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Two Weeks Notice (2002), PG-13
Analysis Date: December 20, 2002
CAP Score: 68
CAP Influence Density: 0.57
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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.
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Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
Offense to God (O)(2):
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|"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.|