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(2005), R [R*] (Partial - 16min)

Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
July 16, 2005
40 out of 100

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(This section may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)

If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary.

(YEAR), RATING [CAP RATING*] -- unusual scoring distribution...

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Avery Pix, New Line Cinema, Tapestry Films
Distribution (US): New Line Cinema
Director(s): David Dobkin
Producer(s): Peter Abrams, Richard Brener, Robert L. Levy, Andrew Panay, Guy Riedel
Written by: Steve Faber, Bob Fisher
Cinematography/Camera: Julio Macat
Music: Rolfe Kent
Film Editing: Mark Livolsi
Casting: Lisa Beach, Sarah Katzman
Production Design: Barry Robison
Art Direction: Kevin Constant
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

Of the more than 1000 film analyses, I have walked out on five. Make that six now. After 16 minutes of Wedding Crashers I had enough. In that 16 minutes there were: 8 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary, two uses of the most foul of the foul words [Col. 3:8]; three uses of God's name in vain though without the four letter expletive [Deut. 5:11]; 12 instances of nudity for intercourse and/or intercourse with nudity, planning sexual conquests [Rev. 21:8]; booze repeatedly, drinking repeatedly, drunkenness repeatedly [Gal. 5:19 - 21] ... need more be said? Well, there is more as noted in the Findings/Scoring section.

The content of the first 16 minutes certainly makes for an unusual scoring distribution: W - 100, I - 0, S - 0, D - 0, O - 38, M - 100. The scoring for that 16-minute portion of the film contained enough assaults on morality and decency to loose all 100 starting points in each of Impudence/Hate (I), Sexual Immorality (S) and Drugs/Alcohol and most of them in Offense to God.

One of the comments the writers had the actors say was particularly pointed. A woman had a tattoo below the small of her back. The writers had the actors comment that it was a sexual invitation, that she was easy prey. I have felt for a long time that such positioning of a tattoo on a body was a sexual expression, now the writers of this film fortify it. I am sorry if that offends some of you, but I did not write the Rules about the use of tattoos. [Lev. 19:28] And the Author of the Rules spent three days in Hell so you and I would not have to spend one moment there. That makes His Word rather important dontchaknow? To this sinner anyway. Like Dr. Martin Luther, my conscience is captive of the Word of God.

Sure, it was rated R, but if I were a betting man I would bet this film would have received NC-17 (which used to be X) not that long ago. Maybe it is one of those NC-17 films that was edited for R. If so, it wasn't edited enough. In my opinion anyway.

Who cares if a walk through the remainder of this film would be pristine if your boots are already covered with manure the first 16 minutes? But that's just my opinion. Let the numbers do the talking.

The numbers shown represent the first 16 minutes only. The remainder of the film cannot alter the content of the first 16 minutes and no "message" or "plot" in the remainder of the film can excuse demonstration of sin found in the first 16 minutes. Even if there is "redemption" of the two quintessential womanizers (Owen Wilson as John Beckwith, Vince Vaughn as Jeremy Klein) or even eventual justice, a noble destination does not excuse an ignoble path.

Even God warns us that though we be Christians and are saved from eternal damnation and are forgiven of all of our sins; past, present, future by believing on faith that Jesus is Lord and resurrected Savior whose Sacrifice paid the price of our sins (our "noble destination"), our freedom from the fires of Hell does not give us license to sin along the way (an ignoble path). [1Pet. 2:16]. End of sermon.


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  • 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.
  • 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.]
  • Rev. 21:8 But the [unforgiven] fearful [deilos {di-los'}; timid, cowardly], and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. [The "whoremongers" (the sexually immoral) may be summed up as they who choose to freely or obsessively seek to participate in any sexual contact (including visual), conduct or activity outside of a monogamous heterosexual marriage.]
  • Gal. 5:19 - 21 The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this [if unforgiven] will not inherit the kingdom of God.
  • Lev. 19:28 Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the LORD. [This verse is speaking to the practices of the pagans which made tattoos sinful. Other Levitican verses speak to not even cutting the hair on the sides of your head or wearing dissimilar fabrics. I am not wise enough to argue His Word but I suspect that if we put tattoos on our bodies, cut the hair on the sides of our heads or wear dissimilar fabrics for the same reasons the pagans did (to express sexual matters, hate, evil, arrogance, defiance, etc.), then we, too, would sin. I rather doubt that a tattoo that says "Mom" or something similarly innocuous would be sinful but I am not the Final Word. God is. Ask Him about tattoos. I am as much a sinner as everyone else. He will give you a much better answer than I ever could.]
  • 1Pet. 2:16 Live as free men [free from condemnation to Hell], but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as servants of God.

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about when what is vile is honored among men [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences to younger and younger audiences every year when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, pay for it, enjoy it, want it].
  • 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 Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.
  • Rom. 5:19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
  • Jude 1:4 For there are certain men* crept in unawares [secretly slipped in among you], who were before of old ordained to this condemnation [whose condemnation was written about long ago], ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness [a license for immorality], and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. [*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 were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. ["Offend": skandalizo - to entice to sin; to cause a person to begin to distrust and desert one whom he ought to trust and obey; to cause to fall away. "Little ones": mikros - little;, small of age; younger which can include at-home teens].
  • Ps. 119:133 Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me [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. ["Evil" includes all things that are sinful.]


    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 objective heart of the CAP Analysis Model)

    Wedding Crashers - Partial (2005) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • none noted

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • eight uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • two uses of the most foul of the foul words
  • marital argumentation
  • mane-calling, repeatedly

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • vulgar anatomical reference
  • sexual comments, repeatedly
  • planning sexual conquests
  • small of the back tattoo as "advertisement" in accordance with the script

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • booze, repeatedly
  • drinking, repeatedly
  • "I'm gonna get drunk"
  • drunkenness, repeatedly

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

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • none noted

  • First Impressions and

    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.

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