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Fight CLub (1999), (R)
CAP Score: 31
CAP Influence Density: 3.61
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*Fight Club* (R) -- a bizarre fantasy about the "repressed self"

The central figure, a bored milquetoast business man, had a vision. He envisioned he was the street-wise tough guy who loved to fight. And then the street wise tough guy became real, at least for the milquetoast man. Together, the two .. er .. the one plus ? created fight clubs all over the country.

The kind of influence of *Fight Club* is NOT one to toy with, especially for the vain sake of entertainment. The *Fight Club* kind of influence emboldens tough guy wannabe's, those who are, and the embittered "can't take it anymore" types to go for it. All I can say to help you trust what I am telling you is "been there -- done that." I broke none of man's laws when roaming the streets, but the scars are there. And they now warn you of this movie. In this culture of freedom from authority, accountability, and consequences and of stealing childhood from children, if you let your kids watch *Fight Club* don't be surprised if one day the influence of *Fight Club* hits them right in the face.

My experience as a medic tells me that most of the fighting in *Fight Club*, if it were real, would have been fatal for at least one in each of the dozens of punching pairs. But of course, they all got up, shook hands, and hugged each other in primal bravado through a coat of blood, and were best friends forever. In this complex and well organized and realistically choreographed story of brutal aggression, multiple paradoxes tend to suffocate the rational mind of the viewer, efficiently throwing at you almost everything that can reach into the basal man and draw it out in fury with wolf pack camaraderie, ready to strike at a moment's notice. Remember that the trapped wolf will attack the one who is trying to free it.

The list of ignominy in this movie is so extensive that a summary without undue exclusion is at best difficult. But of the ignominies that can be grouped, there were at least 81 uses of the most foul of the foul words saturating a total of 106 uses of profanity with at least 28 uses of God's name in vain with and without the four letter expletive. There were *at least* 28 fights or beatings, several very graphic. And there was flash imagery of pornographic images, including male gender-specific anatomy.

To tell you any more in narrative format would make this summary/commentary as vulgar as the movie. Please visit the Findings/Scoring section below for the best representation of the CAP Entertainment Media Analysis Model applied to this "movie."

FINDINGS / SCORING: Fight Club (1999) CAP Thermometers

NOTE: Multiple occurrences of each item described below are likely.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • firearm barrel in mouth as threat
  • anger violence
  • arrogant risk-taking in traffic
  • airplane tragedy imagery
  • reckless driving
  • fighting and beatings, several extremely graphic with gore, some in long sequences
  • injuries with blood
  • attempted suicide for show
  • threat of multiple murder
  • firearms to control and intimidate
  • episodes of mischief and mayhem for fun and to earn favor with the club
  • threat to castrate at the point of a gun and other extreme threats with firearms
  • slapping
  • gunshot to head - graphic
  • threats with a knife
  • abduction
  • attempted murder by firearm
  • attempted suicide by firearm
  • gunfire to intimidate
  • holding gun to own head
  • gunshot in mouth -- very graphic slo-motion (attempted suicide)

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • 81 uses of the most foul of foul words
  • 25 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • punk music in startup background
  • encouraging sadness
  • nihilism and glorification of it
  • "Prayed for a crash of mid-air collision"
  • planting of porno subliminal imagery in kids films
  • impudence toward boss = "enlightened"
  • fighting = enlightenment
  • gross lying with self injury to extort
  • intentional car wreck for fun
  • belittlements
  • punk dress

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • man on commode
  • sex talk, comments, innuendo
  • adult in underwear
  • flash porno picts, including male gender-specific anatomy
  • rear male nudity
  • masturbation encouraged as acceptable
  • nudity
  • sexual intercourse
  • sex toys
  • self touching
  • inappropriate touch, including female to male genitalia
  • talk of sexual intercourse

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • booze
  • drinking
  • drunkenness
  • bar

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • insults to God
  • mockery of Christian fellowshipping
  • hypnosis therapy and guided meditation as a church function
  • mockery of the Resurrection
  • series of lies about God, e.g., "God hates you!"
  • insane servitude to evil

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

  • (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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