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(2006), PG-13 [R-13*] (1hr 20min)

Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
April 9, 2006
42 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.

(2006), PG-13 [R-13*] -- ... has some good things to say, but the way some of them are said ...

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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  • Gal. 5:19 The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery;
  • Rom. 1:26 - 27 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.
  • Prov. 8:13 To fear the LORD is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech.
  • 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. This issue is do not get intoxicated. 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. A study by the American College of Physicians (ACP) has found an undeniable link between the presentation of alcoholic beverages and tobacco in and as entertainment and abuse of them and arrogance/defiance with them by adolescents. And teaching/causing youth to abuse alcohol/tobacco (or drugs) by emboldening youth with them in and as entertainment invokes 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. 5:4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about when what is vile is honored among men [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences to younger and younger audiences every year when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, pay for it, enjoy it, want it].
  • 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 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 [or for] one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto [or for] 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. I suspect "offend" includes sexually abusing the little ones. "Little ones": mikros - little;, small of age; younger which can include at-home teens].
  • 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.)

    Benchwrmers (2006) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • older kids tormenting younger kids, bullying, repeatedly
  • unlawful restraint of a child by older kids
  • slapstick violence, repeatedly
  • vandalism, several
  • bribery and accepting bribe
  • criminal unsportsmanlike conduct

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • 27 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary, 6 by adolescents
  • gross conduct such as picking nose and eating the boogers, eating smashed bugs and the like, repeatedly
  • flatulence in the face of another, repeatedly
  • other flatulence
  • disrespect of fair authority by youth
  • lies, repeatedly
  • expression of homosexual act
  • crotch hit
  • ringing doorbells and then running to torment
  • crude unsportsmanlike conduct, repeatedly
  • deceit of wife
  • vomiting in the face of another
  • urination
  • abusive coaching
  • eating sunblock cream
  • exaggerated vomiting

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • talk of lesbianism, multiple
  • expecting a woman to enjoy movie lesbianism
  • crude humor, repeatedly
  • anatomical reference
  • discussion about intercourse
  • grabbing one's own privates
  • anatomical talk
  • gross anatomical humor, repeatedly
  • more attention to intercourse
  • inference/portrayal/mannerisms of homosexuality, repeatedly
  • woman in shower
  • shower door nudity
  • man in shower with woman

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

    Offense to God (O)
  • three uses of God's name in vain but without the four letter expletive
  • cornutto, twice

    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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