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(2007), PG-13 [Hrad R-13*] (1hr 26min)

Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
June 30, 2007
31 out of 100

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(While the Scriptural references are certainly not subjective, my commentary may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)

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(2007), PG-13 [HArd R-13*] ... Delta FARCE is right..

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Sleeping Marmots Production, Parallel Entertainment, Samwilla Productions, Shaler Entertainment Pictures
Distribution (US): Lionsgate
Director(s): C.B. Harding
Producer(s): Alan C. Blomquist, Maggie Houlehan, Jennifer Novak, Tom Ortenberg, J.P. Williams, Emily Wolfe
Written by: Bear Aderhold, Tom Sullivan
Cinematography/Camera: Tom Priestley Jr.
Music: James S. Levine
Film Editing: Mark Conte
Casting: Debbie George, Lisa Soltau
Production Design: Cabot McMullen
Art Direction: Dins W.W. Danielsen
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

Well, again I provide you with an analysis weeks after the subject film has played out at the theaters. But again it should be useful for them who wait for a film to come out on video. Delta Farce comes out on video September 4, 2007. Today is August 31. It has come down to this: if our users want more timely analyses (and analyses of more films), brought to you at least while a film is still playing or even before it opens, we are going to need each and every one of our users to help with the bills . Or at least a few to help with most generous regular gifts. It is as plain as the noses on our faces: money is the unfair and cruel factor which will determine whether the CAP Ministry continues. I hate that but cannot do anything about it. Bills have to be paid. Maybe most of you do not realize that all donations to the CAP Ministry are tax-deductible. There is no legal, practical or moral difference between the donation/tithe you toss in the plate on Sunday morning and the donation you send to the CAP Ministry. Both finance the Lord's work of teaching God's Word and planting Seeds.

Delta FARCE is right. I don't have much to say about this farce flick other than it is about three weekend warriors, Larry (Larry the Cable Guy), Bill (Bill Engvall) and Everett (DJ Qualls) thinking they are in Iraq getting caught up in fighting terrorism Mexican style.

While lounging at the Fort Davis base waiting for the big game to come on TV, Sgt. Kilgore (Keith David) arrives to tell the boys to prepare for combat -- in Iraq.

Their transport plane to Fallujah doesn't make it. Over Mexico, severe weather forces the pilot (Joel McKinnon Miller) to eject all the heavy cargo. Part of the cargo to eject is a Humvee. Larry, Bill and Everett are asleep in the Humvee. As the Humvee plummets, Sgt. Kilgore gets tangled in the mess and drops with the hapless platoon.

On the ground, Larry, Bill and Everett survive but find what they think is Sgt. Kilgore dead. In an irreverent and insincere way the boys bury Kilgore in a shallow grave in the sand and depart to find somebody to shoot ... since they are in "Iraq."

The boys happen across a small village called La Miranda. The village is being terrorized by the ruthless Carlos Santana (Luis Chávez). Well, there they have it! Terrorism. They seem to be where they are supposed to be. Especially since Maria (Marisol Nichols), daughter of the local mayor (Tony Perez), takes a shine to Larry ... and he to she. Now Larry has a purpose and goal.

And I have satisfied all the "purpose and goal" I intend to in this Summary/Commentary. Let the individual investigation area discussions below and the listings in the Findings/Scoring section speak for the content of this film. At the end of the film is a grasp for some degree of nobility and honor with the inscription "This film is dedicated to the real men and women serving in our armed forces around the world." To that I say I hope not. A joke can be taken too far.

Just remember, a bad influence does not have to be real to influence badly. [1 Cor. 15:33]

Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Violence comes mainly in the form of warfare battle, gunfire to kill and other tools of conflict with firearms. While there is no gore, blood splattering or gut spewing there are so many "lesser" matters of gun/warfare violence that the total envelope or magnitude of violence in this PG-13 film is clearly equivalent to many R-rated films (see R-13 for more information). [Prov. 16:29]

Impudence/Hate (I)
Just about every form of profanity is used at least 112 times in this 86-minute film. [Eph. 4:29, Col. 3:8] Preteens beat an adult with golf clubs. [1 Peter 5:5] There are human urination, lies and tattoos plus multiple racial and nationality insults.

Sexual Immorality (S)
Delta Farce uses many of the typical devices of sexual vulgarity: innuendo and gestures regarding and admissions of sexually immoral behaviors such as intercourse outside of marriage and inappropriate touch; excessive cleavage for show; the use of women as toys or ornaments; anatomical references; portrayals of homosexuality; more. [1Ths. 4:1-5, 1Cor. 6:9-10, 1 Cor. 7:1 - 2]

Drugs/Alcohol (D)
By their PG-13 label, again the MPAA is implicitly telling you, mom/dad, that drinking of alcoholic beverages in a film for your young teens is acceptable. So, again I am going to make a big deal of it.

The American College of Physicians (ACP) has found that exposure to booze and drinking in and as entertainment emboldens the viewer, in particular the middle school age stratum, the PG and PG-13 age stratum, to challenge and experiment with alcohol.

Though the ACP study used R-rated films since it was believed R-rated films contained the most drinking, the focus is on the influence of exposure to alcohol in and as entertainment regardless of the film rating. Besides, the ACP researchers were not aware of R-13 which defeats the assumption that R-rated films present the most drinking and drunkenness. A finding by Harvard University agreed with our R-13 finding, four years after our finding. As a sidebar note, consider this, too. The MPAA is apparently going to consider all films with smoking in them as R-rated, clearly announcing without trying that smoking in and as entertainment is indeed a negative influence. If so, why not make R-rated any films which present booze and/or drinking and/or drunkenness? [Eph. 5:18] We incorporated smoking into a film's scoring distribution long before the MPAA. Even other film rating websites have plagiarized our methodology. Might that imply others are following our lead? That we are doing something right?

