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Antitrust (2001), (PG-13)
CAP Score: 61
CAP Influence Density: 0.70

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

ANTITRUST (PG-13) -- Bill Gates and Steve Jobs all in one

Though I have no idea whether Bill Gates (Microsoft) and Steve Jobs (Macintosh) have practiced some of the underhanded dealings of Gary Winston (Tim Robbins) of N.U.R.V. (Never Underestimate Radical Vision), such projection is made in Antitrust. Even "overnight success" starting in a garage is there.

Computer programming genius, Milo Hoffman (Ryan Phillippe) knows about a new discovery of S.Y.N.A.P.S.E which can send text, data, video, voice and maybe the kitchen sink. Hoffman is close to developing the code for it and feels it should available to the world for free. Winston, CEO of software giant N.U.R.V. knows the code, too but wants to make billions from it. Feeling that trying to make his new developments on his own might be a bad idea, Hoffman breaks down and takes his skills and talents to N.U.R.V., largely because of the personal attention he is getting from Winston. Hoffman's fellow geeks are not sanguine about what he is doing but each goes his separate way.

Once on board N.U.R.V. Hoffman is befriended by almost daily visits by Winston and has fully bought into the idea of working for him, especially since a bright and attractive young programmer, Lisa (Rachel Leigh Cook) seems to have taken an interest in him. This new relational development does not sit well with Hoffman's live-in girlfriend, Alice (Claire Forlani). But as the plot thickens, Hoffman finds that Alice - err - Rebecca is not who she seems to be, and he finds that Lisa is also not who she seems to be. Further, his best geek buddy and previous partner Teddy Chin gets murdered for coming too close to finalizing the secret code before Winston gets it ... and we are shown the murder three times, graphically. We are also shown the practice of trickery, deceit and lies repeatedly [Acts 13:10]. In the end, the bad guy gets his comeupance, but as usual 99% of the imagery and script is spent on presenting the wrongdoings with about 1% spent on the consequences. These percentages are, or course, approximations but the point is made.

Additional questionable and/or undesirable properties of this flick include the three/four letter word vocabulary often and the most foul of the foul words once [Acts 20:30]. Antitrust presents cohabitation as morally acceptable [Heb. 13:4] and "Kevorkian" violence art [Ps. 101:3], some with nudity [**]. The listing in the Findings/Scoring section provides the details.


Applicable text is underlined for special focus if needed.
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 (KJV) Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (NIV) Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.
  • Acts 13:10 :You are a child of the devil and an enemy of everything that is right! You are full of all kinds of deceit and trickery. Will you never stop perverting the right ways of the Lord?" Paul said this to Elymas, the sorcerer, but trickery, deceit and lies are just that whether practiced by a sorcerer or regular folk.
  • Acts 20:30 "Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them." The use of foul language in entertainment is part of the "draw" of people after "them" (entertainment vehicles).
  • Heb. 13:4 "Marriage is honorable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge." Nowhere can I find does God look favorably on cohabitation to facilitate immoral sex.
  • Ps. 101:3 "I will set before my eyes no vile thing. The deeds of faithless men I hate; they will not cling to me."
  • **"Nakedness" (nudity) is spoken of darkly and as shameful 43 times in the KJV from Genesis to Revelation. What makes nudity okay in art if it is not okay in flesh?


    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.

    FINDINGS / SCORING: Antitrust (2001) CAP Thermometers

    NOTE: Multiple occurrences of each item described below may be likely, definitely when plural.

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • violent anger toward another
  • series of violent imagery
  • animated argument
  • building and planting an explosive device
  • several episodes of breaking and entering
  • several examples of "Kevorkian" violence art
  • threats with firearm
  • chase with beating

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • 16 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • a single use of the most foul of the foul words
  • lies to cover up criminal and other unseemly activity

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • man & woman in bed together for sexual access
  • cohabitation
  • inappropriate touch
  • admission of immoral sex
  • adult in underwear

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • drinking
  • "I need another beer"
  • dinner wine

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • eight uses of God's name in vain without the four letter word vocabulary, none with it
  • promotion of the "global village"

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • graphic baseball bat murder with two episodes of repeat imagery

    NOTE: The CAP Analysis Model makes no scoring allowances for trumped-up "messages" to excuse or for manufacturing of justification for aberrant behavior or imagery, or for camouflaging such ignominy with "redeeming" programming. Disguising sinful behavior in a theme plot does not excuse the sinful behavior of either the one who is drawing pleasure from the sinful display or the practitioners demonstrating the sinful behavior. 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.

    "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." [Emphasis is mine] And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I aplaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our five-year 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.

  • (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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