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All About the Benjmins (2002), R
Analysis Date: March 22, 2002
CAP Score: 17
CAP Influence Density: 9.21

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ALL ABOUT THE BENJAMINS (R) -- even South Park: BLU hands down.

Distributed by: New Line Cinema
Director(s): Kevin Bray
Producer(s): Matt Alvarez, Lamont Cain, Ice Cube, Douglas Curtis, Toby Emmerich, Mike Epps, Ronald Lang, Matt Moore, Ronald G. Muhammad, Claire Rudnick Polstein
Written by/Screenplay: Ronald Lang, Ice Cube
Cinematography/Camera: Glen MacPherson
Music: Ice Cube, DMX, Snoop Doggy Dogg, Dr. Dre, Eminem, Jay-Z, R. Kelly, Method Man, John Murphy, Nelly, Redman
Editing: Suzanne Hines

WOW! Three hundred and forty seven uses of foul language! For this 93 minute movie, that equates to more than 223 utterances of some form of foul and/or vulgar words per hour (averaging between three and four per minute) and beats even South Park: BLU hands down in terms of the use foul language! And that includes the most foul of the foul words (168) running almost neck and neck with the other three/four letter words (171). Plus eight uses of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive and six uses without. That is entertainment? I am surprised I could keep up with annotating such filth in film plus all the other issues of ignominy. Such density of filth is a real shame. Ice Cube (playing Bucem [Boo-kem] Jackson) is good and is generally likable in this movie and it was a light hearted comedy with talented support performances. But the goodness in it was obliterated with filth and some cruelty and brutality.

Jackson is a bounty hunter in Miami, Florida. Feeling he is worth more than he is getting, Bucem wants to start his own private investigations business. The opening of the story has Bucem tracking and trying to capture Lil' J (Anthony Michael Hall). After a gun battle with Lil' J's girlfriend and what appeared to be his mother, Bucem subdues Lil' J by zapping his private parts with a electric shock gun.

Bored and sick of his job, Bucem goes after small time crook, Reggie (Mike Epps) for some minor crimes worth $35,000 reward which means $3,500 to Bucem. Note that Reggie probably has more monologue in the script than Ice Cube and is quite probably as good a performer as Cube but it is Epps which appears to be most responsible for the foul language. This leads to that and Reggie gets involved with a diamond theft ring headed up by nasty Scotsman Robert Williamson (Tommy Flanagan). Note that there are some exceptionally cold portrayals of brutality in this film. It may be such nihilism that has the most power of suggestion on the impressionable or embittered viewer.

Williamson is arranging sale of $20 million worth of stolen diamonds to an oriental interest. Bucem wants to recover the stolen diamonds to make a business name for himself. After a successful sale of the diamonds, somehow Bucem's girlfriend gets kidnapped by Williamson's dogs and Bucem and Reggie become "partners though Reggie spends most of his partnership time in handcuffs. By the way, in the middle of all this, Reggie plays the lotto and holds the winning ticket for the $60 million pot. But in the middle of that in-the-middle, Reggie's gets kidnapped by the Williamson force and his billfold containing the winning lotto ticket gets lost in a van used by Williamson's entourage. Reggie is out to get it back. Now, two things are of interest to the Bucem/Reggie duo: Bucem's girlfriend and Reggie's winning lotto ticket. Sooo, Bucem steals the $20 million dollars worth of stolen diamonds from the buyer (who Bucem discovers has been murdered) and uses them to try to get his girlfriend back.

In the end, Bucem, Reggie, their girlfriends ride off into the sunset in a speedboat with 100,000 Benjamins and the Florida State Lotto winnings. By the way, "Benjamins" are $100 bills.

Amid a plethora of sexual matters including intercourse (nudity not seen) [Rev. 22:15] and in addition to the saturation of a potentially good movie with filthy language [Col. 3:8], there is saturation with a great many issues of brutal and cruel violence [Ps. 11:5]. Brutally brutal. Reggie gets a bullet through his hand to force compliance. A female gets a bullet in the middle of her forehead, multiple attempts to murder and six graphic murders [Rev. 22:15]. I can hear it now: "That's real life!" Maybe so, but that does not excuse it in entertainment. Besides, I wonder how many of our readers actually know anyone on a first name basis who has stolen $20 million worth of diamonds or who has shot a woman in the forehead or who has been shot in the hand to force compliance with criminal activity or has ....... Five thousand? No? Five Hundred? No? One hundred. No? One? I think the point has been made. So much for the movies being "real life." First Corinthians 15:33 is probably the best Scripture for this movie.


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  • Rev. 22:15 Outside [Heaven] are the dogs, those [unforgiven] who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.
  • 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.
  • Ps. 11:5 The LORD trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth. [The person in "his soul hateth" is the violent one, not God. God hates no one. "Soul", according to Strong's, is appetite, heart, mind, desire, emotion, passion, i.e., "his heart/mind hates" or "he who loves violence has an appetite for hating and desire to hate."]

    *******Food for Thought*******
  • 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 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.

    All About the Benjamins (2002) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • torture to privates
  • theft, repeatedly
  • harassment, repeatedly
  • physical abuse of a woman
  • gunshot injury to torture and to force compliance
  • firearm threats, once to a child, once to someone's face
  • reckless driving, repeatedly, some with property damage with no consequences
  • gunfire injuries
  • brutality
  • murder victims (drowning)
  • cover up
  • breaking and entering
  • kidnappings
  • hostage takings
  • gunfire to kill, repeatedly, many
  • threats to kill
  • illegal diamond dealing
  • beating/fighting
  • possession of stolen money with intent to keep

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • 168 uses of the most foul of the foul words
  • 171 uses of other three/four letter words
  • lies, multiple

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • partial nudity
  • dressing to maximize the female form and/or skin exposure, repeatedly
  • camera angle to force viewer on private parts, repeatedly
  • vulgar dress
  • sexual suggestion
  • excessive cleavage, repeatedly
  • vulgar moves, one emulating intercourse
  • sexual talk, some vulgar
  • suggestive eye movements
  • homosexual suggestion
  • intercourse, nudity not seen

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • smoking, repeatedly
  • bar
  • drinking, repeatedly

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • eight uses of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive and 6 without

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • six graphic gunfire murders

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    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 or example 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." 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 nearly seven 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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    (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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