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(2007), PG-13 ["Very Lite" R-13*] (1hr 35min)

Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
February 1, 2007
53 out of 100

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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.

(2007), PG-13 ["Very Lite" R-13*] -- ... this film should be given all the berth an MPAA R-rated film is given since ...

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Gold Circle Films
Distribution (US): Universal Pictures
Director(s): Michael Lehmann
Producer(s): Paul Brooks, Michael Flynn, Jessie Nelson, Scott Niemeyer, Jonathan Shore, Norm Waitt
Written by: Karen Leigh Hopkins, Jessie Nelson
Cinematography/Camera: Julio Macat
Music: David Kitay
Film Editing: Paul Seydor, Troy Takaki
Casting: Eyde Belasco
Production Design:
Art Direction: Christopher Tandon
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

While Because I Said So  earned a "'Very Lite' R-13" final score (53 out of 100), with a zero score in both the Sexual Immorality and Offense to God, one might take heed to the unique features of the CAP analysis model. Yes, the overall value or magnitude of this film is a lite R-13, it is fully equivalent to many R-rated film in both of those investigation areas. Thus, this film should be given all the berth an MPAA R-rated film is given since watching it will expose the viewer to R-equivalent material in those two investigation areas.

Culinary expert Milly (Mandy Moore) has had a string of trouble finding "Mr. Right." After a dutiful period of swearing off men altogether, Milly happens across two really good candidates. Is Johnny (Gabriel Macht) the right one or is Jason (Tom Everett Scott)? Jason is an architect, is financially secure and a social delight but a little superficial and arrogant. Johnny is just a guitar player but is making a modest living though living with his father and young son. Jason makes Milly laugh but Johnny makes her happy? What's a girl to do?

How do you suppose Milly all of a sudden happens across two seemingly perfect candidates? All I will say is that Mom, er, Daphne (Diane Keaton) arranges for her to encounter good candidates ... by her own standards. Because she said so. And why not? Milly's sisters: Maggie Mae (Piper Perabo) and (Lauren Graham) are happily married. A "good candidate" (Stephen Collins) is thrust upon single Daphne in the process.

With all this cinematic energy spent on modern romance and match-making one might expect a little hanky-panky in the mix as well. One's expectations are met. Enough so to drain the Sexual Immorality (S) investigation area score to zero out of 100 points. Contempt for God's Word about abuse of His name is also enough to drain the Offense to God (O) investigation area score to zero. More in the individual investigation area discussions below.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
At last! A Hollywood product with no violence. This investigation area found nothing at all and the film;m earned a score of 100 out of 100 in terms of violence content. Unless you see a different cut than I saw (which is sometimes the case), you will see no violence in Because I Said So. [Rom. 12:18]

Impudence/Hate (I)
What is even more astonishing is that this PG-13 film contains only three uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary which is most atypical of PG-13 films. Even though there are only three, each one is still a sin. [Eph. 4:29] Though there are only three uses of profanity, because of the presentation of punk [Isa. 13:11, Rev. 22:14-15, Mal. 4:1], a "I wish I was dead" comment [James 1:12], lies [Rev. 21:8] and disrespect of elders [1 Peter 5:5] this investigation area score was reduced by almost a third of its starting 100 points.

Sexual Immorality (S)
Here is where the content gets thick. While Because I Said So  is atypical of a PG-13 regarding profanity, it is typical for [PG-13]-year old children to be saturated with issues of sexually oriented demonstrations in PG-13 films. Such demonstrations in Because I Said So  include noisy intercourse though only bouncing feet are seen, men and women in bed nude (nudity unseen) making out, vulgar talk about anatomy and body functions, a dog humping a hassock after viewing porn on a website, lots of sex talk, a lesbian kiss by two elderly women and other demonstrations of similar caliber. [Mark 7:21, Gal. 5:19 - 21, Rom. 1:26]

Drugs/Alcohol (D)
While there is no drunkenness, illegal drugs or abuse of prescription drugs noted, drinking is of an obvious presence. And that can be a problem for our young (which includes at-home teens). In the interest of informing as many parents, grandparents, pastors etc. as possible, I offer our standard cut-n-paste regarding drinking in and as entertainment for youth.

A study by the American College of Physicians (ACP) revealed that adolescent exposure to drinking and smoking in entertainment leads to an undeniable increase in alcohol abuse among underage kids. The finding entitled Relation Between Parental Restrictions on Movies and Adolescent Use of Tobacco and Alcohol reports that of 4544 youths from grades 5 through 8 of fifteen Vermont and New Hampshire middle schools (90% were under fourteen years old) only 16% were completely restricted from viewing R-rated movies.

The researchers selected R-rated movies because they claimed R-rated movies typically present more drinking than movies of other classifications. This assumption is no longer true. The researchers were not aware of the matter of R-13 proven not only by this ministry but Harvard University School of Public Health scientists (though Harvard's finding was made a full four years after  ours). Regardless of the MPAA classification, the focus is the influence of adolescent exposure to drinking (and smoking) in and as entertainment.

