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Arlington Road (1999), R
CAP Score: 50
CAP Influence Density: 0.96
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*Arlington Road* (R) -- one of those R movies that very easily could have been less severe.

There was foul language and the use of God's name in vain, both with and without the four letter expletive, and there was extreme violence, but this movie had a good and an intelligent plot. Sad.

What was probably the most influential element of this movie is that the terrorists escaped totally without consequence for their acts of mayhem and multiple murder. A college professor, whose FBI agent wife was murdered as the result of questionable internal administrative and policy matters, discovered little by little that one of his neighbors was one of the terrorists planning to bomb the FBI building. By a long series of twists, unexpected turns, and various manipulation maneuvers, the terrorists blow up an FBI complex.

A very violent movie at times with a large portion of foul language. God's name in vain was used numerous times with and without the four letter expletive. While there was no nudity noted, there are several other issues of sexual impropriety such as cohabitation by an unmarried couple, adult underwear, and a heterosexual couple in bed together. Drinking was noted three times. And death, including that of a helpless woman, happened in the movie more than once.

This is another of the movies that could have been a great evening of suspenseful entertainment if it were not for all the language and other issues of ignominy which, by the way, did not help the plot, script, or the appeal of the movie. I guess Hollywood has lost their touch.

So many of our visitors seem to be relying only on this Summary/Commentary for a full accounting of the subject movie. This is not possible. For the best representation of the CAP Entertainment Media Analysis Model applied to this movie, visit the Findings/Scoring section below.

FINDINGS / SCORING: Arlington Road (1999) CAP Thermometers

NOTE: Multiple occurrences of each item described below are likely.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • three deaths by engaging police personnel in a fire fight, including the death of a child participating in the fire fight, and two gunshot injuries
  • encouragement to do wrong with injury resulting
  • young boy bleeding and staggering
  • *Natural Born Killers* style bizarre dreamlike distortions of perception
  • gore
  • pictures of child injury gore
  • story of father committing suicide
  • reckless driving to rescue, help, and discover
  • kidnapping
  • extortion using a man's young son
  • childish kicking of furniture
  • admission of murder
  • bloody beating
  • abduction
  • illegal confinement
  • excusing death of a son with a 'cause'

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • three uses of the most foul of the foul words
  • nine uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • "So he lied. What's the big deal?"
  • child arrogance against his father
  • lies to gain trust of child for illicit reasons
  • excusing criminal behavior with youth
  • no consequences for criminal activity throughout

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • heterosexual cohabitation of residence, including with a child present
  • adult underwear
  • male/female in bed together
  • female atop a male in bed
  • sex talk

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • booze
  • drinking

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • 6 uses of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive and 9 without

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • murder by tampering with vehicle functions
  • multiple murders by explosion/fire

    (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. As required of the Holy Scriptures, unless God's name is used with reverence to His glory and praise, its use is considered in vain.

    (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.

    Additional reviews of this movie may be located at "Movie Review Query Engine at Telerama."

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