Within the ACP study population of 4544 middle school students (90% were under fourteen years old), the prevalence of having tried alcohol without parental knowledge was

  • 46% for those with no restrictions on which rating may be viewed
  • 16% for those with partial restrictions on which rating may be viewed
  • four percent for those with complete restrictions.

    Rather revealing of the influences of the entertainment industry wouldn't you say? And emboldening children to sin with drink in and as entertainment screams of violating Luke 17:2.

    I can add to the ACP study that reveals films which present drinking and drunkenness contribute to underage alcohol abuse. I submit that it is not so much the presence of alcohol in films or the rating of the film(s) that embolden youth to abuse it, but is rather the attitude portrayed: the attitude of freedom from authority, freedom from accountability and freedom from consequences. PG-13 and R-rated films, even lesser rated films, are typically heavy with attitude. Our report on this, ATTITUDE: In Perspective -- Investigation Area Scoring and Trend in CAP Entertainment Industry Investigations, Special Report-001 may provide more understanding of the point.

    Offense to God (O)
    Abuse of God's name comes in both formats: with and without the four letter expletive. [Deut. 5:11]

    Murder/Suicide (M)
    Although there were killings in Delta Farce they were acts of warfare and are thus incorporated into Wanton Violence/Crime (W), not here Murder/Suicide (M).


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  • Prov. 16:29 A violent man entices his neighbor and leads him down a path that is not good. [The issue is the violence and its effect on an observer. "A violent man" can be a man, woman OR the men/women/characters demonstrating the violent behavior/action on the screen. Knowing of Prov. 16:29 you now know why violence, especially in and as entertainment, can embolden the viewer into aggression, especially youth. See also Joint Statement on the Impact of Entertainment Violence on Children Congressional Public Health Summit. Further, God speaks darkly of violence 56 times in the Old and New Testament of the KJV. And see 1 Cor. 15:33 below.]
  • Eph. 4:29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
  • Col. 3:8 But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander (injurious speech), and filthy language [aischrologia: foul speaking, low and obscene speech] from your lips.
  • 1 Peter 5:5 Likewise [in humility as the elders who have charge over you], ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud [huperephanos {hoop-er-ay'-fan-os}: an overweening estimate of one's means or merits, despising others or even treating them with contempt, haughty], and giveth grace to the humble.
  • 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; [Be master of your body and urges, not a slave to them.]
  • 1Cor. 6:9-10 Do you not know that the [unforgiven] wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.
  • 1 Cor. 7:1 - 2 Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman. Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.
  • Eph. 5:18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. [Since "drunk" is methusko {meth-oos'-ko}: to intoxicate; make drunk; to get drunk; become intoxicated, "wine" can be any intoxicating substance including illegal drugs or abuse of prescription drugs. The issue is do not abuse the body by intoxicating it. Though it is not a sin to drink, it is a sin to get drunk OR to influence to get drunk OR to drink in defiance such as underage drinking.]
  • Deut. 5:11 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. [Vain is shav' {shawv}: emptiness, nothingness, vanity, such as an expletive. With or without the four letter expletive, the use of God's name in any way other than respect, reverence or responsible discussion is in vain. That includes the popular three syllable sentence with His name trailing it AND the misuse of Jesus' name or title.]

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Jer. 37:9 This is what the LORD says: Do not deceive yourselves, thinking, 'The Babylonians [the destroyers from within] will surely leave us.' They will not!
  • 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, 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 Be not deceived: evil [kakov: of a bad nature, not such as it ought to be] communications corrupt good manners.
  • Rom. 5:19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
  • Jude 1:4 For there are certain men* crept in unawares [secretly slipped in among us], who were before of old ordained to this condemnation [whose condemnation was written about long ago], ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness [a license for immorality], and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. [*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 one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
  • Luke 17:2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. [Offend: skandalizo {skan-dal-id'-zo} - scandalize; to entice to sin; to cause a person to begin to distrust and desert one whom he ought to trust and obey; to cause to fall away.]
  • Ps. 119:133 Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me [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. ["Evil" includes all things that are sinful.]


    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 objective heart of the CAP Analysis Model, independent of and insulated from the Summary / Commentary section.)

    Delta Farce (2007) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • insurance fraud
  • recreational gunfire
  • assault on a woman and others, repeatedly
  • reckless gunfire, repeatedly
  • talk of murder-suicide as an escape
  • gunfire to intimidate
  • firearm threat to face, repeatedly
  • order to kill
  • firearms for offensive throughout
  • assault gunfire, repeatedly
  • gun battle (no gore or blood seen)

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • 112 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • preteens beating an adult with golf clubs
  • urination
  • lies, repeatedly

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • innuendo re: intercourse
  • pregnancy out of wedlock
  • excessive cleavage, repeatedly
  • talk of husband's hatred of wife with admission of sexual unfaithfulness on his part
  • intercourse gesture
  • intercourse slang
  • man on commode
  • homosexual inference, suggestions, mannerisms, talk, etc. frequent
  • "He's here. He's queer. Get used to it!"
  • innuendo re: sodomy
  • women as toys/ornaments

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • booze, repeatedly
  • drinking, repeatedly
  • "Grass" on a bumper sticker

    Offense to God (O)
  • six uses of God's name in vain, once with the four letter expletive

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • none noted

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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 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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