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(2010), PG [Very Lite PG*] (1hr 42min)

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February 19, 2011
February 21, 2011

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(While the Scriptural references are certainly not subjective, my commentary may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)

If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary.

(2010), PG [Lite PG*] ... social warfare in nature

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Touchstone Pictures, Frontier Pictures, Oops Doughnuts Productions
Distribution (US): Walt Disney Home Entertainment
Director(s): Andy Fickman
Producer(s): Andy Fickman, Mario Iscovich, Todd Y. Murata, John J. Strauss, Betsy Sullenger, Eric Tannenbaum
Writing Credits: Moe Jelline
Cinematography/Camera: David Hennings
Music: Nathan Wang
Film Editing: David Rennie
Casting: Gail Goldberg
Production Design: Craig Stearns
Art Direction: Charles Daboub Jr
Viewed on Buena Vista Home Entertainment DVD

With a final score of 80 out of 100, You Again earned a spot in the range of scores earned by PG-rated films (68 to 86 out of 100) in the comparative baseline database. This makes the content of You Again equivalent to the content of PG films. Just a few points more would have placed it at the low end of the scoring range earned by G-rated films (87 to 100 out of 100).

The MPAA label reads "PG for brief mild language and rude behavior." Our scoring distribution agrees with the "rude behavior" but bless me if I could find a single use of the three/four letter word vocabulary nor did I see any in the closed captioning. I guess the MPAA must have been referring to the sometimes hateful talk between characters (which were incorporated into the Impudence/Hate investigation area as lies, social warfare and a few other matters of impudent/hateful behavior or talk)..

If you look in the Findings/Scoring listing under Sexual Immorality (S) you will find "homosexual song, twice." Though there is no direct reference to homosexuality in the words heard I am going to be politically incorrect and point out some hidden truth because it is the truth. The song in the point is the pop power ballad We Are the Champions by the rock band called Queen whose lead singer, Farrokh Bulsara, a.k.a., Freddie Mercury, one of the best of the century, died of AIDS in 1991 ... a loss to the music world he was that good. The phrase "we are the champions" is used in so many ways by so many people for so many reasons in society today because of that song. Though the phrase is sung as a rally cry for many reasons, it is typically sung at sports events to charge up the spirits of competetors. While the phrase is a perfect rally cry for victors in competition, such a matter had nothing to do with the writing of that song. It was a song to encourage and emvolden they who choose to practice homosexuality; calling the practitioners of homosexuality (the "we") champions whether merited or not. Freddie, a self-proclaimed practitioner of homosexuality, was singing camaraderie to others who likewise choose to practice homosexuality, encouraging them to think of other practitioners of homosexuality as champions, about being fighters for others who likewise choose to practice homosexuality. Another phrase of the song, "...and we'll keep on fighting till the end" was not about competing until that last yard or that last goal, basket or buzzer, but was about death ... his own ... in never-give-up defiance. So, the next time you chime in on "we are the champions" you'll know what it is you are championing in the minds of those who know the truth about that song. I may have burst many bubbles by revealing this truth but for one to unknowingly allow one's ego and bravado to be inflated with misdirected and manufactured grandeur -- with that which God has decreed to be sin [1 Cor. 6:9 - 10, Jude 1:7 and more] -- can indeed be devastating once the truth is known. And if that makes me a takes-all-the-fun-out, then so be it. Let the Truth be champion, not letting the Truth be twisted and counterfeited until it "hturTs" with the greatest "hurT" in the end ... or as the end.

PS: Yes, I said "choose to practice homosexuality." Each and every non-autonomic movement of the human body is a choice. No exceptions. No debate. Practicing homosexuality is therefore a choice. While there may be such a thing as same-sex attraction ... I do not know and have never experienced it ... same sex attraction does not make one "gay", acting on it does, again making practicing homosexuality a choice.

If you share what I have presented in the previous two paragraphs with anyone, please do so in love and compassion and do not try to look down your nose at anyone for any reason. "You" are not better than "they." Let us work to help each other out of the bondage of sin, even and especially our own. Jesus came to save the sinner, even I, as well as the righteous.

