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Bad Company (2002), PG-13
Analysis Date: June 14, 2002
CAP Score: 40
CAP Influence Density: 1.55

MinMax: -73

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BAD COMPANY (PG-13) -- example of the "bad company" God's speaks to in 1 Cor. 15:33.

Distributed by: Touchstone Pictures
Director(s): Joel Schumacher
Producer(s): Kenny Bates, Michael Browning, Jerry Bruckheimer, Gary Goodman, David Minkowski, Chad Oman, Eli Richbourg, Pat Sandston, Lary Simpson, Matthew Stillman, Clayton Townsend
Written by/Screenplay: Story: Gary Goodman, David Himmelstein. Screenplay: Jason Richman,Michael Browning
Cinematography/Camera: Dariusz Wolski
Music: Paul Linford, Trevor Rabin
Film Editing: Mark Goldblatt
Casting: Victoria Thomas
Production Design: Jan Roelfs
Art Direction: Alan Gilmore, W. Steven Graham

Boxart ©Bruckheimer Films/Touchstone Pictures

This is an action/comedy movie about nuclear terrorism in the wake of the May 31 release of Sum of All Fears, another nuclear terrorism movie. Both were made before the 911 tragedy of September, 2001 and both were rescheduled for release a reasonable time after the 911 horrors. I am as sensitive as anyone to the potential of such movies causing to resurface very uncomfortable and even gut-ripping memories of an attack even more devastating than Pearl Harbor, but the filmmakers could not have known what was to happen. I applaud them for waiting until now to release them.

Bad Company is a movie with a number of good laughs, but the acceleration of terrorism of late by malcontent politics and governments envying the greatness of the US may someday make the fantasy terrorism of Bad Company reality with nuclear terrorism in a briefcase. Though even the small Nagasaki/Hiroshima bombs may not be possible from a nuclear device the size of a briefcase, widespread contamination of public facilities, utilities and services with radioactive contamination is possible from a dispersal device the size of a briefcase ... and smaller. Get a copy of my book, Handling of Radiation Accident Patients by Paramedical and Hospital Personnel, 2nd ed.,1993, CRC Press and you may gain a new perspective of radioactive contamination and the effects of exposure to ionizing radiation. Not a "Buck Rogers" perspective but a police/fire/rescue, paramedical/emergency department, emergency services perspective.

Gaylord Oakes (Anthony Hopkins), a CIA operative has nine days to turn Jake Hayes (Chris Rock) into a CIA operative to replace Jake's experienced and professional twin brother who was killed during a CIA operation. Jake's brother was separated from Jake at birth by a well-to-do family and attended "high society" affairs and schools. Jake is a ticket scalper and hustler who said he always skipped the first day of school whose nursing student "woman", Julie (Kerry Washington) is fed up with their relationship going nowhere. Oakes has his work cut out for him to change the sow's ear into a silk purse, passable for the educated and worldly personality expected of a CIA agent, not to mention the skills, not to mention learning all that Jake's brother knew. (I wish I would have caught Jake's brother's name - if it was given).

Jake's brother had established some trust with the sellers of a nuclear bomb built into a small luggage case a little thicker than a brief case. Oakes needed to continue that trust to purchase the bomb from the bad guys to keep it from being bought by unscrupulous entities. But to do that, Oakes has to have Jake's brother with him for the sale. But Jake's brother is dead. What to do!? If Oakes' does not make Jake the clone of his brother in nine days so Oakes can go back to the seller with Jake's brother, the seller will sell the bomb to terrorists who will detonate it in New York City. Twenty million dollars. One million "down" and 19 million upon delivery. The sellers could not care less who came up with the $20 million, as long as they got it.

There is not a whole lot that can be said for Bad Company. It seems to be two high-powered performers of legendary caliber performing a collection of director's notes stapled together. It is also NOT of PG-13 caliber. Bad Company earned a CAP final score of 40 which squarely placed it in the range of scores earned by R-rated movies (54 and below out of 100). Attempts to kill by gunfire were uncountable. Murders [Rev. 21:8, Rev. 22:14-15,], suicide [Deut. 5:17] and a plethora of other issues of violence dragged the Wanton Violence/Crime score of Bad Company to zero [Prov. 3:31-32]. Equally invasive was the foul language - about one per minute of some form of foul language or another [Col. 3:8]. And as any other PG-13, sexual matters were thick: a nude woman behind steamed shower doors (visible to other actors); sexual comments/innuendo; women as sex toys; genital touching and more [See Rev. 22:14-15, Eph. 5:5]. I will leave the full listing of ignominy to the listing in the Findings/Scoring section to reveal how this movie is an example of the "bad company" God's speaks to in 1 Cor. 15:33.


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  • Rev. 21:8 But the [unforgiven] fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death [Hell].
  • Rev. 22:14-15 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city [Heaven]. For without [outside Heaven] are dogs, and [the unforgiven] sorcerers [those who practice magic arts], and whoremongers [the sexually immoral], and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.
  • Deut. 5:17 Thou shalt not kill [ratsach {raw-tsakh'}: murder, slay, premeditated, as avenger].
  • Prov. 3:31-32 Do not envy a violent man or choose any of his ways, for the LORD detests a perverse man but takes the upright into his confidence.
  • 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.
  • Eph. 5:5 For of this you can be sure: No [unforgiven] immoral, impure or greedy person -such a man is an idolater -has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.

    *******Food for Daily 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.

    Bad Company (2000) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • admission of killing three men and their families
  • multiple attempts to kill by gunfire, repeatedly
  • multiple deaths by gunfire
  • illegal sales, scalping
  • pursuit to do harm, repeatedly
  • gore, repeatedly
  • automatic gunfire battles
  • gunfire to threaten
  • firearm threats, repeatedly, some to the head
  • kidnapping
  • fight to the death
  • dead bodies
  • brutalization of a woman hostage
  • electric torture
  • knife cut of eyelid

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • 56 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • one use of the most foul of the foul words
  • lies
  • urination
  • willingness to lie

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • admission of immoral sex
  • sex comments, innuendo
  • women as sex toys
  • picture nudity
  • female nudity behind steamed shower doors
  • brief female upper nudity
  • sex offer
  • adults in underwear
  • actress nude before an actor
  • genital touching (clothed)
  • inappropriate touch of posterior

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

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • one use of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive and 5 without

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • gunfire murders, repeatedly
  • suicide to avoid capture

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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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