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BLACK KNIGHT (2001), PG-13
Analysis Date: November 23, 2001
CAP Score: 49
CAP Influence Density: 1.18

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Distributed by: 20th Century Fox
Director(s): Gil Junger
Producer(s): Michael Green, Arnon Milchan, Darryl Quarles, Paul Schiff
Written by/Screenplay: Darryl Quarles, Peter Gaulke, Gerry Swallow
Cinematography/Camera: Ueli Steiger
Music: Randy Edelman

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*BLACK KNIGHT* (PG-13) -- ...yes, it's another R-13.

Martin Lawrence as Jamal, a worker at an amusement park with a theme of the medieval times, gets "transported" back to the 14th century when he picks up a medallion form the moat around the park. It seems this movie depends a great deal on Lawrence's past as a successful comedian for it to be funny. Some humor, most of it crude and toilet. And yes, it's another R-13.

In the 14th century, Jamal is mistaken for an honored courier and duke from a rival kingdom to retrieve the reigning teenage princess to become the wife of the rival king. It was hoped the union of the two families would end their rivalry. Victoria (Marsha Thomason), a servant (sexual of course) of the reigning King Leo (Kevin Conway), tries to get Jamal to kill King Leo in an effort to return the deposed queen to her rightful throne which was overthrown by King Leo aided and abetted by the evil and equally nasty lord of security, Percival (Vincent Regan).

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Many hyjinks and acrobatic marvels are demonstrated. Little plot and continuity is provided in this no-brain teen flick. What plot there was adequately led the viewer to understand the connections between the few key characters. One of the key characters was a broken down old drunk, Sir Knolte (Tom Wilkinson).

Jamal fell into the moat from which he was trying to retrieve the medallion. The next scene was of Jamal surfacing from a countryside lake. There he met and conveniently saved the life of the shamed knight, Knolte. From there, Knolte vows to be Jamal's life-long protector.

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Jamal scoured the countryside looking for a highway to take him back to the amusement park but finds instead the opulent castle of King Leo. At the entrance Jamal was stopped form entering the castle by two guards. But when asked where he is from, Jamal names the intersection of two streets on which he lived. The resemblance of one of the street names to the rival province led the highly skilled, intelligent guards to thinking Jamal was the long-expected courier and duke from the rival province. Jamal is permitted entry with grace and pomp.
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Imagine Mark Twain's "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court" without your brain and you'll have a good idea of *Black Knight*. Except Twain was somewhat respectful of wholesome. Junger was not. Junger was fully modern ... morally.

By morally modern I mean he was certain to include sexual immorality (intercourse - unseen, sex talk and requests, stripping for sex and much more) [Gal. 5:19], foul language about every two minutes [Eph. 5:4], a beheading and fully visible impalements [Prov. 3:31]. Plus much more for your 13 year old and younger's viewing pleasure [Luke 17:2].


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  • Gal. 5:19 The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery;
  • Eph. 5:4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.
  • Prov. 3:31 Do not envy a violent man or choose any of his ways,
  • 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]

    *******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: Black Night (2001) CAP Thermometers

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

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • blade threats, repeatedly
  • beheading with disembodied head visible and handled
  • multiple heads stuffed on poles
  • order to kill
  • death by incineration
  • many blade and arrow deaths in and out of battle
  • knife threat with injury to woman's neck
  • picture of murder
  • attempted murder by arrow impalement

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • 44 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • flatulence
  • face forced into manure
  • sexually insulting name

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • vulgar dance moves (pelvic thrusts)
  • vulgar song (oral sex)
  • homosexual reference
  • sexual innuendo, talk, comments, references
  • sexual request
  • inappropriate touch
  • sexual offers, one as gratitude
  • adult in underwear
  • starting to strip for sex
  • camera angle to force viewer on private areas
  • excessive cleavage
  • stripping for sex to upper nudity, rear female
  • pretense of sexual orgasm, audible only
  • suggestive eye movement
  • admitted intercourse while in bed

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • drunkenness, twice

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • none noted

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • murder by pushing victim off wall

    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 applaud 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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