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Saving Silverman (2001), (PG-13)
CAP Score: 32
CAP Influence Density: 1.98

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NOTE: 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


If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary likely using a mix of KJV and NIV.

SAVING SILVERMAN (PG-13) -- Another promotion of homosexuality being "normal" and "acceptable."

It has been so long -- 18 days -- since I watched this show. And it was very forgettable. I will not be able to give much of a storyline of it, but one of the great advantages of the CAP analysis model is that I do not need to remember the blow-by-blow for the show to give you the Rock-solid comparative scorings. The logs provide all the information needed to prepare the calculations for the Findings.Scoring section: the heart of the CAP Entertainment Media Analysis Model. But I will share with you that which stood out in *Saving Silverman* which can be useful to they who wait for a movie to come out on tape and for our overseas friends who typically do not get US movies for some time after they have run their course in America.

One of the influences in this movie was that it was another promotion of homosexuality being "normal" and "acceptable." The dark haired one of the remaining pair after Silverman left the troubled trio of troubadours was asked by the psychologist perpetrator of femme fare, Judith Snodgrass-Fessbeggler (Amanda Peet) that stole Silverman from the trio whether he had ever had any girlfriends. Question #1 led to question #2, yadda, yadda and he became convinced by her mental manipulations that he was gay.

Fessbeggle, for some reason, locked sights on Silverman and proceeded to change him from "one of the guys" with the trio of friends since high school into a responsible, high-society puppet of hers. She even stated she was his puppetmaster. Amidst all this was the nun wannabe, Sandy Perkus (Amanda Detmer). With a name like Sandy there can be only one type -- wholesome and down-to-earth. And she was. Silverman tried his best to break away from Fessbeggle and chime with Sandy, but Fessbeggle did her best to save face and destroy any chances of such a development. Fortunately, Fessbeggle was unsuccessful and the Silverman - Sandy pair became one in marriage. And likewise did Fessbeggle and one of the remaining pair of the broken trio become man and wife. And the third became man and man with someone.

So, while homosexuality was initially a minor and background presence, it was rather discovered to be one of the main features in this movie [1Cor. 6:9-10]. And so was heterosexual immorality [1Cor. 6:18]. The Sex/Homosexuality content of this "R-13" movie destroyed its chances of being "entertaining." And foul/vulgar language [Col. 3:8] with God's name in vain with and without the four letter expletive [Deut. 5:11] peppered the script like a full choke shotgun pellet pattern. The numbers will tell it all.


If needed to focus or fortify, applicable text is underlined or bracketed [ ].
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 (KJV) Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (NIV) Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.
  • 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.
  • 1Cor. 6:18 Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body.
  • 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.

    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: Saving Silverman (2001) CAP Thermometers

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

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • animal attack
  • reckless driving
  • threat to kill
  • assault
  • kidnapping
  • fall death
  • grave robbery
  • suggestion to kill to cover crime
  • threats with firearm
  • chasing to illegally capture
  • beating
  • fighting, contest to the death
  • promise to kill
  • jail break aiding and abetting
  • traffic/pedestrian injury

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • 25 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • lies to encourage behavior

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • sexual suggestions, including in song and for oral sex
  • sexual talk, comments
  • adult in underwear, repeated
  • adult rear male nudity, repeated
  • sexual gesture
  • excessive breast exposure, repeated
  • sexual threats
  • prostitution, buying and selling
  • partial nudity, picture
  • homosexual conversations, discussions, talks, comments
  • homosexual admission
  • full side male nudity
  • anatomical references
  • perversion in behavior control techniques (electric shock on nipples to punish the use of undesired name)
  • inappropriate touchings
  • crotch kick
  • stripping for sex
  • homosexual magazine
  • promotion of homosexuality being acceptable
  • sadomasochism exhibition
  • homosexual kiss
  • homosexual marriage
  • homosexual mannerisms

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • suggestion of booze as a calming agent and to high school students
  • drinking, repeated

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • 6 uses of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive and 17 without

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • impalement murder (humorous to the audience BTW)

    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." [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.

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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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