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Two Weeks Notice (2002), PG-13
Analysis Date: December 20, 2002
CAP Score: 68
CAP Influence Density: 0.57

MinMax: -70

Two Weeks Notice (2002) CAP Mini-thermometers

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

TWO WEEKS NOTICE (PG-13) -- ...little nips and digs at the foundation of wholesomeness. But not as much as one might expect...

Production: Castle Rock Entertainment, Fortis Films
Distribution: Warner Bros
Director(s): Marc Lawrence
Producer(s): Sandra Bullock, Marc Lawrence, Mary McLaglen
Written by/Screenplay: Marc Lawrence
Cinematography/Camera: László Kovács
Music: John Powell
Film Editing: Susan E. Morse
Casting: Ilene Starger
Production Design: Peter S. Larkin
Art Direction: Ray Kluga

Lucy Kelson (Sandra Bullock) seems to be a little precocious. Maybe even adamant about saving landmark buildings. The story opens with Lucy and two of her friends blocking the wrecking of a famous old building by lying down in the middle of the fall zone of the old building. After being arrested, Lucy meets her enemy, billionaire developer George Wade (Hugh Grant), the "devil" behind the wrecking of the old bulding. After firing his latest chief counsel for whatever reason, George is taken with Lucy's credentials and hires her on the spot as the firm's chief counsel for a $250,000 salary. Lucy surmises she can do more for her cause from the inside the big, bad corporation than from the outside, so she accepts the position.

After day-to-day routine settles in, Lucy finds she is little more the his personal aide, even doing the choosing of which suit to wear to what function. And after nearly a year of such mundane service, Lucy turns in her two weeks notice. But nearly a year of working so closely with someone, it is hard to keep emotional distance when the plot leads the audience into expecting to see these two kissing.

Lucy is, however, stalwart with her decisions. She won't back down. So George hires fiery redhead June Carter (Alicia Witt). June is good with the flattery and uses it frequently to influence George's feelings about her. She used her influence to get George to play strip chess. Then Lucy walks in on the two and, trying to hide her emotional shock, lies about a man waiting for her in her bed. A different warfare begins.

Lucy ends up working pro bono for Legal Aid. George keeps trying to talk to Lucy but Lucy has made up her mind. Will they finally fall back in love? The rest of the story is the typical romance formula and is somewhat enticing and even tear-jerking. While much is presented in this film to be quality entertainment, much is presented to defeat its quality with little nips and digs at the foundation of wholesomeness.

But not as much as one might expect from contemporary PG-13 movies. Indeed, Two Weeks Notice earned a CAP score of 68 which places it at the very bottom of the CAP scoring range for PG movies (86 to 68 out of 100), losing the majority of points due to sexual immorality [Gal. 5:19] and the use of God's name in vain [Deut. 5:11]. Two Weeks Notice was mathematically equivalent to G-rated material in Wanton Violence/Crime and murder/Suicide, PG in Impudence/Hate and Drugs/ Alcohol but R-rated programming in Sex/Homosexuality and Offense to God.

To address these two major concentrations of ignominy, I'll tell you Lucy is rather sexually aggressive, especially when drunk [Gal. 5:21]. Lucy suggests she is quite experienced at sex, leading us to believe much of her dating history was filled with sex. Lucy also told George she was like a bobcat and could bend like a pretzel. Though innocent in cause, Lucy ends up in a man's restroom with George with her hair caught in his belt buckle. On a good note, at a time when George could have had his way with Lucy he did not, even though his past was littered with womanizing while married [Prov. 6:32]. While this is a sexually noble act, it was still sexual programming in and as entertainment. The casual treatment of sexual relationships was one of the two most caustic presences in this film.

The second most caustic presence was the many uses of God's name in vain. None were noted to be used with the four letter expletive, but they were used in vain nonetheless. Unless God's name is used in reverence, respect and thoughtful discussion, its use is likely in vain. Even the use of His name in the ever so popular three syllable sentence is in vain. Even if an acronym of the sentence is used, it is still using God's name in vain. And God includes Jesus. If you don't believe me, ask Him.

The listing in the findings/Scoring section will itemize all the issues which were noted.


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  • Gal. 5:19 The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery;
  • Deut. 5:11 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain [shav' {shawv}: emptiness, nothingness, vanity]: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. [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.]
  • Gal. 5:21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this [unforgiven] will not inherit the kingdom of God
  • Prov. 6:32 But whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding: he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul [if not forgiven].

    ***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 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]. [I call attention to Ps. 12:8 to warn of the creeping desensitizing power of "entertainment."]
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 (KJV) Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (NIV) Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.
  • 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] 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.

    Two Weeks Notice (2002) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • illegal protest
  • assault

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • five uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • facial piercing
  • lies

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • sexual issue
  • sex talk, repeatedly, some about intercourse
  • adultery
  • admission of sexual immorality
  • man in towel only, repeatedly
  • woman in men's room
  • positioning to imply oral sex
  • suggestive eye movement
  • sexual offers
  • adult in underwear, repeatedly
  • open mouth kissing

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • drinking
  • drunkenness
  • booze

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • 15 uses of God's name in vain

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

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    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 or example 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." 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 nearly seven 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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    (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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