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The Sweetest Thing (2002), R
Analysis Date: April 12, 2002
CAP Score: 41
CAP Influence Density: 2.26

MinMax: -100

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If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary likely using a mix of KJV and NIV.

THE SWEETEST THING (R) -- ...little more than a long sequence of sexcapades...

Distributed By: Columbia Pictures
Directed by: Roger Kumble
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One of the protection features our Lord has given me to prevent being corrupted by watching so many movies is I soon forget the movie. This is the case with *The Sweetest Thing*. Fortunately, to give you the findings (the heart of the CAP analysis model) I do not need any memory at all. The listing of findings taken at the time of watching the show tell all that needs to be told. All I can say about it is it is little more than a long sequence of sexcapades of Cameron Diaz, Christina Applegate and Selma Blair. Sexcapades in every sense of the word.

Dim recollections include scenes of extreme vulgarity such as oral sex with the camera showing everything but the genitals. Another with the male getting his piercing hooked somehow in the mouth of Blair, her head being the only thing that hides his genitals. Another was what appeared to be a male member being shoved into the face of Diaz through a hole in a men's restroom Diaz was using. In the same restroom, Applegate used the men's wall urinal. In yet another immoral performance, Blair brings a dress to the cleaners with semen stains on it which the unaware proprietor licks to test it. I do recall some non-vulgar and almost wholesome scenes in *The Sweetest Thing* but who cares? They are masks. To get to them would require exposure to a plethora of filth.

The notes indicate there were other matters of sexual immorality such as inappropriate heterosexual and lesbian touch, homosexual kissing, self touching, imagery of an orgasm, intercourse, etcetera. Sure this is an R-rated film, but a recent report of the American College of Physicians (APC) reveals that of more than 4500 kids in the east (90% of them under 14) only 16% are restricted from watching R-rated movies. And nearly every time I watch an R-rated movie, I see evidence of that finding. Nearly every time. And most of the time I conduct the research during regular school hours. In another publication of movie trivia or something like that, more than twice as many minor kids see movies every week than adults.

Now the APC joins the American Medical Association, the American Psychological Association and many others in agreement on the influence of popular entertainment. Does anyone still wonder why our youth are so worldly and seemingly bitter and dissatisfied with everything?

Sixteen percent!? Does anyone still wonder why I include R-rated programming in the CHILDCare Action Project Ministry analyses? [Luke 17:2]

Speaking to the parents and grandparents of the population of the APC findings, let the listing in the Findings/Scoring section be your guide to whether you want to let your 84% watch this show. I wish I had a dollar for every time I heard a parent say "I wish I had known..."


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[The "Food for Thought" Scriptures will serve well the ignominy of *The Sweetest Thing*.]

*******Food for Thought*******
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 (KJV) Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (NIV) Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.
  • Jude 4 For certain men* whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. [*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 [or for] one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto [or for] me.
  • Luke 17:2 It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. [cause by teaching or example]
  • Ps. 119:133 Direct my footsteps according to your word; 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.

    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 Sweetest Thing (2002) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • spontaneous nosebleed
  • death threat

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • 47 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • 12 uses of the most foul of the foul words
  • lies
  • using women

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • sex talk, comments, innuendo, some quite vulgar
  • dressing to maximize the female form and/or skin exposure
  • inappropriate touch, heterosexual and lesbian, repeatedly
  • licking kissing
  • ghosting of female anatomy through clothing
  • vulgar camera angle
  • oral sex, repeatedly, some exceptionally revealing
  • long sequence about semen stains
  • nudity
  • adults in underwear, repeatedly
  • self touching, rubbing, repeatedly
  • woman urinating in man's urinal
  • flash of what was likely a male member through a hole in the wall of a men's restroom
  • dancing in underwear
  • intercourse
  • feigning oral sex
  • excessive cleavage
  • intrusive eye movement
  • homosexual comment
  • homosexual kiss, twice
  • imagery of orgasm
  • sexual request

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • booze, repeatedly
  • drinking, repeatedly
  • bar/club, repeatedly

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • two uses of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive and 39 uses without

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • none notes

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    NOTE: The CAP Analysis Model makes no scoring allowances for trumped-up "messages" to excuse or for manufacturing of justification for aberrant behavior or imagery, or for camouflaging such ignominy with "redeeming" programming. Disguising sinful behavior in a theme plot does not excuse the sinful behavior of either the one who is drawing pleasure or example from the sinful display or the practitioners demonstrating the sinful behavior. This is NOT a movie review service. It is a movie analysis service to parents and grandparents to tell them the truth about movies using the Truth.

    "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 nearly seven 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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    (1) As noted in CAP Special Report-001, "Investigation Area and Scoring Trend," of the six CAP Investigation Areas, Impudence/Hate was the strongest presence in all four movie classifications. It has a strong revelation about the entertainment media.

    (2) The use of the three/four letter word vocabulary without God's name in vain is incorporated into the Impudence/Hate Investigation Area. The use of God's name with or without the four letter expletive is incorporated into the Offense to God Investigation Area. There is no duplication.

    (3) Only portrayal of successful murder or suicide are incorporated into Murder/Suicide. Portrayal of attempts to commit murder or suicide and deaths by police action or war are incorporated into Wanton Violence/Crime.

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