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Blue Collar Comedy Tour: The Movie (2003), PG-13
Analysis Date: April 4, 2003
CAP Score: 45 out of 100
CAP Influence Density: 1.04

MinMax: -100

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Blue Collar Comedy Tour: The Movie (2003), PG-13
Some I would not tell the guys in the boiler room.

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Gaylord Films, Pandora Cinema
Distribution (US): Warner Bros.
Director(s): C.B. Harding
Producer(s): Eyal Axelrod, Alan C. Blomquist, E.K. Gaylord, Maggie Houlehan, Casey LaScala, Hunt Lowry, J.P. Williams, Joseph Williams
Cinematography/Camera: Bruce L. Finn
Music: James S. Levine
Film Editing: Tony Hayman
Production Design: Jeff Hall
Art Direction: Michael Marlowe
Viewed At: Loews Cineplex Cityview, Fort Worth, Texas

Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Engvall, Ron White and Larry The Cable Guy (the order shown on the poster) may have been billed as family-friendly in Blue Collar Comedy Tour: The Movie, but they are not for this family. Many of their performances were indeed side-splitting down-home comedy faithful to wholesome standards. But some were not. Many were good clean earthy fun, such as "If you mow your lawn and find your car ... you might be a redneck" and "If your lawn furniture used to be your living room furniture ... you might be a redneck." But some were vulgar. Some I would not be afraid to tell my mother. Some I would not tell the guys in the boiler room.

There were so much "lite" sexual material that the Sex/Homosexuality scoring envelope of this 106 minute performance that combined with that which was vulgar was mathematically equivalent to R-rated features (54 and below out of 100) in the comparative baseline database of randomly selected movies used to verify and validate the CAP model [Eph. 5:4]. Likewise with foul language. Each instance of conversational snippets was not as severe as in most R-rated movies but there were so many of them that together with all the toilet humor and crude humor the Impudence/Hate scoring envelope was mathematically equivalent to R-rated programming as well [Prov. 22:11]. And God's name used in vain was frequent, though never with the four letter expletive [Deut. 5:11].

I know the expression "You drain all the fun out of it" might seem to apply here. If so, maybe we need to take a closer look at what we call "fun?" Just because entertainment does not include nudity, intercourse and the most foul of the foul words does not mean it is family-friendly. That is, if we are members of the Family of God. The sliding scale of acceptability of man [1 Cor. 15:33, Jude 4] does not decide what is acceptable to our Father who sacrificed His Son for our sakes. He does not have to measure up to our standards. Indeed, it is His standards we must meet. And we can if we ask Jesus to be our Lord and resurrected Savior. That's all it takes to be perfect in God's eyes. And we do not have to be "clean" to ask. He will take care of that.

I hope you read the listing in the Findings/Scoring before you decide whether to take your teens (or yourselves) to this presentation. "Filtering out" the bad stuff does not work.


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  • Eph. 5:4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.
  • Prov. 22:11 He who loves a pure heart and whose speech is gracious will have the king for his friend.
  • Deut. 5:11 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain [shav' {shawv}: emptiness, nothingness, vanity]: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. [With or without the four letter expletive, the use of God's name in any way other than respect, reverence or thoughtful discussion is in vain. That includes the popular three syllable sentence with His name trailing it.]

    ***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."]
  • 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.
  • 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.


    Blue Collar Comdey Tour: The Movie (2003) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • none noted

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • 15 uses of the three.four letter word vocabulary
  • toilet humor, repeatedly
  • flatulence
  • posterior jokes, repeatedly
  • crotch jokes, repeatedly
  • toilet humor, repeatedly

    Sex/Homosexuality (S)
  • sex stories
  • flash male side nudity and upper posterior nudity, repeatedly
  • crude humor, repeatedly
  • advertisement poster of a woman in her underwear
  • underwear humor, some vulgar
  • sexual humor, repeatedly
  • crude humor, repeatedly
  • partial full body female nudity
  • partial full body male nudity
  • sexual innuendo, repeatedly
  • homosexual suggestion

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • booze, repeatedly
  • drinking, repeatedly
  • smoking, repeatedly
  • making drunkenness sound necessary/expected, repeatedly

    Offense to God (O)
  • 23 uses of God's name in vain but none with the four letter expletive

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • none noted

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    NOTE: While the Summary/Commentary section of these reports is precisely that -- a summary in commentary format which can be and sometimes is subjective, the actual CAP Analysis Model (the Findings/Scoring section) makes no scoring allowances for trumped-up "messages" to excuse, for manufacture of justification for, or camouflaging of ignominious content or aberrant behavior or imagery 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 of behavior or thought from the sinful display or of the practitioners demonstrating the sinful behavior. We make no attempt to quantify the "artistic" or "entertainment" value of a movie -- whether a movie has any positive value or "entertainment" value is up to mom/dad. The CAP analysis model is the only known set of tools available to parents and grandparents which give *them* the control they need, bypassing the opinion-based assessment of movies by others and defeating the deceit of those who would say anything to convince their parents otherwise. The model is completely objective to His Word. Our investigation standards are founded in the teachings and expectations of Jesus Christ. If a sinful behavior is portrayed, it is called sinful whether Hollywood tries to make it otherwise. That the sinful behavior is "justified" by some manufactured conditions does not soften nor erase the price of sin. Whether there is application of fantasy "justification" or "redemption" is up to mom/dad.

    "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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