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(2005), PG-13 [R-13*]
Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
April 8, 2005
49 out of 100

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(2005), PG-13 [R-13*] -- ... suggestions of suicide throughout the film were ...

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): ELC Productions Ltd., Fox 2000 Pictures, Flower Films
Distribution (US): Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp.
Director(s): Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly
Producer(s): Drew Barrymore, Marc S. Fischer Alan Greenspan, Nick Hornby, Nancy Juvonen, Gil Netter, Amanda Posey, Bradley Thomas
Novel: Nick Hornby
Screenplay: Babaloo Mandel
Cinematography/Camera: Matthew F. Leonetti
Music: Craig Armstrong
Film Editing: Alan Baumgarten
Casting: Justine Baddeley
Production Design: Maher Ahmad
Art Direction: Brandt Gordon
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

The *Dumb and Dumber* directors, the Farrelly brothers, are at it again. But there is some requirement for intellectual thought in this romantic comedy about two fetishes: one for business and one for baseball. It is interesting how the writers made the two opposing worlds seem to come together.

This film is rated PG-13 for crude and sexual humor and some sensuality. I suppose a man and a woman engaged in frenzied co-stripping, a male stripping a woman to nudity (unseen) and three men giving another man a shower while one of the three men washes the man's privates (genitals unseen) and apparently enjoying it as he says "Relax, I'm a doctor" (an anesthesiologist) would qualify as "crude sexual humor" or "some sensuality."

Independent and strong willed Boston business consultant Lindsey Meeks (Drew Barrymoore) met likable but immature high school science teacher Ben Wrightman (Jimmy Fallon) in the winter. Soon the pair fell in love and almost as soon the pair fell into a triangle. Ben loved Lindsey. And Ben loved the Boston Red Sox. Ben was devoted to, rather obsessed with the Red Sox. So devoted was he that he turned down a trip to France with Lindsey when he discovered a conflict of schedules - with the Red Sox as the ice melted and spring training rolled around.

Ben's Uncle "Take me out to the ball game" Carl (Lenny Clarke) took Ben to Red Sox games regularly during Ben's childhood. The Red Sox became a major staple in Ben's adolescent life. Most little guys who get to go to major league ball games become fascinated with the fanfare of professional baseball, but they soon grow out of it to some degree as they pass into adulthood. But not Ben. The Red Sox became a vital part of Ben's life. His apartment looked like a Red Sox gift shop with every form of Red Sox memorabilia imaginable. Ben even had his uncle's season tickets to all Red Sox games ... 15 seats away from the Red Sox dugout, worth $125,000.

But Ben's affection for Lindsey was the real thing. It usurped his obsession with Red Sox. Or did it. It came down to Ben having a choice between Lindsey or the Red Sox. Which won?

That which did not "win" was the saturation of the film with sexually questionable to sexually immoral material. The Sexual Immorality investigation area found enough assaults against sexual purity and natural inhibition to lose every one of its starting 100 points. [ 1John 2:16, Luke 17:2, 1Ths. 4:3 - 7, Col. 2:20 - 23]

The Drugs/Alcohol investigation area score was not much better and this is a serious issue in light of the findings of the American College of Physicians regarding the influence of entertainment alcohol on adolescents -- the PG-13 target audience to be exact [Eph. 5:18,].

While violence was not all that bad, the flippant suggestions of suicide throughout the film were somewhat disturbing. Comments such as "It's so cute I wanna kill myself" and "If one of the windows was open I would jump." Although all were said in jest, this is not a good subject to play around with considering the target age stratum and the apparent epidemic of teen suicides and attempted suicides.

Next in line for point loss due to content were Impudence/Hate due to foul language [Col. 3:8] and Offense to God due to multiple uses of His name in vain [Deut. 5:11]. Though all were without the four letter expletive, vain use of His name does not require the four letter expletive. The three-syllable sentence with His name trailing which is evidently so popular among the pre-shavers and new shavers is use of His name in vain.

Please inspect closely the listing in the Findings/Scoring section before you decide whether this film is fit for your family.


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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. Though it is not a sin to drink, it is a sin to get drunk OR to influence to drink in defiance. A recent study has found an undeniable link between the presentation of alcoholic beverages and tobacco in and as entertainment and abuse of them by adolescents. And teaching/causing youth to abuse alcohol/tobacco by emboldening youth with them in and as entertainment invokes Luke 17:2]
  • 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: 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.]
  • 1John 2:16 For everything in the world -the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does -comes not from the Father but from the world.
  • 1Ths. 4:3 - 7 It is God's will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control his [or her] own body [which includes control of drives, touching, seeking, lusting (even after images), promiscuity, etc.] in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the heathen, who do not know God; and that in this matter no one should wrong his brother or take advantage of him. The Lord will punish men for all such sins, as we have already told you and warned you. For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life.
  • Col. 2:20 - 23 Since you died with Christ to the basic principles of this world [exalt Him and His commands and teachings in your Salvation], why, as though you still belonged to it, do you submit to its rules: [for example...] "Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch!"? These are all destined to perish with use, because they are based on human commands and teachings. Such regulations indeed have an appearance of wisdom, with their self-imposed worship, their false humility and their harsh treatment of the body, but they lack any value in restraining sensual indulgence. [In other words, if you have accepted Christ as your Lord and resurrected Savior, why do you still think it is okay to lust and perform sexual behaviors outside of a heterosexual marriage and tease with your body through exhibitionism because the world ("everybody else") does it and indeed encourages and emboldens such values but your Savior's Word says it is detestable?]

    ***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, submit to 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 you], 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 - 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. "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 heart of the CAP Analysis Model)

    Fever Pitch (2005) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • threat of harm with a crowbar but to high school students
  • threat to kill
  • "It's so cute I wanna kill myself"
  • jesting about suicide
  • "If one of the windows was open I would jump"
  • "It's not time to jump off the bridge

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • 13 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary, once by an adolescent
  • adolescent arrogance
  • lie using boy as scapegoat
  • deceit

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • vulgar sexual suggestion
  • below navel skin
  • sexually vulgar expressions by an adolescent
  • sexual innuendo, repeatedly, some vulgar
  • male stripping woman to nudity (not seen) to change her into bed clothes
  • offer of wife sexually to get tickets
  • adult in underwear, repeatedly
  • pelvic thrust dancing
  • vulgar catcall
  • cohabitation, repeatedly
  • frenzied co-stripping
  • vulgar insult
  • making out in bed
  • sex humor, some quite vulgar
  • talking of sexually immoral deeds before a child
  • sex humor about transvestism - underwear
  • man and woman in bed nude (unseen nudity)
  • lesbian inference
  • homosexual inference
  • open mouth kissing
  • man washing another man's privates in a shower (privates below focal field), obviously enjoying it then saying "Relax, I'm a doctor"
  • three men washing a fourth in a shower

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • smoking, repeatedly
  • child wanting booze
  • drinking, repeatedly
  • party with booze
  • booze, repeatedly
  • using drug abuse as teen comedy
  • teens smoking and at school

    Offense to God (O)
  • 15 uses of God's name in vain, once by an adolescent, all without the four letter expletive

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • none noted

  • First Impressions and

    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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