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(2008), PG-13 [Hard R-13*] (1hr 33min)

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May 12, 2008
June 5, 2008

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(While the Scriptural references are certainly not subjective, my commentary may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)

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

(2008), PG-13 [Hard R-13*] ... is thick with assaults on morality and wholesome ethics, ...

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): 21 Laps Entertainment, Mosaic Media Group, Penn Station Entertainment, Regency Enterprises
Distribution (US): Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation
Director(s): Tom Vaughan
Producer(s): Michael Aguilar, Joseph M. Caracciolo Jr., Dean Georgaris, Shawn Levy
Written by: Dana Fox
Cinematography/Camera: Matthew F. Leonetti
Music: Christophe Beck
Film Editing: Matt Friedman
Casting: Avy Kaufman
Production Design: Stuart Wurtzel
Art Direction: W. Steven Graham
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

This analysis is rather late. Nearly three weeks after viewing it. But I put it on hold in favor of getting analysis of the four films of the Indiana Jones quadrilogy to you. Maybe I should not have done so. This film for teens is a cussfest and sexfest. It is bad news for wholesome moral standards. With a final score of 32 and an influence density of 2.55 (standard range for R-rated films is 0.78 to 2.04), this flick is thick with assaults on morality and wholesome ethics: is clearly R-equivalent. As high as 37.4 examples of sexually immoral behaviors per hour.

To start this, note that the lead female character, Joy McNally (Cameron Diaz) may be stage married to the lead male character, Jack Fuller, Jr. (Ashton Kutcher) but Diaz is not married to Kutcher. And "acting" does not excuse sin. Even if Diaz and Kutcher were married in real life, what a husband and wife do in bed and other matters is not for public display.

Joy gets dumped by her live-in fiancé. In a lark at the coaching of one of her friends Joy decides to tolerate an unplanned fling in Las Vegas for a couple days before beginning a new plan for her life.

Jack gets fired by his boss who is also his father, Jack, Sr. (Treat Williams) because Jack, Jr. cannot seem to take anything seriously and never finishes anything. Jack is also coached to go to Vegas for a fling before he has to regroup and get serious.

Joy and Jack get thrown together in Vegas by getting the keys to the same hotel room ... and have a fabulous time.

The next morning Joy and Jack find themselves married.

During an argument in a casino lobby about getting out of the marriage Jack hits the $3,000,000 slot jackpot -- with Joy's quarter. Who gets the money? It was her quarter. But Jack is the one who played it. And they are married but do not want to be married. Who gets the money? Nevada is a community property state, dontchaknow.

Judge Whopper (Dennis Miller) orders six months of marriage and freezes the $3,000,000 for the same six months while the pair prove they can become one in marriage while the Judge decides what to do with the money.

To enforce the ruling Whopper also orders Jack and Joy, er, Mr. and Mrs. Fuller, to attend weekly marriage sessions with Dr. Twitchell (Queen Latifah) who must be able to report to the judge that the pair are happily married.

From the start, Jack and Joy deliver, er, whoppers of misery to each other. But as with many romantic comedies, the pair slowly learn to love each other. Even after a divorce.

As coaches, Jack's best friend and lawyer, Hater (Rob Corddry) and Joy's bar tender and confidanté, Tipper (Lake Bell) accompany the pair to cheer them on as Jack and Joy throw insults and slapstick jabs at each other. As events unfold, Hater and Tipper develop a relationship as well. It is unclear whether the relationship is good or bad.

Enough about the story. In this viewer's opinion it is not one to last beyond the trip back home.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Except for some marital slapstick violence and a requested beating, the film is relatively free of violence.

Impudence/Hate (I)
As usual with PG-13 films, What Happens in Vegas is a teen cussfest, leading the viewer to believe that is the way everybody talks all the time. Twenty four uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary in a 93-minute film is not the standard for wholesome conversation. That is about one use per four minutes. Some, especially those of the middle school and high school age stratum, have tried to tell me "That is the way we talk. It is real-life." I say don't say "we."

