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Lovely and Amazing (2001), R
Analysis Date: August 30, 2002
CAP Score: 51
CAP Influence Density: 1.99

MinMax: -100

Lovely and Amazing (YEAR) CAP Mini-thermometers

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LOVELY AND AMAZING (R) -- another movie presenting pedophilia -- adult/teen sex.

Production: Good Machine
Distribution: Lions Gate Films Inc.
Director(s): Nicole Holofcener
Producer(s): Anthony Bregman, Michael Escott, Debra Grieco, Ted Hope, Michael Kafka, Jason Kliot, Charles J. Rusbasan, Joana Vicente, Judith Zarin, Eric d'Arbeloff
Written by/Screenplay: Nicole Holofcener
Cinematography/Camera: Harlan Bosmajian
Music: Craig Richey
Film Editing: Robert Frazen
Casting: Juel Bestrop, Jeanne McCarthy
Production Design: Devorah Herbert
Art Direction: Missy Parker

Jane Marks (Brenda Blethyn) in the middle of the boxart image has three daughters: Michelle (Catherine Keener) on the left, Elizabeth (Emily Mortimer) on the right and Annie (Raven Goodwin) swimming. Elizabeth and Michelle are grown and on their own. Annie is eight years old. Annie is adorable. Annie has beautiful eyes. Annie is a adopted. I like movies about adoption. My wife and I have adopted seven kids. I wish I could like this movie..

Jane, in her 50s, in "midlife crisis" decides to pay $10,000 to have ten pounds of fat liposuctioned off and is relying on her daughters to watch Annie while she cannot. Jane develops a sexual crush on her lipo doctor, hoping he will find her attractive enough after the surgery to want her. That he is married to another woman and that she is not married to him seems to have less than background noise concern in this new age, enlightened movie. Hey! This is the 00s! But little do many know ... or accept ... that what was sinful when the Book was written is still sinful today [Hebr. 13:4 ].

Elizabeth is a somewhat successful actress who is overly concerned about her sex appeal to her audiences. She is under the new school thinking that it takes sex to be successful it in the performing arts. Indeed, she practices such "schooling" with a potential leading man, Kevin (Dermot Mulroney). She even has him evaluate her body, inch by inch, in a "front of the class" demonstration of the new school teachings. Elizabeth apparently does all this apparently to hear someone say her upper arms are not flabby after all. There is full female nudity, front and rear, in this flick. Well? How else could the script have a subplot of "non-sexual" anatomical inspection in a professional artful manner? At least that is what a secular reviewer called it - non-sexual. In a pig's eye!

Michelle is in a troubled marriage with Bill (Clark Gregg) and suspects him of infidelity. Bill thinks since he is paying all the bills that Michelle is non-productive to the marriage. She makes little twig chairs to sell on consignment. Nobody wants her little chairs. Wanting to be more supportive, Michelle takes a job in a one-hour photo shop. Something that came with the job in the photo shop caught her eye -- her boss, her teenage boss, Jordan (Jake Gyllenhaal). Michelle ends up being arrested and charged with statutory rape. And after having had sex with Jordan, repeatedly, she tells the police "We didn't do anything!" How about that! Some actual consequences for immoral behavior and that lying did not "win" were portrayed in a movie!

Aside from all the other sexually immoral and the foul language issues in this R-rated film, I would like to give extra attention to an issue presented in this movie ignored by or even treated as a positive feature in the secular reviews I've read; pedophilia [Gal. 5:19, Luke 17:2, Hebr. 13:4, Col. 3:5]. As with Tadpole, Lovely and Amazing presents pedophilia -- adult/teen sex -- as a major portion of the programming. I wonder if the presence of pedophilia in two of five films analyzed this week is coincidental. Or is it "part of life recognition" by filmmakers of the push of some groups to lower the age of consent. By God's Word marriage is the only consideration whether participating in sex is acceptable. Heterosexual marriage. Summarily from all His wisdom against immoral sex is that any sexual contact (including visual), conduct or activity outside a monogamous heterosexual marriage is sinful.

