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(2004), PG-13
Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
January 30, 2004
52 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.

(2004), PG-13 -- ...a slice off the top of the R classification.

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Gotta Dance Inc., Melee Entertainment, Screen Gems Inc
Distribution (US): Screen Gems Inc.
Director(s): Chris Stokes
Producer(s): Ketrina 'Taz' Askew, Kris Cruz Toledo, Kevin Halloran, Marcus Morton, Billy Pollina, Raynelle Swilling, Cassius Weathersby, Amy Yukich
Written by: Chris Stokes
Cinematography/Camera: David Hennings
Music: Tyler Bates
Film Editing: Earl Watson
Casting: Monica Swann
Production Design: Maxine Shepard
Art Direction: Kitty Doris-Bates, Jason Weil
Viewed at: Hollywood Theaters South Freeway , 301 W. Rendon - Crowley Road, Burleson, Texas 76028

And you'll get served - with some fantastic athletics and dance floor agility if you decide to watch this PG-13 film in spite of what we reveal about its morality contents. Using some real life streetwise hip hop artists, You Got Served presents some of the finest breakdance routines which will inspire a few "I wish I could do that!" from you. With first weekend box office takes doubling the production costs, this "Fast n' Furious" of the dance floor shows how the tweenage dollar muscle can make a so-so film a success, a financial success anyway in spite of its immoral content. [Ps. 12:8; Jude 4]

You Got Served is another R-13 . Not hardcore "R-13" but R-13 nonetheless. A final score of 52 places You Got Served two points under the top of the range of scores earned by R-rated movies (54 and below out of 100) of the comparative baseline database of movies. While not as vile and vulgar as most R-13 movies, You Got Served is every bit a R-13. So, be alerted, mom/dad. You Got Served contains some "R" programming as do all PG-13 movies since by admission of the MPAA "PG-13" is a slice off the top of the R classification.

David, a.k.a., "D" (Omari Grandberry) and Elgin, a.k.a., "L" (Marques Houston) have been buds since young childhood. As they grew, their interests grew with them. They are now Dancers in a LA dance crew. D and L compete with other dance crews at Mr. Rad's dance club. Rad (Steve Harvey) offers the dance club as a substitute for gang and street violence. A $5000 pot awaits the winners of a duel involving L's crew and a crew from rich Orange County led by punk Wade (Christopher Jones).

D and L must come up with their share of the $5000 to compete. L asks his jewel of a grandmother (Esther Scott) for $1500 of the money which she provides. But the boys lose to Wade and his crew. Devastated, D & L get involved with Emerald, a drug lord. D & L become delivery boys in Emerald's drug ring to try to pay back all the people who loaned them money, including grandma. [Hab. 2:9] When Emerald calls for the boys to make a deliver, D is busy cooing (non-sexual) with L's gorgeous sister, Liyah (Jennifer Freeman) who is probably the most wholesome character in the cast. With D out-of-pocket, L takes the call on his own and gets jacked, brutally. This episode of L getting jacked and beat up because D was hitting on L's sister ended L's friendship with D. And D reciprocated.

After that melee, a dance-off called the Big Bounce (not associated with the movie Big Bounce) for $50,000 and an appearance on a music video came up and everyone wanted both D & L to patch up the broken friendship and join forces to win the dance-off. Amidst all this a new urgency surfaced. Younger brother of one of the dancers, Li'l Saint (Malcolm David Kelley), who kept trying to talk D into letting him dance with his crew, is killed in a drive-by shooting. It was this tragedy that brought D & L back together to give their best in the Big Bounce. And that they did.

Also giving her "best" was exhibitionistic, Kimberly 'Li'l' Kim' Jones played by herself as the emcee for the Big Bounce. I doubt there is any less that can be worn from the waste up and still call it being "dressed." She was a perfect example of one of our finding classifications, "Dressing to maximize the fe/male form and/or skin exposure." Jones' exposure was about as maximum as it could get clearly for anatomical display. [1Cor. 5:9]

Twenty uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary filled much of the 88 minutes of audio. [Prov. 8:13] God's name was used in vain only once and without the four letter expletive. While there were no noted uses of His name in vain with the four letter expletive, His name was still used in vain and even if only once. [Deut. 5:11]

Indeed, the CAP analysis model clearly revealed the concentration of ignominy was in Impudence/Hate [I} (foul language, arrogance, etc.) and Sexual Immorality [S]. All other of the six CAP investigation areas revealed relatively tame content in the respective areas (Wanton Violence/Crime [W], Drugs/Alcohol [D], Offense to God [O] and Murder/Suicide [M]).

Please inspect the listing in the Findings/Scoring section before you contemplate seeing this R-13 and especially before contemplating letting your little ones see it ("little ones" includes at-home teens).

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  • Hab. 2:9 Woe to him who builds his realm by unjust gain to set his nest on high, to escape the clutches of ruin!
  • 1Cor. 5:9 I have written you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people -
  • Prov. 8:13 To fear the LORD is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech [obstinate in opposing the norm or the accepted].
  • Matt. 5:22 But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.

    ***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 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, pay for 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 (KJV) Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (NIV) Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.
  • Rom. 5:19 For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.
  • 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.

    You Got Served (2004) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • illegal drug delivery/dealing operations, repeatedly
  • beating
  • fighting, repeatedly
  • threat with physical harm
  • public property damage in a teen tantrum

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • 20 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • punk presence, repeatedly
  • lies to manipulate relationship

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • many pelvic thrusts in dance
  • dressing to maximize the female for and/or skin exposure, repeatedly
  • self touching, repeatedly
  • below navel skin, repeatedly
  • vulgar dance position/moves, repeatedly
  • suggestive eye movement
  • tongue licking kissing
  • underwear showing
  • gamming
  • vulgar dressing, repeatedly

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • smoking
  • song of drug sales and use
  • illegal drug operations

    Offense to God (O)
  • one use of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive
  • calling others a "fool" [Matt. 5:22]

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • drive-by shooting of young boy (unseen)

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