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{The} Hours (2002), PG-13
Analysis Date: January 26, 2003
CAP Score: 57
CAP Influence Density: 0.78

MinMax: -57

{The} Hours (2003) CAP Mini-thermometers

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{THE} HOURS (PG-13) -- Richard's deep fear was waiting for {The} Hours to pass until he died.

Production: Miramax Films, Scott Rudin Productions
Distribution: Paramount Pictures
Director(s): Stephen Daldry
Producer(s): Robert Fox, Mark Huffam, Ian MacNeil, Scott Rudin, Marieke Spencer
Written by/Screenplay: Michael Cunningham (novel), David Hare (screenplay), Virginia Woolf (novel)
Cinematography/Camera: Seamus McGarvey
Music: Philip Glass
Film Editing: Peter Boyle
Casting: Patsy Pollock, Daniel Swee
Production Design: Maria Djurkovic
Art Direction: Nick Palmer, Mark Raggett, Judy Rhee
Viewed At: AMC - Hulen, Fort Worth, Texas

The "message" in {The} Hours is about the influence of entertainment media. Imagine that! And in proper perspective as well -- how entertainment can shape and even destroy minds, hearts and lives [1 Cor. 15:33]. In {The} Hours the vehicle of of entertainment influence comes in book form. {The} Hours movie was inspired by Michael Cunningham's book, The Hours which was inspired by Virginia Woolf's 1925 feminist book, Mrs. Dalloway.

{The} Hours is also a movie about the lives of three lesbian women and one gay man. One of the three women and the man commit suicide and a second woman attempts it [Ex 20:13]. It is beyond me why someone would build a movie like this when suicide appears to be a chief threat in the gay/lesbian community as told to me by those who claim to be gay and lesbian practitioners. Gay and lesbian practitioners also tell me that it is people like me who tell God's Word undiluted who are the chief cause of suicide among gays and lesbians. Movies like this one put that accusation into proper perspective as well. By and through His love for us all, I love you each too much to tell you anything less than the Truth [Rom. 12:9].

In the movie, Virginia Woolf is portrayed as being both severely depressed and lesbian. However trustworthy the Internet is or is not, a search confirmed the claim that Virginia Woolf was lesbian. Why do I bring up that Woolf was reportedly lesbian while it has nothing to do with her literary genius? Because it is a key element in this story of promotion of homosexuality/lesbianism to younger and younger kids every year. Yes, the homosexual/lesbian community is including our youth in their efforts. An example of this is the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), the source of the information about Woolf. GLSEN focuses on school age children as evidenced, in part, by "in school", "local schools" and "students" figuring prominently on their website. Another part of the homosexual community which is targeting youth is the North American Man-Boy Love Association (NAMBLA), which needs no description. If this movie is not a promotion of homosexuality and lesbianism, it certainly adds to the saturation of our culture with yet more saturation with it [Rom. 1:24 - 28].

Before I get started in the summary of the plots, I will tell you boldly that I do not hate they who choose to practice homosexuality or lesbianism. I cannot hate these folks because each of us, no matter what choices we make, is precious to Jesus and Jesus is precious to me. He spent three days in Hell so you and I would not have to spend one moment there if we believe in Him. It is some of our behaviors God hates, not us. He does not hate the sinner any more than I would hate any of my eight children who rebels. It is the doing not the doer, the act not the actor I hate. And so does God. He hates sin (even my own) and has admonished us that the same-gender sexual practices of the homosexual and lesbianism lifestyles are sinful. God loves us each enough to forgive any of our sins if we humble ourselves and ask.

A few call me a homophobe. I do not fear they who choose to practice "alternate" lifestyles. I am not the type to be frightened by threats. It is what such practice does to the practitioner and to one of the apparent targets of practitioner's affection which I fear as explained in the following:

Dr. Judith Reisman, a social researcher who has studied sexual behavior for 24 years, released a new study called Crafting Gay Children which shows that while heterosexuals outnumber the homosexual population about 44 to 1 the incidence of homosexual practitioners molesting children is up to 40 times greater than heterosexuals. Taking figures from a 1991 population study by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Reisman looks at heterosexual abuse of girls by men and homosexual abuse of boys by men. Taking into account the numbers of homosexual practitioners and the numbers of heterosexuals in the population, the data showed that 8 million girls were abused by age 18 by heterosexual men, a ratio of 1 victim to 11 adult men. However, 6-8 million boys were abused by age 18 by 1-2 million adult homosexuals, a ratio of 3-5 victims for every gay adult: 0.091 victim per heterosexual adult to 3 to 5 victims per adult homosexual practitioner. [Matt. 25:40, Matt. 18:10]

THAT is one of the things which I fear. And the very existence of the North American Man-boy Love Association (NAMBLA) gives substance to Dr. Reisman's findings ... and my fears.

Earlier I speak to "choice." Yes, I believe the actual performance of homosexual and lesbian practices to be a choice. There is too much evidence to that conclusion for it to be ignored. I believe it first because God does not create sin and He has declared the practice of homosexuality and lesbianism (among a plethora of other of our behaviors) to be sinful. Second, because every non-autonomic movement of the human body is a choice. No exceptions. No debate. Even my own sins are because of something I choose to do. And since He spent three days in Hell for you and I, we will not situationally redefine, counterfeit or conditionally apply His Word to suit cultural tolerances or to avoid invading comfort zones, even of other Christians. If our culture or beliefs conflict with His Word, it is not His Word that needs to change to resolve the conflict.

On to the story.

