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(2010), PG-13 [Hard R-13*] (1hr 26.5min)

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June 18, 2011
June 20, 2011

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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.

(2010), PG-13 [Hard R-13*] ... uses a four year old boy for vulgar sexual content

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Columbia Pictures, Happy Madison
Distribution (US): Sony
Director(s): Dennsi Dugan
Producer(s): Adam Sandler, Jack Giarraputo, Barry Bernardi, Tim Herlihy, Allen Covert Steve Koren
Written by: Adam Sandler, Fred Wolf
Cinematography/Camera: Theo Van De Sande
Music: Rupert Gregson-Willaims
Film Editing: Tom Costain
Casting: Roger Mussenden, Jeremy Rich
Production Design: Perry Andelin Blake
Viewed on Sony Home Entertainment DVD

I set this one aside for a day just to cool off about its content. It is that vulgar. To a parent anyway. If I run into any trouble of difficulty preparing and distributing this package I'll just trash it. Please don't try to judge the quality of this "book" by its "cover." The poster is, of course, the very image of wholesome "dad" stuff with fathers having good clean fun in a water park and all are even dressed humbly. The poster is "sheep's clothing", hiding the moral "wolf" inside.

Grown Ups is what I expected. It is a perfect example of Sandler's work. Heavy in crude sexual "humor" and in profanity. Something sexual (spelled v-u-l-g-a-r) or some form of profanity once per minute. This time, Sandler uses a four year old boy for part of the v-u-l-g-a-r content.

St. Mark's youth league win their first C.Y.O. City basketball championship in 1978. At 31 to 32, twelve year old Lenny Feder (Adam Sandler) shoots the final shot at the buzzer and it was good. But one of the opponents claim Lenny's foot was on the line. No matter. St. Mark's wins anyway. But was the foot on the line ever forgotten?

Thirty years later, Lenny has made a good life as a Hollywood agent, married a successful clothing designer, Roxanne (Salma Hayek Pinault)) who together have two healthy sons, Greg and Keith and one daughter. In the middle of a teaching moment with his sons about video games Lenny receives a call that his boy's club basketball coach, Bobby "Buzzer" Fernando (Bob Blake) had died. The five star players gather at the funeral and reminisce about the "good times."

I am not going to take the time on this film. It wasn't funny or entertaining. I'll just give you what I found.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 90 out of 100
Also as is typical with Sandler films this film is not all that violent. In fact, the only violence to it was his sons playing a killing video game which splattered blood from teh victims and threw grandmothers off the cruise ship for 200 points..

Impudence/Hate (I) - Zero out of 100
Some form of profanity every two and one half minutes. Social insults, lies, flatulence and urination at about the same rate.

Sexual Immorality (S) - Zero out of 100
I guess I need to tell you what it was that was so vulgar as to rile me up. Sandler had a four year old boy breast feeding off his mother. Repeatedly. Bad enough as that was, the "mother" wasn't the boys actual mother. In the books of Child Protective Services, that would be sexual abuse of a minor. But I'm sure the filmmakers' lawyers have it all wrapped up as permissible. But when have "illegal" and "immoral" been equal?

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 55 out of 100
Drinking and drunkenness.

Offense to God (O) - Zero out of 100
Repeated abuses of God's name.

Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100

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***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Jer. 37:9 This is what the LORD says: Do not deceive yourselves, thinking, 'The Babylonians [the destroyers from within] will surely leave us.' They will not!
  • 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, 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 [kakov: of a bad nature, not such as it ought to be] 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.]


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    Grown Ups (2010) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 90 out of 100
  • video game killing, repeatedly

    Impudence/Hate (I) - Zero out of 100
  • 25 uses of profanity
  • invoking race as false target
  • social insults, repeatedly
  • lies, repeatedly
  • lying to protect lies, repeatedly
  • adolescent tantrum
  • disrespect to father
  • urination, repeatedly
  • crude humor, repeatedly
  • "gay" insult
  • racial friction insults

    Sexual Immorality (S) - Zero out of 100
  • woman in man's bed, repeatedly
  • excessive cleavage
  • innuendo re: oral sex, lesbianism and sadomasochism and other matters, repeatedly
  • tongue kissing
  • four year old boy breast feeding on a woman, repeatedly
  • rude humor
  • vulgar humor with a child, repeatedly
  • rear male nudity, repeatedly
  • dressing to maximize the female form and/or skin exposure, repeatedly
  • pose and/or camera angle to force viewer on private parts, repeatedly
  • adolescent boys lusting after scantily dressed women, repeatedly
  • talk about sexual history
  • cohabitation
  • bestiality
  • crotch hit, repeatedly
  • inappropriate touch

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 55 out of 100
  • drunkenness, repeatedly
  • drinking, repeatedly

    Offense to God (O) - Zero out of 100
  • 39 abuses of God's name

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
  • none noted

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