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(2004), PG-13

Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
January 15, 2004
44 out of 100

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If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary likely using a mix of KJV and NIV.

(2004), PG-13 (a.k.a RISK, 2002) -- A good plot and theme so far for a movie for 13 year olds, dontchaknow.

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Jersey Films, Loofah Productions
Distribution (US): Universal Pictures
Director(s): John Hamburg
Producer(s): Anders Bard, Jane Bartelme, Danny DeVito, Daniel S. Levine, Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher
Written by: John Hamburg
Cinematography/Camera: Seamus McGarvey
Music: Theodore Shapiro
Film Editing: William Kerr, Nick Moore
Casting: Kathleen Chopin
Production Design: Andrew Laws
Art Direction: Martin Whist
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

The year 2004 is starting out with no indication of any reduction in the percentage of PG-13 movies that earn scores earned by R-rated movies (R-13 movies ). The percentage was 64.5% in 2002*. Of the four PG-13 movies we have analyzed so far in 2004 (Big Fish, Chasing Liberty, My Baby's Daddy and now Along Came Polly), only Big Fish earned a true PG-13 score. Seventy-five percent (three of the four) are R-13. [Ps. 12:8]

* NOTE: We have calculated the percentage of PG-13 movies which earn R-13 scores since 1997 but we cannot do so for 2003. We have all the massive data but until we find adequate funding to compile it and prepare it for publication, the R-13 figure for 2003 will remain locked away in the data.

Ruben Feffer (Ben Stiller) was an expert risk analyst for a major New York insurance company. His job was to determine whether clients were good risks or bad risks. Ruben dealt with facts. Facts such as there is a one in 46,000 chance that someone would fall through a subway drain and that only 1 in 6 people wash their hands after using the restroom. Ruben had some risk assessment software that generated risk figures about the lifestyles of clients. Clients such as Leland Van Lew (Bryan Brown) who was a risk-taking CEO, risk-taking such as base jumping - parachuting off tall buildings - who needed an insurance recommendation from Ruben else he was uninsurable.

The story opens with Ruben getting married to Lisa Kramer (Debra Messing). Soon the pair were seen on their honeymoon. As Ruben and Lisa sunbathed and contemplated their new marriage and life together, local scuba instructor Claude (Hank Azaria) tried to snag their business - nude. And, yes, your 13 year olds will see Azaria nude from the rear. Fully nude. Head to toe nude. And they will see Messing glance occasionally at Azaria's ... nudity ... frontal nudity. Ruben decided scuba diving was not for him but, trusting his new wife, encouraged her to go for it. And go for it she did. Lisa was so enthralled by Claude's - er - imagery that she ended up "messing" around with Clause on his yacht. With a good excuse, of course. It just happened. Something you don't plan, y'know. [Prov. 12:4] Figuring if Kramer could do it once she would do it again, the marriage was over and Ruben returned to his work in New York. A good plot and theme so far for a movie for 13 year olds, dontchaknow.

Once back in New York, after everybody who knew him already knew about his wife's adultery on his honeymoon and after everybody tried to console him, his best friend Sandy Lyle (Philip Seymour Hoffman), actor wannabe, convinced Ruben he needed to circulate and find somebody with which to have [sexual] fun in his time of depression [Gal. 5:19]. At a party at the Latin Quarter underground dance club, along came Polly. Polly Prince (Jennifer Aniston), an acquaintance from school. After finding some social compatibility, Ruben and Polly hit is off, rocky to be sure, but it was at least a relationship. An immoral relationship. Which brings me to end another short Summary/Commentary to save costs and to that which most of you come to our pages.

Azaria's nudity is not the only nudity in the show. Full male nudity is repeated several times plus some side male nudity. Female nudity is limited to side nudity. And there is intercourse in this PG-13 flick. Mostly covered but intercourse nonetheless. One episode of intercourse is thrown at you from several angles repeatedly. Let me pause and look back at the last six sentences. Nudity ... nudity .... nudity ... nudity ... nudity ... nudity ... intercourse ... intercourse ... intercourse. [**; 1Ths. 4:3 - 7] Does that say anything to you about this PG-13 film? And that is not all.

There are 25 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary [Eph. 5:4], five uses of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive and 21 without [Deut. 5:11]. Flatulence enough to shame a group f elementary school locker room boys. Rub dancing, drinking, "therapy" in stabbing pillows, sex talk/innuendo, inappropriate touch. below navel skin threatening to expose that which anatomically follows and more.

And yes, there is "gay" presence in this PG-13 film. A Salsa dance partner of Polly's seemed to develop a sexual interest in Polly (now on the verge of being Ruben's girlfriend though Ruben is still married to Lisa). Polly seemed to reciprocate. When Ruben confronted the Salsa dude he admitted proudly of choosing to practice homosexuality. And, as usual, there is no mention of any of the other side of the story of practicing homosexuality. [1Cor. 6:9-10]

If you let your kids watch this film, don't be surprised if they start using terms like "sharting" and "sharted."

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  • Prov. 12:4 A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his bones. [That "door" swings both ways, men.]
  • Gal. 5:19 The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; <** "Nakedness" (display of nudity) is spoken of as dark, restricted, undesirable, shameful, etc. 47 times in the KJV from Genesis to Revelation.
  • 1Ths. 4:3 - 7 It is God's will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control his [or her] own body [which includes control of drives, touching, seeking, lusting (even after images), promiscuity, etc.] in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the heathen, who do not know God; and that in this matter no one should wrong his brother or take advantage of him. The Lord will punish men for all such sins, as we have already told you and warned you. For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life.
  • Eph. 5:4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.
  • 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.]
  • 1Cor. 6:9-10 Do you not know that the [unforgiven] wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • 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, pay for 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 (KJV) Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (NIV) Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.
  • Rom. 5:19 For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.
  • Jude 4 For certain men* whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change [warp, distort, falsely represent, situationally redefine, counterfeit, conditionally apply] the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. [*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 would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. [cause by teaching or example]
  • Ps. 119:133 Direct my footsteps according to your word; 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.


    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.

    Along Came Polly (2004) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • "I'm gonna kill you!"
  • assault
  • "therapy" with stabbing pillows
  • gore in child's book art

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • 25 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • two men urinating
  • euphemism of the most foul of the foul words, three times
  • lie to manipulate a meeting
  • more lies
  • calling an immoral choice a mistake rather than a poor choice
  • excusing cohabitation with "Everybody does it"
  • flatulence, repeatedly

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • vulgar gesture
  • side frontal nudity - male and female
  • full rear nudity - male, repeatedly
  • sexual talk, innuendo, comments, some vulgar
  • masked nudity
  • starring at nudity
  • dressing to maximize the male form and/or skin exposure, repeatedly
  • revealing swim wear, many
  • intercourse (covered)
  • inappropriate touch, multiple
  • adultery, repeatedly
  • tattoo to attract attention to private parts
  • suggestive eye movement
  • admission of sexual immorality, repeatedly
  • man on commode, multiple views, crotch visible
  • toilet humor
  • underwear showing (thong waste band and descending strap, bra straps, etc.
  • below navel skin threatening exposure of that which anatomically follows, male and female, repeatedly
  • intercourse with many angles seen, covered
  • rub dancing
  • man claiming he is "gay"
  • excessive cleavage
  • planning immoral sex
  • vulgar pose
  • "gay" presence, repeatedly

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • drug reference
  • booze, repeatedly
  • drinking

    Offense to God (O)
  • five uses of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive and 21 without

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • none noted

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