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(2008), PG-13 [Hard R-13*] (1hr 46min)
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(While the Scriptural references are certainly not subjective, my commentary may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)
Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Fox 2000 Pictures, Spyglass Entertainment
Distribution (US): Fox 2000 Pictures
Director(s): Anne Fletcher
Producer(s): Gary Barber, Roger Birnbaum, Becki Cross Trujillo, Jonathan Glickman, Jeffrey Silver, Erin Stam
Written by: Anne Fletcher, Aline Brosh McKenna
Cinematography/Camera: Peter James
Music: Randy Edelman
Film Editing: Priscilla Nedd-Friendly
Casting: Amanda Mackey Johnson
Production Design: Shepherd Frankel Art Direction: Jonathan Arkin
Viewed on Fox ome Entertainment DVD
I am sorry but it has been too long for me to remember this film enough to give you much of a story or plot. All I can remember is that Jane Nichols (Katherine Heigl) arranges weddings. She has done so for 27 weddings and has 27 gowns, hence the title 27 Dresses (though one of them is a man's suit). I also remember that she is in love with her boss, George (Edward Burns) but journalist Kevin Doyle (James Marsden) steps in and finagles his way into Jane's life. Not necessarily in dishonest ways but certainly devious ways.
My notes say "A story of Jane loves George, her boss, who doesn't know Jane loves him, who meets Jane's sister, Tess (Malin Akerman) and becomes drawn to Tess while Jane becomes a target of Tess' jibes and jabs. All the while Kevin is chasing Jane while Tess chases George as Jane chases George." It does get messy and underhanded as Tess flaunts to Jane George's attraction to her. But that is all I can remember.
Since the annotations of observations (the findings) do not require my memory, I can tell you is that this is indeed a hard R-13 film due to frequent use of the three/four letter word vocabulary, sexually immoral behaviors and talk, and abuse of God's name frequently (my notes say one character, I think Jane, says "I am Jesus!"). Please look to either the individual investigation area discussions below or to the itemized listings in the Findings/Scoring section. At least those parts of the report do not rely on my memory but on the detailed notes taken at the time of viewing.
Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 97 out of 100
The only matter of violence in the entire film is a rude bump resulting in unconsciousness.
Impudence/Hate (I) - Zero out of 100
This investigation area found enough content for the film to earn a score of zero out of 100. In addition to 20 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary, the writers had a little girl hearing a member of one of the wedding say a foul word three times then the girl saying "It's okay. We have cable." How much is said by that short scene time of about ten seconds could not be captured in the space available in this report. But I will say it screams of violating not only Col. 3:8 but Luke 17:2, the verse warning of being better off with millstone around the neck then cast into the sea.
Further, the "nothing" lies, the lies to impress [Rev. 21:8], the slaps to the face and a little more more finished off the starting 100 points in Impudence/Hate.
Remember, folks. I didn't write the Rules. I just share them with you.
Sexual Immorality (S) - Zero out of 100
As Impudence/Hate found enough content to lose all the starting 100 points in that investigation area, so did Sexual Immorality lose all its 100 starting points due to film content. It is rife with little digs at wholesome sexual purity such as stripping to change clothes in a car, making out (clothed), a man and a woman stripping for sex in a car, planning sexually immoral behaviors, admissions of immoral sex, innuendo about an erection and immoral intercourse, sex talk, invitation to sex and more. None of which were, of course, important to the story. Please look to the listing in the Findings/Scoring section (the heart of the CAP Analysis Model) for a full accounting of the findings made while watching what is another sexfest for teens. [1 Ths. 4:1-5]
Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 31 out of 100
Booze. Drinking. Drunkenness. They are all there. Not as thick as in other R-13 films but enough to warrant your inspection of the findings of the American College of Physicians before you decide whther this film is fit. The report found that exposure to alcohol (and tobacco) in and as entertainment emboldens the middle-school age stratum - the PG-13 crowd - to abuse alcohol and tobacco. [Again Luke 17:2]
Offense to God (O) - Zero out of 100
Twenty-five uses of God's name in vain (all without the four letter expletive) [Deut. 5:11] plus a couple other matter such as "I am Jesus!" [John 1:14] drained all of the starting 100 points in this area as well.
Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
No murders or suicides were noted.
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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.
Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - SCORE out of 100
Impudence/Hate (I) - SCORE out of 100
Sexual Immorality (S) - SCORE out of 100
Drugs/Alcohol (D) - SCORE out of 100
Offense to God (O) - SCORE out of 100
Murder/Suicide (M) - SCORE out of 100
|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 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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