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(2003), PG-13
Analysis Date: April 11, 2003
CAP Score: 44 out of 100
CAP Influence Density: 1.76

MinMax: -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.

(2003), PG-13 does NOT have to embrace the sin to embrace the sinner.

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Happy Madison, Jack Giarraputo Productions, Revolution Studios
Distribution (US): Columbia Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment
Director(s): Peter Segal
Producer(s): Barry Bernardi, Allegra Clegg, Allen Covert, Derek Dauchy, Todd Garner, Jack Giarraputo, Tim Herlihy, John Jacobs, John L. Jacobs, Joe Roth, Adam Sandler
Written by/Screenplay: David Dorfman
Cinematography/Camera: Donald McAlpine
Music: Teddy Castellucci
Film Editing: Jeff Gourson
Casting: Roger Mussenden
Production Design: Alan Au
Art Direction: Domenic Silvestri
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6, Granbury, Texas

David Buznik (Adam Sandler) is on his way to meet with company executives about a promotion. Leaving his girlfriend, Linda (Marisa Tomei) with no more than a light kiss since Buznik has a thing about showing affection in public, Buznik boards a plane and begins his bizarre journey into the twilight of sanity.

Upon boarding the plane, a rather obnoxious character is in Buznik's seat. When confronted with this, the character advises Buznik to find another seat since the character was involved in showing off to the ladies around his seat. Now pipes up another passenger, telling Buznik the seat empty next to him was ... er ...empty, inviting Buznik to sit there. Buznik accepts the invitation innocently, knowing not what is in store for him.

The guy next to Buznik is watching a movie and is laughing loudly while Buznik tries to get some shut-eye. Failing to convince the guy next to him of his need for quiet, Buznik compromises and asks the flight attendant (Marisa Chandler) for a headset so he can at least listen to the show. After several times of being treated as an interruption rather than a reason for her job, the flight attendant keeps insisting that Buznik lower his voice and calm down. What we see as polite courtesy, the characters on the plane see as uncontrolled anger -- crazy! An air marshal (Isaac C. Singleton Jr.) enters the episode and repeats the flight attendants wishes to Buznik. Within seconds, the air marshal "subdues" Buznik with a tazer. The next scene shows Buznik in court. The Honorable Brenda Daniels (Lynne Thigpen) orders Buznik to undergo 20 days of anger management therapy under the care of -- who else? The guy who sat next to him on the plane. Dr. Buddy Rydell (Jack Nicholson). Fresh off Peter Fonda'a motorcycle in Easy Rider. Or at least looking like he got off a motorcycle.

So, poor ole Dave has to suffer the slings and arrows of Dr. Buddy Rydell's often unorthodox anger management therapy. Part of which was for Rydell to move in with Buznik. And sleep with him. In the same bed. Nude. At least Rydell was. Here is a note that the trailers do not always match the finished product. In the trailers were unmistakable scenes and dialogue of Rydell trying to "spoon" with Buznik. Much of that footage was not there in the cut I saw. Spooning was mentioned when Buznik suspected some rough behavior by Rydell the next morning was because Buznik would not spoon with Rydell. Gooood material for 13 year olds, dontcha know? Well! That's what the rating caption says. "Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13." That says, mom/dad, that all material is appropriate for 13 year olds and above. No matter what God says. No matter what you say. By the way, the "spooning" is not by any means the extent of same-gender sexual immorality in the show. Not by any means. [Mark 7:21]

Several mishaps happen to Buznik while under the care of Dr. Rydell, some because of Dr. Rydell. In one case, Buznik tries to defend someone in a bar and a blind man starts hitting Buznik with his cane. In a defensive maneuver, not knowing the man was blind, Buznik breaks a waitress' nose and takes the cane away from the blind man. Back in court, Buznik is sentenced to a year in the state penitentiary, depending on how well he complies with Dr. Rydell's therapy, which was lengthened to 40 days.

There is a twist to the plot not even hinted to in the previews and trailers. I'll not reveal it should you feel this movie to be acceptable to your family after reading the findings in the Findings/Scoring section.

Now to provide a little summary of the reason you parents visit us: the emboldening and desensitizing assaults on morality and decency. Anger Management is another R-13 . Hardcore R-13. Mainly because of foul language and sexual immorality [Rev. 21:8, Rev. 22:15, Gal. 5:19]. There are 39 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary, one noted use of the most foul of the foul words [Prov. 8:13], eight uses of God's name in vain but each without the four letter expletive. Lesbian kissing and other lesbian and homosexual presences such as transvestism and snippets of stereotypical gayspeak, almost always about male anatomy and male to male sexual intimacy, some quite vulgar, and those very suggestive eye movements to suggest sexual interest in another male [1Cor. 6:9-10]. Heterosexual vulgar talk is present, too. A nude man (Nicholson) snuggles with another man in his underwear (Sandler) under the covers. There are several talks about intercourse, a woman rubbing a man's leg to entice him, and coarse sexual joking [Eph. 5:4]. And I can't remember the last PG-13 movie without flatulence or some other filmmaker fascination with body functions, proving the age stratum targeted. And to justify that claim, as adolescent preteens a bully yanked Buznik's' shorts down to expose him to a preteen girl who made an amorous expression as she looked down at it -- which we did not see ... thankfully. All we saw was from the boys knees down. And a grandmother-looking woman held her index finger up using her thumb to mark a point on it to suggest the length of the boy's anatomy. One more. As a "therapeutic" measure, Buznik is forced to interact with a homosexual prostitute who sexually exposes himself to Buznik with vulgar talk concurrent with seeing male privates (not seen by the viewer). All in the name of developing tolerance of the gay lifestyle. [Rom. 1:22 - 32] This is entertainment? Please read the listing in the Findings/Scoring section before you decide whether to take or let your family watch this hard-core R-13.


