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(2005), PG-13 [PG-13*]
Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
March 24, 2005
55 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 [PG-13*] -- ... the dregs of the PG-13 barrel.

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Columbia Pictures Corporation, Tall Trees Productions, 3 Art Entertainment, Katalyst Entertainment, Katalyst Films, Regency Enterprises
Distribution (US): Sony Pictures Entertainment, Columbia Pictures
Director(s): Kevin Rodney Sullivan
Producer(s): Joseph M. Caracciolo, Andrea Giannetti, Jason Goldberg, Steve Greener, Steve Greener, Ashton Kutcher, Bernie Mac, J. Roberts, Erwin Stoff, Betty Thomas, Betty Thomas, Matthew Tolmach, Jenno Topping
Story: William Rose (*Guess Who's Coming To Dinner*), David Ronn, Jay Scherick
Screenplay: David Ronn, Jay Scherick, Peter Tolan
Cinematography/Camera: Karl Walter Lindenlaub
Film Editing: Paul Seydor
Casting: Victoria Thomas
Production Design: Paul Peters
Art Direction: Gary Kosko
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

Well! Guess Who squeeeeaked through by the skin of its teeth to stay in the PG-13 realm. With a final score of 55, it is at the dregs of the PG-13 barrel. And that is too bad, too. The high wattage master of comedy, Bernie Mac gives a large portion of the power to this comedy about a black family's daughter bringing home a white boyfriend for dinner. From Stanley Kramer's 1967 Guess Who's Coming to Dinner from Columbia which had a white girl bringing home a black man for dinner, this mirror image of it was a delightful romp into forced racial homogeny ... with teeth. Sharp teeth that cut deeply into wholesome morality.

Dapper and bright New York businessman Simon Green (Ashton Kutcher) and the beautiful Teresa Jones (Zoe Saldana) become an item. They fell in love. He is white. She is black. But what does that matter? They are in love. She measured the time they have been in love from the day they met. Simon measured the length of their love from the first time they ... This admission of sexual immorality was one of the first of the many "teeth" in this film.

A little trivia here. There was interracial kissing in Guess Who. Even in the 1967 Guess Who's Coming to Dinner there was no interracial kiss. Such was not done. Not until the Star Trek sci-fi icon William Shatner as Captain Kirk and the grande and lovely Nichelle Nichols as communications officer Lt. Uhura locked lips in a 1968 Star Trek episode, Plato's Stepchildren. I have it on tape. It was the first ever interracial kiss on television, a kiss Nichelle admitted she "really enjoyed." It was a forced kiss, forced on Kirk and Uhura by the enemy mental giants who were trying to force Dr. McCoy to stay on their planet. Nichelle said she almost quit Star Trek because of the kiss but Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. talker her out of quitting.

If Simon and Theresa as a pair were to survive, it came to the obvious duty of meeting the parents. Theresa wanted dearly for Simon to get along with hers: the jock bank officer Percy A. Jones (Bernie Mac) and the wise peacemaker Marilyn (Judith Scott). So, Simon and Theresa headed for a weekend with mom and dad. Hers.

The first meeting goes "well." The pair arrive in a taxi driven by a black man. As Percy greeted the driver, thinking he was Simon since he was black, an innuendo about sexual relations between the driver and Theresa blocked Simon from being recognized as Theresa's boyfriend. But eventually Simon is introduced as Theresa's boyfriend, Simon. "That her boyfriend name, ain't it?" exclaimed the shocked Percy.

From there, all manner of racial friction abounded and every conceivable interracial opportunity is taken ... until the formula ending of camaraderie between Simon and Theresa's family.

The film was quite enjoyable ... except for the tons of ignominy which could have very easily been left out without sacrificing any of the power of the film or its performers. It was sort of like enjoying a large chunk of pecan pie but biting down on a hard shell fragment with nearly every bite. The flavor was rich and the calories were plentiful but the pain was relentless.

Among those teeth were 39 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary [Prov. 8:13, Eph. 5:4, Col. 3:8] plus God's name in vain once with the four letter expletive and ten without [Deut. 5:11]. While there was no nudity or intercourse seen, there was detailed admission of intercourse as if the practitioners had done nothing wrong [Prov. 30:20, 1 Thess. 4:3, Hebr. 13:4, James 1:15]. Booze, drinking and drunkenness were frequent [Eph. 5:18]. The listing in the Findings/Scoring section reveals all that was found.


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  • Prov. 8:13 To fear the LORD is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech [obstinate in opposing the norm or the accepted].
  • Eph. 5:4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.
  • Col. 3:8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.
  • 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.]
  • Prov. 30:20 Such is the way of an adulterous woman [or man]; she eateth, and wipeth her mouth, and saith, I have done no wickedness.
  • 1 Thess. 4:3 For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication:
  • Hebr. 13:4 Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure [which includes *before* marriage AND outside of marriage], for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral. [Whether we believe it or not. Whether we like it or not. Whether we care or not.]
  • James 1:15 Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to [spiritual] death.
  • 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]

    ***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; to be offended in one, i.e. to see in another what I disapprove of and what hinders me from acknowledging his authority. "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)

    Guess Who (2005) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • roughhousing between two adults

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • 39 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • rehearsing lies
  • lies, repeatedly
  • long sequence of lying
  • sneaking out against pater's wishes
  • reckless driving

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • sexual comments, innuendo, talk, repeatedly
  • cohabitation
  • homosexual references, three
  • admissions of sexual immorality
  • offer of sexual escapades
  • detailed admission of participating in sexual immorality
  • adults in underwear
  • "healthy [sexual] relationship" as acceptable
  • admission of masturbation
  • camera angle to force viewer on private parts
  • excessive cleavage

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • booze, repeatedly
  • drinking, repeatedly
  • drunkenness, repeatedly
  • using booze to celebrate

    Offense to God (O)
  • one use of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive and ten without

    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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