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(2004), PG-13
Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
January 30, 2004
21 out of 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.

(2004), PG-13 -- Woe when what is vile by His standards is embraced by men.

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Shangri-La Entertainment, Material, Taormina Productions, Warner Bros.
Distribution (US): Warner Bros
Director(s): George Armitage
Producer(s): Brent Armitage, George Armitage, Steve Bing, Channing Dungey, Gary Marcus, Jorge Saralegui, Zane Weiner
Written by: Elmore Leonard
Screenplay: Sebastian Gutierrez
Cinematography/Camera: Jeffrey L. Kimball
Music: George S. Clinton
Film Editing: Brian Berdan, Barry Malkin
Casting: Mali Finn
Production Design: Stephen Altman
Art Direction: John Bucklin
Viewed at: Hollywood Theaters South Freeway, 301 Rendon-Crowley Road, Burleson, Texas

A great example of how no one is ashamed of anything anymore: of how rebellion against wholesome has dissolved any shame. The MPAA gave this flick a PG-13 rating but it earned a hardcore R-13 score of 21! Woe when what is vile by His standards is embraced by men! [Ps. 12:8] I wish I could have gotten this analysis report to you sooner, but intensive in-service fostercare training and travel to and from it has been expensive these past three weeks. Only one more week to go.

The best expression I can come up with to describe The Big Bounce is "bubble gum entertainment." But this PG-13 bubble gum has rock salt in it. Nudity [**], murder [Prov. 28:17], foul language of all types [Col. 3:8], exploitation of the woman's body with a faceless head on it [1Ths. 4:1-5]. God's name in vain and mockery of Him [Gal. 6:7].

On Oahu, Hawaii Jack Ryan (Owen Wilson) was a small time crook [Hab. 2:9] and a drifter until one day a buxom blonde, Nancy Hayes (Sara Foster) convinced Jack to steal $200,000. Jack became unwittingly snatched up into a conspiracy to eliminate a no-good adulterous womanizing builder, Ray Ritchie (Gary Sinise) whose wife Alison (Bebe Neuwirth) was in on the plot. Also in on the plot is local judge Walter Crewes (Morgan Freeman) who also operated the Keiki Vista Resort where young women saunter by every day. Pretending to take Jack under his wing, Crewes hired Jack to be the handyman for the resort while grooming him for the caper.

With a quality and experienced cast such as that for The Big Bounce one might expect at least some entertaining performances. But alas, the performances were more of the order of a cheap dime novel (if I understand the use of that term correctly). If your 13 year old child has attended this film, s/he has heard in 80 minutes 45 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary, one use of the most foul of the foul words, God's name in vain both with and without the four letter expletive. S/he has seen full nudity, inappropriate touch (both heterosexual and homosexual), a woman removing her underwear from under a very short skirt to seduce a man, and a whole lot more behaviors you would not want your 13 year old to practice. [Luke 17:2]

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** "Nakedness" (display of nudity) is spoken of as dark, restricted, undesirable, shameful, etc. 47 times in the KJV from Genesis to Revelation.
  • Prov. 28:17 A man tormented by the guilt of murder will be a fugitive till death; let no one support him.
  • Col. 3:8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.
  • 1Ths. 4:1-5 Finally, brothers, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more. For you know what instructions we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus. It is God's will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control his [or her] own body [which includes control of drives, touching, seeking, lusting (even after images), promiscuity, etc.] in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the heathen, who do not know God;
  • Gal. 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
  • Hab. 2:9 Woe to him who builds his realm by unjust gain to set his nest on high, to escape the clutches of ruin!

    ***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 and present it 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, submit to 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.
  • Rom. 5:19 For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.
  • 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.

    The Big Bounce (2004) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • assault with baseball bat
  • planning crime, repeatedly
  • breaking and entering
  • theft
  • trespassing
  • grand theft - auto and for kicks
  • soliciting help with crime
  • vehicular assault
  • firearm threat, repeatedly
  • gunfire to kill with injury
  • planning murder
  • scamming

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • 45 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • one use of the most foul of the foul words
  • vulgar gesture, repeatedly
  • bitter ridicule
  • massive tattoo
  • lies, repeatedly

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • revealing dress - male
  • full female nudity - prone
  • underwear showing - male
  • revealing swim wear
  • ghosting of female anatomy through clothing, repeatedly
  • suggestive eye movement
  • exploiting of the female body
  • below navel skin, repeatedly
  • offer of sex
  • full female nudity, repeatedly
  • inappropriate touch, repeatedly, including both heterosexual and homosexual
  • nudity covered by convenience objects
  • full male nudity - hidden
  • invitation for sex
  • cohabitation, both heterosexual and homosexual
  • woman in sheet only
  • dressing to maximize the female form and/or skin exposure, repeatedly, frequently
  • gamming, repeatedly
  • short skirt in pose to reveal crotch
  • woman removing underwear from under her skirt to seduce a man
  • man and woman in bed nude but covered, repeatedly
  • cohabitation
  • vulgar talk
  • tattoo to draw attention to privates
  • man in towel only

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

    Offense to God (O)
  • one use of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive and 7 without
  • adultery, repeatedly
  • "God is an imaginary friend for grown-ups"
  • mockery of Jesus
  • "Praise the Lord" in vain

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • poisoning murder

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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 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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