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The Tuxedo (2002), PG-13
Analysis Date: October 2, 2002
CAP Score: 47
CAP Influence Density: 1.15

MinMax: -82

The Tuxedo (2002) CAP Mini-thermometers

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THE TUXEDO (PG-13) -- All in all a fun flick. But. Yes, there always seems to be a "but..."

Production: Blue Train Productions, DreamWorks SKG, Vanguard Films Production
Distribution: DreamWorks Distribution LLC
Director(s): Kevin Donovan
Producer(s): William S. Beasley, Willie Chan, David Coatsworth, Laurie MacDonald, Brandi McDougall Neuwirth, Walter F. Parkes, Adam Schroeder, Solon So, John H. Williams
Written by/Screenplay: Story: Phil Hay, Matt Manfredi, Michael J. Wilson. Screenplay: Michael J. Wilson, Michael Leeson
Cinematography/Camera: Stephen F. Windon
Music: Christophe Beck, John Debney
Film Editing: Craig Herring
Casting: Lisa Beach, Robin D. Cook
Production Design: Paul D. Austerberry, Monte Hallis
Art Direction: Nigel Churcher

Our story opens with a timid woodland creature, a deer, urinating into a mountain stream. The only reason or this I can think of is that act reminds us of what feeds the mountain stream water we drink in bottled water.

Jimmy tong (Jackie Chan) is quite happy in his rewarding job as a taxi cab driver -- until he meets Steena (Debi Mazar). Steena has heard of Jimmies driving talents and tells him to demonstrate them as she applies makeup in the back of his cab. After a few two-wheel turns and a number of times all four wheels are in the air, Steena hires Jimmy as the new chauffeur of Clark Devlin (Jason Isaacs), a wealthy industrialist and millionaire secret agent. For a few character/plot building moments of Tong and Devlin getting to know each other, Devlin as a shut-up and listen boss with a heart and Tong as a compliant and humble employee of a rich man, Devlin explains with extra emphasis that Tong is not to touch his one special tuxedo.

In one of his first days as Devlin's chauffeur, Jimmy's talents behind the wheel are tested to the max as two would-be assassins send a skateboard bomb after Devlin in his limousine. Devlin is left comatose. With Devlin in the hospital Jimmy is left to continue as Devlin's employee with no boss. As Jimmy noses around Devlin's residence, curiosity wins and Jimmy dons the special tux. And finds out much to his chagrin why the tux is special.

After being tossed around a little by the tux, Jimmy answered a call on Devlin's phone. The caller, rookie co-agent Delilah 'Del' Blaine (Jennifer Love Hewitt), who has never met Devlin, was trying to set up a meeting between her and the legendary Devlin to thwart the dastardly plot of evil villain, Diedrich Banning (Ritchie Coster) to poison the world's water supply so that world would have to rely on his bottled water business. People literally fall to pieces from dehydration when they drink Banning's contaminated water.

What follows is a parody of 007/Bond haps and mishaps. Episode after episode, Jimmy discovers that which the tux is capable as he masquerades as Devlin with Del at his side, awing the great "Devlin" in action. that is some suit! It can make the wearer a singer, dancer, martial arts expert, super fast and many other things. Each of which is displayed as Jimmy and Del bounce around the city and the bad guy's territory fighting for truth, justice and the American way.

Quite comedic *The Tuxedo* is at times. Chan's natural charm and expert timing aid in the positive features of this movie. Hewitt, though second to Chan, is a challenge to Chan's natural comedic presence. She has fun with the spoiled brat with an attitude image very well. All in all a fun flick. But. Yes, there always seems to be a "but..." It is a PG-13.

Ten uses of the 3/4 letter word vocabulary. And one use of the most foul of the foul words just had to be added. [Prov. 22:11, Eph. 5:4] God's name in vain is used 8 times but each without the four letter expletive [Deut. 5:11]. A graphic drowning murder. Murder by bacterial contamination. Murder by rifle. Attempted choking murder. Assaults. Long martial arts sequences. Reckless driving with reckless endangerment for gain. [Ps. 11:5, Gal. 5:21, Rev. 22:14-15] Sex games with talk [Rev. 22:14-15]. Sexual invitation. Excessive cleavage. Inappropriate touch. [Gal. 5:19] And more. Enough to earn this movie an R-13 label. The listing in the Findings/Scoring section will reveal all that was noted.


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  • Prov. 22:11 He who loves a pure heart and whose speech is gracious will have the king for his friend.
  • Eph. 5:4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.
  • Deut. 5:11 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain [vain: shav' {shawv}; false, emptiness, nothingness, lying, worthlessness (of conduct)]: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.
  • Ps. 11:5 The LORD trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth. [The person in "his soul hateth" is the violent one, not God. God hates no one. "Soul", according to Strong's, is appetite, heart, mind, desire, emotion, passion, i.e., "his heart/mind hates" or "he who loves violence has an appetite for hating and desire to hate."]
  • Gal. 5:21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
  • Rev. 22:14-15 "Blessed are those who wash their robes [become Saved], that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.
  • Gal. 5:19 The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery;

    *******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 Tuxedo (2002) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • assaults, repeatedly, including of a woman
  • long sequence of reckless driving with reckless endangerment, repeatedly, once for gain
  • dead body
  • attempted murder by explosives with bloody injury
  • long martial arts violence sequences, repeatedly
  • great falls
  • action violence, repeatedly
  • attempted murder by choking
  • attempted murder by drowning
  • firearm threat
  • multiple firearms to head
  • threat to kill
  • infestation of human by insects
  • mutilation of human flesh

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • 10 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • one use of the most foul of the foul words
  • animal urination

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • sex talk, comments, innuendo
  • excessive cleavage, repeatedly
  • attention to crotch
  • camera angle to force viewer on private parts, repeatedly
  • dressing to maximize the female form and/or skin exposure, repeatedly
  • use of sex appeal to manipulate
  • pelvic thrusts
  • man shaking his posterior in woman's face
  • homosexual suggestion, repeatedly
  • inappropriate touch, repeatedly
  • attempted seduction
  • sexual invitation and suggestion
  • sex games with talk
  • adults in underwear, repeatedly
  • woman in towel only
  • playback of sex games
  • excessive breast exposure, repeatedly
  • sexual approach
  • crotch kick

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • smoking

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

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • murder by drowning
  • drugging murder
  • rifle murder

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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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