Twenty-two year old Marni Olivia Olsen (Kristen Bell), PR Exec of the RMK Entertainment Group in Los Angeles gives a pep talk to junior PR agents. Marni uses her high school history to make her point -- that if she can overcome labels and the scars of torment and stereotyping, anyone can. Marni's high school history is one of social assault as a four-eyed, zit-faced freak with a necklace on her teeth. But not 'ny more. Marni is now a braces-free, zit-free, contact-wearing lovely adult who is successful in her field, so successful the boss promotes her to a VP position in New York. But before assuming her new job, Marni has to attend the wedding of her brother, Will (James Wolk).

While flying home to help with the proceedings, Marni discovers her brother is marrying her high school social nemesis, Joanna 'JJ' Clarke (Odette Yustman). At the Ridgefield High School Joanna was the female bully, the "warden" at the Ridgefield "prison" wreaking brutal torment on the "losers" with most of her attacks focused on Marni. To Joanna, Marni was the chief loser and key target of her social war campaigns. At the pre-wedding meeting of the two families -- the first "You Again" -- Marni painfully knows who Joanna' evil past but keeps it to herself ... for now.

As a sidebat note, I could be wrong and hope I am but it seems that people who can so easily and deeply be as mean and hateful as portrayed by Joanna always will be: that if they can change they must choose to do so but typically don't; that only Jesus can change the heart of such a person ... and only if the person lets Him. In other words, it seems that if a person can be that way once, s/he will be again. Jesus warns us about such people that if you tell them once and tell them again but still won't listen, to have nothing to do wth them. [Titus 3:10-11]

Will knows nothing of the torment Marni has suffered at the hands of his intended, Joanna and Joanna is bent on making certain Will does not learn of her past. But Marni is bent on protecting Will who had protected her all her life by exposing Joanna's real self. At any cost. Even though unintentionally, at the cost of Will's happiness.

The social warfare is underway!

Also at the pre-wedding meeting of the two families, Marni's mother, Gail (Jamie Lee Curtis), famous for the Ridgefield High School signature cheer routine, the Byer Flyer, discovers that Joanna's caregiver aunt, Ramona (Sigourney Weaver) is her high school social nemesis. There is the second "You Again!" And the social warfare develops a new campaign on a new front, spiteful shell after spiteful shell.

Rather than spoil the film any further, let me get into that which most of you visit our pages -- the content. Following are brief discussions of the content by individual investigation area but an itemized listing of the findings is provided in the Findings/Scoring section.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 71 out of 100
No one gets killed. No guts are splattered on the wall behind any victim. And no one breaks a dozen traffic laws in a car chase. But there are a few instances of "slapstick" violence and social assaults. One might classify the violence content of this film as "clean violence" but no matter how slight the violence might seem it can and does take its toll on the observer, especially demonstrations of social warfare on the teen age stratum. Such display in and as entertainment can embolden the viewer to calculate how and upon whom to wage social war which, in many cases, is vengeance which is not ours to have. [Prov. 3:31, Rom. 12:18, Rom. 12:19, Prov. 3:31-32]

Impudence/Hate (I) - 54 out of 100
As I said in the Summary/Commentary section I found not one use of the three/four letter word vocabulary in the entire 102 minutes of the film. But all the lies, the deceit, the social assaults and more led to the loss of almost half of the starting 100 points of this investigation area.

This is the lowest scoring of the six investigation areas. Most of the point losses due to content found by this investigation area are due to social warfare, the get-even nature, the bully tormenting and deceit nature. [1 Tim. 2:1 - 3] Note that it is the film content revealed by this investigation area that waranted the display of the red CAPCon Alter light atop this report page.

Sexual Immorality (S) - 80 out of 100
In addition to the use of stanzas from a song written to encourage homosexuality practitioners, some of the moves of the cheerleaders are rather vulgar, specifically the pelvic thrusts. If anyone can convince me that a pelvic thrust (standing with knees bent and apart, torso leaned back, jutting the crotch forward) can mean anything but the obvious, I may reconsider this finding. An instance of when Curtis throws her leg up high in a dress in front of her family and a couple innuendo round out the content applicable to this investigation area. [Rom. 13:13, Prov. 30:20, Gal. 5:19]

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 84 out of 100
The only instances of content applicable to this investigation area were the few sights of booze of one kind or another and the one instance of drinking. Tobacco and abuses of prescription drugs were no where to be found.

Offense to God (O) - 93 out of 100
God's name was abused twice. And that is twice too many. God is not slack about they who choose to abuse His name. [Deut 5:11]

Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
Not one instance of murder or suicide was noted.


