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(2006), PG-13 [R-13*] (1hr 20min)
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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): Revolution Studios, Happy Madison Productions Distribution (US): Sony Pictures Entertainment Director(s): Dennis Dugan Producer(s): Barry Bernardi, Allegra Clegg, Derek Dauchy, Todd Garner, Jack Giarraputo, Adam Sandler, Adam Sandler Written by: Allen Covert, Nick Swardson Cinematography/Camera: Thomas E. Ackerman, Sebastian Jungwirth Film Editing: Peck Prior, Sandy S. Solowitz Casting: Anne McCarthy, Jay Scully Production Design: Perry Andelin Blake Art Direction: Jeffrey Mossa Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6
A landscaper named Gus (Rob Schneider), a video store clerk named Richie (David Spade) with his agoraphobic brother named Howie (Nick Swardson) and Clark (Jon "Napoleon Dynamite" Heder) lead the Little League baseball underdogs to greatness -- without winning. Now there is a thought. Playing baseball for that which it is intended -- to have fun. Wining or losing merely being a consequence.
Some "thug" Little Leaguers bullied some younger and less capable ball players. Gus, Richie and Clark banded together to give the young products of poor coaching their comeupance. Gus and company challenged the young bullies who wanted the field to a game, the winner to get the field. Gus's team of three won.
Seeing logical consequences finally win points in life, Mel "I'm just one of those nerds who grew up ... to make billions" offered to sponsor a tournament between Gus' team, now called the "Benchwarmers", and the best Little League team in the region, winner to get a new ball park compliments of Mel.
The Benchwarmers has some good things to say, but the way some of them are said is completely inappropriate. One of the inappropriate ways was two adult men with one of them standing in the doorway leaning against the door jamb wearing only speedo underwear while they spoke of sexual behavior affectionately to each other. And if that is not enough, the speedo dude is seen repeatedly in the same dress ... er ... rather the same lack of dress.
This film, in my opinion, is crude, crass methane gas. But that is just my opinion. And it is just another source of new ideas for bullies to intimidate and torment the younger ones. [1 Cor. 15:33] Wasn't there a huge move just a few years ago to show zero tolerance of tormenting in public schools? Wasn't Columbine one of them spearheading such a move?
There are many uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary in this film, many of them by adolescents. [Prov. 8:13] Though not excusing such language for the middle school crowd, none of the most foul of the foul words was noted. And God's name was used in vain a few times but all without the four letter expletive. [Deut. 5:11]
The greatest loss of points was due to content found in Impudence/Hate, primarily due to profanity but with several arrogant and/or hateful behaviors as well. Impudence/Hate investigation area found programming to cause the loss of all its starting 100 points. Likewise there was enough sexually immoral behaviors imagery and comments (heterosexual and homosexual, including lesbianism) to warrant loss of all if the starting 100 points in Sexual Immorality. [Gal. 5:19, Rom. 1:26 - 27]
Drinking and drunkenness were frequent in the last portion of the film as the rival Little League team falsified the age of a new pitcher who drank and became drunk in the tournament game. While all very "funny", what is not funny is what the American College of Physicians found regarding alcoholic beverages in and as entertainment. Not funny at all. Not funny enough to invoke Luke 17:2 on the filmmakers. Please note the links in the Scriptural reference. [Eph. 5:18]
Adam Sandler's caliber of crudity comes through in many ways. In this film, a bully places his anus within a half inch of so of a younger boy's face and flatulates in the younger boy's mouth. And that is about the caliber of this film. [Eph. 5:4] That this is a Sandler film should tell you all you need to know, but there is a rather lengthy listing of observations of assault or morality and decency available for your consideration in the Findings/Scoring section. Yes, it is R-13.
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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)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
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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