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(2003), R
Analysis Date: April 25, 2003
CAP Score: 4 out of 100
CAP Influence Density: 6.98

MinMax: -25

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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.

(2003), R -- "Self, this is probably going to be a zero score movie."

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Lions Gate Films Inc.
Distribution (US): Lions Gate Films Inc.
Director(s): James Foley
Producer(s): Scott Bernstein, Michael Burns, Marc Butan, Eberhard Kayser, Eric Kopeloff, Marco Mehlitz, Michael Ohoven, Robert Ortiz, Michael Paseornek, John Sacchi
Written by/Screenplay: Doug Jung
Cinematography/Camera: Juan Ruiz Anchía
Music: Christophe Beck
Film Editing: Stuart Levy
Casting: Sheila Jaffe, Georgianne Walken
Production Design: William Arnold
Art Direction: Sue Chan
Viewed At: Loews Cineplex City View, Fort Worth, Texas

While entering the data into the computer to determine the scoring distribution of this movie, I said to myself "Self, this is probably going to be a zero score movie." Well, myself wasn't too far off. Confidence earned a final score of four. As The Real Cancun is an underage boozefest skinflick, Confidence is a crime cussfest with 123 uses of some form of the three/four letter word vocabulary per hour. The only investigation area that did not earn a zero score was Murder/Suicide. Go figure. Confidence stars Edward Burns as Jake Vig, Rachel Weisz as Lily, Andy Garcia as Gunther Butan and Dustin Hoffman as crime boss, King. I am dismayed that such high wattage performers, especially Hoffman, agreed to take part in this movie. A cast from Anystate U Film & Stage Department would have been enough.

Please read the listing in the Findings/Scoring section be your guide whether this flick is worth your time and money. To discuss the plot/story would be pointless. The "Selected Scriptures..." below by themselves are by themselves adequate to address the content of this film. I will not spend any more time on this analysis report that is necessary to give you accurate data about it.

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***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, 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.


    Confidence (2003) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • firearm to head, repeatedly
  • firearm to face, repeatedly
  • police corruption, repeatedly
  • bloody bodies
  • robbery
  • planning murder
  • gambling
  • planning crime, repeatedly
  • assault
  • theft
  • con, repeatedly
  • manipulation for gain
  • beating, repeatedly
  • firearm threat, repeatedly
  • accepting bribe corporate crime
  • long fight sequence

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • 56 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • 129 uses of the most foul of the foul words
  • "Who cares if you have to bend the rules"
  • exaggerated impoliteness
  • lying, repeatedly

    Sex/Homosexuality (S)
  • female upper nudity
  • lap love
  • sex talk, repeatedly
  • vulgar anatomical reference
  • porn video with nudity and inappropriate touch
  • women as toys
  • gay and lesbian promotion comment
  • lesbian body licking
  • inappropriate touch
  • gaping face kissing, repeatedly
  • suggestive eye movement
  • sexual enticement
  • man and woman undressing each other
  • making out in underwear
  • strip dancing, repeatedly
  • man on commode
  • sadist comment

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • drinking, repeatedly
  • smoking, repeatedly
  • bars, repeatedly
  • illegal drug possession
  • illegal drug consumption

    Offense to God (O)
  • five uses of God's of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive and 18 without
  • trust in paranormal "signs"

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • graphic murder with staged repeat, twice
  • gunfire to forehead murder
  • multiple gunfire murders

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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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