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Rules of Attraction (2002), R
Analysis Date: October 11, 2002
CAP Score: 29
CAP Influence Density: 7.21
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RULES OF ATTRACTION (R) -- A partial viewing - 14 minutes is all could take.
I wanted to get this out as soon as possible. It is addressed to the parents and grandparents of older teens still living at home. I ask all to be patient with this report since this service is not just for parents and grandparents of young children.
I walked out on Rules of Attraction after the first 14 minutes because of its vulgarity [Gal. 5:19, Rev. 21:8, Jude 4] and am not going to bother with a descriptive or images. Maybe the movie content improved after the first 14 minutes but so what if it did. If one has to wade through a cesspool to get to clean water, one should look elsewhere for clean water. Though I don't (and won't) have data to reveal the typical scoring by an NC-17 movie, I suspect this movie would have earned an NC-17 score.
Three things I wish to remind our adversarial website visitors. First, this is not a movie review service. It is a service to His little ones (which includes at-home teens) in His name by His Word through their parents and grandparents to reveal the content of movies the MPAA and advertisers won't or can't reveal so the parents and grandparents can make an informed decision whether a movie is or is not fit for their children (or themselves). Second, the mathematical integrity of the CAP analysis model is as great for a portion of a viewed movie for the portion viewed as it is for the entire movie. Period. I will not argue the point. Third, this Summary/Commentary section is precisely that -- a summary in commentary format. It can be and sometimes is subjective. However, the Findings/Scoring section is completely objective to His Word and could not care less about my opinions or yours.
One more thing. Why do I analyze R-ated movies? Because only about four of the hundreds R-rated movies I have analyzed did not have underage kids in the audience. And I wish I had a nickel for each time I heard a parent say "I wish I have known..." And more and more parents are telling me they won't even consider a movie until they have seen the CAP analysis of it. Not to mention the research datapoints doing so provides.
Let me caution you. The listing in the Findings/.Scoring section is descriptive of the vulgarity of this movie. At least you'll know what your at-home teen will get if s/he sees this movie.
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*******Food for Daily Thought*******
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.
Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
Offense to God (O)(2):
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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 or example 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 nearly seven years of 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.|