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(2006), PG-13 [R-13*] (1hr 44min)

Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
June 30, 2006
49 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*] -- Stop stealing the childhood from children, Hollywood and MPAA!

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): 20th Century Fox, Fox 2000 Pictures, Peninsula Films
Distribution (US): Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
Director(s): David Frankel
Producer(s): Joseph M. Caracciolo Jr., Wendy Finerman, Carla Hacken, Karen Rosenfelt
Screenplay: Aline Brosh McKenna
Novel: Lauren Weisberger
Cinematography/Camera: Florian Ballhaus
Music: Theodore Shapiro
Film Editing: Mark Livolsi
Casting: Ellen Lewis
Production Design: Jess Gonchor
Art Direction: Anne Seibel, Tom Warren
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

I don't know how the MPAA did it, but as I was watching the 104-minute PG-13 The Devil Wears Prada I kept wondering when the "13" would happen. After nearly 1100 film analyses, this film had even me fooled which made me particularly appreciative of the objectivity of the CAP Analysis Model. The number crunching revealed this seemingly "PG" PG-13 to be a rather serious R-13. R-rated films in the comparative baseline database earned final scores of 54 and below. The Devil Wears Prada earned 49.

The princess of Princess Diaries (G) and Princess Diaries 2 (G), Anne Hathaway, is not so "G" anymore. Maybe, like Olivia Newton John, Hathaway wants to change her image. She has. Whether she wants to or not.

Seeming ne'er-do-well journalist Andrea "Andy" Sachs (Anne Hathaway) wants to make it big in Chicago. But she just can't seem to land that opportunity. After applying at Elias-Parke Publications Andy is sent to Runway Magazine to be interviewed for the position of assistant to Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep), the most sought and powerful fashion editor in the city. "A million girls would kill for the job."

Andy is met by Emily (Emily Blunt), first assistant to Priestly, who warns Andy that she will more than likely fail the interview since Andy is not fashion-conscious. And since Andy, being a size 6, is fat. Oh, by the way, Andy had never heard of Miranda Priestly. According to Emily, that was reason enough to oust Andy from the beginning.

After a grueling extended period of intense rudeness by both Emily and Miranda, Andy is successful at landing the position. But does she really want to have this job? It is brutal and vicious and everyone is intensely rude. Even the Design Artist, Nigel (Stanley Tucci) treats Andy as a waste of time (initially).

Andy is living with Nate (Adrian Grenier), who either does not own a razor or does not know how to use one. Nate, an aspiring cook, is all in favor of Andy taking the new job ... at first. Living with? Yes, there are several mentions of and displays of this unmarried couple living together. This is the second analysis of a non-R movie in a row (the previous one being Superman Returns) which portrays cohabitation as morally acceptable. Well, cohabitation may be acceptable in the eyes of modern man, but it is not in God's eyes. [Deut. 22:29, 1Cor. 7:1 -2, 1Cor. 7:9, Col. 3:5]

Slowly, Andy becomes just like Miranda.

Since this report is being prepared on opening day, I will not spoil it for you should you decide this sort of entertainment is fit for you and/or your family. What I will do is itemize the findings in the Findings/Scoring section and discuss them below. Please consider them closely before you make your decision as to the fitness of this film for your young ones of 13 or younger. Or older.

The greatest loss of points was due to sexually immoral matters. The Devil Wears Prada is another example of Hollywood's use of many examples of lesser assault on morality and decency to get the same "effect" as using fewer but more bold and extreme examples such as in R-rated films. It is a perfect example of our CAP Rule of 1000.

There is no full nudity but several scenes of adult women getting dressed into underwear in what might as well be scenes of nudity as they jostle their parts into the garments. There is no intercourse seen but several undeniable indications of it. The "morning after" scenes remove all doubt. In addition there are numerous presentations of cohabitation such as the woman kissing the man who is still in bed as she leaves the apartment the unmarried couple share. The Sexual Immorality (S) investigation area score for this film is zero.

