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(2008), NR [R-NR*] (20.3min)

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November 21, 2011
November 22, 2011

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(While the Scriptural references are certainly not subjective, my commentary may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)

If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary.

(2008), NR [R-NR*] ... about as "R" as R can get

Production (US): Red Umbrella Pictures and Living Water Films
Distribution (US): Fatal Flaw
Director(s): Amariah Olson, Obin Olson
Producer(s): Joshua Quinn Simpkins, Rachelle R. Simpkins, Larry Olsen
Written by: Joshua Quinn Simpkins, Timothy Sullivan
Cinematography/Camera: Amariah Olson, Obin Olson
Music: Jason Graves
Film Editing: Amariah Olson, Obin Olson
Casting: Heather Campbell
Production Design: Amariah Olson, Obin Olson
Viewed on Fatal Flaw DVD

In my opinion, Fatal Flaw is certainly not a family night popcorn flick. The probability is very high that this short film would have received a R rating from the Motion Picture Association of America. Fatal Flaw earned a final score of 17 out of 100. R-rated films in the comparative baseline database earned final scores 54 and below out of 100. And not only did the final score turn out to be R-equivalent, each of the content investigation area scores is R-equivalent. Typically for films that earn R-equivalent final scores, at least a couple of the content investigation area scores are above R-equivalent but not so for this film.

A note about the Examples per Hour scores. For example, the Wanton Violence / Crime examples per hour score equates to 53.2 examples of assault on morality and ethics per hour for this 20.3 minute film. This means that if the film were to continue for one hour and rate of assaults were to remain constant over that hour the number of assaults would be 53.2. The rate of assaults in the 20.3 minutes is 53.2 per hour.

Now to the Influence Density (ID). Films rated R in the comparative baseline (developmental) database earned a range of ID figures from 0.78 to 2.04, the higher the figure the more dense the occurrences of assaults. Fatal Flaw earned an ID score of 3.10.

This film is about as "R" as R can get.

Jonathan Ridecher (Rowland Brand) has problems. One of the major problems is with gambling. Jonathan comes from a sorted past as well. On the way to church for Easter Sunday services, Jonathan explains animatedly to his wife, Fran (Regina McKenzie) that he is not going with them: that he is going to a bar to watch a major basketball game between the Yellow Jackets and the Serpents. Jonathan has a lot of money riding on the winner.

After Jonathan's team lost by one point, two thugs (Stan Wood, Louis Gagnon) arrive to collect Tony's (Lew Musser) winnings off of Jonathan. Not having the money, Jonathan tries to transfer money by phone call but Fran had blocked that maneuver and there was no money to pay off Jonathans gambling debt. The thugs then murdered Jonathan with a single gunshot.

The next scene is of Jonathan bound in a chair, answering to an Interrogator (Daniel Jones), suggesting he is at the Throne explaining himself to God. After a long session of torture and parading of Jonathans sorted past, the master voice says "I find you GUILTY. The penalty is death by execution." The Interrogator again lowers a firearm at Jonathan and pulls the trigger.

To discuss any further the plot and story would spoil too much of it should you decide, after learning about its content through this service, the film is fit for viewing.


Following are brief discussions of the content per individual content investigation area. As always the Findings section of this report, the heart of the CAP Analysis Model, is the best source for discovering the full accounting of the content of this film.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - Zero out of 100
Violence/crime content is wide. Speeding. Irresponsible driving. Marital friction. Physical and verbal assaults of varying intensities. Beating. Abduction. And more. Please look to the listing in the Findings section for a full accounting of the violence content of this film.

Impudence/Hate (I) - Zero out of 100
While there is only one use of profanity in the entire 20.3 minutes of the program, there are enough other matters of impudence and/or hatred to make this 20-minute segment of film equivalent to many R-rated films in impudence/hate content. Cruelty and brutality, both physical and verbal. Tormenting. Cowardice. Lies. [Rev. 21:8]

Sexual Immorality (S) - 34 out of 100
The sexually immoral content of this film centers around uncomplimentary sexual comments about waitresses, sex offer and a man and a woman making out in a car in adultery (though Jonathan stopped the affair before intercourse). [Matt. 5:28, Hebr. 13:4]

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - Zero out of 100
Apparently to help paint the caliber of the characters and the theme, a large portion of the film's time is spent in a bar, drinking. [Eph. 5:18, 1 Cor. 6:19]

Offense to God (O) - 51 out of 100
Gambling and denial that immoral thoughts are sinful comprise the content applicable to this investigation area.

