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(2010), PG-13 [Hardcore r-13*] (1hr 50min)

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March 1, 2011
March 2, 2011

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(While the Scriptural references are certainly not subjective, my commentary may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)

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(2010), PG-13 [Hardcore R-13*] ... They get it backwards ...

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Josephson Entertainment, Gold Circle Films, Village Roadshow Pictures
Distribution (US): Warner Borthhers Home Entertainment
Director(s): Greg Berlanti Producer(s): Paul Brooks, De
nise Di Novi, Alicia Gelernt, Joe Hartwick Jr., Katherine Heigl, Nancy Heigl, Barry Josephson, Brad Kessell, Scott Niemeyer, Norm Waitt, Alexander F. Young
Writing Credits: Ian Deitchman, Kristin Rusk Robinso
Cinematography/Camera: Andrew Dunn
Music: Blake Neely
Film Editing: Jim Page
Casting: John Papsidera
Production Design: Maher Ahmad
Art Direction: Austin Gorg
Viewed on Warner Brothers Home Entertainment DVD

Normally a young couple who end up together will first get to know each other and fall in love then get married and then have a baby. The equation is know/love - marriage - baby. That is the natural order of things. That is, by the way, the way God intended it. But not so with Eric and Holly. They get it backwards from the start. For Eric Messer (Josh Duhamel) and Holly Berenson (Katherine Heigl), the end of the equation is the beginning of it.

Peter (Hayes MacArthur) and Allison Novak (Christina Hendricks) were best friends of Eric and Holly. Peter and Allison were also planners. Peter and Allison had tried to get Eric and Holly together because Peter and Allison planned on Eric and Holly raising their baby daughter, Sophie (Alexis Clagett, Brynn Clagett, Brooke Clagett, Brooke Liddell, Kiley Liddell) should they each suffer an untimely death. Indeed, Pete and Allison had legally named Eric and Holly as the legal guardians for Sophie in the event they should both die. But unfortunately Eric and Holly despised each other even after Pete and Allison tried to get them together. At this point, the "baby" part of the equation -- the end of the equation -- was in place but the "know/love" part of the equation -- the beginning -- had failed. At least it seemed to have failed. And the "marriage" part of the equation was totally out of the question.

Nevertheless, because Eric and Holly loved Peter and Aliison, Eric and Holly agreed to serve as the legal guardians for Sophie. They would do their best to set aside the personality conflict they share and do what is best for Sophie, the "baby" part of the equation, and pretend to satisfy the "know/love" and "marriage" parts of the equation. A ready-made family with a baby but without the "know/love" and "marriage." Totally backwards!

There is much more to the story but the gist of it is told above. Rather than spoiling the entire film let me stop here and get to that which most of you visit our pages -- the content. Brief discussions of the content by investigation area follow. Itemized listings of the findings are provided in the Findings/Scoring section.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 95 out of 100
The only display that even comes close to being violent in the entire 110 minutes of the show was when Holly tried to drive Eric's motorcycle. She popped the clutch and the bike jumped out from under her and into the path of a city bus which proceeded to grind the bike under it.

Impudence/Hate (I) - Zero out of 100
Nineteen times someone uttered some form of profanity. In addition, Eric and Holly utter the most foul of the foul words once each. [Col. 3:8, Eph. 4:29, Prov. 22:11] All the lies did not help the score of this investigation area any. [Rev. 21:8]

Sexual Immorality (S) - Zero out of 100
Another teen sex flick. Revelation 21:8 also applies well to the sexually immoral behaviors displayed and demonstrated in this film. It is saturated with dig after dig against wholesome sexual humility: inappropriate touch; sex talk (some detailed); a homosexual pair with a baby, repeatedly; adult man and woman in bed, ostensibly nude for intercourse, twice; making out frenzy; long-term cohabitation; more. [Rev. 21:8, Gal. 5:19, 1 Ths. 4:1 - 7, Eph. 4:19]

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - Zero out of 100
This film presents alcohol and drinking repeatedly. [Eph 5:18] There are dangers in exposing adolescents to drinking and smoking in and as entertainment. Not only does God warn us of that, the American College of Physicians warn us likewise.

A 2002 study by the American College of Physicians (ACP) revealed that adolescent exposure to drinking in and as entertainment undeniably leads to abuse of alcohol among underage viewers. The finding entitled Relation Between Parental Restrictions on Movies and Adolescent Use of Tobacco and Alcohol reports that of 4544 youths from grades 5 through 8 of fifteen Vermont and New Hampshire middle schools (90% of the youths were under fourteen years old) only 16% were completely restricted in their entertainment diets. Within the ACP study population, the prevalence of having tried alcohol without parental knowledge was

• 46% for those with no viewing restrictions
• 16% for those with partial viewing restrictions
• four percent for those with complete viewing restrictions.

