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Quills (2000), (R)
CAP Score: 45
CAP Influence Density: 1.57

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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 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.


Quills (R) -- no comment.

I left after 42 minutes of the 135-minute show when the group sex with nudity appeared. I will tell you nothing more about the content details or storyline of *Quills* in this Summary/Commentary, but will let the Findings/Scoring section reveal the truth about the first 42 minutes of it. Nor will I quote any Scripture applicable to the issues I saw and heard. I would have to quote almost every Scripture there is which admonishes and warns us of sexual immorality, perverse speech and vile imagery. In the vernacular of the movie, I did suffer most heinously immoral atrocities and wounds afflicted in and by much personal armed and aggressive battle with the demon decision whether to spend precious slivers of my life to engineer the architecture of this report package of the cinematic abbreviation by and in which I was morally and ethically offended.

For the antagonistic visitors of this ministry, I remind you the scoring generated in the Findings/Scoring section of these reports is completely representative of what is in a movie OR any portion viewed There is no arguing it. Nothing anyone can say will change what was there. This is NOT the typical movie review service. This is a Christian ministry in service to His little ones through their parents and grandparents in Jesus name using His teachings and expectations -- not mine -- as our investigation standards. We tell parents and grandparents the truth about the content of movies so THEY can make an informed decision on their own whether a movie is or is not acceptable for themselves and/or their kids. The Summary/Commentary section of these reports may seem subjective and may, at times, be subjective and, though rare, may make a recommendation about a movie because that is precisely what it is -- a summary and a commentary. But the Findings Scoring section is brutally and mathematically objective and independent of personal morality and ethics, either yours or mine.


  • 1 Cor. 15:33 (KJV) Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (NIV) Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.

    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: Quills (2000) CAP Thermometers

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

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • a basket full of severed heads beneath a guillotine
  • neck placed in a guillotine
  • beheading (not seen)
  • asylum madness

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • three uses if the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • two uses of the most foul of the foul words
  • lie to mother
  • crude comments

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • monologue of sexual improprieties and lust for them
  • sensuous touching
  • multiple excessive breast exposure
  • stories of lust and sex
  • picture nudity
  • inappropriate touch
  • masturbation (genitals not seen, just motions and sounds)
  • most vulgar statuette pair
  • request for sexual performance
  • request to purchase sexual performance
  • sexual comments, innuendo, talk
  • bisexual comment
  • brief nudity
  • brutal intercourse (rape of adolescent wife in marriage bed)
  • group intercourse with nudity

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • none noted

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • stories of sexual insult of Jesus and/or God and/or His workers
  • "Let them die in the streets like nature intended."
  • talk of demon possession

    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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