Murder/Suicide (M) - 18 out of 100
Though Jonathan is seen "alive" and talking to the Interrogator after the thugs killed him, it is considered murder. Further, the death by gunfire of the character who sacrificed himself for Jonathan's sake (Dan R. Kelly) may have been unintentional but it is still murder.



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  • Rev. 21:8 But the [unforgiven] fearful [deilos {di-los'}; timid, cowardly], and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers [sexually immoral], and sorcerers [all forms of evil/magic to force or do harm], and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
  • Matt. 5:28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.
  • Hebr. 13:4 Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure [which includes before AND during marriage AND gender], for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral. [Whether we believe it or not. Whether we like it or not. Whether we care or not.]
  • Eph. 5:18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. [Though it is not a sin to drink, it is a sin to get drunk OR to influence to get drunk OR to drink in defiance such as underage drinking. The issue is do not abuse the body by intoxicating it [1 Cor. 6:19]. A 2002 study by the American College of Physicians (ACP) has found an undeniable, inarguable link between the presentation of alcoholic beverages and tobacco in and as entertainment and abuse of them and arrogance/defiance with them by adolescents. And teaching/causing youth to abuse alcohol/tobacco (or illegal drugs) by emboldening youth with them in and as entertainment invokes Luke 17:2.
  • 1 Cor. 6:19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?

    Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry

  • Jer. 37:9 This is what the LORD says: Do not deceive yourselves, thinking, 'The Babylonians [the destroyers from within] will surely leave us.' They will not!
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend what is vile, embrace it, enjoy it, want it, submit to it.]
  • 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 Be not deceived: evil [kakov: of a bad nature, not such as it ought to be] communications corrupt good manners.
  • Rom. 5:19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
  • Jude 1:4 For there are certain men* crept in unawares [secretly slipped in among us], who were before of old ordained to this condemnation [whose condemnation was written about long ago], ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness [a license for immorality], and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. [*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 one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
  • Luke 17:2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. [Offend: skandalizo {skan-dal-id'-zo} - scandalize; to entice to sin; to cause a person to begin to distrust and desert one whom he ought to trust and obey; to cause to fall away.]
  • Ps. 119:133 Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me [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. ["Evil" includes all things that are sinful.]


    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 objective heart of the CAP Analysis Model, independent of and insulated from the Summary / Commentary section.)

    Fatal Flaw (2008) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - Zero out of 100
  • speeding
  • inattentive driving resulting in near collision
  • marital argument in moving car leading to hitting a pole
  • physical assault of varying intensities, repeatedly
  • beating
  • abduction
  • firearm for offense
  • false imprisonment
  • torture with electricity to the face
  • torture with water to the face horizontal
  • order to kill
  • scene of gun pointed at a man's head while seeing the loaded cylinder rotate slowly as the trigger is pulled
  • attempted gunfire killing

    Impudence/Hate (I) - Zero out of 100
  • one use of profanity
  • adolescent cruelty to another adolescent
  • adolescent brutality, verbal and physical, to another adolescent
  • adolescent tormenting of another adolescent
  • cowardice by an adolescent
  • lying

    Sexual Immorality (S) - 34 out of 100
  • uncomplimentary sexual comments about women, twice
  • sex offer
  • man and woman making out in car - adulterous

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - Zero out of 100
  • smoking
  • brewery
  • booze, repeatedly
  • drinking, repeatedly
  • bar, repeatedly

    Offense to God (O) - 51 out of 100
  • gambling
  • denial that thoughts can be sinful

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 18 out of 100
  • gunfire murder (heard but not seen)
  • murder of one sacrificing himself for another

    All the above in 20.3 minutes!

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    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 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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