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The Animal (2001), (PG-13)
CAP Score: 54
CAP Influence Density: 1.11

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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.

THE ANIMAL (PG-13) -- God KNOWS what He is talking about regarding "bad company."

Gross-out toilet humor. There is no better descriptive. Definitely geared toward the intellect of the elementary school locker room wise guys.

Marvin Mange (Rob Schneider) -- what a name -- is a cop wannabe evidence room clerk for the Elkerton Police Department. He tries every year to make it through the obstacle course to get on the force. But he is physically incapable of completing the course. Mange, for reasons known only to the writers and filmmakers, had his face at the posterior of large tryout participant while she was bent over. And, of course, every fold and detail was obvious. Discovering what Mange had done she told him something to the effect to keep his nose where it was because that is all he will see of her. The caliber of this flick is addressed well by Ephesians 5:4 and 1 Corinthians 15:33.
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One day, unable to locate a uniformed police officer to respond to a "211" call, Mange decides to take it himself. But on his way he is victim to a rather graphic car wreck which leaves him all but dead. Dr. Wilder (Michael Caton) comes along looking like the Sasquatch and drags Mange off to the doctor's laboratory where the good doctor rebuilds Mange ... but uses animal parts to do it. Somehow the traits of the animals were transferred into Mange: the sense of smell of a canine; the aquatic abilities of a dolphin; the sex drive of a horse; many others. Other traits of a dog were transferred as well such as lapping his drink instead of sipping it, and cleaning himself as a dog does. And the opportunity was not missed to have a fellow actor (the Police Chief played by Ed Asner) ask Mange to teach him how to do it.

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Now that Mange has the powers of animals, he makes it on the police force by using his heightened sense of smell to detect narcotics inside the colon of a smuggler. Nothing was left out, not even the retrieval of the drugs. There are many such instances of toilet humor in this 76-minute flick. I'll describe a couple more just so you'll know what you are paying for if you go to see this flick. In a brawl with an Orangutan, Mange twists one of the Orangutan's mammae to subdue him. A sultry lady, dressed to maximize the female form and skin exposure, struts by and conveniently drops something to permit exposing as much of her crotch as possible at first then as much of her cleavage as possible. Mange, noticing this in detail, has intercourse with a street corner mailbox. In a restaurant, Mange sexually satisfies himself (unseen but heard) twice when excited by his date, Rianna (Colleen Haskell). By the way, there is unseen heterosexual intercourse (male and female in bed talking about intercourse the night before) and full rear male nudity. And Mange tries to sexually subdue a goat in heat. While maybe it is ugly to read this, it is uglier onscreen. And it is all for your 13 year old and younger kids ... IF you let them watch it. God KNOWS what He is talking about regarding "bad company" in 1 Cor. 15:33.

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The Animal earned a CAP Final Score of 54, placing it at the very top of the range of scores earned by R-rated movies (zero to 54). Some of the contributors to such a low score in addition to all those mentioned so far included 23 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary [Col. 3:8], adolescent arrogance at fair authority and open urination. Other contributors include drinking, smoking, using women as toys or tools, and homosexual suggestions. The list is long and is provided in the Finings/Scoring section.
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If needed to focus or fortify, applicable text is underlined or bracketed [ ].
  • Eph. 5:4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.
  • 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.

    *******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]

    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: The Animal (2001) CAP Thermometers

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

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • animal kill
  • animal attack
  • human incineration
  • irresponsibility with a firearm
  • traffic wreck - graphic
  • tranquilizer dart to a woman's head
  • gunfire to kill

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • 23 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • adolescent arrogance against fair authority
  • flatulence
  • open urination

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • much toilet humor
  • forced attention on male private region
  • woman in men's room
  • sexual innuendo
  • women as toys or tools
  • full rear male nudity
  • homosexual suggestions
  • dressing to maximize female form and/or skin exposure
  • camera angle to force viewer on female-specific anatomy
  • excessive cleavage and/or breast exposure
  • intercourse with a mailbox
  • pelvic thrusts
  • attempt to sexually subdue a goat
  • suggestive eye movements
  • licking own private region with another asking to be taught how to do it
  • ghosting of female anatomy through clothing
  • offer to spend the night
  • cohabitation with talk of intercourse the night before while still in bed together
  • crude humor
  • inappropriate touch

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • smoking
  • drinking
  • implied abuse of prescription drugs

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • one use of God's name in vain and without the four letter expletive

    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." 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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