I have yet to attend a real-life Sunday morning service that presents 12 uses of foul language in the half hour service. Even as a real-life jury foreman the use of foul language was not heard. And not once were any of the three/four letter words heard in the real-life court room after deliberations. Further, I cannot remember the last time I heard any one of the three/four letter words at the real-life grocery store, gas station , post office, ... Indeed, as best I can recall I hear them only at two real-life places other than from the big screen: the theater (lobby and parking lot) by teens right after a PG-13 cussfest and to a slightly lesser extent at public schools. In each case from the same age stratum. By teens right after a PG-13 cussfest? Kinda says something about the influence of such "entertainment" doesn't it? Luke 17:2 has something to say about that (skandalizo: entice to sin).

So much for such language being "real-life."

First Cor 15:33 also has something to say about that. God warns us that "evil communications corrupt good manners." Cussing is "evil communications?" Certainly. God warns us not to speak "filthy language" in Col. 3:8. Since He has made it a sin to cuss and since all sin is evil, cussing is included in "evil communications."

In addition to exaggeration of typical speech, this film presents such impudence as urinating on the dishes in a kitchen sink, vulgar gestures [Eph. 5:4], insults and reciprocal insults [1 Pet. 3:9] and lying [Rev. 21:8] galore. There are so many assaults on morality and decency that the film lost all its starting 100 points in this investigation area.

Sexual Immorality (S)
Where do I begin? Leg wrapping. A man and woman in bed, repeatedly. Homosexual insults and references to the practice of homosexuality. Flashes of frenzied making out in underwear. In fact it almost seems there is more screen time of adults in underwear than dressed. Inappropriate touching, male to female and male to male. A male fondling himself. Offer to show a breast for cab fare. More. A l-o-t more. It is a sexfest for teens. See the listing in the Findings/Scoring section for a full accounting of the sexually immoral content of this film. This investigation area also found enough content for the film to lose all of its starting 100 points in this area. [also Rev. 21:8, 1 Ths. 4:1-5]

After 13 years of studying the influence of modern entertainment, I can see no let-up, not as long as we continue to embrace their work. [Jer. 37:9, Ps. 12:8] It is as if filmmakers and performers are "adulterers." [Prov. 30:20, Eph. 4:19]

Drugs/Alcohol (D)
The drinking and drunkenness are of significant danger in this film suggested by the MPAA as being fit for the middle school age stratum.

The American College of Physicians (ACP) has found that exposure to booze and drinking in and as entertainment emboldens the viewer, in particular the middle school age stratum, the PG and PG-13 age stratum, to challenge the law and experiment with alcohol.

Though the ACP study used R-rated films since it was believed R-rated films contained the most drinking, the focus is on the influence of exposure to alcohol in and as entertainment regardless of the film rating. Besides, the ACP researchers were not aware of R-13 which defeats the assumption that R-rated films present the most drinking and drunkenness. A finding by Harvard University agreed with our R-13 finding four years after our finding.

Within the ACP study population of 4544 middle school students (90% were under fourteen years old), the prevalence of having tried alcohol without parental knowledge was

  • 46% for those with no restrictions on which rating may be viewed
  • 16% for those with partial restrictions on which rating may be viewed
  • four percent for those with complete restrictions (those with complete restrictions comprised only 16% of the study population).

    Rather revealing of the influences of the entertainment industry wouldn't you say? And emboldening children to sin with drink in and as entertainment screams of violating Luke 17:2. [Eph. 5:18]

    Offense to God (O)
    At least one use of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive is stuffed into the script, along with 20 other uses of His name in vain but without the four letter expletive. God does not like that [Deut. 5:11], not even in that three-syllable sentence with His name trailing it.

    Murder/Suicide (M)
    There were no murders or suicides noted.


