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Urban Legends: Final Cut (2000), (R)
CAP Score: 15
CAP Influence Density: 2.25

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NOTE: We make no scoring allowances for Hollywood's trumped-up "messages" to excuse, or its manufacturing of justification for aberrant behavior or imagery. This is NOT a movie review service. It is a movie analysis service to parents and grandparents to tell them the truth about movies using the Truth. If you do not want the plot, ending, or "secrets" of a movie spoiled for you, skip the Summary/Commentary. In any case, be sure to visit the Findings/Scoring section -- it is purely objective and is the heart of the CAP Entertainment Media Analysis Model applied to this movie

On July 26, 2000 the American Medical Association, the American Psychological Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry released a joint statement regarding the dangers of violence in entertainment. I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. An exceptionally important statement in the release that deserves your earnest attention is "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." [Emphasis is mine] Another statement in the report is "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." From our five-year 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 joint statement and our findings.

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


*Urban Legend: Final Cut* (R) -- another slasher flick with Murder/Suicide receiving the highest score (41) of the six area scores. Go figure.

Set at Alpine University in the Orson Wells Film Center (actually at Petersborough , Ontario), Amy Mayfield (Jennifer Morrison) finds something smelly about the film made by Travis (Matthew Davis), one of the victims of the latest slasher. "Someone changed the film on Travis' credits!" It seems that Travis had made a really fine film and someone was bent on Travis not winning the coveted Hitchcock award: $15,000 plus an almost guaranteed shot at professional film directing in Hollywood. The "someone" first spliced a poor film onto Travis' credits, then killed him to make sure he did not get the award. But the bad guy set up the murder to look like suicide. Some "earmarks" for suicidal feelings were there: a personal tragedy (a bad grade) causing deep depression (loss of a chance at the award), dark feelings, desire for solitude, all but a submissive attitude. But the bad grade was not honest, rather it was a maneuver to make others believe Travis' death was due to suicide. But the killing did not stop there. And Travis' brother, Trevor (also Matthew Davis, same facial scar and all) was bent on proving his brother did not commit suicide.

There is no need to go into any great detail. It's the same ole genre -- killer chasing girl through dark corridor [2 Tim. 4:14]. Killer this, killer that. But this time sex and a whole lot of foul language [Col. 3:8, Lev. 19:12] are added. There is slashing murder, stabbing murder, beating murder, gunfire murder, hanging murder, electrocution murder, axe murder and probably a murder or two I missed while logging all these murders [Rom. 13:9], and foul words, and sexual programming [1Ths. 4:3], and knifings, and murderous attacks, and bloody injuries, and images of murder victims including video tapes, and moulages of baby murders and beheadings [Matt. 18:10], and dead bodies with rats crawling inside them and ....... Oh, yeah! And intercourse foreplay, and intercourse, and oral sex, and vulgar expressions, and homosexual and heterosexual innuendo [Eph. 5:4] ...... And this is entertainment? Let the objectivity of the CAP analysis model show through in the listings in Findings/Scorings below speak for itself.


  • 1 Cor. 15:33 (KJV) Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (NIV) Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.
  • 2 Tim. 4:14 Alexander the metalworker did me a great deal of harm. The Lord will repay him for what he has done.
  • 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.
  • Lev. 19:12 And ye shall not swear by my name falsely, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I am the LORD.
  • Rom. 13:9 The commandments, "Do not commit adultery," "Do not murder," "Do not steal," "Do not covet," and whatever other commandment there may be, are summed up in this one rule: "Love your neighbor as yourself.
  • 1Ths. 4:3 It is God's will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality;
  • Matt. 18:10 "See that you do not look down on one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.
  • Eph. 5:4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.


    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.

    FINDINGS / SCORING: Urban Legends: Final Cut (2000) CAP Thermometers

    NOTE: Multiple occurrences of each item described below may be likely, definitely when plural.

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • bloody knife
  • imagery of many murder victims
  • knife withdrawn from body
  • threats with a knife
  • explosive startles
  • body organ removed from host with scars on host
  • murderous attacks
  • beheading
  • threatening mannerisms
  • bloody injuries
  • exceptionally graphic moulaging
  • detailed description of suicide
  • long chase sequences
  • moulage of murdering (slicing necks) of babies
  • axe attacks
  • imagery of murder victims
  • punk cops
  • stabbing
  • dead bodies with rats crawling out of them
  • abductions
  • threats with firearms
  • admissions of murder
  • staged gunfire death

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • uses of the most foul of the foul words
  • 20 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • oral sex
  • intercourse foreplay
  • adult is underwear
  • vulgar expression
  • sexual innuendo, comments, and talk
  • homosexual innuendo
  • suggestive eye movement
  • lesbian comment
  • ghosting of female anatomy through thin clothing
  • vulgarity with mannequins
  • intercourse with nudity
  • lesbian invitation

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • booze
  • smoking
  • drinking
  • drugging to control
  • drinking to ease sorrows

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • two uses of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive and 16 times without

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • slasher sequence ending in murder
  • bloody beating murder
  • video tape of beating murder
  • electrocution murder
  • axe murder
  • hanging murder
  • gunfire murder

  • (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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