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Mulholland Drive (2001), R
First 94 of 150 minutes
Analysis Date: October 20, 2001
CAP Score: 64
CAP Influence Density: 0.65

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MULHOLLAND DRIVE (R) -- No comment.

Distributed by: Universal Focus
Director(s): David Lynch
Producer(s): Pierre Edelman (exec), David Lynch (exec), Neal Edelstein, Joyce Eliason, Tony Krantz, Michael Polaire, Alain Sarde, Mary Sweeney
Screenplay: David Lynch
Cinematography/Camera: Peter Deming
Music: Angelo Badalamenti

I cannot and will not tell you much about this movie. As James Berardinelli put it:

"...the two lead female characters remove their clothing and spend most of the final 40 minutes topless."

I cannot put it much more succinct than that. Mr. Berardinelli's 105 minutes evidently includes the previews/trailers and all the starting credits on non-movie background. I left when the nude lesbian licking kissing came on, after 94 minutes of the 2 1/2 hour show which appears to be the end of Mr. Berardinelli's 105 minutes.

The dark and sinister story involved a veteran actress escaping murder due to a very graphic car wreck but with the loss of her memory, a young lady who came to Hollywood with stars in her eyes, then the two of them coming together. While Mr. Berardinelli feels the first 70% of the show was fit for TV, I do not agree. The listing in the Findings/Scoring section will explain, if you want to bother reading it.

A few of the items in the Findings/Scoring section in addition to the above include threat with firearm, shower nudity through a rippled glass shower door, kidnapping, a man and a woman in bed together nude (nudity not seen), silhouette/shadowed nudity, breaking and entering, foul language, a decomposing body and inappropriate touch. Maybe this kind of "entertainment" is present on TV nowadays, but that does not make it acceptable. Though the first 94 minutes earned a CAP score of 64 which is a high-end PG-13, without a doubt the rest of the show, if I had stayed, would clearly have dragged that score to the gutters.


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*******Food for 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]

    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: Mulholland Drive (2001) CAP Thermometers

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

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • reckless driving drunken causing fatality wreck, graphic
  • threat with firearm
  • vandalism as revenge
  • kidnapping
  • assault
  • home invasion
  • unlawful entry with beatings
  • breaking and entering
  • decomposing body

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
    one use of the most foul of the foul words
  • seven uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • shower nudity, female through rippled glass shower doors
  • ghosting of female anatomy through clothing
  • inappropriate touch
  • adultery
  • adults in underwear
  • man and woman in bed together nude (nudity not seen)
  • offer to cohabitate for sex
  • wanted inappropriate touch
  • open mouth kissing
  • silhouette/shadowed nudity
  • lesbian nude licking kissing

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • smoking, chain smoking

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • three uses of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive
  • explosive startle with demonic creature image

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • three gunfire murders

    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 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 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.

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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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