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(2007), PG-13 [R-13*] (1hr 40min)

Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
September 9, 2007
46 out of 100

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

If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary.

(2007), PG-13 [R-13*]

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): The Weinstein Company, FilmColony
Distribution (US): The Weinstein Company, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Director(s): Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini
Producer(s): Gary Binkow, Richard N. Gladstein, Candace M Taylor, Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein, Dany Wolf
Screenplay by: Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini
Novel: Emma McLaughlin, Nicola Kraus
Cinematography/Camera: Terry Stacey
Music: Mark Suozzo
Film Editing: Robert Pulcini
Casting: Ann Goulder
Production Design: Mark Ricker
Art Direction: Ben Barraud
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

I am sorry but I cannot remember this film. Even the cover art sparks no memory of this film. While I need to remember a film to give you a summary discussion of the story, I do not need to remember it to give you the Findings/Scoring results and some commentary on the contents by investigation area since these matters are built by annotations recorded at the time of viewing a film.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
The cut of The Nanny Diaries  I viewed is not a violent film in the least. No scoring points were lost to violence.

Impudence/Hate (I)
Twenty one uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary [Eph. 4:29], one use of the most foul of the foul words [Col. 3:8] plus a number of issues of impudence against authority cost the film all of its starting 100 points in this investigation area. [Isa. 13:11, Prov. 8:13]

Sexual Immorality (S)
Issues of sexually immoral display an/or behavior such as inappropriate touch, references to cohabitation for sex and sexual aggression drained over half of the starting 100 points in the Sexual Immorality investigation area. [Gal. 5:19, 1Ths. 4:1-5]

Drugs/Alcohol (D)
Over two-thirds of the starting 100 points in Drugs/Alcohol were lost because of behaviors such as drinking (repeatedly), drunkenness and smoking in this film for the pre-high school crowd. That makes this a big deal. And I will make it a big deal.

The American College of Physicians (ACP) has found that exposure to booze and drinking in and as entertainment emboldens the viewer, in particular the middle school age stratum, the PG and PG-13 age stratum, to challenge and experiment with alcohol.

Though the ACP study used R-rated films since it was believed R-rated films contained the most drinking, the focus is on the influence of exposure to alcohol in and as entertainment regardless of the film rating. Besides, the ACP researchers were not aware of R-13 which defeats the assumption that R-rated films present the most drinking and drunkenness. A finding by Harvard University agreed with our R-13 finding, four years after our finding. As a sidebar note, consider this, too. The MPAA is apparently going to consider all films with smoking in them as R-rated, clearly announcing without trying that smoking in and as entertainment is indeed a negative influence. If so, why not make R-rated any films which present booze and/or drinking and/or drunkenness? [Eph. 5:18] We incorporated smoking into a film's scoring distribution long before  the MPAA. Even other film rating websites have plagiarized our methodology. Might that imply others are following our lead? That we are doing something right?

Within the ACP study population of 4544 middle school students (90% were under fourteen years old), the prevalence of having tried alcohol without parental knowledge was

  • 46% for those with no restrictions on which rating may be viewed
  • 16% for those with partial restrictions on which rating may be viewed
  • four percent for those with complete restrictions.

    Rather revealing of the influences of the entertainment industry wouldn't you say? And emboldening children to sin with drink in and as entertainment screams of violating Luke 17:2.

    I can add to the ACP study that reveals films which present drinking and drunkenness contribute to underage alcohol abuse. I submit that it is not so much the presence of alcohol in films or the rating of the film(s) that embolden youth to abuse it, but is rather the attitude portrayed: the attitude of freedom from authority, freedom from accountability and freedom from consequences. PG-13 and R-rated films, even lesser rated films, are typically heavy with attitude. Our report on this, ATTITUDE: In Perspective -- Investigation Area Scoring and Trend in CAP Entertainment Industry Investigations, Special Report-001 may provide more understanding of the point.

    Offense to God (O)
    In this film labeled as implicitly "approved" for the middle school crowd, fifteen times God's name was used in vain, once with the four letter expletive. Such flagrant use of God's name in vain, especially in that three-syllable sentence with His name trailing it, is becoming a true insult to the One who spent three days in Hell so you and I would not have to spend one moment there. Even once is too many but 15 times in squeezed into 100 minutes presents a density not typically equaled in the "real world." This has a cost. People become desensitized because of their inundation with it. God will hold us each accountable since He has warned us in Deuteronomy 5:11 that He will not hold him guiltless for taking His name in vain. And God warns that being cast into the sea with a millstone tied about the neck would be better for s/he who teaches and/or causes a youth to sin, for example, by using His name in vain. [Luke 17:2]

    Murder/Suicide (M)
    Like the Wanton Violence/Crime investigation revealing no issues of violence/crime, the Murder/Suicide investigation area found no suicides or murders.


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  • Col. 3:8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy (injurious speech, slander in this use), filthy communication [aischrologia: foul speaking, low and obscene] 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.
  • Isa. 13:11 I will punish the world for its evil, the wicked for their sins. I will put an end to the arrogance of the haughty and will humble the pride of the ruthless.
  • Prov. 8:13 The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.
  • Gal. 5:19 The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery;
  • 1Ths. 4:1-5 Finally, brothers, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more. For you know what instructions we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus. It is God's will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control his [or her] own body [which includes control of drives, touching, seeking, lusting (even after images), promiscuity, etc.] in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the heathen, who do not know God; [Be master of your body and urges, not a slave to them or a seeker of any manner of sexually-oriented imagery or behavior outside of a monogamous heterosexual marriage.]
  • 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 respect, reverence or 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.]

    ***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.)

    The Nanny Diaries (2007) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • none noted

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • 21 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • one use of the most foul of the foul words
  • flatulence
  • child tantrum/arrogance, repeatedly
  • "What mommy doesn't know ..."
  • encouraging the keeping of things from mom
  • marital arguing, repeatedly
  • lying to cover up accountability
  • belittling of a person because of his/her profession
  • lie
  • deceiving mom

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • dressing to maximize the female form and/or skin exposure
  • side female nudity
  • encouraging sexually immoral behaviors
  • lesbian reference, two
  • man stretching to gawk at scant clad woman
  • woman in tub
  • woman in towel only
  • pants drop to expose underwear
  • inappropriate touch, repeatedly
  • camera angle/pose to force viewer on private parts
  • sexual aggression
  • suggesting cohabitation to facilitate immoral sex
  • invitation to cohabitate for sex

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • smoking
  • booze, repeatedly
  • bar, repeatedly
  • drinking, repeatedly
  • drunkenness, repeatedly

    Offense to God (O)
  • 14 uses of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive and once with it
  • adultery, repeatedly
  • "Sounds like Heaven" in response to invitation for sex

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • 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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