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(2003), PG-13

Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
September 28, 2003
55 out of 100

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(2003), PG-13 -- ... any doubt as to what the filmmakers were trying to impart?

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Touchstone Pictures
Distribution (US): Buena Vista Pictures
Director(s): Audrey Wells
Producer(s): Katie DiMento, Laura Fattori, Mark Gill, Sandy Kroopf, Tom Sternberg, Audrey Wells
Written by/Screenplay: Story: Frances Mayes, Audrey Wells. Screenplay: Audrey Wells
Cinematography/Camera: Geoffrey Simpson
Music: Christophe Beck, Daniele Luppi
Film Editing: Arthur Coburn, Andrew Marcus
Casting: John Brace, Béatrice Kruger, Linda Lowy
Production Design: Stephen McCabe
Art Direction: Gianfranco Fumagalli, Gianni Giovagnoni

A picture postcard in photography, but subjectively I found the acting and the story somewhat dry and forgettable. Diane Lane plays Frances Mayes, a recently divorced writer and book critic who is still reeling from the divorce. Friends of hers, Patti (Sandra Oh) and, I think it was, Katherine (Lindsay Duncan), recommend that Frances take a break and get out of the country for a well-deserved vacation, go to Italy. Soon, Patti and Katherine give Frances a paid plane ticket to Italy. Frances said to Patti that she was not ready for another relationship. To that Patti told Frances she has nothing to worry about. It is a gay tour. Patti and Katherine are lesbian lovers. Patti is pregnant, ostensibly by artificial insemination since as Anna and Eve cannot procreate any more than can Adam and Steve. By the way, as reportedly almost all gay/lesbian relationships go, this one fails as Katherine decides she does not want to be a mother a leaves Patti [1Cor. 6:9-10; 1Cor. 6:18; Rom. 1:26].

Once in Italy, Frances found she did not want to return to the US and bought an older fixer-upper home. Some wonderfully picturesque Polish folks helped Frances repair the rundown villa. While not looking for a new romance. Frances found it with Marcello (Raoul Bova). Let me see. The Findings/Scoring sequence of immoral behavior notations at this point read "... sex games; sex offer; co-striping for sex; inappropriate touch; adults in underwear making out in bed; cohabitation; man and woman in bed making out the morning after; vulgar touch; ..." Though the deed itself happens off screen, is there any doubt as to what the filmmakers were trying to impart?

Enough said about the plot and story typical for a movie the MPAA finds acceptable for your 13 year old kids. *Under the Tuscan Sun* is, by secular reviews, a "chick flick." I wonder if the pattern shown in the CAP thermometers is representative of the "chick flick" genre, centered around sexual immorality [1Ths. 4:2-5] with little to no violence and murder/suicide but a strong helping of foul language [Eph. 5:4; Prov. 22:11] and the use of God's name in vain [Deut. 5:11] with plenty of booze [1Cor. 6:9-10]. If we can ever find enough funding to put the massive data we have amassed over the years through a trending search, I'll let you know.

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  • 1Cor. 6:9-10 Do you not know that the [unforgiven] wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the 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.
  • 1Cor. 6:18 Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body.
  • Rom. 1:26 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:
  • 1Ths. 4:2-5 For you know what instructions we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus. It is God's will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control his own body [which includes drives, touching, promiscuity, etc.] in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the heathen, who do not know God;
  • Eph. 5:4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.
  • Prov. 22:11 He who loves a pure heart and whose speech is gracious will have the king for his friend.
  • 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.]

    ***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."]
  • 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 (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, situationally redefine, counterfeit, conditionally apply] 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.


    Under the Tuscan Sun (2003) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • nine uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • a single use of the most foul of the foul words
  • divorce
  • toilet humor
  • "Come on, Frances! Who cares about lying?"
  • emotional brutality
  • tantrum
  • teenage arrogance against father
  • meddling

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • sexual innuendo
  • sexual reference
  • sexual comments
  • lesbian presence, repeatedly
  • gay presence, repeatedly
  • dressing to maximize the female form and/or skin exposure
  • adult in underwear before children
  • suggestive eye movement
  • nudity, repeatedly
  • sex games
  • sex offer
  • co-stripping for sex
  • inappropriate touch
  • adults in underwear making out in bed
  • cohabitation
  • man and woman in bed making out the morning after
  • vulgar touch
  • self-touching
  • teens making out in be in underwear
  • sexually immoral behavior suggested
  • woman in towel only
  • lesbian pair to be "parents"

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • booze, repeatedly
  • drinking, repeatedly
  • smoking, repeatedly
  • drunkenness

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • booze, repeatedly
  • drinking, repeatedly
  • smoking, repeatedly
  • drunkenness

    Offense to God (O)
  • 13 uses of God's name in vain but all without the four letter expletive

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • none noted

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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 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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