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Sweet November (2001), (PG-13)
CAP Score: 49
CAP Influence Density: 1.23

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NOTE: If you do not want the plot, ending, or "secrets" of a movie spoiled for you, skip the Summary/Commentary. In any case, be sure to visit the Findings/Scoring section -- it is purely objective and is the heart of the CAP Entertainment Media Analysis Model applied to this movie


If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary likely using a mix of KJV and NIV.

SWEET NOVEMBER (PG-13) -- Has anyone but me noticed...?

Ad agency executive Nelson Moss (Keanu reeves) is driven. Driven to succeed. Driven to push. Driven to push the limit of acceptability. One time he pushes the limit too far with ads for a hot dog company ... and gets fired. Not because of the idea of sizzling up the image using sex with frankfurters but because of the ever-so-popular entertainment attitude of arrogance against authority; arrogance in defending his choice of advertising communication. Maybe there is at least one positive "teaching moment" in this movie. And he loses his girlfriend, too.

Sara Deever (Charlize Theron) is a perky beauty with a quirky twist on life. She takes troubled men under her wing and into her bed to "help" then in ways they cannot see. Her rationale for this is "You live in a box and I can lift the lid" by forcing them to live outside the rush-rush business world and experience "life." At least her version of life. Sara's drive to help harried men is as strong as Moss's drive to succeed. But Sara will give her special brand of concentrated help for only one month, no more and no less. She tells her paramours one month "Is long enough to be meaningful and short enough to stay out of trouble." I suppose that may be true of nonsexual adolescent relationships which are so deeply in love at first glance, but for mature relationships ...? In "reality", Sara must limit the length of her commitments in order to conceal her "problem" of terminal illness. Moss is her November.

To help Sara manipulate her momentary live-in lovers are a pair of transvestite homosexual males living in an apartment below her. The lead transvestite is Chaz (Jason Isaacs, *The Patriot* ). Has anyone but me noticed that there seems to be an increase of gay "nursemaids" in these plots in which a young independent woman needs someone to fuss over, to protect her or to empty her bedpan? And nursemaid her they do. In one of the scenes, Sara succumbs to her disease. After being abducted out of professional care to her apartment, the transvestite pair proceed to disrobe her, ostensibly for a bath (almost as if 'bath' would be best pronounced 'bawth' with a little giggle flip). And, of course, God's wishes were totally ignored as this lifestyle was implied as entirely acceptable and normal, even desirable [Rom. 1:24-27].

Other issues of included enough ignominy for this movie to earn an "R-13" score; nude pairs in bed, nudes in showers, episodes of implied intercourse and many other issues of sexual programming [1 Cor. 6:9-10]. While Violence/Crime included, for example, breaking and entering with theft, violent tantrums, and reckless driving with endangerment [Prov. 3:31], Impudence/Hate found many uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary, lies, and arrogance at being caught [Isa. 2:17]. Offense to God included the use of God's name in vain both with and without the four letter expletive ... repeatedly [Deut. 5:11]. The list of findings in the Findings/Scoring section will present all that I could capture.


If needed to focus or fortify, applicable text is underlined or bracketed [ ].
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 (KJV) Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (NIV) Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.
  • Rom. 1:24-27 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet
  • 1 Cor. 6:9-10 Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the [unforgiven] sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.
  • Prov. 3:31 Do not envy a violent man or choose any of his ways, ...
  • Isa. 2:17 The arrogance of man will be brought low and the pride of men humbled; the LORD alone will be exalted in that day, ...
  • 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.

    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.

    FINDINGS / SCORING: Sweet November (2001) CAP Thermometers

    NOTE: Multiple occurrences of each item described below may be likely, definitely when plural.

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • reckless vehicular endangerment, repeated
  • forced aiding an d abetting
  • breaking and enterings with theft
  • aggression due to rejection
  • violent tantrum

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • lies
  • arrogance at being caught
  • exposing child to immoral lifestyle, teaching it as acceptable
  • expressing joy at successful cheating
  • abuse of others due to anger
  • brutal treatment of waitress
  • combativeness toward kindness
  • 16 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • nude pair in bed, repeated
  • nude in shower
  • wearing towel only
  • partial female nudity, repeated
  • adult in underwear, repeated
  • intercourse and implied intercourse
  • "More cleavage" command
  • sexual suggestions, innuendo, talk, comments
  • sexual extortion
  • suggestion that kinky is acceptable
  • cohabitation, repeated
  • invitation to cohabitate, repeated
  • vulgar advertisements
  • ghosting of female anatomy through clothing, repeated
  • gaping face kissing
  • mutual undressing for sex
  • inappropriate touch
  • face on clothed breasts
  • woman on man in bed, clothed
  • claim that a man cohabitating with a woman for one month will make a "new man" of him
  • "Does it really matter to you? That I have slept with so many men"
  • transvestism and additional homosexual presences, repeated
  • man and woman bathing together
  • invitation for sex, repeated
  • undressing for sex
  • flash scenes of intercourse
  • two men undressing woman
  • book on understanding transvestism

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • drinking
  • prescription drug abuse

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • two uses of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive and 16 without

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • none noted

    NOTE: The CAP Analysis Model makes no scoring allowances for trumped-up "messages" to excuse or for manufacturing of justification for aberrant behavior or imagery, or for camouflaging such ignominy with "redeeming" programming. Disguising sinful behavior in a theme plot does not excuse the sinful behavior of either the one who is drawing pleasure from the sinful display or the practitioners demonstrating the sinful behavior. This is NOT a movie review service. It is a movie analysis service to parents and grandparents to tell them the truth about movies using the Truth.

    "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." [Emphasis is mine] And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I aplaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our five-year 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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  • (1) As noted in CAP Special Report-001, "Investigation Area and Scoring Trend," of the six CAP Investigation Areas, Impudence/Hate was the strongest presence in all four movie classifications. It has a strong revelation about the entertainment media.

    (2) The use of the three/four letter word vocabulary without God's name in vain is incorporated into the Impudence/Hate Investigation Area. The use of God's name with or without the four letter expletive is incorporated into the Offense to God Investigation Area. There is no duplication.

    (3) Only portrayal of successful murder or suicide are incorporated into Murder/Suicide. Portrayal of attempts to commit murder or suicide and deaths by police action or war are incorporated into Wanton Violence/Crime.

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