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(2004), PG-13 [PG-13*]
Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
November 6, 2004
56 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 [PG-13*] -- ... now America herself has spoken.

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Miramax Films Distribution (US): Miramax Films Director(s): Peter Chelsom Producer(s): Jennifer Berman, Simon Fields, Amy Israel Screenplay: Masayuki Suo (1997), Audrey Wells Cinematography/Camera: John de Borman Music: John Altman, Gabriel Yared, , Pablo Beltrán Ruiz, David Bowie, Henry Mancini, Richard Rodgers Film Editing: Charles Ireland Casting: Richard Hicks Production Design: Caroline Hanania Art Direction: Sue Chan Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

If a film is a PG-13 of today there will likely be in it, among many other things of assault on God's Word, homosexuality if only a mention of it just to give it attention. If not a casual word about it then a brief or even flash demonstration of it. Or both. The PG-13 Shall We Dance? is no exception. It would seem that the entertainment industry is trying to make sure kids at least know about, among many other sins, the practice of homosexuality. Similarly, even the National Education Association (NEA) wanted, by resolution, to promote homosexuality in the classroom to include ages not even able to spell it and in spite of what you say, mom/dad (source: many by web search on <+NEA +resolution +homosexuality>). If you would like more nightmares about invasions of your children, add <+preschool> to your search parameters.

Please bear with me. I'll get to the movie soon.

Maybe Hollywood, the NEA and many others will now, finally, get the message about how America -- the voters -- feel about the practice of homosexuality. One hundred percent of the states which proposed bans against same-sex marriage approved the bans by wide margins. One hundred percent. Mainstream media spin doctors, social engineers and renegade judges have been in the spotlights for a long time. Now America herself has spoken -- the nuts-n-bolts America. The can't-be-silenced America who make, deliver, power, operate and maintain those spotlights that have been shining on the protagonists of the practice of homosexuality. The behind-the-scenes America. Now, maybe the protagonists will stop trying to force us to compromise our faith and slap God in the Face by trashing His Word to suit their preferences and so they won't have to hear the -*gasp!*- horrible "s" word -- sin. Maybe now the 97% will no longer be required to yield to the 3%. Maybe now the 3% will become more tolerant of the 97% who are not like them.

One more paragraph to this sermon then to the film.

And yes, I said "they who choose to practice homosexuality" instead of "gays" because the deed and the doer are separate and separable. Every single non-autonomic movement of the human body is a choice. No exceptions. No debate. Jesus separates the doer from the deed by loving us but hating the sinful choices we make. Likewise should we love the doer but not the deed. Everyone, whether we chose to do sinful deeds or not, even myself, is precious to Jesus but our sinful deeds are not. Since the doer and the deed are separable, we do not have to accept the deed to accept the doer. Nor do we have to embrace the deed to embrace the doer. Nor do we have to cheat our Word-based standards or compromise our faith OR His standards to appease the doer. To do otherwise is being closed minded to His Word in favor of rebellion against it. While Jesus freely mingled with us sinners, He NEVER demonstrated or participated in sin OR encouraged us to sin to teach us about it. He never preached on the evils of sin by joining us in our sin.

In the Shall We Dance? big screen soap opera re-make of the 1996 Japanese version, troubled Chicago attorney John Clark (Richard Gere) was suffering the blands. His pabulum life was comfortable with loving wife of 19 years, Beverly (Susan Sarandon), typical Hollywood "It ain't good enough, not matter what 'it' is" know-it-all adolescent daughter, Jenna (Tamara Hope) and an atypically respectful and appreciative teen son whose name I cannot remember who is not included in the IMDb listing. But John was not happy. In the strict mechanical regimentation of his days, Clark felt trapped. He wanted more spice in his life.

John searched for something to take his life beyond the plateau of boredom and stagnation it had reached. A break in the routine came as John commuted home every night on the El. Several times John spied a mysterious and beautiful woman, Paulina (Jennifer Lopez) staring out the window of Miss Mitzi's Dance School. With strong implications of a developing adulterous affair, John sought to answer the urge he felt as he gazed upon Pauline. To whet his appetite for "diversity" in his life, Clark began taking dance lessons in that studio in which he saw so many times the beautiful woman staring out the window.

At his first lesson, John did not get to meet Pauline but instead met the aging Miss Mitzy as his dance instructor. John also met "Mr. Cool", Chic (Bobby Cannavale) who is out to find "chicks" by impressing them with dance, and the giant, Vern (Omar Benson Miller) who wants to be able to dance for his fiance. John also met the aggressive, slowly approaching over-the-hill dancer, Bobbie (Lisa Ann Walter) who worked as a dance instructor at Miss Mitzy's every now and again.

Beverley soon became suspicious of why John was working late every Wednesday night, so she hired private investigator, Divine (Riuachard Jenkins) to spy on her husband. The promising young actor, Nick Cannon (Drumline ) plays Scottie, Divine's assistant.. Together, they found things about John which, on the surface, dismay Beverly. [John 7:24]

Shall We Dance? also features Stanley Tucci as Link Peterson, one of John's legal colleagues. Peterson tried to dance anonymously, thinking that dancing would make him the butt of office jokes. And it did since Peterson wore wigs and false teeth to avoid being recognized. To the office ridicule, Tucci uttered the only use of the most foul of the foul words in the whole film. [Col. 3:8]

Tucci may have uttered the only use of the most foul of the foul words but others uttered a few impudent words as well [Prov. 22:11]. The greatest assault on morality was found by Impudence/Hate in the form of many lies, mostly to one's wife and family [Rev. 21:8], adolescent disrespect of parents [Exod. 20:12] and, of course, multiple uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary [2Cor. 8:7]. And God's name was used in vain without the four letter expletive more times than the three/four letter word vocabulary was used. [Deut. 5:11]

Other significant loss of points were due to issues sexual immorality, including homosexual references, sexual innuendo, sex talk, vulgar dance moves and a homosexual pair. [Gal. 5:19, Jude 1:7]

With a CAP final score of 56, it is a bottom-of-the-barrel PG-13, two points away from R-13 . [Ps. 12:8]

The listing in the Findings/Scoring section will reveal all that was found.


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  • John 7:24 Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.
  • 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.
  • Prov. 22:11 He who loves a pure heart and whose speech is gracious will have the king for his friend.
  • Rev. 21:8 But the [unforgiven] cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars -their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.
  • Exod. 20:12 Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.
  • 2Cor. 8:7 But just as you excel in everything - in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us - see that you also excel in this grace of giving.
  • 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.]
  • Gal. 5:19 The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery;
  • Jude 1:7 Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire [if unforgiven]. ["Flesh" is sarx: the sensuous nature of man. "Going after strange flesh" when applied to Sodom and Gomorrha is the practice of (the "going after") homosexuality (of "strange flesh") and other non-heterosexual practices.]

    ***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)

    Shall We Dance? (2004) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • none noted

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • 10 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • one use of the most foul of the foul words
  • adolescent disrespect of parents, repeatedly
  • lies to wife, repeatedly
  • open urination
  • long-term deceiving of wife
  • lie to son to hide behavior
  • additional lying, repeatedly

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • ghosting of female anatomy through thin clothing
  • homosexual insult, repeatedly
  • sexual innuendo
  • sex talk
  • vulgar dance moves
  • homosexual reference
  • excessive cleavage
  • likening dance to sexual conquest
  • adult in underwear
  • below navel skin - female, repeatedly
  • excessive breast exposure, repeatedly
  • homosexual pair

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

    Offense to God (O)
  • inescapable implications of adultery, repeatedly
  • 12 uses God's name in vain, all 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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