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The Master of Disguise (2002), PG
Analysis Date: August 2, 2002
CAP Score: 40
CAP Influence Density: 1.14

MinMax: -100

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THE MASTER OF DISGUISE (PG) -- Just because there is no nudity or saturation with foul language does not mean it is PG.

Production: Happy Madison, Out of the Blue... Entertainment, Revolution Studios
Distribution: Columbia Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment
Director(s): Perry Andelin Blake
Producer(s): Barry Bernardi, Allegra Clegg, Sidney Ganis, Todd Garner, Jack Giarraputo, Adam Sandler, Alex Siskin, Dino Stamatopoulos
Written by/Screenplay: Dana Carvey, Harris Goldberg
Cinematography/Camera: Peter Lyons Collister
Music: Marc Ellis, Lil' Fizz, Faye Hamlin, Anaïs Lemeche, Rosie Munter, Anna Sundstrand
Film Editing: Peck Prior, Sandy S. Solowitz
Casting: Elizabeth Boykewich, Roger Mussenden
Production Design: Alan Au
Art Direction: John B. Josselyn, Domenic Silvestri

The Hollywood/MPAA configuration has done it this time! Just because there is no nudity or saturation with foul language does not mean it is PG. This film is the perfect example of using dozens of examples of "lite" ignominy to get the same effects as a few bold examples. Consider Movie A rated PG. It presents 100 examples of ignominy each worth only 10 "bads." Now consider Movie B rated R with only 10 examples of ignominy but each is worth 100 "bads." The result is the same - 1000 "bads." The Master of Disguise is Movie A.

In 76 minutes The Mater of Disguise contains at least ten instances of slapping/slap fighting of/with people, not including the uncounted number of slapping spars with a slap-happy robot leading the examples. At least 11 instances of flatulence. At least nine instances of the use of the sexual sadomasochism expression "Who's your daddy", associating it (and "daddy") with slapping/beating. Harassment with assault. Planning murder. Kidnapping. And a plethora of other issues inflated the sheer numbers of ignominy. All in the name of comedy. All for the giggle-snicker crowd to give them more at which to giggle-snicker. Except for the plethora of flatulence, most of the programming in this movie required a little more experiential maturity than typically possessed by the target audience to even fathom the "humor", thus planting desires for learning and knowing such social toiletry "before their time" -- the perfect "you'll thank me when you're older" tactics for stealing childhood from children. Another perfect example this movie sets is of one to not watch. But that is your call. We just tell you what is there.

From generations the Disguisey family had been thwarting crime and criminals. After a near disaster with black marketeer Devlin Bowman (Brent Spiner, Data without the android makeup and with blue eyes), master of disguise Fabbrizio Disguisey (James Brolin) decides to hang up his foolery and leave Italy to open a restaurant in New York.

Twenty-three years later we meet Pistachio Disguisey (Dana Carvey), son of Fabbrizio and waiter in his father's restaurant. Pistachio has a habit of mocking the customers by repeating everything they say. Fabbrizio had kept the family secrets from Pistachio but hints were that Pistachio bore the talents of a disguise artist anyway.

A bad guy, Devlin Bowman (Brent Spiner) is out to steal every priceless artifact on the planet and needs Pistachio's father and his talents to help Bowman steal them through disguises as celebrities. After Bowman kidnaps Pistachio's father and mother (Edie McClurg), Pistachio's Exorcist-looking absentee grandfather (Harold Gould) appears. Grandpapa is also an expert at disguise and master of the "energico" force, the force that enables the speaker to harness the skills of others. Pistachio's grandfather teaches Pistachio all the family secrets of disguise and Pistachio finally makes it to the first of 7,000 levels of master of disguise. At the "wisdom" of his grandfather, Pistachio enlists the aid of an assistant, Jennifer (Jennifer Esposito). Together they try to conquer the dastardly deeds and doings of the devilish Devlin Bowman.

I mentioned "Exorcist-looking" above to bring out an aspect of movie. Clues to several other movies and/or notables are used: Jaws, Wizard of Oz, Gladiator, Forest Gump, Star Wars, Mahatama Gandhi, and George Dubbya. There was even a skit on the "happy cloud" painter. I was surprised to see how many in the crowd even knew of the master artist whose name I cannot remember. If you decide the mentality of the programming we reveal in the Findings/Scoring section is acceptable for your family, see if you can identify any other clues to other movies, celebrities and famous personalities.

Since this film is rated PG, I wonder how many giggle-snicker kids will start slapping other kids and how many will be saying "Who's you daddy?" [1 Cor. 15:33, Eccl. 5:2] It won't go away as long as it sells. [Ps. 12:8, Jude 4]


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  • Eccl. 5:2 Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing [rash or vile] before God [who is omnipresent]: ...
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences to younger and younger audiences every year] when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, pay for it, enjoy it, want it].

    *******Food for Daily Thought*******
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 (KJV) Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (NIV) Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.
  • Jude 4 For certain men* whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. [*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 [or for] one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto [or for] me.
  • Luke 17:2 It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. [cause by teaching or example]
  • Ps. 119:133 Direct my footsteps according to your word; 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.


    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 Master of Disguise (2002) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • fighting
  • kidnapping, twice
  • slappings and slap fighting, numerous
  • extortion with harm to wife as incentive
  • sparring
  • physical assault
  • breaking and entering
  • bondage

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • a single use of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • toilet humor, repeatedly in both behavior and talk
  • flatulence, repeatedly
  • name-calling, repeatedly
  • "Who's your daddy" repeatedly
  • deceit
  • cow pile for a face piece

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • dressing to maximize the female form and/or skin exposure, repeatedly
  • necking
  • camera angle to force viewer onto private parts
  • anatomical talk
  • adult in underwear, repeatedly
  • sexual advances
  • scant swim wear
  • fetish with large posteriors

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • smoking
  • drugging to control

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • imagery of wizardry, repeatedly
  • "Fool!"
  • chant to change to another person
  • a single use of God's name in vain but without the four letter expletive
  • using "energico" to harness the skills/talents of others

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

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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.

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    (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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