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(2003), R -- A good example of the uselessness of the secular reviews and the MPAA ratings to you as mom/dad.
Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Pathe Productions, Red Turtle
Distribution (US): Screen Gems Inc.
Director(s): Jane Campion
Producer(s): Ray Angelic, Effie Brown, François Ivernel, Nicole Kidman, Laurie Parker
Written by: Jane Campion, Susanna Moore
Screenplay: Susanna Moore
Cinematography/Camera: Dion Beebe
Music: Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson
Film Editing: Alexandre de Franceschi
Casting: Mark Bennett, Billy Hopkins
Production Design: David Brisbin
Art Direction: David Stein
"Ryan's performance was absolutely flawless." (source: Richard Roeper of Ebert & Roeper in an ad on imdb.com.) Noting past performances of Ryan, I took that to mean a good thing about In the Cut, but I went into the film without a clue about the depth of the vulgarity of it. "Rated R for strong sexuality including explicit dialogue, nudity, graphic crime scenes and language" says something but it could apply to many PG-13 movies as well. The MPAA ratings have become notoriously useless to mom/dad in revealing anything more than subjective claims.
Beware that if you read on, you will get an idea of how vulgar is In the Cut. If you again ask yourself why on Earth I conduct analyses of R-rated films, please visit our FAQs page, item number 5. I am serving one of the needs of our Lord from the"other end" of the spectrum. That is what I do -- I sound Ezekiel's trumpet warning of the sword you would not otherwise know about until it's too late. If I did not, your [spiritual] "blood" would be on my head. If you ignore this sounding of the trumpet, your "blood" will be on your own head. [Ezek. 33:2 -6] I will not give you less than the truth but I'll be as polite as possible.
This movie is definitely one of the extremes of the bell curve in Gaussian Distribution: the 1.67% of extremes on the bad side; the minus 3 standard deviations from the mean. The CAP Influence Density (ID) of 4.97 should say enough since most R-rated movies earn from 1.00 to 3.00.
If this is enough for you to make your decision regarding the fitness of this film, just leave this page and move on.
This report is the results of the analysis of a partial viewing of In the Cut. After 64 minutes into what is claimed to be 119 minutes long (in the US version), when Mark Ruffalo started a perverted phone call with Meg Ryan instructing her in what to do to in great detail, I left. That was the final straw that broke the camel's back in this which is, out of more than 750 films, subjectively speaking one of the most vulgar movies I have seen. If I had comparative data regarding NC-17/X movies (which I don't -- and won't), I would be willing to bet this should have been rated NC-17 or X.
If you let your teens watch this movie for lack of information through the "regular channels" of secular reviews, trailers and advertisements or their own assessment built on a trail of word-of-mouth reports (which happens a l-o-t), they will have no doubts about the anatomy and mechanics of intercourse and oral sex. And by "anatomy" I mean full, uninhibited human anatomy. Both sexes. Repeatedly. By the way, Ryan is the one with the most screen time (of the 64 minutes I saw) in sexually immoral display and demonstrations. And her performance was "...absolutely flawless?" A good example of the uselessness of the secular reviews and the MPAA ratings to you as mom/dad.
Meg Ryan plays Frannie, a frustrated English teacher who gets drawn into a web of crime and evil by a body part that ended up on her property following a mutilation murder. Strangely enough, in the first 64 minutes there were no murders seen in this murder mystery, just pornography [Gal. 5:19; Rev. 21:8; Eph. 5:4 - 5] and foul/vulgar language and talk [Eph. 5:4 - 5]. I am disappointed that Meg Ryan would get associated with this caliber of "entertainment." Jennifer Jason Leigh who plays Pauline is as disappointing with parts like "After a love child or two, we'll get married." And the use of the most foul of the foul words was triple that of the use of the rest of the three/four letter word vocabulary [Col. 3:8].
I will say no more. Let the listing in the Findings/Scoring say what needs to be said if you need more information.
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NOTE: The comparison of Ezekiel 33:2 - 6 from the KJV Bible and the NIV Bible is a good way to shoot down the so-called justification for questioning God Word because of "it's all smatter of interpretation." The two versions are not "interpretations" but are two translations that are not subject to convenience redefinition to suit personal agenda. This is the same as if I were to translate an entity as light as at the left end of the visible light spectrum or as electromagnetic radiation of 680 nanometers in wavelength. No matter which translation you choose, it is still red light.
***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
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.
Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
Single Christian Network
|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." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our more than eight years of 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.|