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The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), (R)
CAP Score: 54
CAP Influence Density: 0.83
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*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].

So many of our visitors seem to be relying only on this Summary/Commentary for a full assessment of this movie. This is not possible. For the best representation of the CAP Entertainment Media Analysis Model applied to this movie, visit the Findings/Scoring section below.

FINDINGS / SCORING: The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999) CAP Thermometers

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

Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • manslaughter, accomplice to manslaughter
  • homosexual embrace of a dead body
  • forgery
  • staged duel by gunfire

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • three uses of the most foul of foul words
  • 4 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • confidence based on pretense
  • lies
  • impostering

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • excessive posterior exposure (bathing suits)
  • cohabitation
  • homosexual suggestions
  • full frontal male nudity
  • full rear male nudity
  • homosexual behaviors, some exceptionally bold
  • adults in underwear
  • sexual intercourse (all hidden except lower legs)

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • smoking
  • booze
  • drinking

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

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • drowning suicide
  • two murders, both graphic

  • (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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