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Fight CLub (1999), (R)
CAP Score: 31
CAP Influence Density: 3.61
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SUMMARY / COMMENTARY:
*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:
NOTE: Multiple occurrences of each item described below are likely.
Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
Offense to God (O)(2):