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Corky Romano (2001), PG-13
Analysis Date: October 13, 2001
CAP Score: 35
CAP Influence Density: 2.03

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CORKY ROMANO (PG-13) -- hardcore "R-13."

The movie I saw was not the same as the trailers. Much of it was the same, but little pieces and parts were not. For example, in the trailer for the movie was a scene of Chris Katten (playing Corky) pulling much of a two or three inch diameter Python or Boa out of his pants through his open zipper while the snake resisted by going back in each time Corky pulled it out while saying "Let go." And a little ole lady gave a suggestive look. In the cut I saw, the little ole lady still gave the look but the snake did not try to get back in Corky's pants. Rather, the camera zoomed full field to Corky's pelvic region while the snake slithered - upward - out of his fly. Either way this scene tells a tale about the caliber of this movie -- hardcore "R-13."

Corky Romano is a clumsy assistant in a veterinary hospital with a vulgar name. Daily he wrecks something. His father, Pops Romano (Peter Falk) is in trouble. Not only is he dying, he wants Corky's help to thwart the efforts of the police to convict the Romanos for illegal activities. Much to the chagrin of his two other sons Pete (Chris Penn) and Paulie (Peter Berg), Pops directs family advisor, Leo Corrigan (Fred Ward) to arrange papers for Corky to infiltrate the FBI to destroy any evidence against the Romano family. By falsified papers, Corky is accepted into the FBI.

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Arriving at the FBI headquarters, Corky meets Howard Schuster (Richard Roundtree - the original Shaft), the section chief. Lauding over Corky's credentials, Schuster assigns Corky to the most taxing cases, saying he needed a "professional" rather than, by implication, his klutz staff.

And, of course, there's the girl. The girl the good guy gets. This one is Kate Russo (Vinessa Shaw). Russo is more of a rouge agent, looking to climb the ladder without the benefit of her beauty and appeal. She goes undercover serving as a nurse to Pops Romano to get information to ...

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It is very difficult to spend the time to tell you about the storyline of *Corky Romano*. It was worthless. I have visited a few of the secular reviews of it and even they have nothing good to say about it. So, let me just move into the reasons the Word-believing Christian parent is likely to be very concerned about letting their kids watch *Corky Romano*.

Aside from the couple tons of foul language and the toilet and crude humor connecting the plot dots, this movie is another promotion of acceptance of the practice of homosexuality. As do most PG-13 movies, *Corky Romano* inserts value-shaping comments about the practice of homosexuality. One of Corky's brother's was a latent homosexual and the audience was not allowed to forget it.
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It is not often I include a full "sermon" in these analysis reports, but this time I will. If you are not interested, feel free to move on to the Findings/Scoring section or just leave. This is NOT a politically correct service. We serve His little ones through their parents in His name by His Word. Period.

Fine-sounding arguments and slick talk were presented to counter God's Word regarding the practice of homosexuality down to using a father's love for his son to excuse the sin of practicing homosexuality. What a cheap shot! Twenty four kids have called me "daddy", eight of them permanently. And I will love each of them unconditionally no matter what they do. But my unconditional love for them does NOT excuse their sin. Nor will their love for me excuse mine.

Corky even told his brother of the story of Rudolph and Hermie of *Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer* to say "it's okay to be different", pointing unambiguously to practicing homosexuality There is nothing wrong with being different, to be sure, but there is wrong in willfully practicing sin AND encouraging others to do so, especially children [Matt. 25:40; Luke 17:2]. I am NOT holier-than-thou nor am I looking down my self-righteous nose at anyone. I am just telling the Truth of God's Word.

I am a sinner, too. We all are. It just so happens that of all my sins, practicing homosexuality is not one of them. Even if it were, my sins would not excuse the sins of others nor would theirs excuse mine. And for those who take the defeatist attitude saying "Well, for so long I've ...", understand that our first time for a sin does not excuse the second ... nor the third ... nor the thousandth. Nor does the thousandth excuse the first. Understand also that the only time it is too late to ask forgiveness is when we can no longer ask.

No one is "better" than they who chose to practice homosexuality. Nor is any practitioner "better" than we who do not. We are ALL equal at the foot of the Cross. As Christians if we are to honor His Charge for us we are to love the homosexual as well as any other sinner, including ourselves. To love the sinner does NOT mean to do as the sinner does OR accept/embrace his/her sin to "reach" him/her. Nor does love mean rolling over and playing dead in the face of adversity. It means to do what we can to help him/her out of bondage to the sin using the Truth not counterfeitings, situational redefinitions or conditional applications of it to avoid invading the comfort zone. That cannot be done by pabulum feeding the sinner with watered down "truth" or by looking down our noses at and belittling the sinners as do the hypocrites who think they are above sin. Accept that we are sinners, repent, ask forgiveness of our sins and learn the Truth -- remove the plank from our own eye -- then we will be in a better position to help remove the speck from our brother's eye [Matt. 7:1 - 6].

Many of the homosexual practitioners who email me with disdain argue who am I to judge: that I have no right to judge others. In anticipation of many more such emails, I will offer herein the same information given in the email portion of this ministry.

Yes, we may judge the behavior of others. We must. We are directed to do so [1Cor. 6:2-3]. All too often many will try to belittle us as Christians for judging the behavior of others by taking a small piece of Scripture, rejecting the total of what is said to further their own agenda and "fill their own bellies." [Rom. 16:18] Let me explain.

