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Curse of the Jade Scorpion (2001), PG-13
Analysis Date: August 24, 2001
CAP Score: 61
CAP Influence Density: 0.75

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CURSE OF THE JADE SCORPION (PG-13) -- 100 minutes of verbal volley ball.

Woody Allen and Helen Hunt engage in 100 minutes of verbal volley ball, some quite sexual, some even vulgar, but most worthy of a chuckle or an "I wish I'd said that" or two. Allen, a master insurance investigator, is in his typical ankle-biting, grating-on-the-nerves form and almost meets his match in Hunt, an office efficiency expert looking to rid the office of this dinosaur. After about 99 minutes of mutual hate, the two fall in love and get married but there is no chemistry to speak of.

Not much foul language (four uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary) but 14 uses of God's name in vain (all without the four letter expletive) [Prov. 8:13; Deut. 5:11]. Chain smoking and lots of drinking, including "I need a drink" and drinking to settle nerves [**]. Adultery [Matt. 5:27 - 28]. Hypnosis is used to force Allen and Hunt to participate in theft/robbery [Deut. 18:10]. A female exposes herself to a male, nudity unseen [Gal. 5:19]. A complete listing of the issues likely of parental concern is provided in the Findings/Scoring section below.


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  • Prov. 8:13 To fear the LORD is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech.
  • Deut. 5:11 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain [shav' {shawv}: emptiness, nothingness, vanity]: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless [naqah {naw-kaw'} :blameless, innocent] that taketh his name in vain. ** While it is not a sin to drink alcoholic beverages, it is a sin to harm the body (the Temple of Christ). While drinking is not a sin, *any* drunkenness is or any dependency on any intoxicant is.
  • Matt. 5:27 - 28 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.
  • Deut. 18:10 Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft,
  • Gal. 5:19 The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery;

    *******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]

    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: Curse of the Jade Scorpion (2001) CAP Thermometers

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

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • attempted suicide
  • firearm
  • firearm threat

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
    four uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • deceit of a "blind" beggar

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • sexual innuendo, comments, talk
  • acts of adultery
  • sexual invitation
  • woman exposing herself to a man
  • sexual aggression

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • chain smoking
  • bar/booze
  • drinking
  • "I need a drink"
  • drinking to settle nerves

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • 14 uses of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive
  • forcing to commit crime with "magic"
  • talk of enjoying sexual immorality because God made sex enjoyable

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • none noted

    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." 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 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.

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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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