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(2005), PG-13 [R-13*] (1hr 23min)

Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
December 21, 2005
37 out of 100

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(This section may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)

If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary.

(2005), PG-13 [R-13*] -- ... all the assaults on morality and ethics seemed so "lite."

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Columbia Pictures Corporation, Imagine Entertainment, Sony Pictures Entertainment
Distribution (US): Sony Pictures Entertainment
Director(s): Dean Parisot
Producer(s): Peter Bart, Jane Bartelme, Jim Carrey, Linda Fields, Brian Grazer, Max Palevsky
Written by: Peter Tolan
Screenplay by: Judd Apatow, Nicholas Stoller
Cinematography/Camera: Jerzy Zielinski
Music: Theodore Shapiro
Curt Sobel
Film Editing: Don Zimmerman
Casting: Debra Zane
Production Design: Barry Robison
Art Direction: Gregory S. Hooper, Troy Sizemore
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

Dick Harper (Jim Carey) of the Globodyne Corporation receives a notice to report to the 52nd floor where no one goes but the very top brass. Curiosity about the tragedy of the previous VP - Communications fills his head. Once there, Dick gets the word that he is indeed being promoted to the VP - Communications. Though company CEO, Jack McAllister (Alec Baldwin) is off in his personal helicopter, Frank Bascom (Richard Jenkins) shared the news of the promotion with Dick.

Now their lifestyle changes to suit the indecent salary. Dick's wife, Jane (Téa Leoni) quits her travel agency job. An in-ground hot tub is even ordered. Life is good. Until...

McAllister has embezzled all the company assets. [Hab. 2:9, Amos 3:10] During a quarterly forecast Dick is delivering, the company stocks drop to zero. The company is ruined. Dick has no income. Jane has no income. A lot of film time is spent on Dick and Jane trying to find a job.

Dick finds a job as a KostMart worker but is fired the day he starts. Jane took a job as an aerobics instructor. It, too, lasted for what seemed to be moments. Months roll by until Dick and Jane are losing their $600,00 house which is now worth only about $150,000. All pension funds are depleted and all other company benefits are now nonexistent. Dick and Jane resort to robbery to recover from financial disaster ... with a water pistol. [also Hab. 2:9, Ps. 62:10] Their first robbery is of a $1.29 slushie.

But not to worry. Bascom knows how to get the company money away from McAllister and, after a fight, enlists the aid of Dick and Jane to swindle the swindler. But that doesn't work either. At least, not as they had planned.

Fun with Dick and Jane is rated PG-13 for "brief language, some sexual humor and occasional humorous drug references." While there are certainly instances of "brief language" (I would not call 21 of them in 83 minutes "brief") and "some sexual humor", if there were "humorous drug references" they flew right by me.

Clearly the most invasive property of the film was in violence and crime [Prov. 3:31] and foul language. The use of foul language includes the most foul of the foul words. [Col. 3:8] The use of God's name in vain includes one use of His name with the four letter expletive plus a slew without it. [Deut. 5:11] Drinking and drunkenness were also present. [Eph. 5:18]

Sexually immoral behaviors and imagery include Carey and Leoni in bed in their underwear making out. While Dick and Jane were married, Carey and Leoni were not. [Gal. 5:19] There were also a few innuendo, at least once about intercourse. One of the toilet humor comments in the movie trailer, which I will not explain, is representative of about how raunchy this film gets. All the innuendo, immoral behaviors, and imagery are (subjectively) about the same caliber. There is just a lot of them. [Eph. 5:4]

Indeed, all the assaults on morality and ethics seemed so "lite" I had no idea this film was going to earn a "R-13" score of 37. But because of the sheer numbers involved, the starting 100 points were etched away point by point because of the volume of "lite" ignominy (see CAP Rule of 1000 ). [Jude 1:4] This makes me thankful for the objectivity of the CAP analysis model being built on His Word, giving it the ability to be independent of my own perceptions an values.

The listing in the Findings/Scoring section is always the best tool to use to formulate your moral assessment of a film. Please consider it soberly. It is there that you might be in a better position to make an informed moral decision on your own whether a film is acceptable [Ezek 33:7 - 9]


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  • Hab. 2:9 Woe to him who builds his realm by unjust gain to set his nest on high, to escape the clutches of ruin!
  • Amos 3:10 For they know not to do right, saith the LORD, who store up violence and robbery [plunder] in their palaces.
  • Ps. 62:10 Trust not in oppression, and become not vain in robbery: if riches increase, set not your heart upon them. [Oppression/threats to enable theft or plunder is extortion.
  • Prov. 3:31 Envy thou not the oppressor [man of violence], and choose none of his ways.
  • 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.]
  • 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. 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. 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 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 would there be and why has there been such a push to get and keep booze commercials off prime time broadcast TV?]
  • 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.
  • Gal. 5:19 The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery;
  • Eph. 5:4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.
  • [A "mini-sermon" here.] Ezek. 33:7 - 9 "Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me. When I say to the wicked, 'O wicked man [This is God speaking], you will surely die [be condemned],' and you do not speak out to dissuade him from his ways, that wicked man will die for his sin, and I will hold you accountable for his blood. But if you do warn the wicked man to turn from his ways and he does not do so, he will die for his [unforgiven] sin, but you will have saved yourself." [This is what I am trying to do -- to warn you of the sin that comes in and as entertainment, sin by His Word not mine. For Jesus told us that to teach and/or cause youth to sin it would be better for the one who does the teaching/causing youth to sin to have a millstone tied about his/her neck then cast into the sea - Luke 17:2. Further, children (which include at-home teens) have angels, angels that behold the face of the Father - Matt. 18:10. What do you want the angels for your kids to say to God? This part of this "sermon" is a hard pill to swallow. I know it was hard for me so many years ago when I thought I knew everything there was to know about everything there is to know. Just one more little piece. Jesus told us that whatever we do to (OR for) youth, we do to (OR for) Him - Matt. 25:40. I love you all too much to not speak out.]
  • Matt. 18:10 Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven. ["despise" is kataphroneo: to contemn, disdain, think little or nothing of (which includes abuse and neglect). What do you want the angels for your kids to say to God?]

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about when what is vile is honored among men [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences to younger and younger audiences every year when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, pay for it, enjoy it, want 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 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 [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 objective heart of the CAP Analysis Model, independent of and insulated from the Summary/
    Commentary section.

    Fun wiwth Dick and Jane (2005) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • assault, repeatedly
  • aiding illegal immigrants
  • theft/robbery, repeatedly
  • planning theft to recover from financial disaster, repeatedly
  • attempted robbery
  • robbery, repeatedly
  • car theft
  • extortion, repeatedly
  • forgery

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • 18 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • two uses of the most foul of the foul words
  • lying
  • dog urination
  • vulgar gesture

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • man and woman in bed together making out in underwear
  • anatomical reference, repeatedly
  • suggestion of inappropriate touch
  • make-out frenzy
  • self fondling
  • innuendo, including about intercourse

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

    Offense to God (O)
  • one use of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive and 20 without
  • belittlement of faith
  • enjoying ill-gotten gain

    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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