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Big Trouble (2002), PG-13
Analysis Date: April 5, 2002
CAP Score: 23
MinMax: -92
CAP Influence Density: 3.05

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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.

*BIG TROUBLE* (PG-13) -- Let the content revealed in the Findings/Scoring section speak for itself.

Distributed by: Touchstone Pictures
Director(s): Barry Sonnenfeld
Producer(s): Tom Jacobson, Barry Josephson, Graham Place, Chris Soldo, Barry Sonnenfeld Jim Wedaa
Written by/Screenplay: Robert Ramsey, Matthew Stone. Novel by D. Barry
Cinematography/Camera: Greg Gardiner
Music: James Newton Howard
Editing: Steven Weisberg

I just cannot believe what the MPAA is doing! I don't believe they know. This movie scored zero in four of the six investigation areas! Zero!. Just because a movie does not contain one of the most foul of the foul words does NOT mean it is fit for 13 year olds and younger let alone adults. I am going to give only a brief description of this piece of vulgar sinematic adipose tissue passed off as humor. I'll let the objective listing in the Findings/Scoring section speak for itself.

In money trouble with the darker money lenders, two hit men (Dennis Farina "If I don't shoot somebody soon, I'm gonna forget how", Jack Kehler) try to take out Arthur Herk (Stanley Tucci). Herk tries in his defense to buy a missile from two Russian arms dealers (Lars Arenta-Hansen, Daniel London "Missile wwarry hard to get") who run a bar no one ever patronizes as a front for their arms dealing. Instead of a missile, Herk gets an atomic bomb. In a subplot, Herk's daughter, Jenny (Zooey Deschanel) must get squirted with a water gun by Matt Arnold (Ben Foster), a high school school classmate as some sort of adolescent social status thing. That brings in Matt into the fray as the prime suspect of a shooting that takes out Herk's fancy TV. Two officers, Walter Kramitz and Monica Ramiro (Patrick Warburton "Was that a goat", Janeane Garofalo) report to investigate and get caught up in the melee.

Enters Eliot Arnold (Tim Allen), Matt's father and two-time Pulitzer prize winner and the only "sane" individual in the show. Eliot is frustrated with piddly assignments by his Miami Herald editor. Eliot becomes enamored with Herk's wife, Anna (Rene Russo) who wishes someone would kill Eliot. And she with he. Also, Herk's maid, Nina (Sofia Vergara) hates Herk but becomes enamored with a homeless man from way up north, Puggy (Jason Lee "You really can't beat these when they're fresh") who has been observing all the goings-on from a squat residence on the Herk's property. Viewing a magazine brought him to Florida.

That's all. Let the Scriptures in "Food for Thought" below which are provided in all our 2002 analysis reports below suffice for this 70mm madness. I will not spend more valuable time than is absolutely necessary on this one. Let the content revealed in the Findings/Scoring section speak for itself.


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*******Food for Thought*******
  • 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 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.

    Big Trouble (2002) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • hit contract
  • beating
  • threats to kill
  • trespassing
  • attempted murder
  • squatting on private property
  • hoping that someone kills husband
  • assault, repeatedly
  • accepting money to kill
  • firearms and firearm threats, repeatedly
  • gunfire to kill, repeatedly
  • armed robbery
  • intentional gunfire injury to coerce
  • kidnapping, multiple
  • reckless driving, including with property damage
  • death by explosion

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • 62 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • lies
  • tantrum with property damage
  • teen arrogance/disrespect toward father, repeatedly
  • teen reckless driving for show
  • metal music
  • claim of father's poor choices excusing son's
  • accepting money to lie/cheat
  • parent/child equality (portraying child as equal in authority to father)

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • sexual talk, references, innuendo, comments, many
  • peeping, repeatedly
  • sexual advances
  • licking between toes
  • dressing to maximize the female form and/or skin exposure, repeatedly
  • adultery
  • inappropriate touching
  • sexual suggestions
  • watching of a sexercise video, repeatedly and only for the sensuality of it
  • sex talk by teens, repeatedly
  • intrusive eye movement
  • offer of sex
  • homosexual insult
  • dog nuzzling/licking crotches
  • vulgar pose
  • vulgar mirror doll
  • vulgar male strip dance
  • full male rear and side nudity, repeatedly

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

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • 12 uses of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive and 8 without
  • vain portrayal of a man as Jesus

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • suicide by refusing to let go of a bomb

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    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 or example 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." 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 nearly seven 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.

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    (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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