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(2004), PG-13 --.So, a love triangle has begun. Who will win?
Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): DreamWorks SKG, Red Wagon Productions, The Lot
Distribution (US): DreamWorks Distribution LLC
Director(s): Robert Luketic
Producer(s): William S. Beasley, Lucy Fisher, Gail Lyon, Douglas Wick
Written by: Victor Levin
Cinematography/Camera: Peter Lyons Collister
Music: John Mayer, Ed Shearmur
Film Editing: Scott Hill
Casting: Joseph Middleton
Production Design: Missy Stewart
Art Direction: Mark Worthington
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6
In Frazier's Bottom, West Virginia, life is not glamorous. Life is steady and wholesome but not exciting or daring. And Rosalee Futch (Kate Bosworth), a clerk at the Piggly Wiggly grocery store, is all that Frazier's Bottom has to offer - steady and wholesome. Not like life in Hollywood.
Hollywood mega-star tad Hamilton (Josh Duhamel) is everything Hollywood projects. So it seems. He is in trouble because of some indiscretion and his image suffered for it. Because of Hamilton's indiscretion, a very key lead part has been offered to another star who is "taking a breath" - taking his time to decide whether to accept the part. In the meantime, Hamilton sweats.
In a last-ditch promotion project, Hamilton's agent, Richard Levy (Nathan Lane) decided to launch a "Win a date with Tad Hamilton" contest to bolster Hamilton's wholesome image. Guess who won the contest? Yup. Rosalee Futch. Rosalee is so earthy and wholesome, Hamilton decided to latch onto her in hopes some of her down-to-earth cleanness would "rub off" on him and improve his image. After the date with Rosalee, Hamilton, went to Frazier's Bottom to find and swoon Rosalee.
But in the background is Rosalee's manager, Pete Monash (Topher Grace) who has, unbeknownst to Rosalee, been in love with her for years. Pete has known Rosalee since grade school and has become so one-sided close to Rosalee that he knows each of her six smiles. In a moment of perceived defeat in the race for Rosalee, Pete told Tad about Rosalee's six smiles and a couple other neat tidbits of things about Rosalee Hamilton needed to know to be able to really know Rosalee. Hamilton, in his expert acting skills, memorized all six smiles and used what Pete told him to further woo Rosalee -- just to get her to go with him back to Hollywood.
So, a love triangle has begun. Who will win? The dashing and debonair Tad Hamilton whom everybody loves and adores? Or will it be regular-guy, average, less-than-noteworthy Pete? OR! Will Rosalee win? Or will there even be a "winner?"
The reason for the PG-13 rating on this comedy romance is "Sexual content, some drug reference and language." Again the MPAA says "drug reference" while I found none unless the MPAA is talking about booze. Not only was their booze there was drinking and drunkenness. [Eph. 5:18] The "language" that fed the PG-13 rating must have been the 10 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary plus one euphemism of the most foul of the foul words. [Prov. 8:13] God's name was used in vain 9 times, each without the four letter expletive. [Deut. 5:11] "Sexual content" consisted of nothing visually that bold but some monologue of Rosalee's best friend, Cathy Feely (Ginnifer Goodwin) was indeed vulgar. [Eph. 5:4] I wonder if there is a connection between Feely's monologue and her stage name. Some of her comments were certainly about feeling ... sexually. Several instances of dressing to maximize the female form and/or skin exposure, excessive cleavage and sex talk plus inappropriate touch, making out while lying down and a man on a commode among other similar issues of pushing the envelope of sexual immorality are what I supposed gave cause for the MPAA to say "sexual content." [Gal. 5:19]
The only issues of violence/crime noted were reckless driving while under the influence with endangerment, Levy slapping his male associate rather boldly and a threat of physical harm. With a final score of 54 out of 100, this film was one point under the bottom of the range of scores earned by PG-13 movies (67 to 55 out of 100) and right on the top of the range of scores earned by R-rated movies (54 and below out of 100) in the comparative baseline database. Please refer to the listing in the Findings/Scoring section for a full accounting of the noted issues in the film.
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Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
Single Christian Network
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.|