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Analyze That (2002), R
Analysis Date: December 7, 2002
CAP Score: 24
CAP Influence Density: 4.37

MinMax: -86

Analyze That (2002) CAP Mini-thermometers

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ANALYZE THAT (R) -- then it will probably be PG-13.

Production: Baltimore Spring Creek Productions, Tribeca Productions
Distribution: Warner Bros
Director(s): Harold Ramis
Producer(s): Len Amato, Bruce Berman, Chris Brigham, Billy Crystal, Suzanne Herrington, Barry Levinson, Jane Rosenthal, Laurel A. Ward, Paula Weinstein
Written by/Screenplay: Kenneth Lonergan and Peter Tolan (characters). Peter Steinfeld, and Harold Ramis (written by). Peter Tolan
Cinematography/Camera: Ellen Kuras
Music: David Holmes
Film Editing: Andrew Mondshein
Casting: Ellen Chenoweth
Production Design: Wynn Thomas
Art Direction: Adam Scher

In terms of moral and ethical assaults, Analyze That is nearly parallel to Analyze This from 1999. Analyze This earned a final score of 26 and a CAP ID of 4.84 while Analyze That earned a final score of 24 and a CAP ID of 4.37 (ID scores for most R-rated movies approximate 1.50 to 3.00). Even the scoring distribution (the CAP Thermometers) are nearly the same between the two movies. At least the thermometer spike patterns are nearly the same. More evidence of the consistency and reliability of the CAP Entertainment Media Analysis Model. I hope there is no "Analyze Another Thing" in another three years but if there is, I'll wager (if I were a betting man) the CAP analysis model will show them quite similar if not parallel. But by then it will probably be PG-13.

In Sing Sing prison after Analyze This, Paul Vitti (Robert De Niro) is up for parole. Just to make matters worse, another inmate tried to kill Vitti ... again. For a few days, Vitti launches a campaign of bouncing back and forth between rational and insane, increasing the insane each day due to the pressures of someone always trying to kill him. Vitti is staging insanity by acting out the musical side of "West Side Story." With constant renditions of, e.g., "I'm so Pretty", Vitti garners more time with his psychologist from Analyze This, Dr. Ben Sobel (Billy Crystal). Vitti is released in the custody of Sobel with a mandate that Vitti is to be cured before his parole hearing.

Once out into the civilian world, Vitti fesses up to what he is doing. His plans are to get even with the rival mob who had the prison guards on their payroll -- the guards looked the other way and orchestrated and even attempted murder of Vitti. One attempt to murder Vitti was by another inmate trying to kill him with a knife. Another attempt to murder Vitti was by a guard pumping a few silenced 9mm caliber rounds into Vitti's bed made up to look like he was in it.

Having no place safe to go, Vitti moves in with Ben and his wife, Laura (Lisa Kudrow). Laura is not happy with the new development. A crude and course criminal is living in her home! The first night at the Sobel's, Vitti brings in a woman for sex. Loud sex. After an unbearably long duration of this, Laura finally gets Ben to approach Vitti with the inappropriateness of such activity in their home, especially as Ben's 17 year old son was hearing it all. While the act is not seen and only the woman is seen in scant dress in Vitti's bed, the sound effects were vulgar enough. As further evidence of Vitti's social skills (and De Niro's willingness to portray them), he nonchalantly opens his robe to expose his nudity to a houseful of guests of the Sobel's, nudity hidden only by convenience objects.

Another example of the caliber of this film is strippers. Twice. The first was pole dancing in underwear. The second was customers tucking money into a woman's bikini underwear. [Mark 6:28] De Niro is also seen gesturing exaggerated masturbation and heard in coarse joking [Eph. 5:4] with others in subjects such as castration, prostitution, erections, rape, and homosexuality. Crystal is one of them tucking the money in the girl's bikini underwear.

There is even a display of Sobel cursing his dead father at the funeral. And there is talk of killing parents. Such behavior is completely unacceptable to our Father. Such programming does nothing but embolden such behavior and further the fabrication of excuses to hate parents. Some Mosaic verses speak to horrible punishment of the child who curses parents, disobeys them or holds them in low regard. Some of the verses speak of the child being stoned to death [Deut. 21:18 - 21]. Jesus did away with any right to stone someone to death when He told the men wanting to stone the woman legally found guilty of prostitution, "He who is without sin may cast the first stone." And that simple sentence covers ALL laws about stoning. But know this, God is very specific and speaks very darkly about the child who disrespects his/her father or mother or is rebellious against them. [Prov. 20:20, Matt. 15:4]. Though Jesus ended any right to stone people to death when he stopped the men from stoning the prostitute, He neither argued with the law NOR did He excuse the sin. Just as prostitution was (and is) as sinful after Jesus forgave the prostitute of it as it was before He forgave her, low regard for parents and rebellion against them is just as sinful now as it was in Moses' day. Whether you believe it or not. And likewise, parents, you sin as much if you force your kids into justified wrath against you. [Matt. 18:10, Eph. 6:4] Note that justified wrath is NOT simple anger at, e.g., righteously being denied a privilege as discipline.

