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Thirteen Days (2000), (PG-13)
CAP Score: 53
CAP Influence Density: 1.32

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THIRTEEN DAYS (PG-13) -- Five minutes from killing 80 million Americans.

The closest we have ever been (that we know of) to coming to nuclear blows and throes. And John Fitzgerald Kennedy was the one making the decisions. Kevin Costner stars as Kennedy's chief advisor, Kenny O'Donnell with Bruce Greenwood starring as JFK. I was too young to really grasp what was going on in October 1962, so I cannot comment on how accurate this portrayal of the real threat of nuclear war was for the people of America. But as with all "based on a true story" flicks, I suggest you take *Thirteen Days* with a grain of salt.

Nikita Khrushchev planted nuclear missiles 90 miles off our Florida coast in communist Cuba. Five minutes from killing 80 million Americans. Kennedy was not about to accept that. Nor were his Chiefs of Staff. I wonder if the military leaders of our country in 1962 were as hot to fight as they were in this movie? And I wonder whether Kennedy was as soft as portrayed? And I wonder whether the "nuclear war" in the oval office actually happened. Schoolyard kids behave better than some of the portrayals in *Thirteen Days*

Once the missile launch sites were discovered, the political wheels were set in motion to get them removed ... at almost any cost. Additional discovery flights were sent with the instructions that no shots will be fired -- by anybody -- whether shots were fired or not. In other words, the pilots and their commander were ordered to lie to their superiors if the plane was fired upon. It was felt that lying was better than the possible repercussions of being fired upon. Lying is a sin. Nowhere does God say that lying is acceptable under these of those circumstances. If lying is forced to cover up one thing, where will it stop [Prov. 6:16, 19]?

After discovering the building of launch sites continued ever after the Cubans and soviet engineers knew we knew, the famous blockade was set up to prevent any further shipment of supplies and arms. This is where the "rubber met the road." If one of the ships were to ignore the blockade, they were to be sunk. And if that happened, Khrushchev would have no choice but to retaliate. And we would counter with superior aggression. Then Khrushchev would do likewise to an inevitable end of launching the now operational missiles. Then we would retaliate. Other countries, being offended by our spitting contest, would get involved. And so on until the end of life as we know it. We are all fairly familiar with the rest of the story.

Apparently in an attempt to be "justified" by history, *Thirteen Days* was an exercise in R-rated language. Much use of the three/four letter word vocabulary thundered from the speakers [Col. 3:8]. The name of God was no more than an expletive [Deut. 5:11]. Language and smoking/drinking were the only significant influential presences in *Thirteen Days*, justified I suppose by the blame-excusing properties of "That's the way it was." So much of an influential presence were these ignominies that if they were deleted, *Thirteen Days* could have be equivalent to a G-rated movie with quality acting and choreography. Foul language, smoking and drinking were the *only* reasons this movie was not equivalent to G movies of the CAP numeric comparative baseline database. And there were a *lot* of them -- enough to place *Thirteen Days* at 53, one point below the top of the scoring range for R movies. The only issue of a sexual nature was the vulgar use of reference to human anatomy. And the only issues of violence (aside from the animated arguments) were a continuous threat of doom and military gunfire resulting in one unseen death. The listing in the Findings/Scoring section tells it all.


Applicable text is underlined and fortification is provided in brackets [ ] for special focus if needed.
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 (KJV) Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (NIV) Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.
  • Prov. 6:16, 19 These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: ... A false witness that speaketh lies, ....
  • 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.


    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.

    FINDINGS / SCORING: Thirteen Days (2000) CAP Thermometers

    NOTE: Multiple occurrences of each item described below may be likely, definitely when plural.

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • military fire
  • death by military fire
  • continuous sense of doom

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • 45 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • two uses of the most foul of the foul words
  • many political lies

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • vulgar anatomical reference

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • smoking
  • drinking
  • party with booze

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • 18 uses of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive and 18 uses without it

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • none noted

    NOTE: The CAP Analysis Model makes no scoring allowances for trumped-up "messages" to excuse or for manufacturing of justification for aberrant behavior or imagery, or for camouflaging such ignominy with "redeeming" programming. Disguising sinful behavior in a theme plot does not excuse the sinful behavior of either the one who is drawing pleasure from the sinful display or the practitioners demonstrating the sinful behavior. This is NOT a movie review service. It is a movie analysis service to parents and grandparents to tell them the truth about movies using the Truth.

    "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." [Emphasis is mine] And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I aplaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our five-year 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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  • (1) As noted in CAP Special Report-001, "Investigation Area and Scoring Trend," of the six CAP Investigation Areas, Impudence/Hate was the strongest presence in all four movie classifications. It has a strong revelation about the entertainment media.

    (2) The use of the three/four letter word vocabulary without God's name in vain is incorporated into the Impudence/Hate Investigation Area. The use of God's name with or without the four letter expletive is incorporated into the Offense to God Investigation Area. There is no duplication.

    (3) Only portrayal of successful murder or suicide are incorporated into Murder/Suicide. Portrayal of attempts to commit murder or suicide and deaths by police action or war are incorporated into Wanton Violence/Crime.

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