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Valentine (2001), (R)
CAP Score: 17
CAP Influence Density: 2.03

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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.

VALENTINE (R) -- an expression of power and control.

A bitterly abused and ridiculed nerdy sixth grader, Jeremy (as an adult, David Boreanaz) is mercilessly rejected by all the popular girls at his elementary school. Lily, Shelley, Paige and Kate (as adults, Jessica Cauffiel, Katherine Heigl, Denise Richards and Marley Shelton) would have nothing to do with Jeremy. To even look at him let alone be seen talking with him was poisonous. But in shameful 'no one else will ask me' resolve, last-choice wallflower Dorothy (Jessica Capshaw) agrees to dance with Jeremy. In a sixth grader stereotyping, Jeremy and Dorothy end up necking under the bleachers at the dance. A bunch of Jeremy's male classmates discover the pecking pair and follow suit with the rest of the popular crowd and harass Jeremy to no end. Then they beat the sixth grade out of him -- brutally. Just like in the movies. And, of course, there was no adult supervision of these sixth graders anywhere to be found. Just like in the movies.

Jeremy remembers. He remembers the abuse ... and the abusers. He harbors memory of each painful moment ... for 13 years. Those 13 years were good to Jeremy. He grew to a strong adult that one would not expect possible of the nerd type. Then, one by one, Jeremy murders all but one of the girls who victimized him as a child. And Jeremy murders a few men in their lives along the way. Jeremy was merciless. Just as merciless as his taunters were to him but with more finality. He got even for the [Columbine] ridicule, social rejection and social torture.

Valentine was an expression of power and control through revenge by stalking and murder of abusers. All murders were most graphic. All but one of the murders involved impalement of some kind. A knife was the most visible instrument Jeremy used. The writers even had Jeremy stabbing a slew of bodies in bags in a morgue to find which bag hid an intended victim. Penetration of the impaling instruments was clearly visible as was the blood, the traumatized tissues AND the horrors and helplessness of the victims. And, of course, Jeremy got away with the murders -- no consequences of any kind. He even "got the girl" in the end. The poor man was entitled, of course [Prov. 3:31]. Indeed, gratification in and by revenge through murder was the "message": that the murdered victims got what they so richly deserved.

The viciousness and glorification of it in Valentine might serve the impressionable observer with direct influence on his/her coping skills and decision-making skills and the necessary contribution of them to the foundation of behavior management. The emboldening properties of this movie and the planting of aberrant behavioral templates by it might serve at least as catalyst for the myriad of other counterproductive and/or corruptive influences in the lives of modern youth, especially if incorporated while suffering the emotional fires of puberty or social warfare.

No one movie is likely to change personal behaviors or learned values and ethics that much. But each of the hundreds of movies and thousands of other entertainment presences with aberrant behavior templates, each touching and thus contaminating righteous thought daily, feed and fortify ever so slightly in symbiotic growth the breakdown and decay of behavioral mechanics and morality. God knew what He was talking about when He told us that bad company corrupts good character [1 Cor. 15:33]. Valentine is little, if any, more than "bad company."

I pray many of us can soon open our minds enough to see precisely what many movies, whether intentional, are truly doing to us. In ways we may not understand, many movies hturT us. And, yes, "hturT" is correct. It is reversed Truth, twisted and counterfeited beyond recognition and shows the hidden and sometimes invisible hurt in doing so.


If needed to focus or fortify, applicable text is underlined or bracketed [ ].
  • Prov. 3:31 Do not envy a violent man or choose any of his ways,
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.


    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: Valentine (2001) CAP Thermometers

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

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • long series of hate and bitterness expression in school yearbook
  • brutal beating of a child by children
  • death threat greeting cards (impaling)
  • scalpel poised to slice a cadaver
  • many stalkings amplified by ominous audio
  • attacks on a woman with the intent to kill
  • knifing
  • repeated knifings of cadavers to discover which bag hides the intended victim
  • threats with knife
  • breaking and entering (male, to steal women's underwear)
  • theft
  • images of bloodied murder victims
  • defensive attacks
  • much gore
  • torture with electric drill before killing
  • head of a murder victim floating to top of pool
  • handling of a firearm, defensive
  • "defensive" killing by firearm

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • three uses of the most foul of the foul words
  • 17 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • lies
  • "I think that's at least worth a Porsche." after lighting a water heater pilot
  • "All these other people can just die for all I care."

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • cadaver partial nudity with exaggerated anatomy
  • sex talk, comments, innuendo, some vulgar
  • admission of cohabitation for sex
  • dressing to maximize the female form and/or skin exposure, repeatedly
  • suggestive eye movements and starring
  • woman in towel only, repeatedly
  • homosexual reference
  • necking under bleachers of an elementary school
  • necking with disrobal
  • vulgar video "art" with nudity
  • vulgar sex approach
  • implication of perversion
  • man and woman in bed nude (covered)
  • exposure of fellow actor to nudity with explicit sex talk
  • offers of sex
  • rub dancing
  • inappropriate touch
  • requests for sex
  • vulgar dance moves
  • stripping for exhibitionism
  • woman on nude man
  • adults in underwear
  • excessive cleavage

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • drinking, repeatedly
  • bar scenes

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

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • murder by cutting neck
  • murder by arrows and fall
  • murder with hot clothing iron
  • murder by axe
  • murder by shoving onto broken glass door fragments
  • murder by electrocution

    NOTE: The CAP Analysis Model makes no scoring allowances for trumped-up "messages" to excuse or for manufacturing of justification for aberrant behavior or imagery, or for camouflaging such ignominy with "redeeming" programming. Disguising sinful behavior in a theme plot does not excuse the sinful behavior of either the one who is drawing pleasure from the sinful display or the practitioners demonstrating the sinful behavior. 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.

    "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] And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I aplaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. 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 "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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