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Men of Honor (2000), (R)
CAP Score: 45
CAP Influence Density: 1.87

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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 or plot does not excuse the sinful behavior of either the one who is drawing pleasure 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. If you do not want the plot, ending, or "secrets" of a movie spoiled for you, skip the Summary/Commentary. In any case, be sure to visit the Findings/Scoring section -- it is purely objective and is the heart of the CAP Entertainment Media Analysis Model applied to this movie

"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." [Emphasis is mine] And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I aplaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our five-year 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.

If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary likely using a mix of KJV and NIV.


MEN OF HONOR (R) -- every bit a R-rated show, but inspirational.

Black Navy divers are just not allowed ... until Carl Brashear comes along. Cuba Gooding, Jr. plays the part of Carl "Cookie" Brashear in his challenge of the U. S. Navy to let him be a diver. But only the best get through the rigorous diving school -- and Brashear was the best. At least according to Men of Honor.

Share cropper by trade and without a high school education, Carl is instructed by his father "Don't quit on me." And Carl takes him literally -- and doesn't quit even in the face of overwhelming opposition. To the question "Why do you want it so much." Brashear replies "Because they said I couldn't have it." Though indeed a noble template, such dogged determination can lead to trouble especially if one is focused on "They said I couldn't have it" -- a rebellion issue, instead of "I can do anything I work hard enough to get" -- an achievement issue. There are a million things we can have and a million things we can't.

Harry Truman ordered racial integration of the services after World War II, but resistance to blacks in the military was strong though sometimes subtle. For a long time the only positions for blacks were cook and officers' valets. Opposition was so strong in the Navy diving school that when Brashear was denied entry into the diving school camp he stood outside the gates for at least two days before getting in. It seems the crotchety old commanding officer, Mister Pappy (Hal Holbrook) was not going to let that black man in his camp: "There may be a day when a colored graduates this school, but not while I'm here." It was Master Chief Billy Sunday (Robert De Niro), the lead diving school instructor who finally let Brashear in the camp and who gave Brashear the nickname "Cookie": "You know what they say in China, Cookie ("Cookie" because he was black and a cook before coming to the diving school)? Be careful what you wish for." Further opposition came as every man in the barracks left because they would not share quarters with a black. All except one, a man named Snowhill (Michael Rapaport).

Many attempts were made to discourage Brashear and to make him want to drop out. Firehose "education", social rejection, racial insults, and undesirable treatment with treatment as an undesirable by his peers and instructors were not enough. Even the final performance test was rigged to make it seemingly impossible to complete. But Brashear did at the risk of his own life. Brashear displayed superhuman fortitude and resilience, assuming the movie is accurate.

While this movie possesses much to inspire youth to not give up, at what price must that object lesson come? Sure, military men (and women to a lesser degree) use foul language as a profuse helping of crunchy topping on their verbal salad, but does that make it okay? If everyone on the planet cussed in every sentence, would it no longer be a sin? Would widespread use of God's name in vain cause Him to not hold the violator guilty [Deut. 5:11]? Would complete saturation of everyone's everyday language with vulgar words change God's admonition that such speech is perverse and filthy? Men of Honor presented 120 individual uses of some form of cussing [Prov. 8:13, Col. 3:8], much of it as God's name in vain and all of them with the four letter expletive.

Some of the other matters of possible concern for parents and grandparents include a ton of smoking and some drinking/drunkenness [2 Cor. 7:1] and racial insults, many vulgar anatomical references [Eph. 5:4], some mockery of God (e.g., Sunday: "I am God.") [Gal. 6:7], There were also some sexual comments, some disaster peril, an order to kill one of our own, and a graphic near amputation.


  • 1 Cor. 15:33 (KJV) Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (NIV) Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.
  • Deut. 5:11 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.
  • Prov. 8:13 To fear the LORD is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech.
  • Col. 3:8 But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.
  • 2 Cor. 7:1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
  • Eph. 5:4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.
  • Gal. 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.


    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.

    FINDINGS / SCORING: Men of Honor (2000) CAP Thermometers

    NOTE: Multiple occurrences of each item described below may be likely, definitely when plural.

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • fighting
  • disaster/peril
  • order to kill one of our own
  • graphic amputation

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • 45 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • 18 uses of the most foul of the foul words
  • racism, racial insults

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • homosexual comments
  • anatomical references, some vulgar

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • drinking
  • drunkenness
  • smoking
  • bar

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • 21 uses off God's name in vain, all with the four letter expletive
  • mockery of God

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

  • (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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