Matt. 7:1 "Do not judge, or you too will be judged."

This is the verse so many use to try to shame Christians for discerning poor behavior, ethics, morals, and values: the "ju-udge not lest ye be ju-udged" verse. Using ONLY Matt 7:1 is entirely incomplete. This verse is NOT speaking to not judging -- it is speaking to not judging harshly, unfair, or any other cheap and selfish way. Read the REST OF THE STORY ...

Matt 7:2-5 "For in the same way you judge others [there is the authority to judge], you will be judged [if we judge poorly, we will be judged poorly; if we judge well, we will be judged well], and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you [if we use extremes to manipulate the outcome, extremes will be used on us]. Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye [point out his sins, "minor" in Jesus' example here] and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye [our own sins, even and especially those we will not see, magnified by our selective blindness]? How can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' [tell him of his "minor" sins] when all the time there is a plank in your own eye [that there are greater or the same sins in our own lives which we do nothing about]? You hypocrite [speaking/accusing others of sins thinking we are above sin], first take the plank out of your own eye [*sincerely* ask the Lord for forgiveness and learn AND live the Truth and Light by His Word], and then you will see clearly [be in a righteous position] to remove the speck from your brother's eye [to judge and to help him out of his bondage to sin]." At Galilee, the Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea and the region across the Jordan, Jesus was talking to the multitudes gathered there after hearing of His message and of His healings to beseech them to not become like the pharisees and hypocrites who think they are above sin.

And, as a FEW examples of His desire for us to judge,

  • 1Cor. 6:2-3 Do you not know that the saints [the saved; Christians] will judge the world? And if you are to judge the world, are you not competent to judge trivial cases? Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more the things of this life!
  • Prov. 3:21 My son, preserve sound judgment and discernment, do not let them out of your sight;
  • John 7:24 Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.
  • Jer. 22:3 Thus saith the LORD; Execute ye judgment and righteousness...
  • Phil. 1:10 so that you may be able to discern [judge] what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ...
  • Phil. 1:7 It is right for me to feel this way about all of you [judge you]...

    Matt 7:1 seems to support the allusion that we are not to judge at all IF we use small-vision tactics by narrow-mindedly selecting only that SMALL piece of the total of what Jesus was saying. Matt 7:1 DOES NOT tell us not to judge at all -- it tells us to not judge with unfairness or superficiality: to not use our own understanding to judge. Look at John 7:24. There, Jesus TELLS us to judge, but to do so righteously. Righteously means to use the Truth of the Word and NOT by appearances only. Judge we must else we could never tell good from bad, proper from improper, righteousness from evil.

    And to continue, Matt 7:6 says. "Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and then turn and tear you to pieces." How are we going to know who are the "dogs" and the "pigs" if we do not judge?

    Yes, we do have the right and the authority to judge the behavior of others as long as we honor and obey His Word doing it. That God is the only one who can judge is speaking to judging whether someone is or is not saved. Neither you or I nor anyone else who has ever drawn a breath (except Jesus) or ever will draw a breath has the authority to say whether another has or has not been saved. Only God can make that judgment since only He can give Salvation. The Bible provides quite enough knowledge and understanding to make each of us a righteous judge if we r-e-a-d it and not just look at the words AND use the TOTAL of what He says, not just the pieces that seem to fit an agenda; that seem to fill our own bellies [Rom. 16:18].

    In no case does God sanction or excuse the sin of practicing homosexuality or any other sin, no matter what this or any other movie says. And in no case will God reject any sinner who comes to Him for forgiveness. We do not have to be "clean" for Him to love us with His forgiveness. We can go to Him just as we are. All we have to do is ask sincerely believing that Jesus died on the Cross as atonement of our sins and that He is the resurrected Lord. When He forgives us, *all* sins are forgiven; past, present; future. All sins. Jesus spent three days in Hell just so we would not have to spend one moment there. That is how much He loves us.

    To the one who is reading this who is bound to the practice of homosexuality, know that by His love for us I love you. I have no animosity toward you as a person. My fight is with sin, even my own. I will not argue but I will do what I can to help you if you want it.


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  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto 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]
  • Rom. 16:18 For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.

    *******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: Corky Romano (2001) CAP Thermometers

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

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • admission of criminal actions
  • intimidation - repeatedly
  • firearm threats - many
  • hostage taking
  • explosion with fire
  • reckless endangerment
  • gunfire

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • 74 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • flatulence as a rude gesture, twice
  • brothers brutalizing a brother - repeatedly
  • use of a four letter word as a name
  • massive tattoos
  • body piercings
  • anti-jewish tattoo

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • homosexual references, innuendo, comments, suggestions - repeatedly
  • vulgar name of a veterinary hospital
  • vulgar use of a snake
  • adult in underwear
  • prostitutes
  • excessive cleavage
  • crude and toilet humor
  • vulgar torture
  • crotch hits
  • strip bar
  • dressing to maximize the female form and/or skin exposure
  • crotch grab by a female
  • sex talk
  • porn magazine
  • inappropriate touch
  • gays amorously gazing at each other at a wedding

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • drug evidence
  • drinking

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • three uses of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive and 12 without

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • none noted

    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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