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(2006), PG-13 [R-13*] (1hr 40min)

Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
March 18, 2006
48 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.

(2006), PG-13 [R-13*] -- ...should do well in stealing childhood from children.

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Donners' Company, DreamWorks SKG, Lakeshore Entertainment
Distribution (US): DreamWorks Distribution LLC, DreamWorks SKG
Producer(s): Marty P. Ewing, Ewan Leslie, Jack Leslie, Lauren Shuler Donner
Screenplay: Ewan Leslie, Karen McCullah Lutz, Kirsten Smith
Story: Ewan Leslie
Play: Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
Cinematography/Camera: Greg Gardiner
Music: Nathan Wang
Film Editing: Michael Jablow
Casting: Heike Brandstatter, Sarah Finn, Randi Hiller, Coreen Mayrs
Production Design: David J. Bomba
Art Direction: John Burke, John R. Jensen
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

I am so sorry it has taken so long to get this report to you. It is so late it is almost as useless as yesterday's news. But illness and a plethora of other barriers have taken their toll. At least this report will be useful to those who wait until the final showing days and those who wait for a film to come out on video. And it will be useful to our ongoing study into the decay of morality in popular entertainment.


Styled after Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, She's the Man is a potentially humorous romp into gender-concealment that could have been fun. In some ways it was fun. But in many ways it was not.

She's the Man earned a R-equivalent investigation area score of zero in both Impudence/Hate (mostly due to profanity) and in Sexual Immorality. The film also earned a R-equivalent score in Offense to God merely because of the proliferation of the use of the teen-popular three-syllable sentence with God's name trailing it. While such abuse of God's name (and inherently the spiritual health of our youth who hear it so frequently in and a entertainment) is apparently of no concern to the MPAA, it is of serious concern to God. Deut.5:11]

The matters of profanity [2 Tim. 2:16 - 17, Eph. 5:4], sexually immorality [Gal. 5:19] and the flippant use of God's name earn this film a position in the R-13 stratum, inarguably equivalent to the same areas in some R-rated films. R-rated films consistently earn final scores from 54 and below out of 100. She's the Man earned a final score of 48. As with most films rated PG-13, the R-equivalence is not due to the film presenting a few bold, brash or vulgar matters such as is typical of many R-rated films but is due to the plethora of "lesser" issues of ignominy, thus forcing the total envelope magnitude to be equivalent to many R-rated films. For more information about the technique of loading the content of a film with many of the "lesser" issues of ignominy to gain a less-than-R rating but still be equivalent in magnitude to some R-rated films, see our CAP Rule of 1000 .

While the extent of the use of the three/four letter word vocabulary in this 100-minute film shows, by targeted example, contempt for the speech purity of your middle school aged kids, matters of sexual immorality and contempt for sexual purity were as prevalent as white on rice.

From another and most assuredly brighter perspective, there were absolutely no instances of any form of illegal drugs, alcohol or tobacco noted in the entire show.

When required to prove their gender, two high schoolers exposed their gender-specific areas. Though gender-specifics were not seen by the audience (except "fringes") the portrayal was of a full stadium of people of all ages witnessing the exhibitionism. Theme morality was as if such a display were as acceptable and commonplace as showing off a new pair of shoes or a new hairdo. The writers even seemed to attempt absolution from their accountability for such ignominy by having the girl's spectator father say to her likewise spectator mother something about there being more nudity in this game than usual.

The girl, Viola Hastings (Amanda Bynes), was a star soccer player for her school's girl's soccer team. Then the team was cut. Viola, bound and determined to play soccer,d confronts the coach. After getting nowhere in her attempts to revive the girl's team, Viola challenged the coach to let her play on the boy's team. Amidst the jock-style guffaws and "weaker sex" comments, with resolve and confidence Viola informed the coach she would soon be playing on the boys team.

