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(2003), PG-13
Analysis Date: June 13, 2003
CAP Score: 45 out of 100
CAP Influence Density: 1.42

MinMax: -100

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If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary likely using a mix of KJV and NIV.

(2003), PG-13 -- ... and may be the only sense to the whole show.

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Avery Pix, Burg/Koules Productions, Dakota Pictures, New Line Cinema
Distribution (US): New Line Cinema
Director(s): Troy Miller
Producer(s): Tally Barr, Cale Boyter, Toby Emmerich, Oren Koules, Brad Krevoy, Carl Mazzocone, Troy Miller, Charles B. Wessler, Bennett Yellin
Written by/Screenplay: Robert Brenner, Troy Miller
Cinematography/Camera: Anthony B. Richmond
Film Editing: Lawrence Jordan
Casting: John Papsidera
Production Design: Paul Huggins
Art Direction: Andrew Crawford, Ken Taber
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

One of the first scenes of Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd is of a vulgar counterfeiting of one of the most beautiful events of human life - childbirth - of Lloyd Christmas (Eric Christensen). Pieces and parts take us to 1986 where Lloyd literally runs into Harry Dunne (Derek Richardson) on their way for the first time to public high school. Both had been home schooled up until now. Note that there is a slam of home schooling, specifically, the inescapable implication is that home schooling kids are completely void of any social skills or world smarts. However, evidence is mounting that the home schooled kids are academically more advanced and proving to be productive staples of society and creating fewer liabilities for it. Sort of supports Jesus' admonition that we are to be in the world but not part of it, wouldn't you say?

Lloyd lives with his janitor father, Ray (Luis Guzman) at the high school. I know there is no logic in a boy living at high school let alone being home schooled while living at the high school, but there is no logic to speak of in the entire show. An example is that while attending the high school at which he lives, Lloyd leaves every morning to catch the buss to the high school. Harry lives with his mom (Mimi Rogers) who home schooled him until now. In a rush for some reason, the two collide at a sidewalk intersection. After Harry removes an impaled part of Lloyd's front tooth from his forehead, the pair proceed to public high school.

In this school, Principal Collins (Eugene Levy) has been embezzling money from the school funds to finance exiling himself to some dream land somewhere. Accomplice to the embezzling is the lunch lady, Miss Heller (Cheri Oteri) with whom Collins is having an affair ... in his office, no less. Together, the pair launches a final top-off caper to embezzle $100,000 to be given to the school if Collins can set up a Special Ed class for special needs kids.

One of the school cheer leader-looking girls, Jessica Matthews (Rachel Nichols) who is a school reporter hungry for a really good story, is suspicious of Collins and latches onto Lloyd after she finds out he can get her into any school room she wants. Guess who form the first two students of the new Special Ed class? Since you've asked, I'll tell you. Lloyd and Harry. Jessica's bully and punk boyfriend (Kevin Centazzo) joins the Special Ed class since there will be no homework and the Special Ed kids do not have to do anything. Soon, four others join in including a temporarily disabled jock, an Oriental-looking American girl, a delivery boy and another girl. Just enough to pair off for making out in the back of the new Special Ed class which was set up in a shed. Though Collins put Miss Heller in charge of the new class, she left Lloyd in charge so she could have a few hours each day to mess around with Collins.

Let me speak to the subtitle for a moment. "When Harry Met Lloyd." That is obviously a hint to the love story of "When Harry Met Sally" and may be the only sense to the whole show. In "When Harry Met Sally" Harry and Sally fall in love after finding many things common with each other. The same idea is used in Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd but using Harry and Lloyd instead of Harry and Sally. While there may be homosexual implications in that, I found none clear enough to declare. Harry and Lloyd have an argument and split up after Harry gets burned by Jessica, Harry blaming Lloyd for his failed relationship with her. But as in many romance stories, the jilted participants get back together. Same here but in friendship rather than romance. You take it from there.

There is nothing more I want to say about the storyline of this sequel to Dumb and Dumber from 1994. But I do want to let you know about the content of it so you can make an informed decision whether to let your teens watch it or not.

