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Rules of Attraction (2002), R
Analysis Date: October 11, 2002
CAP Score: 29
CAP Influence Density: 7.21

MinMax: -100

TITLE (YEAR) CAP Mini-thermometers

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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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  • Gal. 5:19 The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery;
  • Rev. 21:8 But the [unforgiven] fearful [cowardly], and unbelieving, and the abominable [vile], and murderers, and whoremongers [sexually immoral], and sorcerers [practitioners of witchcraft, magic, sorcery], and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

    *******Food for Daily 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 [warp, distort, falsely represent] 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]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto [or for] one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto [or for] me.
  • Luke 17:2 It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. [cause by teaching or example]
  • Ps. 119:133 Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me.
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.


    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.

    Rules of Attraction (2002) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • beating

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • two uses of the 3/4 letter word vocabulary
  • nine uses of the most foul of the foul words
  • lie to get into an apartment for sex

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • admissions of sexual immorality
  • homosexual presences
  • adults in underwear
  • sexual promise
  • sensuous dancing to seduce
  • sex talk, comments, innuendo, many are very pornographic, vulgar and graphically descriptive of sexual acts in great detail
  • intercourse (clothed but with full range of motions and sounds)
  • talk of intercourse with sounds of it
  • homosexual attempt to seduce
  • homosexual touch
  • homosexual kiss
  • Internet porn
  • masturbation (sounds and motions, no genitals)
  • stripping for sex
  • intercourse with nudity with the thoughts of the male being spoken aloud

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • smoking, repeatedly
  • drinking, repeatedly
  • drunkenness, repeatedly
  • drinking party

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • revelry, repeatedly
  • "Everything is preordained" by a homosexual practitioner as if to say "I was born this way"
  • "Vampires are real. That I was born this way"

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

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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.

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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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