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(2004), PG-13

Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
January 16, 2004
13 out of 100

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(2004), PG-13 -- I believe this is the lowest scoring PG-13 movie -- ever.

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Warner Bros., Big Wheel Productions, Original Film, Media Magik Entertainment
Distribution (US): Warner Bros., Warner Bros. Pictures Inc.
Director(s): Joseph Kahn
Producer(s): Bruce Berman, Brad Luff, Neal H. Moritz, Narween Otto, Narween Otto-Kahn, Michael I. Rachmil, Greg Tharp, Larry Webster
Written by: Matt Johnson
Cinematography/Camera: Peter Levy
Music: Paul Linford, Trevor Rabin
Film Editing: David Blackburn, Howard E. Smith
Casting: Sarah Finn, Randi Hiller
Production Design: Peter J. Hampton
Art Direction: James Shanahan
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

I had to recheck to ensure Torque was indeed PG-13 instead of R. Yes, it is. "Rated PG-13 for violence, sexuality, language and drug references." Do tell! Torque earned a CAP final score of 13 out of 100 with an influence density of a magnitude to match - 3.54, earning a score of zero in three of the six CAP investigation areas (W, I, S)! And after more than 800 analyses of unexpected accuracy and reliability, I suspect the CAP analysis model can be trusted more than the MPAA since the CAP model does not submit to popular opinion. Just look at the scoring to the right! If I were to lay off analyzing R-rated movies because of their filth and debauchery, I would now have to lay off analyzing PG-13 movies as well. Though I haven't checked the files and do not have time to do so now, I believe this is the lowest scoring PG-13 movie -- ever.

Torque is a sex flick and romp into escape from moral accountability. [Gal. 5:19] While I will not recommend seeing or not seeing a film any more, I strongly urge you to inspect for yourself the listing in the Findings/Scoring section before you even think about sending your kids of any age to this flick. While a six year old has the intellect to capture at least the surface of what this movie has to say, it is a serious threat to the morals and ethics; to the coping skills and decision-making skills of your teens.

Tuff dude, Cary Ford (Martin Henderson) tries to prove his innocence in a drug deal stashed in the gas tanks of a bunch of bikes he stole to get the drugs off the streets. Ford is being sought by three foes: FBI agent McPherson (Adam Scott); Trey Wallace (Ice Cube), the leader of the Reapers biker gang who thinks Ford killed his little brother; Henry James (Matt Schulze) leader of the Hellions, "owner" of the bikes with the drugs in the tanks and murderer of Wallace's little brother. Assisting James is bad girlfriend China (Jaime Pressly) who has more steel poking through her than a rotisserie hog and exudes as much goth as Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2. One example of the caliber of this film is Schulze licking Pressly's pierced nose. And it doesn't get any better than that.

While some gorgeous bikes and almost dazzling high-gear, high-speed hijinks are presented, erotic symbolism is rampant, testosterone is apparently all that exists, foul language competes with the dirtiest of R-rated films and violence/crime is extreme. [2Ths. 2:8] Typically, PG-13 movies require 1.5 to two pages of recording logs. Torque required four. More even than most R-rated films. [2Pet. 2:10 - 22] The quite lengthy listing in the Findings/Scoring section will provide a better grasp of the content of this film than I could politely give you in this Summary/Commentary.

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  • Gal. 5:19 The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery;
  • 2Ths. 2:8 And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming.
  • 2Pet. 2:10 - 22 [Though 2 Peter 2:10 - 22 speaks to the filthy lives of lawless men of Sodom and Gomorrah who "have left the straight way and wandered off to follow the way of Balaam son of Beor, who loved the wages of wickedness" [2Pet. 2:15], the verses still apply to the filthy and lawless characters in this film when there is not likely even one civilized world adult who has not heard of Jesus and His "straight way" or has not been taught in His straight way, especially since some of them sport a Cross.] This is especially true of those who follow the corrupt desire of the sinful nature and despise authority. Bold and arrogant, these men are not afraid to slander celestial beings; yet even angels, although they are stronger and more powerful, do not bring slanderous accusations against such beings in the presence of the Lord. But these men blaspheme in matters they do not understand. They are like brute beasts, creatures of instinct, born only to be caught and destroyed, and like beasts they too will perish. They will be paid back with harm for the harm they have done. Their idea of pleasure is to carouse in broad daylight. They are blots and blemishes, reveling in their pleasures while they feast with you. With eyes full of adultery, they never stop sinning; they seduce the unstable; they are experts in greed -an accursed brood! They have left the straight way and wandered off to follow the way of Balaam son of Beor, who loved the wages of wickedness. But he was rebuked for his wrongdoing by a donkey -a beast without speech -who spoke with a man's voice and restrained the prophet's madness. These men are springs without water and mists driven by a storm. Blackest darkness is reserved for them. For they mouth empty, boastful words and, by appealing to the lustful desires of sinful human nature, they entice people who are just escaping from those who live in error. They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves of depravity -for a man is a slave to whatever has mastered him. If they have escaped the corruption of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and are again entangled in it and overcome, they are worse off at the end than they were at the beginning. It would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than to have known it and then to turn their backs on the sacred command that was passed on to them. Of them the proverbs are true: "A dog returns to its vomit," and, "A sow that is washed goes back to her wallowing in the mud."

    ***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.

    Torque (2004) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • drag racing
  • reckless endangerment - vehicular, repeatedly
  • assault of a child
  • fighting, repeatedly
  • disregard of posted traffic controls to show off, repeatedly
  • knife threat/assault, repeatedly
  • threat to do bodily harm, repeatedly
  • firearm threat to face
  • vandalism and vandalism with theft, repeatedly
  • firearm threat, many
  • brawl
  • assault, repeatedly
  • organizing to kill
  • driving without consideration of the safety and property of others, repeatedly
  • firearm threat to head
  • reckless gunfire
  • firearms for assault
  • speeding, repeatedly
  • graphic vehicular collision, repeatedly
  • action violence, repeatedly, some long sequences and exceptionally graphic
  • breaking and entering
  • beating, twice
  • threat to kill, repeatedly
  • police corruption
  • near crushing of head by bus tire
  • attempted murder, repeatedly

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • 59 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • one use of the most foul of the foul words
  • massive tattoos, repeatedly
  • facial piercings, repeatedly
  • general hatred
  • lies to implicate
  • open urination

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • below navel skin, female, repeatedly
  • dressing to maximize the female form and/or skin exposure, exceedingly frequent, some exceptionally vulgar/revealing
  • rear female nudity, repeatedly
  • sexual innuendo, repeatedly
  • camera angle to force viewer on private parts, repeatedly
  • anatomical reference
  • nose licking
  • inappropriate touch <
  • sensual tattoo
  • female thong nudity, repeatedly
  • female underwear showing, including downstrap of thong underwear, repeatedly
  • brief full nudity - male
  • "Get a room"
  • vulgar gesture
  • picture nudity

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • booze, repeatedly
  • drinking, repeatedly
  • drunkenness
  • drug dealing
  • possession of illegal drugs

    Offense to God (O)
  • three uses of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive and one without
  • "Fool" [Matt 5:22]
  • goth, repeatedly

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • murder by choking with bike chain
  • gunfire murder
  • defensive murder by hanging
  • murder by explosion/incineration, three

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