There is also a significant influence threat with drinking. Sobel, while claiming to be taking special health supplements was self-medicating at the time. He downed some medication of some sort then drank alcohol. Aside from the fact that the right side of his face was paralyzed, the result was all had a good time, health risks notwithstanding. The point is, no noticeable negative consequences thus glamorizing alcohol and drug abuse. "Why is that a problem. Everyone does it?" Please read carefully the following paragraph. And, yes, teenagers and younger kids are not supposed to be watching this R-rated show, but I can think of only about five or six of the hundreds of R-rated movies I've analyzed which did not have underage kids in the audience.

A recent study revealed that adolescent exposure to drinking and smoking in entertainment leads to an undeniable increase in alcohol and tobacco abuse. The finding entitled Relation Between Parental Restrictions on Movies and Adolescent Use of Tobacco and Alcohol reports that of 4544 youths from grades 5 through 8 of fifteen Vermont and New Hampshire middle schools (90% were under fourteen years old) only 16% were completely restricted from viewing R-rated movies. The report further states the prevalence of having tried smoking without parental knowledge was 35% for those with no restrictions on viewing R-rated movies, 12% for those with partial restrictions, and two percent for those with complete restrictions. The prevalence of having tried alcohol without parental knowledge was 46% for those with no restrictions, 16% for those with partial restrictions and four percent for those with complete restrictions. Rather revealing of the influences of the entertainment industry wouldn't you say?

From here the De Niro-mob formula is the same. Murder + violence + foul language + sex = De Niro-mob. Much coarse joking. Much gunfire death and murder. Much vulgarity and foul language. The most foul of the foul words was used at least 87 times in the 94 minutes of the movie [Col. 3:8]. Criminal activities are glorified and even presented as respectable [Hab. 2:12, Eccl. 8:11]. Mob warfare is viewed as righteous. Disregard for sexual purity was intense [Mark 7:20 - 21]. Let the listing in the Findings/Scoring section tell the story. .


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  • Mark 6:28 And brought his head in a charger, and gave it to the damsel: and the damsel gave it to her mother. [Dancing such striptease cost John the Baptist his head.]
  • Eph. 5:4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. [I call attention to Eph. 5:4 to warn of the creeping desensitizing power of this sort of "entertainment" and just to let you know that God knows about "vulgar" and "obscene."]
  • Deut. 21:18 - 21 If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son, which will not obey the voice of his father, or the voice of his mother, and that, when they have chastened him, will not hearken unto them: Then shall his father and his mother lay hold on him, and bring him out unto the elders of his city, and unto the gate of his place; And they shall say unto the elders of his city, This our son is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton, and a drunkard. And all the men of his city shall stone him with stones, that he die: so shalt thou put evil away from among you; and all Israel shall hear, and fear.
  • Prov. 20:20 Whoso curseth his father or his mother, his lamp shall be put out in obscure darkness.
  • Matt. 15:4 For God commanded, saying, Honour thy father and mother: and, He that curseth [to speak evil of, revile, abuse] his father or mother, let him die the death [the implied idea of future misery in Hell. This does NOT mean to kill the son/daughter. Eternity in Hell is "the death", eternal separation from the Father].
  • Matt. 18:10 Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.
  • Eph. 6:4 And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
  • 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.
  • Hab. 2:12 Woe to him who builds a city [a place guarded by waking or a watch] with bloodshed and establishes a town [a collective such as a city, mob, gang or regime] by crime! [The 'city' or 'town' could even be wealth.]
  • Eccl. 8:11 When the sentence for a crime is not quickly carried out, the hearts of the people are filled with schemes to do wrong.
  • Mark 7:20 - 21 He went on: "What comes out of a man is what makes him 'unclean.' For from within, out of men's hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery,

    ***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."]
  • 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] 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.

    Analyze That (2002) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • attempted knife murder
  • attempted firearm murder, repeatedly
  • fighting
  • firearm threats, repeatedly
  • planning crime, repeatedly
  • order to kill
  • threat of physical harm
  • assault
  • attempted murder by dropping off high wall
  • physical brutality
  • planning murder
  • abduction
  • reckless driving
  • two drowning deaths
  • paying to lie
  • beatings
  • criminal behaviors glorified, respected

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • 89 uses of the most foul of the foul words
  • 31 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • massive tattoos
  • lies
  • foul words to children
  • rudeness
  • praising criminal behavior
  • belittlement of the mentally challenged

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • sensuous dance in bikini underwear
  • gamming
  • vulgar comments, talk, innuendo, gestures, repeatedly
  • anatomical references, repeatedly
  • sounds of intercourse before a teen
  • suggestion of female masturbation
  • flash male nudity hidden be convenience objects
  • vulgar self-touching, repeatedly
  • excessive cleavage, repeatedly
  • prostitution, repeatedly
  • physical extortion by grabbing genitals
  • strip tease dancing (no nudity)
  • woman placing a man's face between her breasts
  • placing money in underwear of dancer, repeatedly

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • bar, repeatedly
  • smoking, repeatedly
  • drinking, repeatedly
  • abuse of prescription drugs and with alcohol

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • 22 uses of God's name in vain, 5 with the four letter expletive
  • long display of cursing dead father
  • talk of killing spouse and parents

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • gunfire murder, repeatedly

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    "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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