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(2004), PG-13
Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
April 30, 2004
45 out of 100

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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 -- ... nondescript, forgettable film with high wattage performers glowing dimly in a low-wattage film.

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Deep River Productions, Irish DreamTime, Initial Entertainment Group, Fern Valley Limited, Intermedia Productions, Mobius Pictures, Stratus Film Co.
Distribution (US): New Line Cinema
Producer(s): Moritz Borman, Pierce Brosnan, Julie Durk, David T. Friendly, Mark Gill, Mark Gordon, Oliver Hengst, Angelique Higgins, Basil Iwanyk, Arthur Lappin, Andrew Lowe, Paul Myler, Elie Samaha, Amanda Scarano, Beau St. Clair, Marc Turtletaub, Bob Yari
Written by/Screenplay: Aline Brosh McKenna, Robert Harling
Cinematography/Camera: Adrian Biddle
Music: Ed Shearmur
Film Editing: Tony Lawson
Casting: John Hubbard
Amanda Johnson, Cathy Sandrich
Production Design: Charles Wood
Art Direction: Susie Cullen
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

Rock star Thorne Jamison (Michael Sheen) and clothing-designer wife Audrey (Parker Posey) want a divorce. He brought a lot more into the marriage than she did, and she wants it. Including the castle in Ireland. Well-organized lawyer, Audrey Woods (Julianne Moore) wants her to get it. Daniel Rafferty (Pierce Brosnan), more laid back but packing a powerful punch, wants Thome to keep the castle since it is his. There is the story and plot of this nondescript, forgettable film with high wattage performers glowing dimly in a low-wattage film. Nothing else needs to be said about the plot. Feel free to "fill in the blanks."

While Brosnan takes this-n-that off about every chance he gets, Moore keeps clothes on. Except for the excessive cleavage, nothing is seen of her that would not be acceptable in a court room. While no intercourse is seen, the stripping for sex, making out and being in bed the morning after makes such a deed obvious. While Woods and Rafferty became married in the movie, Moore and Brosnan were not. [Mark 7:21; Rev. 21:8]

Eleven times the three/four letter word vocabulary was used [Col. 3:8] along with two uses of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive and 14 without [Deut. 5:11]. The most foul of the foul words was not noted. [Prov. 22:11] Drinking, drunkenness and guzzling booze were seen several times each. [Eph. 5:18] Lying seems to have been quite acceptable. [Rev. 21:8] The listing in the Findings/Scoring section should provide ample evidence for you to make an informed decision whether your 13 year old kids OR yourself should watch this film.

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  • Mark 7:21 For from within, out of men's hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, ...
  • 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 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. 22:11 He who loves a pure heart and whose speech is gracious will have the king for his friend.
  • 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. 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]
  • Rev. 21:8 But the [unforgiven] fearful [deilos {di-los'}; timid, cowardly], and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

    ***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, 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)

    Laws of Attraction (2004) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • none noted

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • 11 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • lying
  • insult to mother, repeatedly
  • woman in men's room
  • punk
  • facial piercings
  • offer to lie
  • "I want a divorce!"
  • divorce proceedings, repeatedly

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • suggestive eye movement
  • excessive cleavage, repeatedly
  • making out, once for sex
  • stripping (off screen)
  • night together
  • anatomical reference, repeatedly
  • man stripping to underwear before a woman
  • adult in underwear, repeatedly
  • vulgar gesture
  • below navel skin - male, threatening exposure of that which follows

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

    Offense to God (O)
  • two uses of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive and 14 without
  • coronutto

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • none noted


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    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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