork and task planning is as smooth as if a single individual with four hands was working the details. Bob and Matt are conjoined at the their waists, on Bob's left and Walt's right. Though the pair ably executed the necessary choreography, there was actually little that was comedy. Unless your funny bone finds comedy in antics such as one of the brothers having immoral intercourse [Rom. 13:13] while the other listens to music, there was little entertainment value to this film. With a final score of 38, Stuck on You is definitely an "R-13"
While Bob is satisfied with a life of running the best burger shop in Martha's Vineyard, Walt wants to go to Hollywood to become an actor, a hobby at which he had apparently become somewhat talented while Bob just hung around. After a chance meeting with Meryl Streep (played by herself, who appeared to be having fun in a couple scenes) who had acted in a movie made some years earlier at Martha's Vineyard, the bio boys met Cher (played by herself) who was playing a part in a sitcom with which she wanted nothing to do. Cher had the option of choosing her leading man. S-o-o-o. Cher decided to use Walt as her leading man, hoping the necessary Bob part of Walt would make the moneybags for the film back out of the contract.
While there is a lot more to this 108-minute Farrelly escapade, I must reduce the content of the Summary/Commentary in these reports to reduce the cost of the reports until we can find full funding. The Findings/Scoring sections are not affected by the reduction of the Summary/Commentary.
Above I mentioned this PG-13 film presents intercourse. Many if not most PG-13 movies include intercourse nowadays which is, of course, suitable for your 13 year old children so sayeth the MPAA [Jude 4]. Maybe the nudity of intercourse was not seen but the shadows of it were. And the sounds. And the motions. And the language. [1Cor. 7:2] Speaking of language, the typical language the MPAA deems as suitable for your 13-year old kids is well represented, including a use of the most foul of the foul words. To help magnify the portrayal of Walt and Bob's depression after being surgically separated, the Gilbert O'Sullivan suicide song "Alone Again, Naturally" fluttered gently in the sound ..."In a little while from now, If I'm not feeling any less sour. I promised myself, to treat myself, And visit a nearby tower ... And climbing to the top, Would throw myself off, In an effort to, make clear to......." G-o-o-o-d example for our 13 year olds. It is a sad song that also, by the way, not only uses God's name in vain but tries to torment and belittle Him as well with the "it's Your fault" excuse.
And the drinking and drunkenness was plentiful. [Luke 1:15] I wonder if the MPAA has seen a late report on the effects of alcohol in and as entertainment. I'll share it with you just in case you decide there is nothing to worry about. A recent study by the American College of Physicians (ACP) revealed that adolescent exposure to drinking and smoking in entertainment leads to an undeniable increase in alcohol and tobacco abuse. The finding entitled Relation Between Parental Restrictions on Movies and Adolescent Use of Tobacco and Alcohol
There is a LOT of instances of assaults on morality and ethics in this film. So many that to even summarize them in this Summary/Commentary would take too much time. This movie is another example of the CAP Rule of 1000 regarding the use of tons of issues of "lesser" immorality to achieve the same "feeling" as the use of fewer but more extreme issues of immorally. I will leave the total of the instances of immorality and assaults on wholesome ethics that were observed to the listing in the Findings/Scoring section of this report.<
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***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
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)
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Kids, Teens and Home Vertical Portal
|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.|