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(2004), PG-13 [R-13*]
Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
January 22, 2005
50 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 likely using a mix of KJV and NIV.

(2004), PG-13 [R-13*] -- His new boss bedding his daughter?

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Depth of Field
Distribution (US): Universal Pictures, Universal Studios Inc.
Director(s): Paul Weitz
Producer(s): Kerry Kohansky, Andrew Miano, Chris Weitz
Written by: Paul Weitz
Cinematography/Camera: Remi Adefarasin
Music: Stephen Trask
Film Editing: Myron I. Kerstein
Casting: Joseph Middleton
Production Design: William Arnold
Art Direction: Sue Chan
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

Fifty-one year old Dan Foreman (Dennis Quaid) leads an idyllic life of comfort by his success as a salesman for and boss of the Sports America magazine. Soon to be discovered by Dan was that Sports America was just recently purchased by mogul and magnate Teddy K (Malcolm McDowell) with Steckle (Clark Gregg) as his chief lieutenant and "executioner."

At Dan's side in suburbia is wife, Ann (Marg Helgenberger) and 18 year old daughter, Alexandra (Scarlett Johansson) and younger daughter, Jana (Zena Grey). As a little story diversification thrown in, also at Dan's "side", with a little help from Ann, is a soon-to-be daughter. When Dan first noticed the pregnancy testing wrappings in the trash can, testing about which he was obviously kept in the dark, Dan immediately suspected Alexandra of being pregnant. But eventually Ann announces she and Dan will be parents - again. Though excited, Dan deso not relish the idea of being 72 years old when the not yet born baby turns 21.

All was moving along nicely until the story added 26 year old Carter Duryea (Topher Grace) to Dan's life. Carter and Steckle laid out Carter's aggressive cell phone sales promotion to Teddy K. Teddy K. liked the pitch and moved Carter to head his new acquisition, the Sports America magazine. which is Dan's job. Now Dan is no longer the boss but has a new boss ... almost as many years younger than Dan as the new boss was old. Now the corporate throat cutting began.

Dan, the once colonel now captain, tried his best to be the good captain for the new wonder colonel. Things seemed to be moving at least forward until Dan discovered Carter had been sleeping with Alexandra. His new boss bedding his daughter? What kind of a professional relationship could ever develop from that?

What did "develop" over the course of the film was 34 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary [Col. 3:8], eight of which were by a teen; rear male nudity exhibition before children including the perpetrator's own [stage] daughters [Luke 17:2]; token use of mentions of homosexuality and a long-term immoral heterosexual relationship [Gal. 5:19, 1Cor. 6:9-10, Eph. 5:5]. The listing in the Findings/Scoring section will show you why this is yet another R-13.


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  • Col. 3:8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.
  • Gal. 5:19 The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery;
  • 1Cor. 6:9-10 Do you not know that the [unforgiven] wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the [hetero]sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.
  • Eph. 5:5 For of this you can be sure: No [unforgiven] immoral, impure or greedy person -such a man is an idolater -has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.

    ***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 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, pay for it, enjoy it, want it, excuse 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 (KJV) Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (NIV) Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.
  • Rom. 5:19 For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.
  • Jude 4 For certain men* whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change [warp, distort, falsely represent, situationally redefine, counterfeit, conditionally apply] the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. [*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 would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. [cause by teaching or example]
  • Ps. 119:133 Direct my footsteps according to your word; 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.


    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)

    In Good Company (2004) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • hit with fist

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • 26 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary by adults, 8 additional by a teen
  • teen rudeness
  • ten arrogance toward father
  • lies, repeatedly
  • laughing at serious pain/injury
  • cruelty toward daughter in anger
  • corporate cutthroat practices, repeatedly

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • man in bed with woman, repeatedly
  • main in shower with ghosted image of him through shower doors
  • sexual insult, repeatedly
  • anatomical reference
  • homosexual reference
  • acceptance of the practice of homosexuality
  • homosexual suggestion, repeatedly
  • dressing to maximize the female form and/or skin exposure
  • invitation for sex
  • female removing outer clothing o female and stroking his chest
  • open mouth kissing
  • implied intercourse
  • vulgar humor
  • adult in underwear
  • excessive cleavage - teen
  • adult male baring his posterior before surprise party guests, including his daughters, and other kids
  • on-going sexually immoral relationship
  • below navel skin - male, in refrigerator pinup photos

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

    Offense to God (O)
  • three uses of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive and 12 without
  • adultery, admission of
  • marital separation
  • developing adultery
  • divorce
  • goth

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • none noted

  • Christian Long Distance



    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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