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(2005), R [R*]
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Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Media 8 Entertainment, Sunlight Productions
Distribution (US): New Line Cinema, Fine Line Features, Media 8 Entertainment
Director(s): Mike Binder
Producer(s): Jack Binder, Chris Curling, Mark Damon, Alex Gartner, Andreas Grosch, Stewart Hall, Peter Heslop, Sammy Lee, Andreas Schmid
Written by: Mike Binder
Cinematography/Camera: Richard Greatrex
Music: Alexandre Desplat
Film Editing: Steve Edwards, Robin Sales
Casting: Danielle Roffe
Production Design: Chris Roope
Art Direction: Tim Stevenson
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6
Terry Anne Wolfmeyer (Joan Allen) cried "woe is me" about her [expletives omitted] husband, Grey (Danny Webb) leaving her for another woman. At least she claimed he left her for another woman. Terry hated Grey for it. And made sure he was hated as much by her four daughters: Andy (Erika Christensen), Lavender "Popeye" (Evan Rachel Wood), Emily (Keri Russell), Hadley (Alicia Witt).
Andy was the somewhat cerebral daughter with noble intentions to not return to college and become a producer. And that she did. By the connections of a baseball great turned host of the WRIF Denny Davies Show, Davies (Kevin Costner) got Andy a job as junior producer -- a gopher (go fer this, go fer that). While Andy had the needed talents and was indeed intellectually capable, she also had something the creep producer Adam Goodman (Mike Binder), a.k.a "Shep" liked. Andy exuded sex appeal which fed Goodman's weakness. Though Goodman kept telling Davies there were no job openings over and over, once Goodman saw Andy she was hired almost on the spot. And, of course, their professional relationship became sexual, immorally sexual as were all the many sexual relationships in this film.
Lavender "Popeye" was the youngest and was 15 years old. She had her eye on a boy, Gorden Reiner (Dane Christensen) who turned down her offer of sexual intercourse because he claimed he was "gay." She asked him to have sex with her mainly because she wanted him but masked her true reasons with a "noble gesture" to test if he really was "gay." What a wonderful topic for young teens!
Emily was the dancer. With resistance from her mother, Emily was accepted by the Victor M. Morris School of Arts. It was not until Emily had a bout with a serious threat to her health did mom embrace what Emily wanted to do. This part could have been of good properties if it were not for the arrogance and the language in it.
Hadley, the eldest and about to graduate college, became pregnant by her fiance. Hadley and Goodman are the two quintessential masterminds in the smoothest talk and arguments for sex before marriage being quite natural, acceptable and even routine; the two with the most "What's the big deal" defense of sexual immorality. [Col. 2:8] While mom was not as vocal about it, she practiced it more than any of her daughters.
This doesn't sound much like a movie review, does it? Maybe because it is not. It is a report telling parents the truth about the content of films, content which the MPAA, promoters, advertisers, trailers, etc. can't or won't tell so mom/dad might be in a better position to make an informed moral decision on their own whether a film is fit for their family. Be sure to read the text of the "BEFORE You Read On..." link above.
In the middle of a bout of anger, fear and frustration along comes baseball great Denny Davies to pick up the pieces of Terry. Too bad he couldn't put them back together. At the start anyway. Terry's hatred for Grey was too great and too deep. But after Davies banged on Terry's door often enough, Terry did let Denny into her home ... and into her bed. Several times. All before her four daughters. Then the pieces Terry had fallen apart into started to come back together. And I suppose the emotional recovery is supposed to excuse the immoral sex. Again I ask that you read the text of the "BEFORE You Read On..." link above.
And maybe you are asking "This is an R-rated film! Kids aren't supposed to be there anyway! Why tell parents about it?" Since you've asked, I'll tell you. A study conducted by the American College of Physicians revealed that of 4544 youths from grades 5 through 8 of fifteen Vermont and New Hampshire middle schools (90% were under fourteen years old) only 16% were completely restricted from viewing R-rated movies. Further, by our own study more than half of all feature-length, non-cartoon films made are rated R or more severe. A Loews Theaters movie trivia slide revealed that more than half of all moviegoers are under 17. You do the math (I say that with a smile). If you want more as to why we analyze R-rated films, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions, number 5. By the way (and this will probably make a lot of folks mad), which sin is it that is sinful for "under 17" but is not also sinful for adults? Note that "legal" is not part of the question. I can hear it now. "Who are you to tell me it is sinful to take pleasure in the demonstration of sin in and as entertainment!?" I am no one. But God is Someone. Someone who wrote the Rules. And if you have a problem with His Rules, take it up with Him. I cannot change the Rules. He will give you a much better answer than I ever could anyway.
This film is rife with smooth talk, arguments and demonstrations to excuse immoral sex [Rom. 16:17 - 18]. And such presentations may and likely will be "obstacles" to many. Not only were the talk, arguments and demonstrations to excuse immoral sex between adults, they were between adolescents as well. Such behavior and discussion are used throughout the film in ways to suggest there is nothing wrong with sex outside of marriage. God speaks ill of any form of sexual activity outside of marriage. His admonitions against immoral sex may be summed up as any sexual contact (including visual), conduct or activity outside of a monogamous heterosexual marriage is immoral. Proverbs 30:20 tells us "This is the way of an adulteress: She eats and wipes her mouth and says, 'I've done nothing wrong.'" "Adulteress?" How about "adulterer?" God's Word is as good for the goose as it is for the gander. The adulteress cannot be an adulteress without an adulterer [Prov. 6:32, 1 Cor. 6:9-10]. Just as we all -- male/female, black/white, Baptist/Islam -- are equal at the foot of the Cross, all admonitions against sin apply to all, not just to women and not just to men. Adultery is a dark issue for God. He speaks of it as shameful in both the Old Testament and the new Testament. And though Proverbs 30:20 uses "adulteress" to make its point, the heart of the matter is the arrogance of "What's the big deal!" defense of sexual immorality. Indeed, it speaks as well to any other wrong-doings. Modern morality and not believing in His Word do not make it go away.
And it is beyond any shadow of a doubt for me that the only reason the writer put the completely unnecessary and non-productive bit about the 15 year old boy claiming to be "gay" was to get homosexuality mentioned and associated with younger and younger people each year. Homosexuality has existed since long before Plato and will be with us until Jesus finally locks up the father of lies with a simple rotation of His Hand holding the keys to the gates of Hell, but that it has existed for eons does not defeat His Word about the practice of homosexuality. [Also 1 Cor. 6:9-10] All of us must remember that while God detests the practice of homosexuality (as much as any other form of sexual immorality), He loves the practitioner. As much as He loves you and I. The practitioner is as precious to Jesus as you and I. It is not the doer He hates, it is the deed. To "Rev." Fred Phelps: God does NOT hate "fags." And neither do I.
Please read the rather lengthy listing in the Findings/Scoring section (the heart of the CAP analysis model) before you decide whether your kids will be in the 16% or the 84% for this film. It is your call to make. No one else on the planet has that moral authority. Not older siblings unless you say so. Not Aunt Jane or Uncle Bob unless you say so. Not the public schools unless you say so. Certainly not the Motion Picture Association of America and equally certainly not me. I just tell you the hard truth about the content. You decide.
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***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
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.
(The heart of the CAP Analysis Model)
Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
Christian Educators Association International
|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.|
|In the name of Jesus: |
Lord, Master, Teacher, Savior, God.
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