From the boxart: "Everybody has a secret. . . . Duke (Channing Tatum) wants Olivia (Laura Ramsey) who likes Sebastian (James Kirk) who is really Viola (Amanda Bynes) whose brother [Sebastian] is dating Monitque (Alex Breckenridge) so she hates Olivia who's with Duke to make Sebastian jealous who is really Viola who's crushing on Duke who thinks she's a guy . . ." That just about says it all except for the "reason" for all the deception being Viola impersonating a guy to play guy's soccer -- and all that goes with it. [Ps. 101:7] Also, throw in a Eunice (Emily Perkins) crushing on Sebastian ... er ... Viola.

Even the deception above is built on deception. [Isa. 30:1] Viola's brother Sebastian sneaks off to London. Their father and mother are divorced and each does not know the whereabouts of their children, thinking an absent child is with the other parent.

Viola cashed in on the opportunity made by Sebastian sneaking off to London to take her brother's place at Illyria Preparatory High School where the game of the decade with Cornwall is to be played. Once Viola ... er ... "Sebastian" plays the Illyria-Cornwall game, she ... er ... "he" will be happy and can return to her ... er ... "his" regular life. But when the real Sebastian returns form London a day early ...

Whatever you guess would probably be as useful to the plot as that which the script writers put there.

While there was no hint of homosexuality in Viola playing as Sebastian, there were such hints in Viola's hairdresser whom Viola sought to make her look like a boy.

The middle-school film, She's the Man is most assuredly another R-13 . It should do well in stealing childhood from children. [Luke 17:2] And it should teach social warfare well. [Rom. 12:18] Don't believe me? Read the listing in the Findings/Scoring section.


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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.]
  • 2 Tim. 2:16 - 17 But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness. And their word will eat as doth a canker...
  • Eph. 5:4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.
  • Gal. 5:19 The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery;
  • Ps. 101:7 No one [unforgiven] who practices deceit will dwell in my house; no one who speaks falsely will stand in my presence.
  • Isa. 30:1 Woe to the rebellious children, saith the LORD, that take counsel [adopt ways, behavior, thinking], but not of me; and that cover with a covering, but not of my spirit [try to mask, hide, excuse, absolve], that they may add sin to sin:
  • Rom. 12:18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.

    ***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 {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. I suspect "offend" includes sexually abusing the little ones. "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.)

    She's the Man (2006) CAP Thermometers
    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • locker room brutality
  • "I'm gonna cut choo, man"
  • male fight with property damage
  • female fight, somewhat graphic
  • unsportsmanlike conduct (fighting on the field)
  • teen tantrum

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • 15 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • disrespect for mother, repeatedly
  • portrayal of mother as airhead
  • coaching to lie
  • "If you wanna catch your dreams, sometimes you gotta break the rules"
  • lies, repeatedly, throughout
  • deceit of parents, repeatedly
  • deceit of others, repeatedly
  • gender deceit, throughout
  • using people to manipulate others
  • divorce

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • beach scene with multiple instances each of below navel skin threatening exposure of that which follows, dressing to maximize the human form and/or skin exposure and camera angle to force viewer on private parts
  • teen boy atop a teen girl, both in swimsuits
  • excessive cleavage
  • teen in underwear, repeatedly
  • more instances of below navel skin threatening exposure of that which follows, repeatedly
  • crude humor
  • further instances of camera angle to force viewer on private parts
  • sexual innuendo, repeatedly
  • rude gaze
  • girl in boy's locker room, repeatedly
  • further instances of dressing to maximize the human form and/or skin exposure
  • teen speaking innuendo of intercourse
  • inappropriate touch
  • homosexual suggestions, repeatedly
  • teen male nude before teen girl
  • invitation for sex, twice
  • partial rear nudity - male teen
  • public nudity to prove gender, twice
  • brief exposure of lower glutei maximi
  • open face kissing

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • none noted

    Offense to God (O)
  • 12 uses of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive, 11 times by teens plus one use of His name in vain with the four letter expletive by an adult

    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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