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(2004), PG-13 [R-13*]
Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
October 8, 2004
39 out of 100

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(This section may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)

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

(2004), PG-13 [R-13*] -- Little more than a teen porn cussfest.

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): 20th Century Fox, Robert Simonds Productions
Distribution (US): Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
Director(s): Tim Story
Producer(s): Luc Besson, Steve Chasman, Ira Shuman, Robert Simonds
Screenplay: Luc Besson (early), Ben Garant, Thomas Lennon, Jim Kouf
Cinematography/Camera: Vance Burberry
Music: Christophe Beck, Tim Boland
Film Editing: Stuart Levy
Casting: Ilene Starger
Production Design: Mayne Schuyler Berke
Art Direction: Maria L. Baker, Randall Richards
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

Working for a Manhattan bicycle messenger service, Belle Williams (Queen Latifah) is not happy. She has been covertly trying to get her taxi license for quite some time. Finally it came. At least the notice to report to the license branch to apply for it came. Belle's beaux, Jesse (Henry Simmons) was waiting for a dinner date with Belle (to ask her to marry him) but Belle didn't show. Not because of any friction, but because of Belle's forgetfulness and the unreasonably long wait to get her taxi license.

Belle's forgetfulness is due to her preoccupation with becoming a NASCAR driver. From a bike messenger to a taxi driver doesn't seem much like a step in the right direction, BUT... Belle has a souped up taxi and the streets of New York to practice racing skills. Her daddy taught her well.

In another subplot, Manhattan Detective Washburn (Jimmy Fallon), after blowing a hot calling card bust, wrecked his third police department car. Washburn's boss, Lt. Marta Robbins (Jennifer Esposito) who was once his girlfriend, apparently, revoked Washburn's driver's license and busted him down to beat cop. No wheels.

Then Washburn heard a call on the police radio announcing a crime near him. Washburn exercised his authority to commandeer the nearest vehicle to assist but caused a massive pile-up in the streets. Running from the scene to avoid accountability, Washburn ran into Belle with her cab and demanded she transport him to the scene of the crime. And to step on it. That she did.

The pair met for the first time four female habitual bank robbers in a racing BMW. The only one of the quartet of "super model" type female bank robbers to be important enough to get a name in the IMDb listing is the leader, Vanessa (Gisele Bundchen). The other three are Redhead (Ana Cristina De Oliveira), Third Robber (Ingrid Vandebosch) and Fourth Robber (Magali Amadei). Clearly all four women were used as eye candy with little to no dialogue but lots of skin. The scene in the trailer where Vanessa was standing on top of something in a short mini skirt shooting downward with feet spread apart was not so she could shoot downward. And that is just about the complete caliber of performance of these four women.

From there, Washburn and incidental "cop of necessity" Belle tried to track down the bad girl quartet in about a half hour of street racing action.

This is not a "tame" show, folks. Bundchen performed several lesbian touches on Esposito as Bundchen rubbed Esposito front and rear, top and bottom in a "frisk" for weapons as Vanessa took Lt. Robbins as hostage. [Rom. 1:26] And to top it off, male police officers were seen lusting after the display as if to say men are supposed to lust after two women engaged in lesbian touching. [Matt. 5:28] The only difference between this and raw pornography was there were clothes on the actresses, not much on Bundchen but Esposito was fully dressed in street clothes. Thirteen year olds anyone? [Luke 17:2, Matt. 25:40]

Along with the porn for your adolescents above, this film presented at least 66 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary, two masked uses of the most foul of the foul words [Col. 3:8] and eight uses of God's name in vain, once with the four letter expletive. [Deut. 5:11]

Little more than a teen porn cussfest. [Ps. 12:8] And that is sad. This film could have been fun. But that is just my opinion.

Please inspect the listing in the Findings/Scoring section before you decide to take your adolescents to see this film or to let them go on their own.


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  • Rom. 1:26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
  • Matt. 5:28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.
  • 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.
  • Deut. 5:11 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. [Vain is shav' {shawv}: emptiness, nothingness, vanity, such as an expletive. With or without the four letter expletive, the use of God's name in any way other than respect, reverence or thoughtful discussion is in vain. That includes the popular three syllable sentence with His name trailing it AND the misuse of Jesus' name.]

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences and present it to younger and younger audiences every year] when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, pay for it, enjoy it, want it, submit to it. I call attention to Ps. 12:8 to warn of the creeping desensitizing power of "entertainment."]
  • Col. 2:8 Beware lest any man [by his influence] spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 (KJV) Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (NIV) Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.
  • Rom. 5:19 For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.
  • Jude 4 For certain men* whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change [warp, distort, falsely represent, situationally redefine, counterfeit, conditionally apply] the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto [or for] one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto [or for] me.
  • Luke 17:2 It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. [cause by teaching or example]
  • Ps. 119:133 Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me.
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.


    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.
    (The heart of the CAP Analysis Model)

    Taxi (2004) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • reckless driving, reckless endangerment, often
  • illegal flight to avoid lawful capture
  • gunfire to kill, repeatedly, twice with injury
  • illegal calling card deal
  • action violence and with massive property damage pile-up
  • attempted vehicular murder
  • gunfire to disable vehicle
  • beating, twice
  • firearm threat
  • impersonating a police officer
  • massive traffic collision
  • extortion using wife's life as leverage
  • training gunfire
  • armed robbery with physical assault
  • abduction, twice
  • threat to kill, repeatedly
  • planning to kill
  • firearm to face

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • 66 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • two muffled/masked uses of the most foul of the foul words
  • reckless disregard for self and others on bike
  • lies

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • sex talk, innuendo, comments, repeatedly
  • invitation for sex
  • tongue kissing
  • gazing on nudity (not seen by audience)
  • rude gaze, repeatedly
  • vulgar anatomical references
  • adults in underwear
  • dressing to maximize the female form and/or skin exposure, repeatedly
  • using sex appeal to intimidate
  • excess cleavage, repeatedly
  • lesbian touch, buttocks and genitals
  • camera angle to force viewer on private parts, repeatedly
  • lesbian touch, rubbing woman's breasts
  • men lusting after lesbian touching

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • drinking
  • drunkenness, twice

    Offense to God (O)
  • one use of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive and seven without

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • none noted



    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." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our more than eight years of 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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