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(2004), PG
Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
May 6, 2004
81 out of 100

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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 -- ... is definitely equivalent to a "PG" or "G" in all but one ...

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Warner Bros., Dualstar Productions, DiNovi Pictures
Distribution (US): Warner Bros. Pictures Inc.
Director(s): Dennie Gordon
Producer(s): Denise Di Novi, Alison Greenspan, Ashley Olsen, Mary-Kate Olsen, Christine A. Sacani, Robert Thorne
Story: Emily Fox
Screenplay: Emily Fox, Adam Cooper, Bill Collage
Cinematography/Camera: Greg Gardiner
Music: George S. Clinton
Film Editing: Roderick Davis, Michael Jablow
Casting: Marci Liroff
Production Design: Michael Carlin
Set Decoration: Jaro DickViewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

New York Minute is called a big screen debut by the Olsen twins, but I have seen them together while young adolescents in several films, How the West was Fun and others. How that makes New York Minute a big screen debut shows how much I know about the film world. I guess those other films did not play at theaters so that makes New York Minute the first time the twins have appeared in theaters which makes this film their big screen debut. Am I right?

A sometimes delightful romp of the Olsen twins all "growed up" through the streets of New York City as the girls, Jane Ryan (Ashley Olsen) and Roxanne (Mary-Kate Olsen) pursue their dreams after mom died, leaving doctor dad (Drew Pinsky) to raise the girls for the three most difficult years. Dr. Ryan is presented as the typical doctor father who is never able to keep his promises to his daughters.

For those who are like me and can never tell the Olsen twins apart, I offer to the right the fine artwork of Rafy which identifies which girl is which. Or does it?

Jane is an aspiring "business girl" who is vying for a top scholarship to Oxford University. She must deliver a speech to a panel in Manhattan who will judge its content and her delivery to determine her worthiness for the McGill Foundation scholarship.

Roxy, the wild one, perpetually truant, dreams of being a drummer and itches to be at a video shoot of Simple Plan "punk" band in Manhattan to push demo CDs. Since both girls needed to be in Manhattan at the same time, the pesky pair make precocious plans to make the trek from Long Island to downtown NYC. Without daddy's knowledge, of course. But Department of Truancy Officer Max Lomax (Eugene Levy) knows where the girls are. At least, he knows they are in Manhattan. Lomax has been after Roxanne for years for truancy. Lomax is an "undesirable" of the police force degraded to truant officer but he takes his job seriously.

Along the way, the daring duo get involved in a nefarious scheme and make a couple enemies. As fickle fate would have it, Hudson McGill (Darrell Hammond) was one of the enemies as the girls make a wreck of him on the train to Manhattan. McGill, unbeknownst to Jane, was one of the panelists whose authority would decide whether Jane got the coveted McGill scholarship.

The dastardly danger the girls became entangled with was a plot of a Chinese-American gang to pirate music headed by Ma Bang (Alannah Ong) with the aid of her adopted #1 son, Bennie Bang (Andy Richter). A secret microchip with tons of pirated music headed for China was inadvertently planted on Jane and Bennie was bound and determined to get it back.

Some of the escapades the girls must suffer was a biker tearing the dress off Jane, a drunk splashing Jane with his booze and Jane falling in a grimy public toilet. Jane is a mess. Lo and behold appears Big Shirl (Mary Bond Davis) of The House of Bling where Jane is made over a number of times in a number of styles until one to her liking is found.

New York Minute is definitely equivalent to a "PG" or "G" in all but one of the CAP investigation areas but definitely equivalent to a PG-13 in terms of sexual immorality. I was hoping New York Minute would earn a much lower score because of Ashley running around New York in nothing but a bath towel, pushing and daring the threshold of how much of Ashley was acceptable. But even I could not manipulate the scoring distribution even if I wanted to since the objectivity of the CAP analysis model insulates it from the personal values of the investigator.

While there were no instances of foul language noted, six times God's name was used in vain but none with the four letter expletive [Deut. 5:11]. The greatest violation of wholesome ethics and morality was the icons of wholesome traipsing through New York dressed in only a bathrobe and a towel. At times, Ashley's towel seemed to threaten to expose "R" features, sometimes teasing the brink of indecent. While I would like to not believe it of the Olsen twins, I have no doubt this was intentional. It was clear the filmmakers were using the previously wholesome girls to issue a challenge, as if to say the girls were trying to change their image. [1Tim. 4:12] And what will that say to the rather vast following of tweenage girls the Olsen twins have developed? [Luke 17:2]

Please be sure to include in your investigations into the fitness of this film for your kids the listing in the Findings/Scoring section (the heart of the CAP analysis model).

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  • 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 thoughtful discussion is in vain. That includes the popular three syllable sentence with His name trailing it AND the misuse of Jesus' name.]
  • 1Tim. 4:12 Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.

    ***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, 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)

    New York Minute (2004) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • forging father's signature
  • minor tai kwondo violence
  • criminal activities
  • breaking and entering
  • illegal flight to avoid capture
  • reckless driving
  • abduction, twice
  • action violence

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • lie to father
  • additional lies
  • lie to mother to protect, twice
  • flatulence
  • punk, repeatedly

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • nudity hidden by convenience objects, twice
  • woman in shower
  • adult in underwear, repeatedly
  • women in bath towel/robe only, repeatedly
  • dressing to maximize the female form and/or skin exposure
  • inappropriate touch (crowd surfing)
  • camera angle to force viewer on private parts

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • none noted

    Offense to God (O)
  • six uses of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive
  • mass cornuto (crowd salutation to punk band), see

    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 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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