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(2005), PG-13 [R-13*]
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Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Revolution Studios, Bel Air Entertainment
Distribution (US): Sony Pictures Entertainment, Columbia Pictures
Director(s): Stephen Herek
Producer(s): Derek Dauchy, Marty P. Ewing, Todd Garner, Tommy Lee Jones, Steven Reuther, Allyn Stewart, Jeffery Wetzel
Story: John J. McLaughlin, Scott Lobdell
Screeplay: Robert Ramsey, Matthew Stone, John J. McLaughlin
Cinematography/Camera: Peter Menzies Jr.
Music: Tree Adams, David Newman
Film Editing: Chris Lebenzon, Joel Negron
Casting: Sharon Bialy, Sherry Thomas
Production Design: Nelson Coates
Art Direction: Kevin Constant
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6
Tommy Lee Jones stars as Texas Ranger Roland Sharp, a divorced man with a daughter, Emma (Shannon Marie Woodward) who is not much younger than the five University of Texas cheerleaders Sharp must protect. The cheerleaders, Barb (Kelli Garner), Heather (Vanessa Ferlito), Evie (Monica Keena), Anne (Christina Milian) and Therese (Paula Garcés), while peeking out the slant window of a restroom on a second floor, witnessed the murder of Morgan Ball (Curtis Armstrong), a key witness in the prosecution of a drug kingpin. Sharp's partner, Ranger Holt (Shea Whigham) was shot in the process of trying to capture Ball.
Knowing the cheerleaders were likely murder targets themselves, the Austin Rangers chief implemented a witness protection plan, placing the cheerleaders in a University house ... with Sharp. Until the trial, Sharp must live with the girls to protect them. I doubt any more needs to be said about the plot or story which consisted, not only of the master of theater Tommy Lee Jones, but of cheerleader eye candy.
In his day-to-day dealings with the girls, Sharp even attended classes with Barbara. Barb's English Lit professor was Dr. Molly McCarthy (Anne Archer). In Professor McCarthy's office to discuss Barb's failing academic standing, Sharp takes a new hat to wear, the hat of the assistant cheerleading coach. But something else was found in Professor McCarthy's office. All I will tell you about what was found is that it was not a bed. In fact, quite atypically there was no mattress mayhem at all in this PG-13.
Cedric the Entertainer is a contribution to the plot as a pastor using his pastor position to hide his underhanded dealings with the crime world. The pastor was a prison cellmate to the murdered Ball and Sharp needled the pastor for more information. The pastor was apparently an ex-cheerleader for the University of Texas and tried to show us how well a aging cheerleader can perform cheer routines and to provide a prompt for the five cheerleaders to demonstrate cheer dance as well. Well!? That was for what they were hired, right? I suspect the writers could have done something better with Cedric's talents. It was almost as if Cedric had begged to play that part which could have been played by literally anyone, even me.
While no one got in bed with anyone there was inherently a lot of the "lesser" kind (see CAP Rule of 1000
Not only was there a ton of sexual ignominy of the "lesser" kind, there was a ton of violence inherent with cops-n-robbers films. Lots of gunfire to kill, gunfire deaths by police action, gunfire murders, gunfire this and gunfire that. Plus vehicular assault and attempt to kill by vehicle, vehicular reckless endangerment, other traffic violations such as leaving the scene. Extortion with a life (of Sharp's daughter), threat to kill to force compliance and kidnapping round off this summary of the Wanton Violence/Crime findings. [Prov. 3:31-32, Ps. 62:10, Ezek. 22:12, Matt. 23:25]
And, of course, foul language was minimized as conversational snippets at about 20 per hour. God's name was used in vain but never with the four letter expletive. [Col. 3:8, Deut. 5:11]
If you haven't noticed by now, Man of the House is another R-13 which means ithis PG-13 earned a score earned by R-rated movies in the comparative baseline database (see http://www.capalert.com/r-13.htm). I have heard that Hollywood is apparently starting to reduce the number R-rated movies made. I say so what? Most PG-13 movies are R-13 anyway. [Jude 1:4, Prov. 30:20] From 1996 to 2000, sixty-six percent of Hollywood's PG-13 films earned the same scores R-rated films earned, a fact with which, by the way, Harvard University agreed four years later (see http://www.capalert.com/harvardagreeswithus.htm).
I have the necessary data for 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004 to calculate the R-13 trending but will have to wait until adequate funding is available to compile the massive data to finance the likewise massive effort. I have the necessary data for PG movies as well and for the meager number of G-rated movies. I can say, however, by observation only that [subjective] extrapolation of data since 2000 onto the R-13 curve shown in the graph on the R-13 page "smells" of continuing to approach 100%, maybe asymptotically approaching the 100% line but closer nonetheless. As long as Hollywood makes even one PG-13 film per year that rightfully earns a CAP "PG-13" score (between 67 and 55 out of 100) or higher, the R-13 curve will be an asymptote to the 100% line. But only time will tell. Time and money. Time we have ... It is now up to you, our users.
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***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
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)
Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
|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.|
|In the name of Jesus: |
Lord, Master, Teacher, Savior, God.
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