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HBO(tm) Comedy Half Hour "Patton Oswalt" 12/8/97 (1997), NR
Analysis Date: Spetember 30, 2001
CAP Score: 45
CAP Influence Density: 5.35

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HBO COMEDY HALF HOUR "PATTON OSWALT" 12/8/97 (NR) -- saturated with foul language and vulgar "humor."

This analysis was a special request analysis of a Home Box Office(tm) presentation of Patton Oswalt, December 8, 1997. A family's 16 year old child was developing a strong interest in Patton Oswalt. They asked that I prepare a CAP analysis of this example of his work provided by them. Following is what I found.

Oswalt performed a stand-up comedy routine involving several matters of life issues in comedy. The program opens with Oswalt and some friends in a bar/restaurant talking about Oswalt's history, how it was for the most part unsatisfactory. Moving to Barry's Bohemian in San Francisco, Oswalt opens the skit with how he is dissatisfied with his dress comparing it to the dress of a lesbian, "dyke" as he put it. Then Oswalt moves into likewise insulting commentary about midgets, about how he would like to stomp them when drunk [1Cor. 6:9-10].

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After some material about where he likes to live and where he hates to live Oswalt begins several sentences about vulgar references to male demon anatomy and demon body fluids. Oswalt then carries on about how his previous job as a TV writer with insults to mentally disabled persons.

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Soon, Oswalt begins insulting law enforcement personnel "attacking" police management of children and homosexual practitioners, including intensely vulgar sexual references. Then Oswalt speaks to masturbating to *Zena: The Warrior Princess* and adds watching pornography [**]. Oswalt somehow enters into a monologue about a magazine about people who like to urinate in the faces and mouths of others, adding to it comments about necrophilia and sexual behavior with whiffle balls [Ezek. 16:58].
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After a session of wanting Nick Nolte to play the part of Han Solo(tm) and of Nicholas Cage being the new Superman(tm), Oswalt talks to suicide and how he would to do it "with style." The Tom Carvell (ice cream, east coast) becomes Oswalt's next victim ... with vulgarity. [James 1:21] There is more of the same caliber of "entertainment. And ALL of it is saturated with foul language [Col. 3:8] and vulgar "humor" [Eph. 5:4]. As usual, the Findings/Scoring section provides a complete listing of programming ignominy found and is much more inclusive than can be this Summary/Commentary.


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  • 1Cor. 6:9-10 Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.
  • ** The many admonishments God gives us about immoral sexual behavior can be summed as *any* sexual conduct, contact (including visual) or activity outside of a monogamous heterosexual marriage is sinful.
  • Ezek. 16:58 You will bear the consequences of your lewdness and your detestable practices, declares the LORD.
  • James 1:21 Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.
  • 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. o Eph. 5:4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.

    *******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: HBO(tm) Comedy Half Hour

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

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • none noted

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • 24 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • 23 uses of the most foul of the foul words
  • insults of midgets
  • insults of low mentality people
  • insults of homosexual/lesbian practitioners
  • talking to suicide as if it is cool

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • toilet humor
  • belittlement of law enforcement personnel
  • "Funny is sexy."
  • anatomical references
  • homosexual comments, some vulgar, some *very* vulgar
  • heterosexual comments, some vulgar, some *very* vulgar
  • speaking of masturbating to TV and other programming
  • descriptions of vulgar behavior

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

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • five uses of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive and 13 without
  • mockery of God and His righteousness.

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

    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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