Within the ACP study population, the prevalence of having tried alcohol without parental knowledge was

  • 46% for those with no restrictions
  • 16% for those with partial restrictions
  • four percent for those with complete restrictions.

    Rather revealing of the influences of the entertainment industry wouldn't you say? And emboldening children to sin with drink in and as entertainment screams of violating Luke 17:2. If alcoholic beverages in entertainment were not a problem for our young, why is there and why has there been such a push to get and keep booze commercials off prime time broadcast TV? Even the University of Connecticut corroborates the ACP finding. [Eph. 5:18]

    I can add to this study that claims R-rated films contribute to underage substance abuse. I submit that it is not so much the presence of alcohol and tobacco in R-rated films that embolden youth to abuse substances, but is rather the attitude typically portrayed heavily in R-rated movies and even more severely in many PG-13 movies. Our report on this, ATTITUDE: In Perspective -- Investigation Area Scoring and Trend in CAP Entertainment Industry Investigations, Special Report-001 may provide more understanding of the point.

    Offense to God (O)
    The use of God's name in vain (both with and without the four letter expletive) is flippant, as if His name was no more than a three-letter suffix. If you spent three days in Hell so we would not have to spend one moment there, would you want us to have such contempt for your wishes? [Deut 5:11] In addition, adultery [Mark 7:21] is demonstrated and a comment of giving thanks to God for immoral sex is heard. [Ezek. 16:58]

    Murder/Suicide (M)
    No instances of murder or suicide were noted.


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  • Rom. 12:18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.
  • Eph. 4:29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
  • Isa. 13:11 I will punish the world for its evil, the wicked for their sins. I will put an end to the arrogance of the haughty and will humble the pride of the ruthless.
  • Rev. 22:14-15 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city [Heaven]. For without [outside Heaven] are dogs [dogs (animals) and metaphorically, a man of impure mind, an impudent man] ...
  • Mal. 4:1 For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch. ["Proud" - zed {zade'}: arrogant, proud, insolent, presumptuous; the arrogant ones.]
  • James 1:12 Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.
  • Rev. 21:8 But the [unforgiven] fearful [deilos {di-los'}; timid, cowardly], and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
  • 1 Peter 5:5 Likewise [in humility as the elders who have charge over you], ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. [I hope by these four verses you see God's Will about arrogance, uppitiness and impudence.]
  • Mark 7:21 For from within, out of men's hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, ...
  • Gal. 5:19 - 21 The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this [and are not cleansed by the Blood] will not inherit the kingdom of God. [It is unwise to live in sexual immorality.]
  • Rom. 1:26 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: [The NIV puts it "Because of this [exchanged the truth of God for a lie - from Rom. 1:25], God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones."]
  • 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.]
  • Eph. 5:18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. ["Wine" can be any intoxicating substance including illegal drugs or abuse of prescription drugs. The issue is do not abuse the body by intoxicating it. Though it is not a sin to drink, it is a sin to get drunk OR to influence to get drunk or to drink in defiance such as underage drinking.]
  • Ezek. 16:58 You will bear the consequences of your lewdness [zimmah {zim-maw'} or zammah {zam-maw'}: not chaste, incest, licentiousness, adultery, idolatry, harlotry] and your detestable practices, declares the LORD.

    ***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 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.)

    Because I Said So (2007) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • none noted

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • three uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary (none of the most foul)
  • punk presence
  • lies
  • "I wish I were dead" in song
  • adolescent disrespect of elders

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • vulgar talk about male-specific anatomy
  • talk about breast size
  • implied intercourse
  • treating intercourse as casual sex
  • thong nudity, repeatedly
  • adult in underwear, repeatedly
  • reference to homosexuality, repeatedly
  • partial nudity, repeatedly
  • porn website (unseen)
  • dog humping hassock after viewing porn website
  • transvestite
  • innuendo re: erection
  • innuendo re: sensuously placed tattoos
  • exposure to below navel skin, repeatedly
  • excessive cleavage, repeatedly
  • young boy talking sex
  • man and woman making out in pajamas
  • inappropriate touch
  • talk re: intercourse
  • man and woman in bed nude (nudity unseen), repeatedly
  • man and woman in bed making out, repeatedly
  • ghosting of female anatomy through thin clothing, repeatedly
  • talk of an orgasm with animated description
  • intercourse with loud voices (unseen except for bouncing feet)
  • lesbian kiss between two elderly women

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • booze
  • drinking, repeated;y
  • drinking to relieve
  • bar

    Offense to God (O)
  • forty one uses of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive (once by a child) and two with it
  • adultery
  • "God couldn't be everywhere. That's why He made mothers"
  • "Thank you dear God" for immoral sex

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • none noted

  • Christian Educators Association International



    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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