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(2005), PG-13 [R-13*] (1hr 18min)

Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
September 15, 2005
37 out of 100

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(2005), PG-13 [R-13*] -- ...a teen sex flick.

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Gold Circle Films, 26 Films
Distribution (US): Gold Circle Films
Director(s): Clare Kilner
Written by: Elizabeth Young (book Asking for Trouble)
Screenplay: Dana Fox
Cinematography/Camera: Oliver Curtis
Music: Blake Neely
Film Editing: Mary Finlay
Casting: Carl Proctor
Production Design: Tom Burton
Art Direction: Astrid Sieben
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

Male prostitute Nick Mercer (Dermot Mulroney) is hired for $6000 plus round trip air fare to England by Kat Ellis (Debra Messing) to pretend he is her boyfriend to escort her to her sister Amy's (Amy Adams) wedding where Jeffrey (Jeremy Sheffield), Kat's ex-fiance and best man for the wedding will be. Kat doesn't want to go alone and can't seem to find a date. Besides, although Kat gets along with stepfather Victor (Peter Egan), she doesn't get along with her mother Bunny (Holland Taylor).

If you have never seen a low-energy romantic comedy, I would need to go into some detail about the plot and story. But it is likely you have seen one before. So you have, in essence, seen this one. The lack of energy in building the relationship between Nick and Kat doesn't help. One moment Kat is as distant from Nick as if she was a carpenter and he a hammer. The next moment she is in love with him.

This is best described as a teen sex flick. The entire film is saturated with sexually immoral deeds, talk and language in addition to intercourse (with no genitals seen) and shower room nudity of Messing plus bedroom nudity of Mulroney. All for stealing the childhood from your 13 year old children. [Luke 17:2, Col. 3:5, 1John 2:16]

In addition to the saturation with sexually immoral programming, this film is wrought with booze, drinking and drunkenness. A perfect example of the finding of the American College of Physicians that drinking and drunkenness in and as entertainment undeniably leads the middle school crowd into abuse of alcohol and tobacco. [Eph. 5:18]

The concentrations of ignominy in the film are clearly in Impudence/Hate (I), Sexual Immorality and Drugs/Alcohol. And inherently with the impudence of using foul language [Col. 3:8] found by Impudence/Hate comes the use of God's name in vain such as in the teen-popular three syllable sentence with His name trailing it. [Deut 5:11] In other words the heart of this film is language-sex-booze. You can believe that filmmakers know what teens want in their entertainment, or at least think they know what teens want. And serve it up without hesitation. Of all moviegoers, more than half are minors. Filmmakers know where the dollars are found. A sad equation indeed, but a real ... worldly ... equation. [Again Luke 17:2]

This film is one of the strongest examples of R-13 , not so much due to the severity of individual examples of assault on morality and decency but due to the sheer numbers of "lesser" examples of moral turpitude (See CAP Rule of 1000 ) -- a formula which can steal more childhood from your children than R-rated films.


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  • Col. 3:5 Put to death [defeat, expunge, deprive of power, destroy the strength of], therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.
  • 1John 2:16 For everything in the world -the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does -comes not from the Father but from the world.
  • Eph. 5:18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. ["Wine" can be any intoxicating substance. 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. 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 by adolescents. And teaching/causing youth to abuse alcohol/tobacco by emboldening youth with them in and as entertainment invokes Luke 17:2]
  • 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 an expletive. With or without the four letter expletive, the use of God's name in any way other than respect, reverence or thoughtful discussion is in vain. That includes the popular three syllable sentence with His name trailing it AND the misuse of Jesus' name.]
  • Col. 3:8 But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about when what is vile is honored among men [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences to younger and younger audiences every year when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, pay for it, enjoy it, want 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 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 you], 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 [or for] one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto [or for] 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 - 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. "Little ones": mikros - little;, small of age; younger which can include at-home teens].
  • 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.

    The Wedding Date (2005) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • none noted

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • eleven uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • deceit - throughout
  • mother encouraging adult daughter to participate in immoral sex
  • father showing approval of adult daughter's immoral sex
  • additional encouragements to participate in immoral sex
  • lies, repeatedly

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • adult underwear showing
  • homosexual suggestion
  • sexual language and discussion, repeatedly
  • male stripping to nudity before a female
  • side male nudity, repeatedly
  • rear male nudity
  • cohabitation
  • pose to exhibit or force viewer on private parts
  • vulgar talk, repeatedly
  • women as toys, repeatedly
  • camera angle to force viewer on private parts, repeatedly
  • woman stripping man
  • woman stripping herself before a man
  • nude woman on nude man
  • intercourse (genitals unseen)
  • man and woman in bed together nude
  • gaping mouth kissing
  • scenes of nude pair in bed together, ostensibly after intercourse
  • flash of female shower nudity
  • man taking to woman nude in a shower
  • long sequence of a woman nude in a shower with only her hands hiding her breasts
  • dressing to maximize the human form and/or skin exposure
  • admission of sexual immorality
  • ghosting of female anatomy through thin clothing
  • tongue kissing
  • excessive cleavage, repeatedly
  • man in towel only

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • drinking, repeatedly
  • "A good, stiff drink helps"
  • "Does everybody have a drink?"
  • booze, in every hand, repeatedly
  • drunkenness, repeatedly
  • guzzling
  • smoking, repeatedly

    Offense to God (O)
  • 15 uses of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive
  • revelry

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • none noted

  • 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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