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(2004), R
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August 3, 2004
42 out of 100

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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.

(2004), R -- "No. But a few do!"

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Dog Eat Dog Films
Distribution (US): A-Film Distribution, Inc., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Distributing Corporation, United Artists
Director(s): Michael Moore
Producer(s): Charles Bishop, Jim Czarnecki, Michael Donovan, Kurt Engfehr, Kathleen Glynn, Tia Lessin, Michael Moore, Wolfram Tichy , Rehya Young
Written by: Michael Moore
Cinematography/Camera: Brian Danitz, Michael McDonough
Music: Jeff Gibbs, Irving Berlin, Bob Golden, John Lennon, Barry Manilow, Marilyn Manson, Paul McCartney, Fred Rogers, Marc Shaiman, Michael Stipe, Bob Thiele, George David Weiss
Film Editing: Kurt Engfehr
Production Management: Jenipher Ritchie, Dirk Wilutzky
Viewed on MGM Home Video

The reason this analysis was conducted was that it was reported to me that this R-rated film is being shown at public schools throughout America. I cannot confirm or deny this but in view of the uselessness of the MPAA ratings which have become a joke of late (see our R-13 finding), it would not surprise me if this film was show in public schools, R-rating notwithstanding.

I wonder if Michael Moore, the writer, director, chief cook and bottle washer and lead invader of privacy for this film knows that he is perpetuating and amplifying that which he tries to condemn with the film: that by showing how not to behave he is teaching and emboldening how not to behave. In this film More displays carnage, graphic murder and suicide. Repeatedly. Using what appears to be actual file footage, Moore displays for the school student matters such as a middle age man putting a handgun in his mouth and killing himself: he shows gunfire executions in foreign countries. In one case of apparently actual file footage, Moore displays a man blowing his head off -literally - with what appears to be a shotgun.

Gunshots to heads. Child battle victims. Replays of horrors such as September 11, 2001 and the Columbine shootings. Piles of bodies. These matters saturate the 117 minutes of this film. to try to tell youth not to shoot others by showing them what shooting someone does works no better than those drunk driving films with all the loose body parts and other gore did in high school. For some, such tactics implant thoughts of whether such really would happen and try it for themselves to see if it really does happen that way.

This film made me wonder just how low a filmmaker can go to make a buck. Moore relied heavily on file footage of the Columbine and other raw human tragedies - graphically - to further the film: to make a buck. Sort of like The Faces of Death. And, no, by the apparent spin and counterfeiting used in it, I do not believe Moore was trying to make a "statement", just a buck. But that is just my opinion to which I am entitled. And it is what Moore has communicated to me with his Bowling for Columbine.

I will offer some quotations from the movie so you may judge for yourself.

Marilyn Manson: "Ya put on a record and its not gonna yell at you for dressing the way you do [while Manson was dressed in Satanic garb]. It's gonna make you feel better about it." I wonder if Moore realized that with this interview comment Moore perfectly revealed the negative influence of such entertainment which he seems to so staunchly deny. A followup commentary was "Some will be so brash to ask if we believe that all who hear Manson tomorrow night will go out and commit violent acts? The answer is 'No!.' But does everybody who watches a Lexus commercial go and buy a Lexus? No. But a few do!" Apparently the "few who do" go out and commit violent acts under the influence of Manson (and many others) are disposable.

Manson: The president was shooting bombs overseas. Yet I'm a bad guy because I sing some rock-n-roll songs. And who's the bigger influence? The president or Marilyn Manson?

Moore: Do you know that the day that Columbine happened the US dropped more bombs on Kosovo than any other time during that war?

Moore relentlessly tries to belittle wholesome matters by putting his spin on things. An example was after the Columbine horror some kids were expelled from public schools for pointing objects as pretend guns at teachers to pretend kill them.

Regarding Moore's spin on things, consider this. He tells us that the 11,127 gunfire killings in the US are many times more than any other country and spends much time in interviews trying to find out why. And in those interviews, Moore almost invisibly transposes "gunfire killings" to "gunfire murders" carefully avoiding that many of those killings are by lawful actions such as police action and citizens saving their own lives and those of their family.

Moore's method reminds me of the spin of the homosexual agenda which boldly amplified as much as possible the Matthew Shepherd murder by street punks, but they and the media never mention things like the rape murder of a 14 year old boy by two homosexual practitioners who stuffed his own gasoline-soaked underwear down his throat after sodomizing him. In perspective, I suspect almost everyone who is reading this has heard of Matthew Shepherd, but how many have heard about 14 year old Jessie Dirkhising? That is apparently the style of Moore's work in Bowling for Columbine UPDATE: December 8, 2004 - By recent news invesitgations, the Matthew Shephrrd murder. though heinous, was not because of his practice of homosexuality but, as expected, was due to a robbery.

