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(2004), PG-13 [R-13*]
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(2004), PG-13 [R-13*] -- Little more than a teen porn cussfest.
Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): 20th Century Fox, Robert Simonds Productions
Distribution (US): Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
Director(s): Tim Story
Producer(s): Luc Besson, Steve Chasman, Ira Shuman, Robert Simonds
Screenplay: Luc Besson (early), Ben Garant, Thomas Lennon, Jim Kouf
Cinematography/Camera: Vance Burberry
Music: Christophe Beck, Tim Boland
Film Editing: Stuart Levy
Casting: Ilene Starger
Production Design: Mayne Schuyler Berke
Art Direction: Maria L. Baker, Randall Richards
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6
Working for a Manhattan bicycle messenger service, Belle Williams (Queen Latifah) is not happy. She has been covertly trying to get her taxi license for quite some time. Finally it came. At least the notice to report to the license branch to apply for it came. Belle's beaux, Jesse (Henry Simmons) was waiting for a dinner date with Belle (to ask her to marry him) but Belle didn't show. Not because of any friction, but because of Belle's forgetfulness and the unreasonably long wait to get her taxi license.
Belle's forgetfulness is due to her preoccupation with becoming a NASCAR driver. From a bike messenger to a taxi driver doesn't seem much like a step in the right direction, BUT... Belle has a souped up taxi and the streets of New York to practice racing skills. Her daddy taught her well.
In another subplot, Manhattan Detective Washburn (Jimmy Fallon), after blowing a hot calling card bust, wrecked his third police department car. Washburn's boss, Lt. Marta Robbins (Jennifer Esposito) who was once his girlfriend, apparently, revoked Washburn's driver's license and busted him down to beat cop. No wheels.
Then Washburn heard a call on the police radio announcing a crime near him. Washburn exercised his authority to commandeer the nearest vehicle to assist but caused a massive pile-up in the streets. Running from the scene to avoid accountability, Washburn ran into Belle with her cab and demanded she transport him to the scene of the crime. And to step on it. That she did.
The pair met for the first time four female habitual bank robbers in a racing BMW. The only one of the quartet of "super model" type female bank robbers to be important enough to get a name in the IMDb listing is the leader, Vanessa (Gisele Bundchen). The other three are Redhead (Ana Cristina De Oliveira), Third Robber (Ingrid Vandebosch) and Fourth Robber (Magali Amadei). Clearly all four women were used as eye candy with little to no dialogue but lots of skin. The scene in the trailer where Vanessa was standing on top of something in a short mini skirt shooting downward with feet spread apart was not so she could shoot downward. And that is just about the complete caliber of performance of these four women.
From there, Washburn and incidental "cop of necessity" Belle tried to track down the bad girl quartet in about a half hour of street racing action.
This is not a "tame" show, folks. Bundchen performed several lesbian touches on Esposito as Bundchen rubbed Esposito front and rear, top and bottom in a "frisk" for weapons as Vanessa took Lt. Robbins as hostage. [Rom. 1:26] And to top it off, male police officers were seen lusting after the display as if to say men are supposed to lust after two women engaged in lesbian touching. [Matt. 5:28] The only difference between this and raw pornography was there were clothes on the actresses, not much on Bundchen but Esposito was fully dressed in street clothes. Thirteen year olds anyone? [Luke 17:2, Matt. 25:40]
Along with the porn for your adolescents above, this film presented at least 66 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary, two masked uses of the most foul of the foul words [Col. 3:8] and eight uses of God's name in vain, once with the four letter expletive. [Deut. 5:11]
Little more than a teen porn cussfest. [Ps. 12:8] And that is sad. This film could have been fun. But that is just my opinion.
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(The heart of the CAP Analysis Model)
Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
|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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