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(2006), PG-13 ["Hard" R-13*] (1hr 41min)

Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
June 1, 2006
40 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 ["Hard" R-13*] -- .. rich in that which Hollywood apparently thinks your kids want.

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Mosaic Media Group, Universal Pictures, Wild West Picture Show Productions
Distribution (US): Universal Pictures
Director(s): Peyton Reed
Producer(s): Stuart M. Besser, Peter Billingsley, Jeremy Garelick, John Isbell, Jay Lavender, Scott Stuber, Victoria Vaughn, Vince Vaughn
Screenplay by: Jeremy Garelick, Jay Lavender
Story by: Vince Vaughn, Jeremy Garelick, Jay Lavender
Cinematography/Camera: Eric Alan Edwards
Film Editing: Dan Lebental, David Rosenbloom, Casting: Juel Bestrop, Jeanne McCarthy
Production Design: Andrew Laws
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

Gary Grobowski (Vince Vaughn) and Brooke Meyers (Jennifer Aniston) are living together and have been for a long time. They are not married. Neither are Vaughn and Aniston married to each other. That sets the moral stage for the entire show. And the language used doesn't help.

This film is rich in that which Hollywood apparently thinks your kids want in their entertainment: profanity and sexually immoral behaviors/talk. There is quite probably not a one-minute segment in the entire film that does not contain some manner of profanity and/or sexually immoral behavior and/or talk [Eph. 5:4], both heterosexual and homosexual.

I wonder whether the MPAA realizes what they did by putting their "stamp of approval" on this caliber of "entertainment" for 13 year old kids? [1 Cor. 15:33, Luke 17:2, Matt 25:40] That same wonder applies to the filmmakers, too. The entire show being based in the immorality of "shacking up" notwithstanding, the caliber of language was pathetic. In addition to the ton of uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary (plus one use of the most foul of the foul words) [Col. 3:8], God's name was taken in vain with  the four letter expletive 17 times in this 101 minute film. And ten times without it.

This film, like so many, indeed has some good things to say. But it says a few good things while smearing with moral diarrhea, both visual and spoken, that cannot be excused by trying to ignore it, overlook it, look past it or filter it out. [1 Cor. 15:33]

The Break Up  is particularly offensive to me. Not just because of the flagrant parading of behaviors which serve to desensitize our youth to sexual purity [Eph. 4:19 , Hebr. 13:4, Col 3:5] but because of the proliferation of the uses of God's name in vain with and without the four letter expletive. [Deut. 5:11] This film is a perfect example of what Ps. 12:8 speaks to. And this film most keenly sets the need for Ps. 141:4.

It is also particularly offensive to me because it is freely available to children (which includes at-home teens): because  of the arrogant insults in it to He who spent three days in Hell so you and I would not have to spend one moment there; to He who took the nails for you and I.

But then, so what? So what that this film is offensive to me? I didn't write the Rules. What matters is what God thinks of it. His Word is quite clear about such matters.

And so what that I think this film is offensive. The CAP analysis model (the Findings/Scoring section) could not care less what I think about a film. While this Summary/Commentary section might be and sometimes is somewhat subjective, the Findings/Scoring section is completely objective to His Word. What I  think is immaterial. What He  thinks is paramount. And, yes, you too can know what He thinks about such matters. Just read His Word. And when you do, read the Word, not just the words.

One evening, after a hard day of taking tourists on bus tours of Chicago, Gary comes "home" and plops down to play some video games while Brooke slaves in the kitchen, also after a hard day's work at the Marilyn Dean art gallery. Brooke wants Gary to help her with the dishes. She even wants Gary to want  to help her with the dishes. Really? Helping with the dishes and cleaning up is not an unreasonable request of Brooke but Gary would rather wait until the next morning to clean up the kitchen, in spite of how Brooke feels about a waking up to a dirty kitchen. That sets the stage for the friction that grows minute-by-minute. And that says enough about the plot and story.

Please seriously consider inspecting the listing of observations in the Findings/Scoring section before you decide whether this hard R-13 film is fit for your 13 year olds.


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  • Eph. 5:4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.
  • Col. 3:8 But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.
  • Eph. 4:19 Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, with a continual lust for more.
  • Hebr. 13:4 Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure [which includes before AND during marriage AND gender], for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral. [Whether we believe it or not. Whether we like it or not. Whether we care or not.]
  • Col 3:5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: [Mortify:  nekroo {nek-ro'-o} - deprive of power, control, be master of rather than slave to. Members:  melos {mel'-os} - a member of the human body given up to immoral sexual activity. Upon the earth:  while living on the Earth. Fornication:  porneia {por-ni'-ah} - illicit sexual intercourse. Uncleanness:  akatharsia {ak-ath-ar-see'-ah} - in a moral sense, the impurity of lustful living. Inordinate affection:  - pathos {path'-os} - lust. Evil concupiscence:  epithumia {ep-ee-thoo-mee'-ah} - desire, craving, longing for what is forbidden. Covetousness:  pleonexia {pleh-on-ex-ee'-ah} - greedy desire to have more. Idolatry:  eidololatreia {i-do-lol-at-ri'-ah}: the worship of false gods, including the "god" of lust and inordinate desire].
  • 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.]
  • Ps. 141:4 Let not my heart be drawn to what is evil, to take part in wicked deeds with men who are evildoers; let me not eat of their delicacies.

    ***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 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.)

    The Break Up (2006) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • threat of violence
  • violent video game, repeatedly
  • beating
  • suggesting assassination

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • 47 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • one use of the most foul of the foul words
  • dirty talk, repeatedly
  • talking of women as conquests
  • massive tattoos
  • blaming the failure to communicate on "you are who you are"

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • sex references, innuendo, talk, frequent, some quite vulgar
  • below navel skin threatening to expose that which follows
  • photos of a man and woman in bed together nude
  • vulgar statue
  • inferences of, attention and references to, implications of "gay", repeatedly
  • adult undressing to underwear
  • long-term cohabitation
  • ghosting of female anatomy through thin clothing
  • adult in underwear, repeatedly
  • woman in shower
  • suggesting sexually immoral act to manipulate another
  • female nudity, repeatedly
  • excessive cleavage, repeatedly
  • rude stare
  • women as toys
  • sex talk before young children, twice
  • strip poker with stripping
  • woman parading nude before a man to manipulate him
  • dressing to maximize the human form and/or skin exposure
  • male nudity - model
  • nudity in painting

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

    Offense to God (O)
  • 17 uses of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive and 12 without

    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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