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(2003), PG-13

Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
August 15, 2003
47 out of 100

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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.

(2003), PG-13 -- ...delightfully if it were not for ... [the "R-13" material]

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): GreeneStreet Films Inc., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Distribution (US): Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Distributing Corporation
Director(s): Boaz Yakin
Producer(s): Joseph M. Caracciolo Jr., Allison Jacobs, John Penotti, Fisher Stevens, Tim Williams, Boaz Yakin
Written by/Screenplay: Story: Allison Jacobs. Screenplay: Julia Dahl, Mo Ogrodnik, Lisa Davidowitz
Cinematography/Camera: Michael Ballhaus
Music: Lesley Barber, Joel McNeely, Avril Lavigne
Casting: Ali Farrell, Laura Rosenthal
Production Design: Kalina Ivanov
Art Direction: Frank White
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

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Young adult Molly Gunn (Brittany Murphy) is the orphaned daughter of rock star parents killed in a plane crash, living off a trust fund set up by her parents. But nogoodnick Bob came along and swiped all the funds. Now Molly is on her own. When asked what she will do about money, the magistrate said "Get a job." So, she does.

Molly makes several efforts but settles down as a nanny for eight year old extremely clean, organized and proper but filled with unseen and denied sadness, Lorraine 'Ray' Schleine (Dakota Fanning). Ray's father, David Schleine (IMDb gave no name for David Schleine) is in a coma and dying. Ray's mother, Roma (Heather Locklear) is playing the field while hubby lies in a coma. Part of the field Roma is playing is with singer Neal (Jesse Spencer), Molly's reluctant boyfriend. Neal is reluctant to get involved with Molly or anyone else since he has been sober for nearly a year and has been advised to maintain celibacy to fortify his resolve in staying sober.

While Neal is celibate with Molly, he is submissive to Roma whose dead husband is not even cold yet. As a consequence of Roma's high life in the night life, Ray is left to fend for herself and becomes an hypochondriac, carrying with her all her meds plus her own bar of soap. [Prov. 29:15] She says she has been to psychiatrists since she was three. Ray is never given a chance to be a little girl. Until Molly comes along. The perpetually adolescent, eternally innocent, mischievous, dangerously vulnerable, without a clue rich-kid-gone-poor Molly. Yes, this is the actresses who played Eminem's immoral sex partner in *8-Mile* . Rather versatile she is, wouldn't you say?

So, Ray is already grown up and Molly never did. What a pair! Like a seasoned mother Ray even throws "Act your age" at Molly and it fits the moment well! And, of course, like an adolescent Molly comes up with a number of excuses for being an immature adult. Most of them have to do with the fact she has never had to work a day in her life until now. Comeupance abounds, delightfully if it were not for the plethora of assaults on morality and decency. This is another in the summer series of R-13 flicks. All ready and able to steal the childhood right out of your children.

How sneaky can some filmmakers get? Using an adorable little girl, previously appearing in at least close to wholesome children's programming such as *Cat in the Hat*, as one of the center attractions of a movie not fit for her age stratum. Dakota is nine years old. Not that this movie was fit for anyone. Though there was very little violence and no murders or [successful] suicides in *Uptown Girls*, it is another R-13 , earning a score of 17 out of 100 in Impudence/Hate [Col. 3:8], 13 out of 100 in Sexual Immorality [1Ths. 4:2-5] and zero out of 100 in Offense to God [Deut. 5:11] with a final score of 47 out of 100.

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  • Prov. 29:15 The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame.
  • Col. 3:8 But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.
  • 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 in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the heathen, who do not know God;
  • 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 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.


    Uptown Girls (2003) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • taking risks in traffic
  • fighting
  • attempted suicide
  • death from coma (unseen)

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • nine uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • "I thought I'd kill myself"
  • child snapping fingers at mother
  • name-calling, repeatedly

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • flashes of woman taking off bed clothes and getting dressed
  • excess cleavage repeatedly
  • dressing to maximize the female form and/or skin exposure
  • sex offer
  • open mouth kissing
  • intercourse (off screen)
  • adults in underwear
  • woman stripping to nudity in front of a man (genitals unseen)
  • cohabitation
  • removing underwear in public
  • adultery
  • thong nudity, repeatedly
  • women as sex toys

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

    Offense to God (O)
  • 23 uses of God's name in vain 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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