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(2003), R

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CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
November 1, 2003
37 out of 100

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ALERT: To fully understand this report you should first visit the topics suggested by the CAP Site Map (Table of Contents). Further, 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 completely objective to His Word and is the heart of the CAP Entertainment Media Analysis Model applied to this movie.


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

(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 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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  • (KJV) Ezek. 33:2 - 6 Son of man, speak to the children of thy people, and say unto them, When I bring the sword upon a land, if the people of the land take a man of their coasts, and set him for their watchman: If when he seeth the sword come upon the land, he blow the trumpet, and warn the people; Then whosoever heareth the sound of the trumpet, and taketh not warning; if the sword come, and take him away, his blood shall be upon his own head. He heard the sound of the trumpet, and took not warning; his blood shall be upon him. But he that taketh warning shall deliver his soul. But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman's hand.
  • (NIV) Ezek. 33:2 - 6 "Son of man, speak to your countrymen and say to them: 'When I bring the sword against a land, and the people of the land choose one of their men and make him their watchman, and he sees the sword coming against the land and blows the trumpet to warn the people, then if anyone hears the trumpet but does not take warning and the sword comes and takes his life, his blood will be on his own head. Since he heard the sound of the trumpet but did not take warning, his blood will be on his own head. If he had taken warning, he would have saved himself. But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet to warn the people and the sword comes and takes the life of one of them, that man will be taken away because of his sin, but I will hold the watchman accountable for his blood.'
    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.
  • Gal. 5:19 The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; ...
  • Rev. 21:8 But the [unforgiven] fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers [sexually immoral], and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
  • Eph. 5:4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.
  • Eph. 5:5 For of this you can be sure: No [unforgiven] immoral, impure or greedy person -such a man is an idolater -has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
  • Col. 3:8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences to younger and younger audiences every year] when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, pay for it, enjoy it, want it. I call attention to Ps. 12:8 to warn of the creeping desensitizing power of "entertainment."]
  • Col. 2:8 Beware lest any man [by his influence] spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 (KJV) Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (NIV) Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.
  • Jude 4 For certain men* whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change [warp, distort, falsely represent, situationally redefine, counterfeit, conditionally apply] the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto [or for] one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto [or for] me.
  • Luke 17:2 It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. [cause by teaching or example]
  • Ps. 119:133 Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me.
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.


    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.

    In the Cut (2003) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • tale of mutilation murder
  • police photo gore
  • brutal assault on a woman
  • pedestrian hit by a car
  • body parts gore

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • nine uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • 27 uses of the most foul of the foul words
  • massive tattoos
  • defiance of health rules
  • lies

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • sex talk, comments, references, stories and innuendo, repeatedly, many quite vulgar
  • positioning and motion of oral sex
  • below navel skin
  • admission of sexual immorality
  • nude woman in bed face down fantasizing
  • masturbation - female
  • out of focus female nudity
  • vulgar prosthetic
  • adultery
  • inappropriate touch, repeatedly, some quite vulgar
  • female nudity, full and partial, repeatedly
  • male nudity, full and partial, repeatedly
  • detailed foreplay
  • intercourse, full exposure, repeatedly
  • nude dancing with vulgar enticement of male patrons
  • transvestism
  • homosexual invitation
  • adults in underwear, repeatedly
  • "After a love child or two, we'll get married"
  • camera angle to force viewer on private parts, repeatedly
  • two women dancing together in their underwear
  • perverted phone talk

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • bar, repeatedly
  • booze, repeatedly
  • smoking, repeatedly

    Offense to God (O)
  • one use of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive and four without

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • none seen

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