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Analysis Date: June 13, 2003
CAP Score: 30 out of 100
CAP Influence Density: 2.81
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(2003), PG-13 -- A far cry from his single potty word in Indiana Jones: The Temple of Doom
Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Revolution Studios
Distribution (US): Columbia Pictures, Revolution Studios, Sony Pictures Entertainment
Director(s): Ron Shelton
Producer(s): Allegra Clegg, David V. Lester, Lou Pitt, Joe Roth, Ron Shelton, Robert Souza
Written by: Robert Souza, Ron Shelton
Cinematography/Camera: Barry Peterson
Film Editing: Paul Seydor
Casting: Ed Johnston
Production Design: James D. Bissell
Art Direction: Christa Munro
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6
Are you ready for this? PG-13. Seventy six uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary. Three uses of the most foul of the foul words [Col. 3:8, Eph. 5:4]. Twenty uses of God's name in vain, 9 of them with the four letter expletive and most of them by Harrison Ford [Deut. 5:11]. A far cry from his single potty word in Indiana Jones: The Temple of Doom [Ps. 12:8]. Before I even get the numbers crunched, I am certain this PG-13 is a R-13
Detectives Sgt. Joe Gavilan (Harrison Ford) and K.C. Calden (Josh Hartnett) are partners on the Hollywood police force, homicide division. Joe has been a cop forever but KC was just assigned to Joe four months ago. KC is not sure he wants to be a cop. He says he hates dead bodies, probably as a clever line to connect the main plot of murder investigations with KC observing morgue operations where he gets squirted by "a juicy one" cadaver as the pathologist starts slicing into it. But all is not lost. KC puts two and two together based on evidence found at the club shooting and on the bodies such as shoe size and jewelry and announces "Those two guys shot those two!" To provide another of several subplots, KC wants to be an actor.
Joe moonlights, rather, mingles police work with his Real Estate Broker business, another subplot to provide basis for Internal Affairs to accuse Joe of "mingling funds." Joe takes real estate phone calls while chasing bad guys in high-speed reckless chases. It would take only one big sale commission and Joe would be set for life. So, he relentlessly barters and haggles to sell a house for $6.75 million from a has-been Hollywood producer (Martin Landau) to a dance/rap club owner. One of Joe's real estate negotiations was while he was on duty standing among dead bodies.
In yet another subplot, Internal Affairs detective Bennie Macko (Bruce Greenwood) tries to ruin Joe as revenge [Rom. 12:19] for Joe turning Macko in for shady affairs. Macko's ex-girlfriend and psychic [Rev. 21:8], Ruby (Lena Olin) is the one with whom Joe is fooling around. Yes, there is intercourse in this PG-13. Twice. One of them is one of those "nothing is seen" episodes where nothing is left to the imagination. But in the other episode, "something" is definitely seen. And both episodes do not involve any of the bad guys, just the good guys.
Meanwhile, Joe and KC investigate the murders of four men in the dance/rap club, the Freeway Club [Deut. 5:17]. Two bad guys sneaked in and sprayed the occupants with automatic assault weapon fire [Gal. 5:21]. Fortunately, the writers avoided the blood and guts gore typically associated with gunfire murders in R-rated films ... until the police still photos are seen anyway. Investigations point to a music promoter named Sartain (Isaiah Washington) whose security chief operates like a gangster torchcing his murder victims. Sartain's victims includes performers who cost him money [Hab. 2:9].
Part of the Macko subplot involves Macko being suspicious of Joe for being seen associating with rich madam of prostitution, Ferre Salesclerk (Lolita Davidovich). Presentation of prostitution is not limited to the appearance of madam Salesclerk. Several images of tricks being serviced are seen as the shooters make their way through the Freeway Club. Lou Diamond Phillips even appears as Wanda, the cop in drag to foil the hookers [Prov. 23:27-28, Rev. 21:8].
By the way, my hunch at the beginning of this Summary/Commentary about Hollywood Homicide being a R-13
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Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Offense to God (O)
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