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  • Mark 7:21 For from within, out of men's hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality,...
  • Rev. 21:8 But the [unforgiven] fearful [cowardly], and unbelieving, and the abominable [vile], and murderers, and whoremongers [sexually immoral], and sorcerers [practitioners of witchcraft, magic, sorcery], and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
  • Rev. 22:15 Outside [of Heaven] are the dogs, those [unforgiven] who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.
  • Gal. 5:19 The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery;
  • Prov. 8:13 To fear the LORD is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech [obstinate in opposing the norm or the accepted].
  • 1Cor. 6:9-10 Do you not know that the 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.
  • Eph. 5:4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.
  • Rom. 1:22 - 32 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them. [I offer this lengthy accounting of God's Word about the behaviors of they who chose to practice homosexuality / lesbianism because this movie is replete with trying to excuse violation of His Word about homosexuality and lesbianism. Remember always, they who chose to practice homosexuality / lesbianism are as precious to Jesus as you and I. It is some of our chosen behaviors which are not precious to Jesus which, if they remain unforgiven, will cost us dearly. For all eternity. Note also that one does NOT have to embrace the sin to embrace the sinner. Ps. 12:8 sums up this movie rather succinctly.]

    ***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 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]. [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.
  • 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] 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.


    Anger management (2003) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • tazer shock to control
  • fighting, repeatedly
  • reckless driving for love

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • 39 uses of the three/for letter word vocabulary
  • one use of the most foul of the foul words
  • bully behaviors (sexually oriented)
  • kangaroo court
  • adult tantrum, repeatedly
  • flatulence
  • lies, repeatedly
  • vulgar gestures

    Sex/Homosexuality (S)
  • young boy's privates exposed to a young girl who expressed enjoyment with it
  • excessive cleavage, repeatedly
  • anatomical rudeness and references, repeatedly
  • men in towels only
  • homosexual suggestions, repeatedly
  • homosexual presences, repeatedly
  • homosexual comments, repeatedly
  • homosexual mannerisms, repeatedly
  • homosexual references, repeatedly
  • homosexual implications, repeatedly
  • dress to maximize the female form and/or skin exposure, repeatedly
  • admission of lesbianism
  • talk of pornographic performances
  • lesbian kiss, twice
  • man lusting after a lesbians kissing
  • talk of sexual promiscuity
  • sexual innuendo - male anatomy
  • coarse sex joking
  • sex talk, some vulgar, repeatedly
  • stripping to nudity under covers (male in bed with male)
  • nude man snuggling with another man dressed in underwear under covers
  • crude anatomical talk
  • camera angle to force viewer on private parts
  • suggestive eye movements, both heterosexual and homosexual
  • prostitution
  • transvestism
  • long interaction with a homosexual prostitute with vulgar talk concurrent with seeing male privates (not seen by viewer)
  • other vulgar mannerisms
  • inappropriate touch
  • talk about intercourse, repeatedly
  • stripping to underwear to entice
  • sexual invitations
  • rear male nudity, repeatedly
  • vulgar dress
  • vulgar photos

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • smoking, repeatedly
  • drinking, repeatedly
  • bar, repeatedly
  • drunkenness

    Offense to God (O)
  • eight uses of God's name in vain but none with the four letter expletive

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • none noted

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    NOTE: While the Summary/Commentary section of these reports is precisely that -- a summary in commentary format which can be and sometimes is subjective, the actual CAP Analysis Model (the Findings/Scoring section) makes no scoring allowances for trumped-up "messages" to excuse, for manufacture of justification for, or camouflaging of ignominious content or aberrant behavior or imagery with "redeeming" programming. Disguising sinful behavior in a theme/plot does not excuse the sinful behavior of either the one who is drawing pleasure or example of behavior or thought from the sinful display or of the practitioners demonstrating the sinful behavior. We make no attempt to quantify the "artistic" or "entertainment" value of a movie -- whether a movie has any positive value or "entertainment" value is up to mom/dad. The CAP analysis model is the only known set of tools available to parents and grandparents which give *them* the control they need, bypassing the opinion-based assessment of movies by others and defeating the deceit of those who would say anything to convince their parents otherwise. The model is completely objective to His Word. Our investigation standards are founded in the teachings and expectations of Jesus Christ. If a sinful behavior is portrayed, it is called sinful whether Hollywood tries to make it otherwise. That the sinful behavior is "justified" by some manufactured conditions does not soften nor erase the price of sin. Whether there is application of fantasy "justification" or "redemption" is up to mom/dad.

    "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.

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