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The Wedding Planner (2001), (PG-13)
CAP Score: 62
CAP Influence Density: 0.69
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SUMMARY / COMMENTARY:
THE WEDDING PLANNER (PG-13)
A gentle unlikely yet predictable romance. A delightful tour through the possibilities of love warfare in winning then losing then winning then losing ....... then starting it all over again. Actually The Wedding Planner is enjoyable love story, but ... I'll get to the "but ..." later.
Mary Fiore (Jennifer Lopez) is a very successful professional wedding planner vying for partnership in her company. If she can land the account for the wedding of Dr. Steve Edison (Matthew McConaughey) and millionairess Fran Donolly (Bridgette Wilson-Sampras), Mary's boss will give her partnership in the firm. In Mary's excitement she gets the heel of her right shoe caught in a manhole cover. Whoa! Danger! But not from traffic. Though a cabbie swerves to miss her the danger is from a runaway dumpster. The swerving cabbie hits a dumpster literally up the street a piece which comes careening toward Mary. Doctor Steven notices this and tackles her out of the way of the careening dumpster. When all parties come to a standstill, it is a lay-still with him on top of her of course. And for a lot longer than it should reasonably take to gather senses after a near trauma. Doctor Steve even performs the initial pateint assessment while on top of her. This leads to that and that leads to this as the script and choreography build a case to fortify Steve and Mary being together rather than Steve and Fran. A key landmark in their relationship is at a lawn showing of old movies in the park ... and love grows. She knows it and he denies it, but it grows. At this point Mary does not know about Fran. And Steve doesn't tell her. And he doesn't tell Fran.
Mary is an expert planner. She thinks of everything and counsels doubting brides albeit with lies. As General Patton she commands and mentally tracks even operant level tasks with ease and fluidity. Using command central tactics and communications equipment, Mary ensures all who serve the wedding party do their jobs efficiently. She even carries a belt pack with just about everything but the kitchen sink. She has first aid supplies, tweezers, needles and thread, cotton swabs, solvent, pain relievers and just about anything that could be needed for on-the-spot repairs and minor emergencies including super glue (which is central as connectivity for later programming). The ingenuity of the writers is to be commended for the connectivity of later programming with this little everything-you-need belt pack. Too bad the ingenuity is used to serve vulgarity.
There is male statue nudity in this PG-13 flick. "So!? There is statue nudity in G-rated flicks and at the Sistine Chapel?" Let me diverge for a moment on a tangent issue -- the issue of excusing of sin by and because of widespread acceptance of it. If every single individual on this planet who has ever drawn a breath committed a sin, e.g., spoke foul language, doing so would still be sinful. Even if no one had ever cussed, filthy communication would still be a sin. So, just because there is widespread acceptance of nudity in art does not evaporate what God terms as "shameful" ... repeatedly [**].
Many, many have written us with diatribes and tirades attacking my pointing out of statue nudity in movies. This movie exemplifies and fortifies beyond words why I do. The Wedding Planner takes every advantage of the statue nudity possible, clearly and deliberately focusing and forcing the attention of the viewer on the nudity aspects NOT the art, pointing out and fortifying precisely why I call attention to statue nudity as entertainment. Steve and Mary, while still in love but trying to hide it, stroll down a row of statues for accessories in the upcoming wedding between Steve and Fran. All statues are good works of art except one. All manner of detail of male nudity was sculpted into that piece of stage marble. Every fiber of viewer attention was forced on the gender-specific anatomy of it. As if that was not enough to make that part of the programming vulgar, in some Keystone Cop clumsiness Mary and Steve knock the statue over, breaking off its genitals. Not its head, an arm, a foot or even a finger but its genitals. Now, that is enough to warrant identifying this programming as gratuitous and vulgar, but there is more. And it gets even more gross. If you do not like this kind of reporting on the true content of movies, move on to the Findings/Scoring section.
In an attempt to restore the private parts to the statue, Steve uses Mary's very convenient super glue to reattach the parts to their owner. Imagery of these manual operations is pointed enough, but Steve's hand becomes super glued to the parts which are now reattached to the statue. Now the camera backs up to give full perspective of a man and woman standing in front of a nude male statue with the man cupping the statue's genital s in his right hand. There is an image for your 13 year old kids! But there's more! While Steve is standing there with his hand cupping the statue's genitals, a guard shows up to order Steve to not touch the property. Somehow Steve manages to free himself but the genitals again become detached from the statue ... super glued to Steve's hand. There's more yet. Mary conveniently has some solvent in her bag of tricks and much screen time is spent on her freeing the marble parts from Steve's hand. And there's more yet! When finally freed, Steve makes some comments to Mary about keeping the rock! She does. What a statement using "acceptable" nudity in art!
There are a number of other issues giving this PG-13 its sprinkling of alum. These issues include drinking and drunkenness [Eph. 5:18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.], smoking [1 Cor. 6:19], ghosting of female anatomy through clothing, and lies [Prov. 6:16, 19]. Admission of immoral sex and cohabitation, mention of homosexuality as if such behavior is as acceptable as a three-piece suit at an interview, other sexual comments and innuendo, and rather suggestive positioning while riding double on horseback might make mom/dad and grandma/grandpa uncomfortable as The Wedding Planner steals yet a little more childhood from their children [Luke 17:2, 1Cor. 6:9-10, Rev. 21:8].
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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.
FINDINGS / SCORING:
NOTE: Multiple occurrences of each item described below may be likely, definitely when plural.
Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
Offense to God (O)(2):