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  • Col. 3:8 But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander (injurious speech), and filthy language [aischrologia: foul speaking, low and obscene speech] from your lips.
  • Eph. 5:4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.
  • 1 Pet. 3:9 Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.
  • Rev. 21:8 But the [unforgiven] fearful [deilos {di-los'}; timid, cowardly], and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers [sexually immoral], 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 "whoremonger" (the sexually immoral) may be summed up as the one who chooses to freely participate in any sexual contact (including visual), conduct or activity outside of a monogamous heterosexual marriage.]
  • 1Ths. 4:1-5 Finally, brothers, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more. 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 [or her] own body [which includes control of drives, touching, seeking, lusting (even after images), promiscuity, etc.] in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the heathen, who do not know God; [Be master of your body and urges, not a slave to them or a seeker of any manner of sexually-oriented imagery or behavior outside of a monogamous heterosexual marriage.]
  • Jer. 37:9 "This is what the LORD says: Do not deceive yourselves, thinking, `The Babylonians will surely leave us.' They will not!
  • Prov. 30:20 This is the way of an adulteress [or adulterer]: She eats and wipes her mouth and says, 'I've done nothing wrong.' [Though this verse uses "adulteress" to make its point, the heart of the matter is the arrogance of "What's the big deal!" defense of sexual immorality (or any other wrong-doings). This verse makes an adulterer/ess of many filmmakers and performers, thinking they can create and entice with sexual immorality in their works and think they've done no wrong.]
  • Eph. 4:19 Having lost all sensitivity, they [the sinful] have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, with a continual lust for more.
  • Eph. 5:18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. [Since "drunk" is methusko {meth-oos'-ko}: to intoxicate; make drunk; to get drunk; become intoxicated, "wine" can be any intoxicating substance including illegal drugs or abuse of prescription drugs. The issue is do not abuse the body by intoxicating it [1 Cor. 6:19]. Though it is not a sin to drink, it is a sin to get drunk OR to influence to get drunk OR to drink in defiance such as underage drinking.
  • 1Cor. 6:19 Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;
  • 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 responsible discussion is in vain. That includes the popular three syllable sentence with His name trailing it AND the misuse of Jesus' name or title.]

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Jer. 37:9 This is what the LORD says: Do not deceive yourselves, thinking, 'The Babylonians [the destroyers from within] will surely leave us.' They will not!
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences and present it to younger and younger audiences every year] when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, enjoy it, want it, submit to 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 Be not deceived: evil [kakov: of a bad nature, not such as it ought to be] 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 us], 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 one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto 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 {skan-dal-id'-zo} - scandalize; 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.]
  • 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, independent of and insulated from the Summary / Commentary section.)

    What Happens in Vegas (2008) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 89 out of 100
  • beating, masochistic
  • slapstick violence between married man and woman, repeatedly

    Impudence/Hate (I) - Zero out of 100
  • 21 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • three muffled/masked uses of the most foul of the foul words
  • urination in kitchen sink and on dishes to irritate another
  • series of insults, repeatedly, of varying intensities
  • hate talk, repeatedly
  • lies, frequent
  • trickery with lies
  • tantrum
  • vulgar gestures, three times
  • crotch hit

    Sexual Immorality (S) - Zeero out of 100
  • leg wrap, twice
  • woman on man in bed in underwear
  • adult in underwear, frequently
  • sex talk, repeatedly
  • inappropriate touch, repeatedly, including intimately and male to male
  • cohabitation for sex
  • gamming
  • dressing to maximize the human form and/or skin exposure, repeatedly
  • homosexual insults and references, repeatedly
  • admission of sexually immoral behavior
  • flashes of frenzied making out as prelude to intercourse
  • nude woman in bed
  • anatomical references and crude/sexual humor and/or insults, repeatedly
  • exposure of below navel skin threatening exposure of that which follows, repeatedly
  • fondling of self - male
  • partial nudity
  • nude woman in bath tub
  • offering to show breast for cab fare
  • male dumping popcorn down his underwear to prevent a woman from having any of the popcorn
  • rude gaze
  • excessive cleavage
  • man unzipping woman's dress

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - Zero out of 100
  • want of drink
  • bar, repeatedly
  • booze, repeatedly
  • drinking, frequently
  • drunkenness, repeatedly
  • drunken revelry
  • guzzling, twice
  • drug reference - bag of weed as gift

    Offense to God (O) - Zero out of 100
  • 21 uses of God's name in vain, 20 without the four letter expletive and once with it
  • gambling several episodes

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
  • none noted

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