Spearheading the apparent drive to lower the age of consent are the homosexual practitioners of North American Man-Boy Love Association (NAMBLA), famous for its push to entirely abolish any age of consent laws. I guess since pedophilia is an "element of real life" and since some practitioners of homosexuality are pushing for it that movies have to present it, the dire consequences of emboldening someone to sin with display of pedophilia as a behavioral template by example in and as entertainment notwithstanding [Luke 17:1]. The age of consent is already down to 16 in some parts of Europe. But in giving such "gratifying and fulfilling" attention to pedophilia in and as entertainment, just a little less desensitization will be needed next time. And a little less the next time. Desensitization. That how we got where we are, folks.

Harvard educated child development expert Dr. Karen Nelson and many others agree with me that, though legally culpable for their behavior choices in many courts, it would be unusual for even a 16 year old to be able to fully separate fantasy from reality or to fully anticipate the consequences of their behavior choices. And we keep feeding them with sexual immorality in and as entertainment, emboldening the practice of and destroying natural inhibitions against immoral sex by sexual immorality in and as entertainment. And at the sexual peak of their lives no less. THAT is an explosive equation, folks. Ever wonder why there is so much unwed teen pregnancy? So much more per capital than before sex in sinema?

Above I said "...since some practitioners of homosexuality are pushing for [pedophilia]..." Anticipating a great deal of attacks because of the telling that truth I offer the following research as the basis for that statement. Doctor Judith Reisman and others>, a social researcher who has studied sexual behavior for 24 years, released a new study called "Crafting Gay Children" which shows that while heterosexuals outnumber the homosexual practitioner population about 44 to 1 the incidence of homosexual practitioners molesting children is up to 40 times greater than heterosexuals. Taking figures from a 1991 population study by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Reisman looks at heterosexual abuse of girls by men and homosexual abuse of boys by men. Taking into account the numbers of homosexual practitioners and the numbers of heterosexuals in the population, the data showed that 8 million girls were abused by age 18 by heterosexual men, a ratio of 1 victim to 11 adult men. However, 6-8 million boys were abused by age 18 by 1-2 million adult homosexuals, a ratio of 3-5 victims for every gay adult. You do the math: 0.091 victims per heterosexual adult to 3 to 5 victims per adult homosexual practitioner.

Sexual immorality, including pedophilia, and all the foul language [Prov. 22:11, Eph. 5:4] in Lovely and Amazing are the most of the ignominy. It presents teen drinking, getting the kids involved in marital arguments, but almost all line items on the logs involve some sort of sexual immorality. The listing in the Findings/Scoring section provides what was found.


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  • Gal. 5:19 The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery;...
  • Hebr. 13:4 Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.
  • Col. 3:5 Put to death [mortify, deprive of power, destroy the strength of], therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.
  • Luke 17:1 Jesus said to his disciples: "Things that cause people to sin are bound to come, but woe to that person through whom they come.
  • Prov. 22:11 He who loves a pure heart and whose speech is gracious will have the king for his friend.
  • Eph. 5:4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. [I call attention to Ps. 12:8 and Eph. 5:4 to warn of the creeping desensitizing power of this sort of "entertainment".]

    *******Food for Daily Thought*******
  • 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.
  • 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.

    Lovely and Amazing (2001) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • eight year old running away

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • 24 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • 18 uses of the most foul of the foul words
  • "Everybody was doing it." to excuse sexual immorality
  • homosexual insult
  • marital argumentation
  • getting kids involved in marital arguments
  • teen sneaking out for sexual encounter with an adult
  • "We didn't do anything" to escape accountability for statutory rape

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • nudity
  • ghosting of female anatomy through clothing, repeatedly
  • adult in underwear
  • cohabitation
  • man in bed with woman clothed
  • gaping mouth kissing
  • inappropriate touch, repeatedly
  • revealing swim wear
  • conversations of sexually immoral matters, repeatedly
  • sexual vulgarity
  • suggestive eye movement
  • sexual innuendo, comments, talk, some vulgar
  • adult sexually hitting on teen, repeatedly
  • adult necking with teen
  • intercourse (offscreen)
  • man and woman in bed nude
  • full rear female nudity
  • upper female nudity, repeatedly
  • long discourse on all that was right and wrong with a woman's nude body
  • sexual invitation from teen to adult, repeatedly
  • adult accepting teen sexual invite
  • belittlement of parent to excuse sexual immorality

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • smoking
  • bar
  • booze
  • teen drinking
  • "I've had a drink before" to coax more by teen

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • 13 uses of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive
  • adultery

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • 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 nearly seven 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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    (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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