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The Truth About Charlie (2002), PG-13
Analysis Date: October 28, 2002
CAP Score: 64
CAP Influence Density: 0.66

MinMax: -61

The Truth About Charlie (2002) CAP Mini-thermometers

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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.

THE TRUTH ABOUT CHARLIE (PG-13) -- Suitable for your 13 year old kids, right?

Production: Universal Pictures
Distribution: MCA/Universal Pictures
Director(s): Jonathan Demme
Producer(s): Neda Armian, Michel Cheyko, Jonathan Demme, Ilona Herzberg, Peter Saraf, Edward Saxon
Written by/Screenplay: Peter Stone (1963 screenplay Charade), Jonathan Demme, Steve Schmidt, Peter Stone, Jessica Bendinger
Cinematography/Camera: Tak Fujimoto
Music: Rachel Portman
Film Editing: Carol Littleton
Casting: Françoise Combadière
Production Design: Hugo Luczyc-Wyhowski
Art Direction: Bertrand Clerq-Roques, Delphine Mabed

The Truth About Charlie (2002) is a remake of the 1963 Charade with Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn. I may try to rent Charade and feed it to the CAP machine if for no other reason to reveal the decay of modern entertainment from the once wholesome standards. Charade captivated millions for years and it likely did not have the thong underwear, the side female nudity, the inappropriate touching, the intercourse. Well! It's PG-13, isn't it? Suitable for your 13 year old and younger kids, right [Luke 17:2]?

It has been too long since I viewed this movie to be able to give you much detail about the storyline. But I can reconstruct it to a point with the media worksheets used to annotate findings. The movie opens with a woman getting dressed on a train, ostensibly after intercourse [Mark 7:21, Gen. 34:7, Eph. 5:5, Hebr. 13:4]. From that point my memory improves.

Regina Lampert (Thandie Newton) returns to her opulent and high-class Paris apartment to find it bare. Nada. The only noteworthy things left in the apartment is police Commandant Jeanne Dominique (Christine Boisson) and Lieutenant Dessalines (Simon Abkarian). Commandant Dominique has some rather disturbing news for Regina -- her husband of three months, Charlie (Stephen Dillane) is dead. And he had $6 million that does not belong to him [Hab. 2:9]. "Where is the money, Mrs. Lampert?" Regina now begins a bizarre series of discoveries in which she learns a few new things about Charlie, the truth about Charlie.

Regina becomes a target. Not only do the police think Regina has knowledge of the loot, but some major nasties think so, too. And they want the loot as much or more than the police and the secret legal types such as Mr. Bartholomew (Tim Robbins). She keeps telling Bartholomew she doesn't have the money but he tells her she does but "You just don't know it." Somehow coming to the rescue of the damsel in distress is Joshua Peters (Mark Wahlberg), a suave and debonair guy that has three names if he has one. And somehow diamonds are involved, I think. By the way, the thugs are quite intimidating. Their techniques are R-rated, one of which is grabbing the privates of a man to force him to do (or not do) whatever it was they were wanting him to do. I think it was silence. I have almost convinced myself to rent Charade and The Truth About Charlie when Charade comes out on tape to do a special comparative to get a mathematical etching at the decay of morality in entertainment.

There is a sort of neat twist in the plot toward the ending of the show that reveals the real material of value was not money or diamonds but was something else, very tiny in comparison. But I won't say what it was in case you decide the level of offensive material in this flick we reveal is acceptable.

Offensive material indeed. In addition to that already mentioned, The Truth About Charlie presents assault to obtain unrighteous possession [Ps. 62:10], drunkenness [Eph. 5:18], adults in underwear, nudity behind flowered shower room doors and more offscreen intercourse. This is a PG-13 movie which actually earned a score of 64 which makes it equivalent to PG-13 movies in the CAP comparative baseline database of movies (with the lowest investigation area score in Sex, of course). Please reply more on the listing in the Findings/Scoring section for information to help you decide whether this film is fit for your kids. Next time, I will try me best to not wait so long after viewing a movie to get to the report writing. I can give you a measure of assurance when we do find full funding that not only will I be able to better control the matters that cause delays but I should be able to get our analysis of many movies to you before the movie is released.


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  • Mark 7:21 For from within, out of men's hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery,...
  • Gen. 34:7 Now Jacob's sons had come in from the fields as soon as they heard what had happened. They were filled with grief and fury, because Shechem had done a disgraceful thing in Israel by lying with Jacob's daughter -a thing that should not be done.
  • Eph. 5:5 For of this you can be sure: No [unforgiven] immoral, impure or greedy person -such a man is an idolater -has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
  • Hebr. 13:4 Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.
  • Hab. 2:9 Woe to him who builds his realm by unjust gain to set his nest on high, to escape the clutches of ruin!
  • Ps. 62:10 Do not trust in extortion or take pride in stolen goods; though your riches increase, do not set your heart on them.
  • Eph. 5:18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. ["...on wine" can be any intoxicating substance.]

    *******Food for Daily Thought*******
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences 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]. [I call attention to Ps. 12:8 to warn of the creeping desensitizing power of "entertainment."]
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 (KJV) Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (NIV) Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.
  • 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] 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 Truth About Charlie (2002) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • assault, repeatedly
  • stalking, repeatedly
  • attempted murder with injuries
  • multiple firearm threats

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • thee uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • mother being amused buy her young son's peeping
  • facial piercing
  • lies, repeatedly
  • punk dress

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • statue/art nudity
  • female side nudity
  • thong underwear nudity
  • dressing from nudity before a man (implied intercourse)
  • inappropriate touch
  • camera angle to force viewer on private parts
  • adult in underwear
  • ghosting of female anatomy through clothing
  • upper female nudity
  • woman in shower, repeated views
  • nudity behind flowered shower doors
  • sex talk
  • intercourse, private parts unseen

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • booze
  • smoking, repeatedly
  • liquor store
  • drunkenness
  • drinking

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

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • multiple murders with replay
  • vehicular homicide
  • murder by poison

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    "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 nearly seven 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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    (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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