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Knock Out (2000), (PG-13)
CAP Score: 68
CAP Influence Density: 0.59
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*Knock Out* (PG-13) -- not Rocky, but boxing.

If you are expecting the grandeur and action of the *Rocky* series with Sylvester Stallone, you'll not find it in *Knock Out*. You will, however, find simple and unassuming feelings; some strong, most honest (honest sounding anyway). An unknown cast of lesser talents present the life of a boxer -- the daughter of an ex-boxer turned cop who gave it up for the family; the daughter of a dancer who also gave it up for the family. Yes, there are some good family values embedded in this movie. There are also uses of Scripture in it. But...

Twenty-four uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary and one use each of the most foul of the foul words and God's name in vain with the four letter expletive were there evidently to paint over the powerful strength of solid traditional ethics and family [Mark 7:20]. If there is a savvy or a know-how which accompanies experience in using foul language, most of the actors and actresses in this movie who spoke the words clearly didn't have it -- most uses seemed out of character as if the only thing that was making them speak the words was the pay, kinda like the "In my own words" infomercials. That is how gratuitous the foul language was. However cosmetic or, for the baby boomers, plastic the foul language, it was still there.

Violence was represented in, e.g., a gun battle with police, exaggerated boxing violence, and "I'll kill you." [Ps. 11:5; 101:3] Sexual programming was also gratuitous: a man and a woman in bed together, ghosting of female anatomy through clothing, adults in underwear, silhouetting of the female form suggesting rear nudity, and brief exposure due to boxer shorts looseness [1Ths. 4:3]. Some racial insults, booze, and threats with firearms added to the questionable programming. Bold argumentation threatening to become violent, a man in a woman's locker room, and lies touched up the painting over of the powerful strength of solid traditional ethics and family.

*Knock Out* earned a CAP Final Score precisely on the borderline between PG and PG-13 scores earned by movies of 1995 and earlier. And this is one of the extremely few age-restricted movies I have observed without under age kids watching it, too. But that is probably because I was the only one in the auditorium when I watched it.

So many of our visitors seem to be relying only on this Summary/Commentary for a full assessment of this movie. This is not possible. For the best representation of the CAP Entertainment Media Analysis Model applied to this movie, visit the Findings/Scoring section below.

FINDINGS / SCORING: Knock Out (2000) CAP Thermometers

NOTE: Multiple occurrences of each item described below may be likely.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • gun battle with police
  • threat with firearms
  • exaggerated boxing violence
  • argumentation
  • "I'll kill you."
  • bloody fight injury

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • 24 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • one use of the most foul of the foul words
  • arrogance against loving authority
  • racial slander
  • lies
  • cheating

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • brief exposure due to boxer shorts looseness
  • adults in underwear
  • man in woman's locker room
  • ghosting of female anatomy through clothing
  • silhouette of female form
  • man and woman in bed together

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • booze
  • drinking

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

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • gunfire murder

  • (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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