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Evolution (2001), (PG-13)
CAP Score: 35
CAP Influence Density: 1.39

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EVOLUTION (PG-13) -- and some maneuvers in the colon of the new life form.

Firefighter wannabe Wayne Green (Sean William Scott) is practicing rescue technique for the upcoming tryouts for the fair department. Wayne figures to sharpen his fireman skills by tossing a female mannequin into a shed, setting it afire, then uttering a few words a Hollywood fireman would utter runs in the burning shed to rescue the female mannequin. By the way. The female mannequin was NOT an inflatable sex toy. It was a modified Resusci-Annie rescue training mannequin designed for demonstration of cardiopulmonary resuscitation technique. Being an ex-medic I have lip-locked with the lame lady (and lame lad, there's a Resusci-Andy, too) more times that I can count and can tell you beyond any shadow of a doubt the female mannequin was Resusci-Annie. There is no mistaking it. Even the hairdo is the same. All goes well for Wayne until a meteor lands near his car, tossing the car 200 feet, then becoming lodged in a cavern below ground.

Members of the scientific staff of nearby Glen Canyon Community College get wind of the landing and high-tail it to the landing site. Dr. Ira Kane (David Duchovny) and Professor Harry Block (Orlando Jones) find a strange gelatinous ooze oozing out of what appears to be solid meteor rock. Taking the slime back to their lab they find the ooze is a carrier for a colony of single-celled critters with five tentacles. then, the five-tentacle critters "evolve" in minutes into multi-cellular organisms, setting the stage for becoming bigger multi-cellular beings by an extremely short "evolutionary" period.

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All is going well with the research by Kane and Block, until the army gets wind of the alien life form. General Dr. Woodman (Ted Levine), assisted by Allison Reed (Julianne Moore - Hannibal) take over control of the investigation and research. Dr. Woodman seems to know Dr. Kane from the Pentagon where Dr. Kane practiced in some unprofessional scientific experimentation with a group of soldiers. Dr. Woodman uses that history of Dr. Kane to discredit he and Block out of Nobel-potential research of the alien life form.

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This life form has the uncanny ability to "evolve" from one stage to the "next" in almost minutes rather that the thousands of years claimed are necessary for evolution by terrestrial evolutionists. This alien life form also has the ability to "evolve" into multiple life forms: flying dragons, creepy-crawlies, flutterers, blood suckers, something that looks like a cross between Jabba the Hut and Slimer, and many others. One is particularly vicious and looks like every nightmare human-like monster ever seen. But there is one very large problem. They each are oxygen-intolerant -- until they "evolve" into an oxygen-tolerant form.
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Things get to the point it is obvious this new life form must be destroyed to ensure the continuation of the human race. The new life form could conceivably take over the whole continent in a short time. So, how convenient it is that we have an army General immediately available. Being the one with all the answers, General Dr. Woodman decides to napalm the entire colony underground. Well, Governor Lewis (Dan Aykroyd) decides that he must take matters into hand and take over the planning for the destruction of the new life form.
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Little do the destroyers know and what was just learned by Prof. Block of the original research team (now with Dr. Moore on board) smoking a cigarette, napalm would be a huge no-no as a tool to destroy the new life form. Oh, worries and woes. What to do, what to do. While fretting and fussing, Dr. Kane happens to be eying the periodic table of the elements on the T-shirt of Dr. Moore and realizes that a very common element on earth would kill the new life form. But would the Kane/Block/Moore team tell the obstinate General and the Governor the secret?

Anyway, the original research team saved the planet with a fire truck, a few thousand bottles from anybody's bathroom, and some maneuvers in the colon of the new life form.

Lots of fun and antics. Plenty of humor. And a ton of ignominy mixed in. Enough ignominy to make this flick numerically equivalent to an R-rated movie. If you remember from earlier discussions, I explained that newer movies apparently use a new technique of being stuffed with less severe issues of impropriety to get the same "fix" or "rush" of filth as in R-rated films. Consider the ignominious behaviors and imagery in a set called A as worth 10 bad points each, but the rather bold behaviors and imagery in set B as worth 100 bad points each. Some movies (such as PG-13 movies) seem to stuff their content with a ton of "lesser" ignominy from set A, e.g., use 100 examples while R-rated movies use bold programming from set B but present only 10 examples of them. This yields the same magnitude of influence, namely:

A (PG-13): 100 examples x 10 bad points each = 1000 example bad points
B (R): 10 examples x 100 bad points each = 1000 example bad points

Some of the examples in Evolution included a t-o-n of the "Set A" sexual and sex-related behaviors It also presented a ton of bad language. Some of the sex-related behaviors included inappropriate touch, dressing to maximize the female form and/or skin exposure, the use of sex to manipulate, rear male nudity and requests for sexual performnance [1 Cor. 7:1-2]. In addition, Evolution presented homosexual jokes/insults, pelvic thrusts, attempts to strip to underwear, vulgar positioning (female face to male crotch with muffled female voice) and m-a-n-y sexual innuendo/comments [Eph. 5:4].


If needed to focus or fortify, applicable text is underlined or bracketed [ ].
  • 1 Cor. 7:1-2 Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman. Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.
  • Eph. 5:4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.

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  • 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: Evolution (2001) CAP Thermometers

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

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • dangers of incineration
  • parasite invasion (crawling under skin)
  • death by animal attack
  • firearms (defensive)
  • shoplifting
  • graphic animal attack
  • military aggression with firearms
  • multiple deaths by alien attack

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • 44 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • lies

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • inappropriate touch
  • dress to maximize the female form and/or skin exposure
  • use of sex to manipulate
  • many, many sexual innuendo and/or comments
  • crotch hit with further attention to the male crotch
  • rear male nudity
  • pelvic thrusts
  • homosexual joke/insult
  • flash rear male nudity
  • attempt to strip to underwear - female
  • vulgar positioning, female face to male crotch with muffled female voice
  • request for sex

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • drinking
  • smoking
  • drunkenness
  • relying on booze to relax

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • 6 uses of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive and 8 without
  • entire theme based on evolution
  • revelry

    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 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.

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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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