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Extreme Days (2001), PG
Analysis Date: September 28, 2001
CAP Score: 92
CAP Influence Density: 0.15

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EXTREME DAYS (PG) -- an extreme signal to a world saturated with extreme vulgarity.

Extreme Days is a story of four plus one kids traveling to the west and north to flex their extreme sports muscle. From childhood, the four boys enjoyed taking risks in risky sports such as surfboarding, snowboarding and skateboarding. After four years of two-year college, the boys set out for one last road trip before completing the passage into adulthood. In their "Joyota", a mix between Toyota, Jeep and Volkswagen, mostly Volkswagen, the four lads strike out for the big bad world. I didn't particularly care for the movie, but my opinion should be as meaningless to your assessment of the fitness of a movie for your family's entertainment diet as it is to the CAP analysis model. That is why we give you *objective* tools. So YOU can decide for yourselves. Let me remind our visitors that this Summary/Commentary section is precisely that: a summary in commentary format. The heart of the CAP analysis model is the Findings/Scoring section.

The movie starts as two "bad guys" chasing two "good guys" running for their lives, all on snowboards. The lurking music and the majestic mountain landscape suggests of 007 dangers and terror. The "bad guys" shoot all they have at the "good guys" -- red, yellow, green blue ....... paintballs. It is the four buds having fun.

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Shortly we see the lads packing up to forge forward to the west to join in circuit competition. All seems to indicate high anticipation of a wonderful time ... until. At a service station, the lads spy a damsel in distress. A lovely lady having an attitude with a mechanic about the cost of the repairs to her truck. She MUST get west to a college where she starts teaching soon. Locking sights on the lass, one of the lads formulates a plan to meet and greet her. But his plans were spoiled by the fact that she is the cousin of one of the four lads. And sister to the high-priced mechanic. Fret not, dear lady! Her destination was along the way of the lads' tour.

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There is, of course, much more to the plot and much more to the antics in this 88 minute movie. But little would be served to tell you about them since this is a relatively "acceptable" movie. Except for a few issues such as igniting flatulence [Eph. 5:4] repeatedly and a crotch kick by the girl, it IS clean. Though a girl traveled for days with four boys, one of them was her cousin. She even stayed in separate motel rooms and was not even noted to ever be *in* the boys' rooms.
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There is NO sexual programming and NO foul language. NO use of God's name in vain with OR without the four letter expletive. NO drinking or smoking. NO murder or suicide. *Extreme Days* is an extreme signal to an world saturated with extreme vulgarity. This movie could have very easily been rated G. Indeed, it earned a score of 92 which is midrange of the CAP scoring range (100 to 87) earned by G-rated movies. I suppose it was given a PG because of the "thematic elements": open submission to God's Wisdom and Will.


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  • Eph. 5:4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.

    *******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: Extreme Days (2001) CAP Thermometers

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

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
    reckless driving with property damage
  • series of skateboarding injuries
  • irresponsibility with paintball guns (no face shields)

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • taking risks
  • cheating to win
  • long series of igniting flatulence
  • grocery store mischief with property damage
  • crotch kick
  • adult tantrum with property damage

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • none noted

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • none noted

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • none noted

    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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