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(2006), PG-13 ["Hard" R-13*] (1hr 29min)
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Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Paramount Pictures, Scott Rudin Productions
Distribution (US): Paramount Pictures
Director(s): Tom Dey
Producer(s): Scott Aversano, Ronald M. Bozman, Scott Rudin
Written by: Tom J. Astle, Matt Ember
Cinematography/Camera: Claudio Miranda
Music: Rolfe Kent
Film Editing: Steven Rosenblum
Casting: Douglas Aibel
Production Design: Jeremy Conway
Art Direction: Kevin Constant
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6
Again I feel it necessary to apologize for the lateness of this report. Now that it is more than a week late it is like commentary on a book you've already read. Though this report is still useful to they who wait until a film is released on video and is still useful to our on-going "R-13" exposé
Tripp (Matthew McConaughey), a thirty-five year old boat selling son of Al (Terry Bradshaw) and Sue (Kathy Bates), won't move out of their house. Tripp has failed to launch. "Failed to launch", according to the film, means Tripp has never untied the apron strings. He loves it at home and still sleeps on the sheets he had as a child. In fact, he uses living with mummy and daddy as a tool to break up with girls who start to get serious about him. If a girl starts to get serious, he simply brings the girl home to meet mom and dad then springs the fact that he still lives with them to scare the girl away.
Al and Sue are getting fed up with Tripp still living at home. So they hire "Interventionist" Paula (Sarah Jessica Parker) to draw Tripp out of the house. Paula is to get Tripp to fall in love with her so he will want to leave the nest. Paula's "no sex with a client" policy doesn't last long.
In a subplot, Paula has a roommate named Kit (Zooey Deschanel) who, though a less-than-pleasant young lady, is the romantic target of Tripp's friend, Ace (Justin Bartha). But Kit wants nothing to do with Ace. Once Ace discovers Paula's manipulation of Tripp, Paula arranges a date for Ace with Kit. From that setup, a number of togetherness encounters develop, including immoral sex and mouth-to-beak resuscitation of a mockingbird that keeps Kit awake all hours of the night. Ace is successful at shooting the bird with pump BB rifle but once the pair realize what they had done, the regret forces the pair to try to revive the bird.
While this description of the story might make it seem like a fun trek into double romances, this trek has pits ... with morality skewing poles at the bottom of them. Just like the jungle warfare guerrillas use, figuratively speaking.
Above I mentioned Paula's "no sex with a client" policy. Her policy, in a cinematographic sense, should be a signal that such behavior is precisely what to expect. If sexually immoral behaviors by Parker et al is what you expect, your expectations will be met in Failure to Launch. Repeatedly. All for the viewing pleasure of your 13 year old children (if you let them).
One of Al's first attempts in the show to oust Tripp is to burst in on Tripp and a girl involved in intercourse in Tripp's bedroom. That is not Bradshaw's only participation in indiscretion in the film. Bradshaw is seen fully nude from the side and rear for a number of shots. [**]
And there are numerous instances of drinking alcoholic beverages in this film targeted at the middle school age stratum if only by its MPAA rating ... the very age of the subject of a study by the American College of Physicians, echoed by the University of Connecticut. See the links in the text of the Scriptural reference to Ephesians 5:18 below.
Profanity? Gobs of it. Many uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary. Plus one use of the most foul of the foul words. [2 Tim. 2:16 - 17] And many uses of God's name in vain, both with and without the four letter expletive. [Deut. 15:11]
Lies, sexual aggression, frenzied making out and a father encouraging his son's sexually immoral behaviors help reveal the true of the content of this sex flick for the middle school crowd. Revelation 21:8 neatly addresses both the issues of lying and sexual immorality, neatly but not something one would want to see in the mirror. It didn't look good when I used to see it in my mirror.
But there is more. Lots more. Please look to the listing in the Findings/Scoring section for the most complete representation of potential parental concerns available on the Internet.
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***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
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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