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Joe Somebody (2001), PG
Analysis Date: December 16, 2001
CAP Score: 56
CAP Influence Density: 0.89

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NOTE: If you do not want the plot, ending, or "secrets" of a movie spoiled for you, skip the Summary/Commentary. In any case, be sure to visit the Findings/Scoring section -- it is purely objective and is the heart of the CAP Entertainment Media Analysis Model applied to this movie.


If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary likely using a mix of KJV and NIV.

JOE SOMEBODY (PG) -- Lack of nudity and absence of the most foul of the foul words does not a PG make.

Distributed by: 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
Director(s): John Pasquin
Producer(s): Kenneth Atchity, Matthew Gross, Anne Kopelson, Arnold Kopelson, Arnon Milchan, Brian Reilly, William W. Wilson, Chi-Li Wong
Written by/Screenplay: John Scott Shepherd
Cinematography/Camera: Daryn Okada
Music: George S. Clinton
Editing: David Finfer

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With 19 uses of foul language, several times by a child, [Col. 3:8] and one use of God's name in vain *with* the four letter expletive [Deut. 5:11] plus drinking and drunkenness [1Cor. 6:9-10], I wonder *what were they thinking* (the MPAA) by giving this film a PG rating. Lack of nudity and absence of the most foul of the foul words does not a PG make. And that 12 year old kids (and younger) hear such language everyday does not excuse it. Again I ask why do you suppose many 12 year olds talk that way when every movie they see has such language? Some will say "That's the way real life is." That's not the way *my* real life is! Nor are any of the lives of those with whom I associate or encounter. Even if my life were that way, my sins would not excuse yours. Sure, there are other sources of such language a child is exposed to, maybe even right at home, but to ice the cake with entertainment further emboldening kids to sin with foul language.......

During validation and verification of the CAP analysis model, PG movies in the comparative baseline database earned CAP scores from 68 to 86 of 100. PG-13 movies earned 54 to 67. *Joe Somebody* earned a CAP score of 56. You do the math. And also "do" Luke 17:2 and Matt. 25:40 if you defend this sort of programming for kids. But then, at what age does sin stop being sin?
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On 'Take Your Daughter to Work' day, divorcee Joe Sheffer (Tim Allen) arrives early in the morning with his daughter Natalie (Hayden Panettiere). Joe gets beat up by a bully who stole Joe's parking space. Joe is going to get even. Something was stolen from Joe that morning and it wasn't just his parking space. Company counselor, Julie Bowen (Meg Harper) tries her best to convince Sheffer to not go through with his plans but she fails ... and she falls -- in love with him.

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Part of Joe's campaign to regain that which was stolen from him that day includes training at Scarett's karate do Jo. Sensei Chuck Scarett is played by none other than James Belushi. Imagine that. James Belushi as a karate sensei. And imagine that teaching Tim Allen karate katas. The camera can be an amazing tool sometimes. At any rate, Sheffer becomes as quick and masterful as Scarett in two weeks.

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Through all this are corporate politics. At first, taking advantage of the popularity of Sheffer in the up-coming comeupance the bully will get at the hands of Sheffer, comes the promotion and pampering to encourage then comes the manipulation into evaporation. All this is lead by chief low-life Jeremy Callahan (Greg Germann) who is after she who is after Sheffer and who gets a bit of comeupance himself.

Since this movie is not yet released I am not going to go into any great detail about the storyline nor am I going to encourage you to see it. Besides, I am not a movie critic and the heart of the CAP analysis model is not here in the Summary/Commentary but is in the Findings/Scoring section. And it is as brutal about the content of this movies as it is for any other movie. That is where the Christian parents and grandparents go anyway. Except for the application of Scripture to the storyline, the Summary/Commentary is gravy.

Please see Full Report below for a full accounting of the findings and scoring.


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  • 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.
  • Deut. 5:11 You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.
  • 1Cor. 6:9-10 Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the [unforgiven] 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.
  • 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 [teach or cause to sin] one of these little ones.
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto [to or for] one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto [to or for] me.

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  • 1 Cor. 15:33 (KJV) Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (NIV) Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.
  • Jude 4 For certain men* whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change 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.

    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.

    FINDINGS / SCORING: Joe Somebody (2001) CAP Thermometers

    NOTE: Multiple occurrences of each item described below may be likely, definitely when plural.

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • threat of beating
  • beating
  • harassment, repeatedly

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • 19 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary, some by a child, once by an adult before an elementary school audience
  • exposing a child to "half naked" in theater
  • lies to save face, repeatedly
  • arrogance against father
  • school counselor snooping into family affairs
  • corporate connivings
  • lie to daughter

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • excessive cleavage, repeatedly
  • suggestive eye movement
  • crotch hits
  • sexual innuendo
  • anatomical references
  • adult in underwear
  • cohabitation before 12 year old daughter, repeatedly

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • smoking
  • drinking
  • drunkenness

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • one use of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive and 6 without

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • none noted

    NOTE: The CAP Analysis Model makes no scoring allowances for trumped-up "messages" to excuse or for manufacturing of justification for aberrant behavior or imagery, or for camouflaging such ignominy with "redeeming" programming. Disguising sinful behavior in a theme plot does not excuse the sinful behavior of either the one who is drawing pleasure from the sinful display or the practitioners demonstrating the sinful behavior. This is NOT a movie review service. It is a movie analysis service to parents and grandparents to tell them the truth about movies using the Truth.

    "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 five-year 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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    (1) As noted in CAP Special Report-001, "Investigation Area and Scoring Trend," of the six CAP Investigation Areas, Impudence/Hate was the strongest presence in all four movie classifications. It has a strong revelation about the entertainment media.

    (2) The use of the three/four letter word vocabulary without God's name in vain is incorporated into the Impudence/Hate Investigation Area. The use of God's name with or without the four letter expletive is incorporated into the Offense to God Investigation Area. There is no duplication.

    (3) Only portrayal of successful murder or suicide are incorporated into Murder/Suicide. Portrayal of attempts to commit murder or suicide and deaths by police action or war are incorporated into Wanton Violence/Crime.

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