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American Psycho (2000), (R)
CAP Score: 0
CAP Influence Density: 3.24
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NOTE: We make no scoring allowances for Hollywood's trumped-up "messages" to excuse, or its manufacturing of justification for aberrant behavior or imagery. 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. 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 purely objectuve and is the heart of the CAP Entertainment Media Analysis Model applied to this movie.

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


*American Psycho* (R) -- the first CAP Zero of more than 320 analyses.

The *Texas Chainsaw Massacre*, Alfred Hitchcock's original *Psycho* and every other slasher/killer show ever made all rolled into one. Each of the six CAP Investigation Areas revealed enough unacceptable programming to earn a zero score.

Other than telling you there is a lot of insane screaming-while-crying-while-laughing while committing slicing, dicing murder -- and cannibalism -- I will not waste my time or yours detailing the events in this movie. If you want to know the ignominies in it, see the Findings/Scoring below. The Findings/Scoring is the heart of the CAP Entertainment Media Analysis Model anyway. BUT BE WARNED. It is most difficult to describe vulgar and extreme behavior without sounding almost as vulgar and extreme. If I had not promised a mother of a 12 year old boy with a 13 year old friend who somehow got into this movie -- the 13 year old was apparently "changed" -- that I would conduct the analysis, I would have walked out of the theater just like the theater manager strongly suggested.


There is no listing of Chapter and Verse references for this movie. There is not enough room.

FINDINGS / SCORING: American Psycho (2000) CAP Thermometers

NOTE: Multiple occurrences of each item described below may be likely.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • butcher knife as solo object in lead-in
  • threats to kill, one with perversion
  • expression of killing being a drug with addictive properties
  • cover-up maneuvers
  • human head in refrigerator
  • toying with knives while talking to date
  • holding nailgun to date's head, threatening murder
  • two bloody bodies hanging in closet
  • yanking sheets off exposing bloody face (cannibalism)
  • chasing prostitute (while chaser is nude) with a chain saw
  • confession of murders to lawyer
  • notepad drawings of extreme bizarre imagery: perversion, vulgarity, murder, blood, nudity, rape, dismemberment, cannibalism, more

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • 27 uses of the most foul of the foul words
  • 20 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • punk dress
  • orders to lie
  • sexual obsession over business cards
  • sitting studiously over victim's body after murder
  • laughing and crying at the same time with screaming in a mad frenzy, repeatedly

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • many scenes of full rear male nudity
  • long sequence of adult male in briefs only plus additional scenes of adults in underwear
  • talk of sexually immoral behavior
  • porno pictures
  • intercourse with nudity in a porno video, repeating
  • homosexual presence
  • most vulgar sexual comments
  • nudity in bathtub
  • order to strip clothes
  • adults in underwear doing vulgar dance
  • ordering perversion between two prostitutes
  • group intercourse with nudity
  • homosexual approach
  • plaque of nudity
  • buying prostitutes
  • inappropriate touching
  • intercourse between two with nudity
  • adult male in shower

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • booze
  • drinking
  • drunkenness
  • talk of illegal drug practice
  • smoking
  • illegal drug consumption
  • talk of drug dependence
  • abuse of prescription drugs

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • two uses of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive and 19 without
  • two abbreviations of "Christmas" without "Christ"

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • knife murder
  • axe murder - multiple strikes w/ much blood splatter
  • intercourse/cannibalism murder
  • murder with a chainsaw as a spear
  • several gunfire murders
  • murder of four police officers by gunfire, explosion and 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.

    (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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