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In the Bedroom (2001), R
Analysis Date: February 23, 2002
CAP Score: 50
CAP Influence Density: 0.91
IN THE BEDROOM (R) -- A story about vengeance. "Stupid." "Dumbest movie..."
Distributed by: Miramax Films
Director(s): Todd Field
Producer(s): Graham Leader, Ted Hope, Ross Katz, Todd Field
Written by/Screenplay: Robert Festinger (screenplay), Todd Field (screenplay), Andre Dubus (story)
Cinematography/Camera: Antonio Calvache
Music: Thomas Newman
Editing: Frank Reynolds
A one paragraph description: A story about a son, Frank Fowler (Nick Stahl) preparing to go off to college having an immoral sexual relationship with a separated woman, Natalie Stroud (Marisa Tomei), getting killed by her husband, Richard (William Mapother), and the impact of the murder on the son's parents, Dr. Matt and Ruth Fowler (Tom Wilkinson, Sissy Spacek) and the community. A story of how the legal system lets murderers off easy. A story of seeking and getting vengeance [Rom. 12:19]. "Stupid", "Dumbest movie..." are two of the murmured comments from the audience at the end of the show. I agree.
This long (126 minute) movie presented little more than manufactured justification for murdering a murderer [Rev. 21:8]. Language was ugly [Prov. 17:20]. Marital argumentation was exceptionally bitter [Eph. 5:22 - 25, Col. 3:18 - 19, 1 Pet. 3:1, 1 Pet. 3:7 - 8]. The only thing I was pleased about in this movie is there was no nudity or sexually graphic imagery to it as is implied by the title. The only time I noted "in the bedroom" was about lobsters in the same trap. And that is indeed strange for Miramax, distributors of Pulp Fiction and many other movies, both heterosexual and homosexual in content, that push and exceed the porn threshold. Let the listing in the Findings/Scoring section tell it all about In the Bedroom.
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|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 or example 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 nearly seven 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.|