Both the Impudence/Hate (I) and the Sex/Homosexuality (S) investigation areas earned a score of zero. Not because of any particularly bold examples of sexual immorality or vulgar language, but because of s-o-o-o many examples of each, all crammed into 83 minutes. There were 29 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary (once by a teen) [Col. 3:8] plus 15 uses of God's name in vain but each without the four letter expletive [Deut. 5:11]. Sexual immorality appeared mostly as behavior such as female anatomy ghosting through thin clothing then rude comments made about it, teens making out in class, boys peeping in the girls locker room, sex games and offers in the principal's office and tons of innuendo. The most bold of the issues of sexual immorality was the showing of full male nudity (Lloyd) with the genitals hidden by convenience objects [Gal. 5:19, 1Ths. 4:3, Eph. 5:4]. These and the rest of the findings are provided in the Findings/Scoring section. Please take the time to read that section before you decide whether this film is fit for your teens (and yourselves) or not.

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  • 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.
  • Deut. 5:11 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain [shav' {shawv}: emptiness, nothingness, vanity]: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. [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.]
  • Gal. 5:19 The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery;
  • 1Ths. 4:3 It is God's will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality;
  • 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 [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences 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]. [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 (KJV) Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (NIV) Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.
  • Jude 4 For certain men* whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change [warp, distort, falsely represent, situationally redefine, counterfeit, conditionally apply] the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. [*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 would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. [cause by teaching or example]
  • Ps. 119:133 Direct my footsteps according to your word; 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.


    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.


    Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd (2003) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • bully antics
  • criminal planning
  • slapstick violence
  • explosion blasting a human
  • traffic wreck
  • abduction of a teen
  • theft

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • 29 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • counterfeiting the beauty of childbirth with vulgarity
  • punk dress
  • bribery to cover immoral sex
  • lies, repeatedly
  • flatulence, repeatedly
  • a euphemisms of the most foul of the foul words

    Sex/Homosexuality (S)
  • full frontal male nudity with genitals hidden by convenience objects
  • anatomical references, repeatedly
  • toilet humor, repeatedly
  • ghosting of female anatomy through thin clothing, repeatedly
  • dressing to maximize the female form and/or skin exposure
  • sex games including making out between school officials on school property, twice
  • teen girls in underwear
  • peeping
  • suggestive eye movement
  • sexual offer
  • teens making out in class, repeatedly
  • sexual innuendo, repeatedly and frequent
  • imagery of three breasts on a woman
  • crotch hit
  • rude/vulgar talk of a teen girl's anatomy ghosting through her clothing, repeatedly
  • verbally lusting after a teen girl, repeatedly

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

    Offense to God (O)
  • 15 uses of God's name i vain without the four letter expletive

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • none noted

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    NOTE: While the Summary/Commentary section of these reports is precisely that -- a summary in commentary format which can be and sometimes is subjective, the actual CAP Analysis Model (the Findings/Scoring section) makes no scoring allowances for trumped-up "messages" to excuse, for manufacture of justification for, or camouflaging of ignominious content or aberrant behavior or imagery with "redeeming" programming. Disguising sinful behavior in a theme/plot does not excuse the sinful behavior of either the one who is drawing pleasure or example of behavior or thought from the sinful display or of the practitioners demonstrating the sinful behavior. We make no attempt to quantify the "artistic" or "entertainment" value of a movie -- whether a movie has any positive value or "entertainment" value is up to mom/dad. The CAP analysis model is the only known set of tools available to parents and grandparents which give *them* the control they need, bypassing the opinion-based assessment of movies by others and defeating the deceit of those who would say anything to convince their parents otherwise. The model is completely objective to His Word. Our investigation standards are founded in the teachings and expectations of Jesus Christ. If a sinful behavior is portrayed, it is called sinful whether Hollywood tries to make it otherwise. That the sinful behavior is "justified" by some manufactured conditions does not soften nor erase the price of sin. Whether there is application of fantasy "justification" or "redemption" is up to mom/dad.

    "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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