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(2005), PG-13 [R-13*] (1hr 18min)
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Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Gold Circle Films, 26 Films
Distribution (US): Gold Circle Films
Director(s): Clare Kilner
Written by: Elizabeth Young (book Asking for Trouble)
Screenplay: Dana Fox
Cinematography/Camera: Oliver Curtis
Music: Blake Neely
Film Editing: Mary Finlay
Casting: Carl Proctor
Production Design: Tom Burton
Art Direction: Astrid Sieben
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6
Male prostitute Nick Mercer (Dermot Mulroney) is hired for $6000 plus round trip air fare to England by Kat Ellis (Debra Messing) to pretend he is her boyfriend to escort her to her sister Amy's (Amy Adams) wedding where Jeffrey (Jeremy Sheffield), Kat's ex-fiance and best man for the wedding will be. Kat doesn't want to go alone and can't seem to find a date. Besides, although Kat gets along with stepfather Victor (Peter Egan), she doesn't get along with her mother Bunny (Holland Taylor).
If you have never seen a low-energy romantic comedy, I would need to go into some detail about the plot and story. But it is likely you have seen one before. So you have, in essence, seen this one. The lack of energy in building the relationship between Nick and Kat doesn't help. One moment Kat is as distant from Nick as if she was a carpenter and he a hammer. The next moment she is in love with him.
This is best described as a teen sex flick. The entire film is saturated with sexually immoral deeds, talk and language in addition to intercourse (with no genitals seen) and shower room nudity of Messing plus bedroom nudity of Mulroney. All for stealing the childhood from your 13 year old children. [Luke 17:2, Col. 3:5, 1John 2:16]
In addition to the saturation with sexually immoral programming, this film is wrought with booze, drinking and drunkenness. A perfect example of the finding of the American College of Physicians that drinking and drunkenness in and as entertainment undeniably leads the middle school crowd into abuse of alcohol and tobacco. [Eph. 5:18]
The concentrations of ignominy in the film are clearly in Impudence/Hate (I), Sexual Immorality and Drugs/Alcohol. And inherently with the impudence of using foul language [Col. 3:8] found by Impudence/Hate comes the use of God's name in vain such as in the teen-popular three syllable sentence with His name trailing it. [Deut 5:11] In other words the heart of this film is language-sex-booze. You can believe that filmmakers know what teens want in their entertainment, or at least think they know what teens want. And serve it up without hesitation. Of all moviegoers, more than half are minors. Filmmakers know where the dollars are found. A sad equation indeed, but a real ... worldly ... equation. [Again Luke 17:2]
This film is one of the strongest examples of R-13
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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 objective heart of the CAP Analysis Model, independent of and insulated from the Summary/
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.|
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Lord, Master, Teacher, Savior, God.
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