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(2004), PG-13 [R-13*]
Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
December 21, 2004
49 out of 100

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(This section may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)

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 [R-13*] -- ... the wholesome lifestyle looses again to Hollywood sexual ... anything.

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Universal Pictures, DreamWorks SKG, Tribeca Productions, Everyman Pictures
Distribution (US): DreamWorks Distribution LLC., Universal Pictures
Director(s): Jay Roach
Producer(s): Robert De Niro, Jon Poll, Jay Roach, Jane Rosenthal, Amy Sayres, Nancy Tenenbaum
Story: James Herzfeld, Marc Hyman
Screenplay: John Hamburg, James Herzfeld
Cinematography/Camera: John Schwartzman
Music: Randy Newman
Film Editing: Jon Poll
Casting: Francine Maisler
Production Design: Rusty Smith
Art Direction: Andrew Neskoromny
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

While there is nothing particularly sexually explicit in this film, I feel this analysis should carry a WARNING since the focus of the entire film is clearly on a euphemism of the most foul of the foul words. And every advantage of the phonic similarity is taken by the writers, even in the wife's name change traditionally performed through marriage.

"It's just a name!" Not the way Hollywood used it in this teen sex flick. Yes, it may actually be somebody's name and there is nothing wrong with that. What is wrong is how Hollywood abused the name. If that is your name there is no denigration intended by my refusal to spell it out. If it is your name and you are offended, take your anger to Hollywood. They are the ones who have abused it. I will not submit to the phonetic euphemism games of Hollywood. And if that makes me sound like a fanatic or lunatic, so be it. As was Dr. Martin Luther by his own words, my conscious is captive of the Word of God. Besides Jesus said that many will hate we who love Him. [Luke 6:22]

While walking out of the theater after the Tuesday night screening, I over heard a woman say "That will be #1 this weekend." Unfortunately, she is probably right. But what does that say about our entertainment diet?

This film is of the caliber typical of Ben Stiller but what a come-down for Barbara Streisand, Dustin Hoffman and Robert De Niro. And the wholesome lifestyle looses again to Hollywood sexual ... anything.

Those of you who subscribe to our enewsletter should already have the Findings/Scoring data for this film in your mailboxes. I sent it out at 5:00 AM today (December 22, 2004). I tried to get this page up with at least the Findings/Scoring section this morning but I had to give our 14 month old Angela her 5:00 AM feeding and breathing treatment. Sorry, but she takes precedence. And I had to get at least a little sleep.

Meet the Fo...s is the sequel to Meet the Parents of 2000. Following is a scoring data comparative for your convenience. Morally speaking, Meet the Fo...s is another pea in the same pod except this 2004 pea has been spiced with significantly more language and sexual immorality material than the 2000 pea. Makes sense. For two reasons. The very name of this 2004 film is sexually oriented. And it has been four years further into moral decay since the 2000 version (see R-13):

Gaylord Myron "Greg" Fo...r (Ben Stiller) and Pamela Martha Byrnes (Teri Polo) have decided to tie the knot after nearly two years of living together in cohabitation which started a little bundle of joy. [Gen. 34:7, Hebr. 13:4] Since they have decided to get married, they felt it a good idea for the Byrnes, Jack and Dina (Robert De Niro, Blythe Danner) to meet Greg's parents, Bernie and Roz (Dustin Hoffman, Barbara Streisand). Greg had met the Byrnes but his parents had not met her parents.

Jack and Dina are now with toddler grandson Little Jack (Spencer and Bradley Pickren), son of their daughter and her husband who are away on a trip. There is a key function of the Little Jack part in this film ... to utter a foul expression picked up from Greg, at least ten times. [Luke 17:2]

Greg arranges for the families to meet by the Byrnes going to Florida to meet Greg's parents. The story in Meet the Parents created the Byrnes as a reserved, regimented, orderly pair. There is no change in the Byrnes from Meet the Parents. At least not in the beginning. Remember, the wholesome lifestyle looses again to Hollywood sexual ... anything.

Greg's parents are sexually as loose as the proverbial goose. Greg's parents have cast off all sexual inhibitions and modesty in favor of the spiritual enlightenment of sexual freedom. Bernie is a lawyer turned stay-at-home husband. Dr. Roz is a therapist specializing in elderly sexuality. Even their dog is outside the sphere to which moral standards apply.

I am not going to spend any more time on summarizing the story. The CAP thermometers above say enough about this film if you have seen Meet the Parents. If not, the listing in the Findings/Scoring section will provide the details to help you to be in a better position to make your own moral decision whether this film is fit for your 13 years old children (or yourself). This film is the perfect manifestation of Ps. 12:8, Col. 2:8, Prov. 30:12, 2 Pet. 2:18 and many others.


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  • Luke 6:22 Blessed are you when men hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man.
  • Gen. 34:7 Now Jacob's sons had come in from the fields as soon as they heard what had happened. They were filled with grief and fury, because Shechem had done a disgraceful thing in Israel by lying with Jacob's daughter -a thing that should not be done.
  • Hebr. 13:4 Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure [which includes *before* marriage AND outside of marriage], for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral. [...whether we believe it or not. Whether we like it or not. Whether we care or not.]
  • Prov. 30:12 There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet is not washed from their filthiness. [It that our generation?]
  • 2Pet. 2:18 For they mouth empty, boastful words and, by appealing to the lustful desires of sinful human nature, they entice people who are just escaping from those who live in error.

    ***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, excuse 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)

    Meet the Fo...s (2004) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • threat of bodily harm
  • fight

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • 14 uses of the thee/four letter word vocabulary by adults
  • 10 uses of a three/four letter word expression by a toddler as his first word
  • two uses of the most foul of the foul words
  • 37 uses of a name clearly used as a phonetic euphemism of the most foul of the foul words, quite often with sexual connection
  • crude and sexual humor using a toddler, repeatedly
  • belittling of marriage before sex, multiple times
  • suggesting lying
  • admission of sexual immorality with housekeeper with parental approval
  • man on commode
  • homosexual comment
  • pregnancy out of wedlock with parental approval, repeatedly
  • the use of a three/four letter word before a child
  • lies
  • vulgar gesture at a child
  • father telling son to run from police
  • "Always question authority"

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • crude portrayal of child birth clearly with vaginal focus
  • flash nudity - female, upper and rear
  • crude female breast prosthetic and fondling of it, clearly with sexual focus, repeatedly
  • crude and inappropriate touching
  • cohabitation
  • crude sexual humor, repeatedly, many
  • dog humping a woman's ankle, and stuffed doll and a cat
  • vulgar statue and other "art"
  • vulgar dance with repeated poses and motions for intercourse "therapy"
  • sex talk, repeatedly
  • porn suggestion
  • immoral sex (unseen) resulting in pregnancy
  • excessive breast exposure/cleavage
  • sex games in bed (dressed)
  • man in shower
  • sensual talk

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • booze, repeatedly
  • drinking, repeatedly
  • bar
  • forced drug injection (sodium pentothal)
  • reference to illegal drug use

    Offense to God (O)
  • 16 uses of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • none noted

  • Christian Long Distance



    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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