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  • 1 Cor. 6:9-10 Know ye not that the [unforgiven] unrighteous [adikos: unjust, sinful] shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived:
    • neither fornicators [pornos: a man who prostitutes his body to another's lust for hire, a male prostitute, a man who indulges in immoral sexual intercourse],
    • nor idolaters [eidololatres: a worshiper of false gods, even mammom (wealth, riches)],
    • nor adulterers,
    • nor effeminate [malakos: he who keeps a boy kept for homosexual relations (such as the North American Man-boy Love Association - NAMBLA); a male who submits his body to unnatural lewdness; a male prostitute],
    • nor abusers of themselves with mankind [arsenokoites: one who lies with a male as with a female, sodomite, homosexual practitioner],
    • Nor thieves, nor covetous [pleonektes: one eager to have more, esp. what belongs to others],
    • nor drunkards,
    • nor revilers,
    • nor extortioners,
    shall inherit the kingdom of God.

  • Jude 1:7 Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication [sexual immorality such as pre- and extra-marital sex], and going after strange flesh ["Strange" is heteros: one not of the same nature, of different kind. "Flesh" is [sarx: the sensuous nature of man], are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire [if unforgiven]. [The bottom line: any sexual contact (including visual), conduct or activity outside a monogamous heterosexual marriage is immoral.]
  • Titus 3:10-11 Warn a divisive person once, and then warn him a second time. After that, have nothing to do with him. You may be sure that such a man is warped and sinful; he is self-condemned.
  • Prov. 3:31 Envy thou not the oppressor [man of violence, extortionist, etc.], and choose none of his ways.
  • Rom. 12:18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.
  • Rom. 12:19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
  • Prov. 3:31-32 Do not envy a violent man [which includes a bully] or choose any of his ways, for the LORD detests a perverse man but takes the upright into his confidence. [These verses speak to having violent desires and thoughts as well as performing violent behaviors. So, don't let the violence seen conjure violence in your heart nor let your heart be drawn into the "He got what he deserved" trap which is vengeance.]
  • 1 Tim. 2:1 - 3 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;
  • Rom. 13:13 Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy.
  • Prov. 30:20 This is the way of an adulteress [or adulterer]: She eats and wipes her mouth and says, 'I've done nothing wrong.' [Though this verse uses "adulteress" to make its point, the heart of the matter is the arrogance of "What's the big deal!" defense of sexual immorality (or any other wrong-doings). This verse makes an 'adulter/ess' of many filmmakers and performers, thinking they can demonstrate and display immoral impurity then eat and wipe their mouths and say they have done no wrong.]
  • Gal. 5:19 The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery;
  • 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 in prayer, with respect or reverence or in responsible discussion is in vain. That includes the popular three syllable sentence with His name trailing it AND the misuse of Jesus' name or title. So, trying to excuse such expressions with "I was talking TO God/Jesus/Christ when I said that" or "It's just words" or "I was acting" or "I was quoting" will not work with God.]

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Jer. 37:9 This is what the LORD says: Do not deceive yourselves, thinking, 'The Babylonians [the destroyers from within] will surely leave us.' They will not!
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences and present it to younger and younger audiences every year] when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, enjoy it, want it, submit to it. I call attention to Ps. 12:8 to warn of the creeping desensitizing power of "entertainment."]
  • 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 [kakov: of a bad nature, not such as it ought to be] 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 us], 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 one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto 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 {skan-dal-id'-zo} - scandalize; 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.]
  • 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.)

    You Again (2010) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 71 out of 100
  • slapstick violence, repeatedly
  • creating disturbance aboard aircraft in flight
  • sequence of two women throwing things at each other
  • "cat fight" in swimming pool

    Impudence/Hate (I) - 54 out of 100
  • social assault, repeatedly
  • social warfare
  • flashes of high school torment/assault
  • lie, repeatedly
  • deceit on multiple parts throughout
  • video sequence of high school social brutalization of another
  • rather vicious social revenge

    Sexual Immorality (S) - 80 out of 100
  • homosexual song, twice
  • vulgar cheer moves
  • gamming
  • sexual innuendo, two

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 84 out of 100
  • booze, repeatedly
  • drinking, once

    Offense to God (O) - 93 out of 100
  • two uses of God's name in vain

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
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