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(2004), PG-13 [R-13*]
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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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***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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