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See Spot Run (2001), (PG)
CAP Score: 63
CAP Influence Density: 0.66

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

SEE SPOT RUN (PG) -- definitely NOT a "first grade reader" movie.

It has happened. A PG earned a PG-13 CAP score. This may have happened before, but there are so few PG movies I do not remember if it has. Examination of our records will tell. With a score of 63, See Spot Run falls inside the CAP scoring range for PG-13 movies (55 to 67), close to the top but inarguably inside -- definitely not a "first grade reader" movie unless you like your 6 year olds watching descriptive vulgarity such as a dog bite off a human testicle ... twice ... with someone fetching the second one from the dog's mouth. Though the actual mechanics and visuals of such behavior were guarded and not clearly seen, the theater audience full of youngsters obviously knew exactly what had happened in both cases. That is the level of intellect of See Spot Run -- about 10 inches above the bathroom floor. And it doesn't get any better than that.

Spot is an expertly trained FBI dog which seems to have a higher IQ than the entire cast. In a drug bust, Spot thwarts the attempts of drug boss Sonny Talia (Paul Sorvino) to escape. Talia pops off a few rounds from his .45 at Spot, so Spot bites off one of Talia's testicles to subdue the fugitive. Sonny, so embittered by the vile deed of the dog, puts out a hit contract on it and the FBI places Spot in a doggie witness protection program and shipped off to Alaska.

Talia's lost part is surgically replaced with a steel ball. And much dialogue is spent describing how such surgery could be done with two steel balls but is not advised because of the annoyance of the sound of them clicking together. The choreography for that monologue is a physician yanking two steel balls hanging by strings and clicking together. There is a point to giving us this sound as you will see later. And every opportunity is taken to throw in as much additional toilet humor as possible. And sure enough, one of the scenes later shows Talia hobbling down the prison corridor with the sound of steel balls clicking together with each step -- until he stops. Then the audience hears the sound of steel balls chattering together to a stop. Of course, Talia's voice is now falsetto. I at least appreciate the writers not bringing any magnets into the movie.

Somehow Spot is separated from the protection of the FBI. The pooch that ends up in Alaska is a teeny Mexican Hairless Chihuahua. Spot's handler, Agent Murdoch (Michael Clarke Duncan - the gentle giant from The Green Mile is reduced to tears. Spot ends up with James (Angus T. Jones), a five or six year old boy with mom, Stephanie (Leslie Bibb) and no dad. A neighbor of Stephanie is Gordon Smith (David Arquette), a postman with an angle for every dog on his route. Being friends with Stephanie and wanting to be more, Gordon offers to sit for little James while mom is gone on a trip for about 36 hours. What a combination: a orderly young boy staying with a bachelor who lives the stereotype bachelor style.

Gordon will not let Spot live in his apartment. James wants Spot in. Spot wants in. Gordon says no. Guess who wins? Since Spot seems to have the most intelligence of the cast, Spot uses a dog walk in the middle of the night to get Gordon out and itself in. As an attempt to get back in his apartment, Gordon shinnies up a drainpipe. But Gordon does not get back in. As do all movie drainpipes used as a climbing device, this one detaches and deposits Gordon in a pile of fresh doggie dump deposited moments earlier by Spot. And, of course, on the way down Gordon's boxer shorts get ripped off. Gordon does not simply step in the "ca-ca", he ends up wallowing in it -- more than once. And in keeping with movie lawn scenes the sprinklers spout off. While this may be well and good as a chance for Gordon to clean-up a little, the choreographers make a 'wet T-shirt' display of it, making it very clear (more times than once) that Gordon 1] is male and 2] is wearing ONLY a T-shirt at that point. Regarding the flamefront set up by Gordon igniting the flatulence of a Zebra, I won't go there.

There is a lot more toilet in this movie of toilet humor [Eph. 5:4] and there is a lot of good slapstick comedy and even a couple good one-liner jokes plus some touching scenes. It could have been a fun film. I wonder if the next five years will reveal the same stealing-childhood-from-children fate for PG movies as the previous five years have revealed for PG-13 (see ). In addition to toilet humor, there were several instances of violence [Prov. 3:31] and crime [Hab. 2:9] such as threats to kill, firearms to control, gunfire to kill, and reckless endangerment of a child with firearms. Flash nudity, ghosting of human anatomy through wet clothing, adults in underwear, prelude to intimacy, and vulgar suggestive positioning (for oral sex) are examples of sexual programming [Hebr. 13:4]. And there was gratuitous flatulence, a few instances of the use three/four letter word vocabulary, crotch humor, and "Don't tell mom" describe some of the impudent material [Prov. 8:13]. Offense to God was visited with several uses of God's name in vain but without the four letter expletive [Deut. 5:11]. The listing in the Findings/Scoring section provides all the noted findings.


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.
  • Eph. 5:4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.
  • Prov. 3:31 Do not envy a violent man or choose any of his ways,
  • Hab. 2:9 Woe to him who builds his realm by unjust gain [crime] to set his nest on high,
  • Hebr. 13:4 Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure [free of premarital sex and adultery], for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.
  • Prov. 8:13 To fear the LORD is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech.
  • Deut. 5:11 You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.

    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: See Spot Run (2001) CAP Thermometers

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

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • firearms display and use to control
  • gunfire to kill
  • reckless driving
  • threats to kill
  • reckless endangerment of a child with firearms
  • series of electrification of a man
  • fight with two deaf women

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • 5 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • crotch bites with long discussion of toilet humor
  • additional toilet humor
  • "Don't tell mom!"
  • several examples of flatulence
  • a child threatening his caregiver
  • dog urinating on a man's leg
  • facial piercing as expression of arrogance
  • adult talking hurtfully to a child
  • child talking hatefully to his caregiver
  • child running away because of hurtful remarks
  • adult trying to excuse hurtful talk with "Sometimes adults ..."
  • motions and suggestion of removing a human testicle from a dog's mouth

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • staring - eyes on female posterior
  • suggestion of male anatomy
  • dressing to maximize female form and/or skin exposure
  • adults in underwear
  • vulgar suggestive positioning for oral sex
  • excessive breast exposure
  • prelude to intimacy
  • flash nudity
  • ghosting of male anatomy through wet clothing
  • man wearing obviously only a T-shirt
  • sex comment ("Get jiggy with his mamma")

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • booze, once in preparations for intimacy

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • 8 uses of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive
  • • Italian Horn (see Back to School Special)

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

    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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