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(2005), PG-13 [R-13*] (2hr 5min)

Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
October 12, 2005
51 out of 100

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(2005), PG-13 [R-13*] -- Maggie matured enough to tackle life, in her sister's shoes.

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): In Her Shoes c/o The Lot, Scott Free Productions, Deuce Three Productions, Fox 2000 Pictures
Distribution (US): Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp.
Director(s): Curtis Hanson
Producer(s): Lisa Ellzey, Carol Fenelon, Curtis Hanson, Ridley Scott, , Tony Scott, Jo Winkler, Mari-Jo Winkler
Novel: Jennifer Weiner
Screnplay: Susannah Grant
Cinematography/Camera: Terry Stacey
Music: Mark Isham
Film Editing: Lisa Zeno Churgin, Craig Kitson
Casting: David Rubin
Production Design: Dan Davis
Art Direction: Jesse Rosenthal, John Warnke, John Wildermuth Jr.
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

In a parting of the ways, Maggie Feller (Cameron Diaz) becomes the jobless, liberal and flippant type, living off of men and anyone else who will let her while her sister Rose (Toni Collette) turns to the conservative lifestyle as a responsible lawyer. Both live in Philadelphia.

Through a string of mishaps and poor decisions, Maggie seeks refuge and support from her sister Rose. In this part of their relationship, Maggie reveals her true colors -- dependency on others, on anybody who will give her things. Maggie has never learned to provide for herself. Soon, Rose finds it hard to tolerate Maggie gleefully soaking up Rose's excess and yet Maggie feeling she has done nothing wrong [Prov. 30:20].

Fed up with being held accountable by Rose, Maggie runs off to live with (sponge off of) her never-met grandmother, Ella Hirsch (Shirley MacLaine) in Florida. Soon Ella molds Maggie into a slightly more responsible and accountable young lady. All the while, with her heels firmly dug in, Ella fully realizes Maggie is sponging off her but uses Maggie's dependency on others to refine Maggie's very character. A role that would seem most atypical of MacLaine's reported lifestyle.

Rose discovered her job with the law firm was sponging on her, too. Her life was being consumed out from under her. No social life at all. No relationships with any man. No joy to come home to. In a twist of chance Rose finds herself becoming a dog walker and makes a bang out of such a job. It can happen only in the movies.

But one other discovery was that one of the lawyers from Rose's old law firm, Simon Stein (Mark Feuerstein) was secretly existing to have even a glimpse of Rose each day. Once Rose got out from under the restrictions of "co-worker" protection, Mark found the drive to let Rose know how he felt. Most reluctant and disbelieving that such a man would be interested in her at all, Rose did what she could to dissuade Mark. To no avail. He was like the little puppy. The one that won't leave you alone as soon as you pay the slightest attention to it. And that was good. For Rose and Mark. And Maggie.

Maggie matured enough to tackle life, in her sister's shoes.

There is a lot more to the story but it is not my job to spoil the whole movie but to tell you, mom/dad, what you might want to know before you let your young teens set down before this, yet another childhood-stealing R-13 film.

Typical of R-rated films, the PG-13 In Her Shoes presents many uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary [2 Tim. 2:16 - 17] plus God's name in vain including His name with the four letter expletive [Deut. 5:11]. There were enough demonstrations of sexually immoral behavior and imagery, including intercourse, to drain the Sexual Immorality investigation area score to zero out of a starting 100 [Gal. 5:19, 1 Thess. 4:3, Col 3:5]. Drinking and drunkenness, though not thick as molasses in January, were present. [Eph. 5:18].

Please rely on the listing of observations in the Findings/Scoring section for the most complete assessment possible of this film without having seen it yourself.


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  • Prov. 30:20 "This is the way of an adulteress: She eats and wipes her mouth and says, 'I've done nothing wrong.'" [Though this verse uses "adulteress" to make its point, the heart of the matter is the arrogance of doing things wrong but claiming one has done nothing wrong.]
  • 2 Tim. 2:16 - 17 But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness. And their word will eat as doth a canker...
  • 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.]
  • Gal. 5:19 The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery;
  • 1 Thess. 4:3 For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication:
  • Col 3:5 Paraphrased. Deprive of power, control and be master of rather than slave to members of your body given up to immoral sexual activity while living on the Earth: illicit sexual intercourse; the impurity of lustful living; sexual lust, desire, craving, longing for what is forbidden, and greedy desire to have more, which is the worship of false gods, including the "god" of lust and inordinate desire.
  • 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 drunk. 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]

    ***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 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 objective heart of the CAP Analysis Model, independent of and insulated from the Summary/
    Commentary section.

    In Her Shoes (2005) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • theft
  • sexual assault
  • knife threat
  • stories of mother committing suicide

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • 20 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • suggesting lying
  • mouthing of the most foul of the foul words
  • lies to father
  • additional lies
  • sexually teasing old men
  • mother constantly espousing disrespect for daughter

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • making out in underwear, repeatedly
  • adults in underwear, repeatedly
  • gaping face kissing
  • man and woman in bed, ostensibly after intercourse, repeatedly
  • dressing to maximize the human form and/or skin exposure, repeatedly
  • display of skin below the navel, threatening exposure of what follows, repeatedly
  • thong nudity
  • cohabitation
  • adult male in underwear before two women
  • planning sexually immoral deeds
  • camera angle to force viewer on private parts, repeatedly
  • story of sexual immorality
  • toilet humor
  • sexual come-on
  • rear nudity, repeatedly and partial rear nudity
  • side nudity
  • seductive display with mannerisms
  • intercourse (privates unseen)
  • anatomical reference
  • "Gay?" ... "I wish!"
  • revealing swim wear
  • excessive cleavage, repeatedly
  • vulgar sex reading
  • making out
  • sex talk, repeatedly
  • sensual tattoo
  • excessive breast exposure, repeatedly

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

    Offense to God (O)
  • 16 uses of God's name in vain, once with the four letter expletive
  • speaking of Jesus in a negative way

    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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