Offense to God (O) - Zero out of 100
Thirty-eight times! One of them by a child. [Luke 17:2] That is how many times God's name is abused in this film. And each was a sin. If you don't like hearing that, talk to the One who wrote the Rules. Deuteronomy 5:11 for one. I suspect He is entitled since He spent three days in Hell so you and I would not have to spend one moment there.

Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
Not one murder or suicide. None.


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  • Col. 3:8 But now ye also put off [rid yourself of] all these; anger, wrath, malice [kakia: ill-will, desire to injure, wickedness, depravity, evil, trouble, not ashamed to break laws, etc.], blasphemy [blasphemia: impious and reproachful speech injurious to divine majesty], filthy communication [aischrologia:foul speaking, low and obscene speech] out of your mouth.
  • Eph. 4:29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
  • Prov. 22:11 He who loves a pure heart and whose speech is gracious will have the king for his friend.
  • Rev. 21:8 But the [unforgiven] fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers [the sexually immoral], and sorcerers [the NIV calls it "magic arts" which includes those who practice evil magic including witches, warlocks, wizards, sorcerers, spiritists, diviners, necromancers, vampires, werewolves, etc.], and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
  • Gal. 5:19 The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery;
  • 1 Thess. 4:1 - 7 Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound [excel] more and more. For ye know what commandments we gave you by the Lord Jesus. For this is the will of God, even your sanctification [purity], that ye should abstain from fornication: That every one of you should know how to possess [control] his vessel [body] in sanctification and honour; Not in the lust of concupiscence [desire for that which is forbidden, craving], even as the Gentiles which know not God: That no man* go beyond [transgress] and defraud [take advantage of] his brother in any matter: because that the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified. For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness. ["Fornication" is porneia: illicit sexual intercourse, adultery, homosexuality, lesbianism, intercourse with animals etc., sexual intercourse with close relatives, sexual intercourse with a divorced man or woman. *Man is anthropos: a human being whether male or female.]
  • Eph. 4:19 Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, with a continual lust for more.
  • Eph. 5:18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. [Since "drunk" is methusko {meth-oos'-ko}: to intoxicate; make drunk; to get drunk; become intoxicated, "wine" can be any intoxicating substance including illegal drugs or abuse of prescription drugs. The issue is do not abuse the body by intoxicating it [1 Cor. 6:19]. 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 such as underage drinking.]
  • 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 in prayer, with respect or reverence or in responsible discussion is in vain. That includes the popular three syllable sentence with His name trailing it AND the misuse of Jesus' name or title. So, trying to excuse such expressions with "I was talking TO God/Jesus/Christ when I said that" or "It's just words" or "I was acting" or "I was quoting" will not work with God.]

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Jer. 37:9 This is what the LORD says: Do not deceive yourselves, thinking, 'The Babylonians [the destroyers from within] will surely leave us.' They will not!
  • 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, 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 Be not deceived: evil [kakov: of a bad nature, not such as it ought to be] 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 us], 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 one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto 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 {skan-dal-id'-zo} - scandalize; 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.]
  • 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.)

    Life As We Know It (2010) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 95 out of 100
  • motorcycle crushed under city bus

    Impudence/Hate (I) - Zero out of 100
  • 19 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary plus two uses of the most foul of the foul words plus one incomplete profane phrase
  • lie, repeatedly
  • reckless handling of an infant to show off

    Sexual Immorality (S) - Zero out of 100
  • images of a woman getting dressed, appearing to be nude from the back
  • camera angle/pose to force viewer on private parts
  • "booty call"
  • sex talk of varying subjects and crudeness, repeatedly
  • inappropriate touch, repeatedly
  • high-five at inappropriate touch
  • homosexual pair, repeatedly, often with a baby
  • sex offer
  • nude woman in man's residence bed (nudity unseen)
  • woman in towel only, repeatedly
  • encouraging cohabitation
  • admission of sexual immoral deed
  • man and woman in bed nude the morning after (nudity unseen)
  • ogling with comment
  • adult in underwear
  • open mouth kissing
  • making out frenzy
  • man and woman in bed after intercourse (intercourse off camera)
  • snuggling in brief clothing
  • long term cohabitation

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - Zero out of 100
  • teens in possession of illegal drug
  • adult planning to consume confiscated drug
  • drinking, repeatedly
  • booze, repeatedly
  • drunkenness
  • drug intoxication
  • illegal drug possession

    Offense to God (O) - Zero out of 100
  • 38 abuses of God's name, all without the four letter expletive, once by a child

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
  • 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 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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