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Rules of Engagement (2000), (R)
CAP Score: 45
CAP Influence Density: 2.02
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If Scriptural references appear in the Summary / Commentary, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary likely using a mix of KJV and NIV.


*Rules of Engagement* (R) -- a very well made movie with high quality acting made bad by gore and language.

I like courtroom drama movies. Perry Mason was one of them. *Rules of Engagement* was a very good military courtroom drama but with tons of battle gore and a whole lot of foul, foul language [2 Tim. 2:16]. God's name in vain without the four letter expletive was heard but once, but 14 times with it [Exod. 20:7]. The most foul of the foul words was heard in variations at least 26 times and the three/four letter word vocabulary was well represented with 30 representatives [Matt. 12:36-37].

Tommy Lee Jones was his usual excellent self as Marine Col. Hays Hodges, but with a potty mouth this time. Probably a dozen times more potty that *The Fugitive*. And in his usual excellence but just as potty mouthed was Samuel Jackson as Marine Col. Terry Childers. In fact, just about every key actor was potty mouthed except the quintessential underhanded lying creep National Security Adviser (Bruce Greenwood), who destroys the one piece of evidence (a security tape) that could have prevented a huge expense to the taxpayers and could have proven the innocence of the accused [Prov. 12:5; Rom. 3:13].

Situated atop the US Embassy in Yemen, Col. Childers, on a "baby sitting" mission for the Embassy, finds his entire platoon under hostile fire. And when three of his men get killed, Childers opens fire on the angry civilian crowd below, even a little girl on crutches. Only Childers, his captain and the security camera see the crowd firing on the Marines -- the captain is one of the three who were killed and the tape is destroyed by the US National Security Advisor. Was Childers' order to open fire within the rules of engagement? That is the basis of the entire movie.


  • 2 Tim. 2:16 But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.
  • Exod. 20:7 You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.
  • Matt. 12:36-37 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.
  • Prov. 12:5 The thoughts of the righteous are right: but the counsels of the wicked are deceit.
  • Rom. 3:13 Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips:

    In an effort to improve the chances of the continuation of these reports, this Summary/Commentary section will be progressively minimized and may eventually have to be discontinued. Please see the Findings/Scoring section below for a full accounting of this movie: for the best representation of the CAP Entertainment Media Analysis Model applied to this movie.

    FINDINGS / SCORING: Rules of Engagement (2000) CAP Thermometers

    NOTE: Multiple occurrences of each item described below may be likely.

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • warfare armament and maneuvers
  • much battle gore, both action and stills
  • riotous fury
  • gunfire and firearm injuries/death
  • long series of civilian deaths, including children
  • aftermath of battle gore

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • son's arrogance against father
  • refusal to tell the truth
  • 26 uses of the most foul of the foul words
  • 30 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • apparent homosexual pair in a crowd

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • party in a bar with much drinking and likely drunkenness
  • individual drinking

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • 14 uses of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive and once without

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • warfare murder

  • (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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