And poor K-Mart. Moore showed up on the doorstep of corporate K-Mart with two of the Columbine victims, claiming there were K-Mart 9mm bullets still in these boys, wanting to return the bullets. Never mind that Harris and Klebold could have bought the bullets anywhere. But since Harris and Klebold chose to buy them at K-Mart, Moore decided to crucify K-Mart, as if K-Mart were responsible for the decisions of Harris and Klebold to murder the Columbine students.

And, of course, Moore brings South Park: BLU into the, er, picture. Such a fitting association! This film has done one good thing. It has convinced me to not buy anything with the name "Michael Moore" on it. If this film is being shown in public schools, we reap what we sow. [Gal. 6:7; 1Cor. 15:33] The influence of such entertainment may not manifest in all who see it and its influence may not manifest as the same behavior that planted it, but it will likely manifest in some way. Some day. Maybe ten years later. Maybe just in trashing of wholesome and noble ethics in favor of licentious liberalism. With a spin.

Please read carefully the listing in the Findings/Scoring section before you decide whether to let your school-aged kids watch this film when it comes to your school.


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  • Gal. 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
  • Rom. 16:17 - 18 I urge you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them. For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naive people.
  • Col. 2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.

    ***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 and present it 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, submit to 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.
  • Rom. 5:19 For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.
  • 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.
    (The heart of the CAP Analysis Model)

    Bowling for Columbine (2002) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • bomb destruction and carnage, repeatedly
  • display of multiple firearms, many
  • gunfire for show
  • gunfire killing with gore
  • hunting gunfire
  • firearm in public store
  • target shooting and other recreational shooting
  • bombing victim gore - child
  • teen manufacturing incendiary devices with "Anarchist's Cookbook"
  • police action killing
  • murder/violent death gore, many
  • battle victim - child
  • replay of 9-11 horrors
  • images of Kosovo warfare
  • many dead decimated bodies from Kosovo
  • apparently actual file footage of Columbine carnage
  • interviews with murder Columbine witnesses
  • insert of *Matrix* gunfire violence
  • insert of video game violence
  • additional piles of dead bodies
  • repeated civil unrest with beatings and gunfire violence
  • insert of uses of firearms to kill in and as entertainment
  • cartoon carnage, including beheading
  • injury gore
  • interview with illegal gun dealer
  • file footage of racial beating
  • leg amputation in a movie
  • actual recording of school shooting murder of a six year old by a six year old

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • Chris Rock: one use of the three/four letter word vocabulary plus one use of the most foul of the foul words
  • attempts to excuse poor choices by minimizing them and demonizing the good side
  • many instances of equating defensive actions/devices as murder/murderous
  • takes of nihilism from South Park:BLU
  • claiming "establishment" relies on "scare tactics"
  • Matt Stone: two uses of the most foul of the foul words (the most used foul word in his South Park: BLU)
  • Moore: "It still sucks being a teenager and it really sucks going to High School" nihilism, as if Moore is telling teens it sucks to be alive
  • two uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary by a teen, visually expressing impudence in doing so, almost the nya-nya expression
  • Moore: "After Columbine, it really sucks being a student in America"
  • belittling the gravity of elementary school students who, after Columbine, used pretend guns to pretend kill teachers
  • portraying as unfairly extreme expelling a student who came to high school with a large knife as an accessory with a traditional Scottish outfit
  • demonizing refusal to let a student start an anarchy club at high school
  • a long sequence of discussion/arguments to excuse hate, violence, sexual immorality, etc. in music
  • a single use of the most foul of the foul words by Manson while commenting about teen sex as being as acceptable as breathing
  • a teen girl screaming arrogance and hate at her parents and threatening suicide
  • one additional use of the three/four letter word vocabulary by an unknown
  • a long sequence of cartoon to mislead in order to serve spin
  • claiming the use of race to identify criminals to be offensive
  • characterization of race as cause to fear
  • facial piercings
  • punk dress
  • equating theft with fun
  • massive tattoos
  • an additional use of the three/four letter word vocabulary by a teen

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • dressing to maximize skin exposure - female
  • series of partial female nudity in a calendar
  • CD cover (Manson) nudity - female
  • camera angle to force viewer on private parts
  • see-through dress nudity - female
  • young teens speaking of lusting after nudity in and as entertainment

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • smoking by a teen
  • adult smoking

    Offense to God (O)
  • Moore: two uses of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive
  • Manson dressed in Satanic garb
  • Manson excusing evil and unholy behavior with smooth talk [Rom. 16:17 - 18; Col. 2:8]
  • goth dress
  • celebrating Halloween with demon attire
  • a single use of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive by a teen

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • apparent actual file footage of gunfire murder to the head
  • apparent actual file footage of suicide by gun in mouth
  • apparent actual file footage of gunfire murder, repeatedly
  • apparent actual file footage of suicide by what appeared to be a shotgun to blow head off
  • apparent actual file footage of a Columbine murder



    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.

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