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(2005), PG-13 [R-13*] (1hr 33min)

Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
December 27, 2005
46 out of 100

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(2005), PG-13 [R-13*] -- "... continuation of the sexualization of the youth culture."

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Warner Bros., Section Eight Ltd., Spring Creek Productions, Village Roadshow Pictures
Distribution (US): Warner Bros.
Director(s): Rob Reiner
Producer(s): Bruce Rand Berman, Frank Capra III, George Clooney, Ben Cosgrove, Jennifer Fox, Kevin McCormick, Michael I. Rachmil, Steven Soderbergh, Paula Weinstein
Written by: Ted Griffin
Cinematography/Camera: Peter Deming
Music: Marc Shaiman
Film Editing: Robert Leighton
Casting: Joanna Colbert, Ronna Kress
Production Design: Thomas E. Sanders
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

Scanning the CAP scoring distribution (the thermometers) for this film, the filmmakers clearly concentrated the content of it around sexual immorality [Hebr. 13:4] and alcohol [Eph. 5:18] with a generous helping of foul language [Col. 3:8] plus complete disregard for the name of the One who spent three days in Hell so you and I would not have to spend one moment there. [Deut. 5:11] I wonder what age stratum is targeted by such contemptuous programming? [Matt.25:40] And they absorb it dontchaknow? Each little chip out of the home/Bible-based foundation of sexual purity by such programming in and as entertainment makes a way for every little creepy-crawlie the adversary can throw at our youth to get in. [1 Cor. 15:33]

Rumor Has It is a complex story of sexual immorality, pure and simple. One man has slept with the daughter, the mother and the grandmother of a Pasadena family - the "Robinsons" of The Graduate.

Sarah Huttinger (Jennifer Aniston) and Jeff Daly (Mark Ruffalo) are a cohabitating couple, planning marriage as soon as Sarah decides she is ready. Sarah works for the New York Times as an obituary writer. Jeff is a lawyer. The pair jet to San Francisco to attend the wedding of Sarah's sister, Annie (Mena Suvari).

There, Sarah digs into the family closets and through her gruff grandmother, Katherine (Shirley McClaine), finds a number of skeletons. Beau Burroughs (Kevin Costner) is one.

Internet mogul Burroughs is the one who places all the skeletons in the family closet. A week before Sarah's mother's wedding to Earl (Richard Jenkins), Burroughs was the bedroom target of Sarah's mother. And somewhere along the generation gaps, Burroughs bedded Sarah's grandmother, too.

I will not honor such blatant contempt for sexual purity in and as entertainment by discussing the plot and story any further. It is up to you to figure it out if you choose to set yourself down in front of this continuation of the sexualization of the youth culture.


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  • Hebr. 13:4 Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure [which includes before marriage AND extramarital], 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.]
  • Eph. 5:18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. ["Wine" can be any intoxicating substance including illegal drugs or abuse of prescription drugs. This issue is do not get intoxicated. Though it is not a sin to drink, it is a sin to get drunk OR to influence to get drunk or to drink in defiance. A study by the American College of Physicians (ACP) has found an undeniable link between the presentation of alcoholic beverages and tobacco in and as entertainment and abuse of them by adolescents. And teaching/causing youth to abuse alcohol/tobacco (or drugs) by emboldening youth with them in and as entertainment invokes Luke 17:2. If alcoholic beverages in entertainment were not a problem for our young, why would there be and why has there been such a push to get and keep booze commercials off prime time broadcast TV?]
  • Col. 3:8 But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.
  • 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.]

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about when what is vile is honored among men [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences to younger and younger audiences every year when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, pay for it, enjoy it, want it].
  • 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 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 [or for] one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto [or for] 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 - 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. "Little ones": mikros - little;, small of age; younger which can include at-home teens].
  • 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.

    Rumor Has It (2005) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • gambling

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • 13 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • lie

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • talk of immoral intercourse, repeatedly
  • homosexual reference, twice
  • gamming
  • invitation to immoral sex
  • making out as foreplay
  • sexual comments, repeatedly
  • attempt to have intercourse in airplane restroom
  • admission of sexually immoral behavior, repeatedly
  • man and woman in bed together
  • request for sex
  • excessive cleavage, repeatedly
  • vulgar comment
  • rude gaze
  • talk of using contraception devices
  • story of immoral cohabitation
  • side female nudity
  • morning after a night together
  • cohabitation for sex
  • talk of sleeping together in adultery, repeatedly
  • camera angle to force viewer on private parts
  • long conversation of many sexually immoral behaviors
  • inappropriate touch

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • smoking, repeatedly
  • drinking, repeatedly
  • bar
  • booze, repeatedly
  • planning to get drunk
  • drunkenness, repeatedly

    Offense to God (O)
  • 17 uses of God's name in vain, once with the four letter expletive

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • none noted

  • Christian Educators Association International



    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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