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(2004), R
Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
February 27, 2004
19 out of 100

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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.

(2004), R --... You do the math.

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Paramount Pictures, Blackout Productions Inc., Kopelson Entertainment
Distribution (US): Paramount Pictures
Director(s): Philip Kaufman
Producer(s): Barry Baeres, Stephen Brown, Michael Flynn, Peter Kaufman, Anne Kopelson, Arnold Kopelson, Robyn Meisinger, Linne Radmin
Written by: Sarah Thorp
Cinematography/Camera: Peter Deming
Music: Mark Isham
Film Editing: Peter Boyle
Casting: Denise Chamian
Production Design: J. Dennis Washington
Art Direction: Thomas T. Taylor
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

Twisted was a nasty one. It earned a zero score in each of Wanton Violence/Crime (W), Impudence/Hate (I), Sexual Immorality (S) and Drugs/Alcohol (D). A teen favorite. At least a favorite by what Hollywood thinks teens want. That the MPAA gave it a R rating is by now relatively meaningless since more than half of all films readily available to the public are rated R and more than half of all moviegoers are non-adults. Such is evident judging by the number of backwards baseball caps, the number of feet on the backs of chairs, the heaviness of make-up/cologne/perfume and the midriff bulging in the audience. You do the math. And uses of the most foul of the foul words almost beat uses of the others of the three/four letter word vocabulary, 21-22. [Eph. 4:29]

Note before I go any further that I caught myself trying to nod off a couple times during the last half of the show, so I may have missed a couple items of assault on wholesome ethics and morality.

Jessica Shepard (Ashley Judd) recently received a promotion to homicide detective. Jessica has a propensity to pick up men in bars for sex. [1Ths. 4:3 - 7; 1 Cor. 7:2; Prov. 30:20] Each of the men Jessica picked up turned up dead with a signature of a cigarette burn in the middle of the back of their left hand, signifying a serial killer motif. Jessica's partner, detective Mike Delmarco (Andy Garcia) is about the only one who welcomes her into the homicide division.

Jessica's parents are dead. Her detective father went on a killing spree then killed his wife and himself. Jessica's father was the partner of the now Commissioner John Mills (Samuel L. Jackson) who raised Jessica and trained her to be like Sherlock Holmes, able to spout off a list of facts about a sight after a few seconds of seeing it. With the like-father, like-daughter syndrome hounding the detectives, Jessica becomes suspect as the serial killer.

Even Jessica begins to doubt herself because of the blackouts she suffers and because of the innuendo of the department psychiatrist Dr. Melvin Frank (David Strathairn). What is happening to her? Is she really the serial killer? Or it she being set up?

Actually, the above commentary sounds more intriguing than the film. But the film is intrigue we should do without. The level of language is about that of a prison locker room [Col. 3:8], sexual immorality is rampant as is violence and gore [Phil. 4:8]. Bars, drinking and drunkenness as well as illegal use of drugs make this film a waste of time [Eph. 5:18], morally speaking. Not to mention cardboard performances in a predictable plot. The listing in the Findings/Scoring section tells enough.

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  • Eph. 4:29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
  • 1Ths. 4:3 - 7 It is God's will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control his [or her] own body [which includes control of drives, touching, seeking, lusting (even after images), promiscuity, etc.] in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the heathen, who do not know God; and that in this matter no one should wrong his brother or take advantage of him. The Lord will punish men for all such sins, as we have already told you and warned you. For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life.
  • 1Cor. 7:2 But since there is so much immorality, each man should have his own wife, and each woman her own husband.
  • Prov. 30:20 Such is the way of an adulterous woman; she eateth, and wipeth her mouth, and saith, I have done no wickedness.
  • 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.
  • Phil. 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
  • Eph. 5:18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. ["Wine" can be any intoxicating substance. Though it is not a sin to drink, it is a sin to get drunk. A recent study has found an undeniable link between the presentation of alcoholic beverages and tobacco in and as entertainment and abuse of them by adolescents. And teaching/causing youth to abuse alcohol/tobacco by emboldening youth with them in and as entertainment invokes Luke 17:2]

    ***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.

    Twisted (2004) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • knife to throat
  • beating
  • kick in face
  • still photo gore, repeatedly, frequent, graphic
  • breaking & entering, repeatedly
  • four dreamstate murders
  • self-mutilation
  • reckless driving
  • flashes of beatings with gore
  • flashes of knife at neck
  • assault, repeatedly
  • coercion to commit crime
  • intentional injury
  • firearms to control, repeatedly
  • defensive killing

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • 22 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • 21 uses of the most foul of the foul words
  • lies, repeatedly

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • inappropriate touch, repeatedly
  • camera angle to force viewer on private parts
  • sex song
  • suggestive eye movement
  • making out in underwear
  • so-stripping for sex
  • nudity - male
  • intercourse, repeatedly plus flashes of it
  • sexual innuendo
  • admission of sexual immorality, repeatedly
  • sexual harassment, repeatedly
  • sexual assault
  • talk of sexually immoral acts
  • woman in tub
  • open face kissing

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • bar, repeatedly
  • booze, repeatedly
  • drinking, repeatedly
  • drunkenness, repeatedly
  • smoking, repeatedly
  • drugging to control, repeatedly

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

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • four dreamstate murders

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