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The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), (R)
CAP Score: 54
CAP Influence Density: 0.83
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SUMMARY / COMMENTARY:
*The Talented Mr. Ripley* (R) -- if there was talent, I could not find it.
Based on the novel by Patricia Highsmith, malcontent Tom Ripley (Matt Damon) was a homicidal gay or bisexual hired by shipbuilding magnate, Herbert Greenleaf to find his son, Dickie (Jude Law) in Italy and convince him to return home. As the basic "nobody" busing tables and cleaning up after others, Ripley grasped this as an opportunity to lunge into the fast lane of the "rich and famous." Ripley connives and calculates a myriad of ways to further his agenda at the expense of his prey's father [Eph. 5:6].
"Playboy" Dickie Greenleaf, cohabitating with his girlfriend [Cor 7:2], Marge (Gwyneth Paltrow) becomes the social mentor of Ripley -- a position which placed Ripley in a subordinate role to Greenleaf but a position that had monetary and social benefits that completely soothed the social shame of being beneath Greenleaf. Ripley's con artist scams [1 Pet. 2:1] quickly snowball into an uncontrollable barrage of mishaps, including Ripley murdering Dickie Greenleaf and another man who got in the way. And, of course, there were no consequences to Ripley for his murders OR his lies [Ezek. 44:12].
Of particular vulgar nature were the scene where Ripley laid down with and submissively hugged the prone man he murdered and the full frontal male nudity. At least there was no female nudity noted. These observations coupled with the fact that several examples of typical homosexual behavior such as one man straddling the knees of a sitting man, facing each other while fiddling with clothing would almost classify this as a "homosexual movie." [Gen 3:7; Deut 22:5; Rom 1:24, 26-28; 1 Thess 4:3; Lev 18:22; Lev 20:13; 1 Cor 7:2]
Forgery, lies to deflect prosecution, pretense and cover-ups, all without the slightest hint of legal consequences, might give the wrong impression to the impressionable viewer. A strong presence of homosexual mannerisms, full male nudity front and rear, cohabitation, and an episode of heterosexual intercourse as nothing more than a tool to manipulate make this movie a likely risk for developing or trying to maintain wholesome sexual inhibition and respect for sex [1 Ths. 4:3].
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FINDINGS / SCORING:
NOTE: Multiple occurrences of each item described below may be likely.
Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
Offense to God (O)(2):