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Entertainment Media Analysis Report
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(2003), PG-13
Analysis Date: June 6, 2003
CAP Score: 47 out of 100
CAP Influence Density: 1.74

MinMax: -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.

(2003), PG-13 [R-13] -- The consequences may be 2Terrible ... 2Bad2. It could have been a good flick.

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Original Film, Neal H. Moritz Productions, Universal Pictures
Distribution (US): Universal Pictures
Director(s): John Singleton
Producer(s): Michael Fottrell, David Marder, Lee R. Mayes, Neal H. Moritz
Written by: Michael Brandt, Derek Haas. Characters and Story: Gary Scott Thompson
Cinematography/Camera: Matthew F. Leonetti
Music: David Arnold, Kaseem Dean, Jay-Z, Ludacris, Ja Rule, Ja Rule, Tyrese
Film Editing: Bruce Cannon
Casting: Kim Hardin
Production Design: Keith Brian Burns
Art Direction: Lawrence A. Hubbs
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6 , Granbury, Texas

Brian O'Conner (Paul Walker, back from The Fast and the Furious as the same ex-cop from LA) and Roman Pearce (Tyrese Gibson, a good team-player candidate for future pictures of a similar genre who replaces the seemingly self-oriented Vin Diesel) go undercover. Fortunately no one goes under any sheets with anybody. Brian and Roman put their skills to work for the FBI and the US Customs police to put an end to the drug money laundering of Carter Verone (Cole Hauser) and get their criminal records cleared in turn. Brian and Roman agree to join Verone as his delivery drivers.

After a 20-minute drag race in the abandoned streets of Miami (abandoned streets of Miami?) where Brian reveals how he makes his living through street race gambling, Brian is coerced into taking on the special assignment for the FBI with getting his law-breaking record cleared as the carrot on the stick. Brian agrees IF he gets to chose his partner. This is where male model and rapper Tyrese Gibson comes into the picture. Playing the part of Roman, an old school buddy of O'Conner's, Gibson portrays a car theft parolee under ankle-locator restrictions as a demolition derby driver. After a macho fight, Roman agrees to help Brian serve the law. Roman's carrot on the stick is also a clear record. Now starts the highway mayhem and street melees.

I wonder if all the local expert street drivers will act the same after seeing 2Fast 2Furious as they did after seeing The Fast and the Furious of 2001. I remember watching the first Fast but I couldn't finish the analysis. I also remember after the show seeing many 2brave and 2daring young drivers emulated the show characters, noting about how much that show will cost the owners of the cars (mom/dad) the local high-school street racers abuse. But I'm sure that was not on the minds of the junior Brians and Romans as whatever they were driving became a Supra or Eclipse as they slammed their feet into their parents' carburetors and left a thousand miles worth of tire in a 10-foot strip on the pavement ... at each intersection. What was it the liberals say about movies not influencing kids? Parents may want to think about that before letting junior drive the family car to the theater to watch 2Fast 2Furious. The consequences may be 2Terrible.

2Fast 2Furious is dazzling, colorful and action-packed with some quality performances, clearly a cut above The Fast and the Furious of 2001, but still another no-brain "R-13" . There were no less than 91 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary [Col. 3:8] with one use of God's name in vain [Deut. 5:11], grabbing of women's posteriors and some of the most vulgar dancing I have seen among other issues of sexual immorality [Gal. 5:19]. Yes, God's name was used in vain with the four letter expletive the only time His name was used at all in the 101 minutes of eye candy, day-glow cars, and total disregard for traffic safety and law. 2Bad2. It could have been a good flick.

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  • Gal. 5:19 The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery;
  • 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 [shav' {shawv}: emptiness, nothingness, vanity]: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. [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.]

    ***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 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]. [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.
  • 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.


    2Fast 2Furious (2003) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • reckless driving, repeatedly, much of it with property damage and endangerment
  • illegal street racing, repeatedly
  • breaking and entering
  • reckless assault
  • illegal flight to avoid lawful arrest, repeatedly
  • fighting, repeatedly
  • reckless gunfire to intimidate
  • playing chicken at high speed
  • sadistic torture
  • threat of harm to wife and kids
  • police corruption, repeatedly
  • criminal actions against police with destruction of public property, repeatedly
  • assault, repeatedly
  • firearm to face/head, repeatedly
  • threat to kill, repeatedly
  • vehicular assault
  • gunfire injury
  • attempted murder
  • theft of stolen money

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • 91 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • vulgar gestures
  • lies
  • massive tattoos

    Sex/Homosexuality (S)
  • dressing to maximize the female for and/or skin exposure, repeatedly
  • inappropriate touch/grab, repeatedly
  • camera angle to force viewer on private parts
  • women as toys
  • request for sex
  • cohabitation
  • suggestive eye movement, repeatedly
  • excessive cleavage, repeatedly
  • thong nudity
  • brief swim wear, repeatedly
  • vulgar rub dancing, repeatedly
  • anatomical references

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • smoking

    Offense to God (O)
  • one use of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • none noted

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    NOTE: While the Summary/Commentary section of these reports is precisely that -- a summary in commentary format which can be and sometimes is subjective, the actual CAP Analysis Model (the Findings/Scoring section) makes no scoring allowances for trumped-up "messages" to excuse, for manufacture of justification for, or camouflaging of ignominious content or aberrant behavior or imagery with "redeeming" programming. Disguising sinful behavior in a theme/plot does not excuse the sinful behavior of either the one who is drawing pleasure or example of behavior or thought from the sinful display or of the practitioners demonstrating the sinful behavior. We make no attempt to quantify the "artistic" or "entertainment" value of a movie -- whether a movie has any positive value or "entertainment" value is up to mom/dad. The CAP analysis model is the only known set of tools available to parents and grandparents which give *them* the control they need, bypassing the opinion-based assessment of movies by others and defeating the deceit of those who would say anything to convince their parents otherwise. The model is completely objective to His Word. Our investigation standards are founded in the teachings and expectations of Jesus Christ. If a sinful behavior is portrayed, it is called sinful whether Hollywood tries to make it otherwise. That the sinful behavior is "justified" by some manufactured conditions does not soften nor erase the price of sin. Whether there is application of fantasy "justification" or "redemption" is up to mom/dad.

    "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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