And, according to our Director - Child Psychology Support, a practicing psychologist, licensed school counselor and executive director of a behavior modification service, many examples of "lesser" assault on morality and decency used in less severely rated films can be more morally indelible than the fewer but more extreme examples used in more severely rated films. But the "lesser" examples, though they be many and frequent, individually do not meet or exceed the standards of the MPAA as necessitating the R rating. So, there you have it. An elegant technique, which so few but yet increasing numbers of parents realize, for getting more sexual filth in films for teens to lure the teen dollars. And since more than half of all moviegoers are non-adult, it works. Lucratively. Never mind the corruptive influence on they who are, by biological law and lack of experiential maturity, inherently least capable of responsible management of these heretofore alien fires of basal sexuality.

The next area in line for scoring loss in this teen film is the Impudence/Hate content with a ton of uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary. Ever wonder why so many teens use profanity so freely and impudently? Now you know. Sure, your teens hear it every day at school, but from where do you think those kids get the example? Yes, it sometimes comes from mom/dad and other familial sources, but to hear mom/dad speak that way is quite a different matter than when used in and as entertainment. [Col. 3:8]

The Drugs/Alcohol content is responsible for the next area in line for scoring loss. The alcohol content of this film can be considered 34 proof since there are 18 uses among the 108 examples of ignominy in this 104-minute film. While it is not a sin to drink, it is to get drunk AND to influence youth to drink. [Matt. 25:40, Luke 17:2] Both the American College of Physicians and the University of Connecticut agree that presentation of alcohol in and as entertainment leads our middle school age youth to abuse alcohol. See the links in the Scriptural reference. [Eph. 5:18] Yes, Jesus drank wine and even created wine from water. But He never got drunk or did He tell or suggest anyone to get drunk.

The next scoring reason for the R-13 status is the use of God's name in vain but all without the four letter expletive. With or without the four letter expletive, it is an offense to God (by His Word, not mine) for us to speak His name in anything other than reverence, respect or responsible discussion. This film uses the teen-popular three syllable sentence with God's name trailing it profusely. [Deut. 5:11] Also, divorce entered the story. [Mal. 2:16]

Stop stealing the childhood form children, Hollywood and MPAA!


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  • Deut. 22:29 {The man who has immoral sex with a young woman} shall pay the girl's father fifty shekels of silver. He must marry the girl, for he has violated her. He can never divorce her as long as he lives. [Paraphrased, if a couple have sex before marriage, they must marry and stay married for the rest of their lives.]
  • 1 Cor. 7:1-2 Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman. Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband. ["Not to touch..." God is wise to rationalizations of man. "Touch" is haptomai {hap'-tom-ahee}; to touch; of carnal intercourse with a woman or cohabitation for sex.]
  • 1Cor. 7:9 But if they cannot contain [exhibit self-control, be continent], let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn [with passion].
  • Col. 3:5 Put to death [mortify, deprive of power, destroy the strength of], therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.
  • 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. 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 and not abuse the body. 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.]
  • 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.]
  • Mal. 2:16 "I hate divorce," says the LORD God of Israel, "and I hate a man's covering himself with violence as well as with his garment," says the LORD Almighty. So guard yourself in your spirit, and do not break faith.

    ***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 Devil Wears Prada (2009) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • pedestrian hit by a car

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • 11 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • multiple episodes of intense rudeness
  • kids lying
  • extortion with job/future as leverage

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • women dressing into underwear, multiple
  • excessive cleavage/breast exposure, repeatedly
  • adult in underwear, repeatedly
  • woman kissing man still in bed, repeatedly
  • homosexual inferences/suggestions, repeatedly
  • invitation to and/or request for and/or pressing for sex, repeatedly
  • man and woman in bed
  • dressing to maximize the female form and/or skin exposure
  • cohabitation, repeatedly
  • sexual innuendo, repeatedly
  • man in towel only, several shots
  • below navel skin threatening exposure of that which follows, repeatedly
  • statue nudity
  • invitation to resume cohabitation
  • woman in bed nude (covered) the morning after

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • bar
  • booze, repeatedly
  • drinking, repeatedly
  • drinking party, repeatedly

    Offense to God (O)
  • 19 uses of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive
  • divorce

    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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