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Men in Black II (2002), PG-13
Analysis Date: July 2, 2002
CAP Score: 40
CAP Influence Density: 1.36

MinMax: -86

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MEN IN BLACK II (PG-13) -- ...contains nudity rarely seen even in R-rated features.

Production: Amblin Entertainment, Columbia Pictures Corporation
Distribution: Columbia Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment
Director(s): Barry Sonnenfeld
Producer(s): Stephanie Kemp, Laurie MacDonald, Walter F. Parkes, Steven Spielberg
Written by/Screenplay: Lowell Cunningham (comic book), Robert Gordon (story), Robert Gordon , (screenplay), Barry Fanaro (screenplay)
Cinematography/Camera: Greg Gardiner
Music: Danny Elfman, Will Smith (song)
Film Editing: Richard Pearson, Steven Weisberg
Casting: Ronna Kress
Production Design: Bo Welch
Art Direction: Alec Hammond, Sean Haworth, Thomas P. Wilkins, Michael Wylie

Men in Black II contains nudity rarely seen even in R-rated features. The R-rated Van Wilder is the only one of most of 600 movies I've seen that presents what MIB-II does. It presents an alien with a full human scrotum under its chin. The level of detail leaves absolutely no doubt it is there to present unprecedented nudity to younger and younger children every year. There is more toilet and crude ignominy in MIB-II but none as vulgar as that. And your 13 year old and younger daughters will see it if you let them watch Men in Black II [Luke 17:2].

In addition to the precedent-setting nudity, Men in Black II was a big disappointment. Veteran actors Tommy Lee Jones (who played K) and Will Smith (who played J) did what they could with what they had to work with. They worked together as smoothly as they did in Men in Black (1997). But as far as a plot is concerned, it seemed to be empty and "kindergarten."

Jeff, a rather large worm from anothe rplanet, decides to react a little hostile when J's partner, T (Patrick Warburton) kicked one of his flowers around. Jeff had pushed a flower of his up through the sidewalk grating, which he has been scolded about time and time again, and T kicked it a couple times. J warned T two or three times but T kept acting the big boss. Jeff showed T just how big he was. And in the process, Jeff proceeds to eat a subway car, nibbling along the way to 85 passengers. After Jeff knocks J around a little, J busts into the end subway car warning all passengers to move to the front. It was not until Jeff took a couple bites out of the rear of the subway car that the people started to listen to J. With the help of one of the silvery peacemakers MiB uses, J reasoned with Jeff to humble himself.

Realizing the purpose of T for being on the MiB force was not the best, J neuralizes T and reports back to MiB for a new partner. J gets Frank ... a talking/singing, insufferable dog. While all this is going on, Serleena (Lara Flynn Boyle) lands on Earth, eats a would be attacker and proceeds with her mission -- to find the Light of Zartha. In Serleena's path, she leaves the skin of a shop proprietor for whom Rita (Rosario Dawson) worked. J becomes smitten with Rita and refuses to neuralize her.

Back at MiB, Zed (Rip Torn) finds that to defeat Serleena, MiB needs the knowledge of K who has been neuralized and a postmaster for five years. So, J and Frank trip to K and try to convince him 1) that he is an ex-MiB agent and 2) to come back with them to defeat the evil Serleena. Convinced of his history by the aliens K has been working with for five years not knowing they are aliens, J and K report to the deneuralizer to recapture K's knowledge. Foiled by some botched maneuver, K and J meet with Jeebs (Tony Shalhoub) to use his deneuralizer. After a couple of Jeebs heads are blasted into goo, Jeebs agrees to set K in the chair of his make-shift contraption that looks more like a plumbing nightmare than a sophisticated piece of equipment.

With K's memory restored, fur flies as they fight Serleena and a myriad of other critters to get the Light of Zartha and keep it from Serleena. But I will stop spoiling the story line here just in case you want to watch what I subjectively call a piece of celluloid trash because of the vulgar content of it.

Though paled in comparison to the vulgarity of the human scrotum on the alien critter [**], other issues of programming might be of concern to mom/dad. Repeated dressing to maximize the female form and/or skin exposure, an adult repeatedly exposing herself in "Fredericks of Hollywood" underwear and another vulgar looking appendage (which I will not describe) on another alien give definition to the direction of the MiB "series." The usual PG-13 sex talk, comments and innuendo are there as well. [Ps. 12:8] In terms of violence, action violence, a threat with a knife to the neck of a woman and a human being eaten by an alien with another trying to eat many add to the invasion of this movie into the senses of the impressionable. [Prov. 3:31-32] Murder is also part of the MiB fare, the murder of a human-looking alien by another alien was particularly acidic largely due to the nihilistic attitude of the assailant. [Prov. 28:17] There's more but I will leave the complete listing to the Findings/Scoring section.


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** "Nakedness" (display of nudity) is spoken of as dark, restricted, undesirable, shameful, etc. 47 times in the KJV from Genesis to Revelation. For example, Ezek. 16:36 "Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thy filthiness was poured out, and thy nakedness discovered through thy whoredoms with thy lovers,..." thus associating wanton nakedness with ill repute.
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about [e.g., create progressively extreme vulgar and vile entertainment with impunity and no consequences] when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, pay for it, enjoy it]. [I call attention to Ps. 12:8 to warn of the creeping desensitizing power of this sort of "entertainment."]
  • Eph. 5:4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.
  • Prov. 28:17 A man tormented by the guilt of murder will be a fugitive till death; let no one support him.

    *******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.

    Men in Black II (2002) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • threat with knife to woman's neck
  • action violence
  • animal (alien) attack
  • fighting
  • automatic gunfire to kill
  • animal (alien) consumption of characters

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • 24 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • lies

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • dressing to maximize the female form and/or skin exposure, repeatedly
  • adult in underwear, repeatedly
  • camera angle to force viewer on private parts
  • vulgar alien appendage
  • full human scrotum under alien chin
  • anatomical reference
  • exhibitionism
  • sex talk, comments, innuendo
  • excessive cleavage

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • smoking
  • booze

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • two uses of God's name in vain but without the four letter expletive

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • two murders

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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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