The story in {The} Hours spans about 70 years in 105 minutes as it portrays the impact of Woolf's book, Mrs. Dalloway on herself and two women. In the story, all three quintessential women are lesbian and one of the three kills herself. Another of the three women attempts suicide but the optics of it is suicide. Two other characters entwined in the life of two of the three women are homosexual men, one of whom also kills himself. What a message!

The intricacy of three quintessential lives interwoven yet not connected except by literary works of the past is so detailed, seamless and delicate that if keen attention is not paid one might think all three women are good friends and compatriots. It is not the talent or genius in this artistic trophy which is corruptive of wholesomeness and righteousness by His Word, it is the subject of the talent and genius. Yes, this movie is indeed a work of art. But it is also sin. Art is not sin. And sin is not art. But art becomes sin when art uses sin.

As the story tells, in 1941 Woolf is wading into a river with rocks in her pockets. On the crests of the waves created by Woolf's fatal plunge we are taken through time to the shores of three lives linked through literary works due to the magnetism of "misery loves company" camaraderie: Woolf's own life; the life of Laura Brown; the life of Clarissa Vaughn. Also entwined in the weave is Richard Brown, a life-long homosexual practitioner plus another life-long homosexual practitioner who is an incidental character.

Virginia Woolf (Nicole Kidman): Eighteen years before her suicide in 1941, Woolf was battling depression and insanity. She worked obsessively at writing Mrs. Dalloway, heard voices and was being torn apart with devastating mood swings. Woolf became so depressed that her husband, Leonard (Stephen Dillane) took her out of the bustle of London to the quiet serenity of Richmond in hopes to ease pressures thus her burdens. In one scene, Virginia kisses her sister, first as a sisterly peck but escalating into something much more. And this was done in view of Virginia's small niece [Luke 17:2, Matt. 25:40]. But Virginia came to hate living in Richmond, becoming even more depressed and anxious and wanted to go back to London, telling Leonard "If it's a choice between Richmond and death, I choose death."

Laura Brown (Julianne Moore): Laura was a post-World War II insecure and dissatisfied Los Angeles four-month pregnant housewife and mother who was absorbed hungrily into Mrs. Dalloway. Her life was so empty that the book seemed her only excitement. She even tried to make a birthday cake for her loving and dedicated husband, Dan (John C. Reilly). The first attempt at making the cake failed. As she weakened under Woolf's influence she baked another cake, which was a masterpiece, as "announcement" that she was going to kill herself by renting a hotel room and overdosing in it on prescription drugs. Never mind the murder of her unborn child by her suicide. While the imagery of the suicide attempt was of a dream state, possibly drug-induced, the optics showed the suicide as a successful drowning as the room filled with water until she submerged, clearly in emulation of her idol Virginia Woolf. The addition of river plants in the rushing water added to the assurance of emulation Laura even removed only one shoe, likely in emulation of Woolf loosing a shoe in her suicide. Before Laura dropped off her young son at a care giver to facilitate the suicide attempt, she listened to one of her acquaintances, Kitty (Toni Collette) who was having trouble getting pregnant. As Kitty's depressing tale progressed, in front of her son Laura gave Kitty a passionate kiss, obviously not in compassion for the barren Kitty but rather for Laura herself.

Clarissa Vaughn (Meryl Streep): Clarissa was a hardened and pragmatic present day big city business woman. Clarissa was not only infatuated with Mrs. Dalloway she was obsessed with it. She lived it. She emulated it. She "became" it. Clarissa had a college age daughter, Julia (Claire Danes) who had apparently been raised to accept the practice of lesbian behaviors [Luke 17:2, Matt. 25:40]. Clarissa was in a ten-year lesbian relationship with Sally Lester (Allison Janney), but before Sally was Richard Brown (Ed Harris) in a summer fling. Richard was dying from AIDS after a lifetime of homosexual relationships. Clarissa was such a dedicated nursemaid and caregiver to Richard it seemed her heart was with Richard, not Sally. One of the dangerous images of this movie was Clarissa kissing Richard's right frontal cheek near his mouth with lesions on his chin. Richard was a noted poet and had won a prize of notoriety but was most reluctant to attend the ceremonies due to his stage of AIDS. Clarissa was bound and determined that Richard attend. But Richard was not about to attend. So, he killed himself by intentionally falling out of a high window. The mixing of prescription drugs might have had something to do with his decision as well. Richard's deep fear was waiting for {The} Hours to pass until he died.

Maybe the writers do not realize it but they have Richard's probable age at the time of inevitable death just about right for the average lifespan of adult male homosexual practitioners. In "...Oxford University's International Journal of Epidemiology, researchers found that, at age 20, the life expectancy of homosexual and bisexual men is 8 to 20 years less than for all men." Paul Cameron of the Claremont Institute published a report which I can no longer locate stating the median age of death of the married American [heterosexual] man was 75. But for sexually active adult American homosexual male practitioners the median age of death was 42. It further stated that while 80% of married American men reached or exceeded age 65, less than 2% of homosexual practitioners in the survey lived that long.

This movie presents suicide as a choice, never as running away and never as the wrong choice. And death is presented as an ending, never as a beginning. The practice of homosexuality and lesbianism is lauded somberly without fanfare. {The} Hours indeed seems to equate homosexuality and lesbianism with the cowardice of suicide. Two of the six homosexual/gay characters commit suicide and a third attempts it. And they have their reasons, too, according to the rationale in the movie anyway. Moral relativism is rampant, promoting that we all have choices and suicide is just one of them. Communicating that suicide is a viable and sometimes the only alternative. Never has a more wrong message been given. Especially to teens (PG-13). I guess the MPAA thinks 13 year olds are quite ready to be influenced by entertainment containing suicide -- repeatedly. And presentation of homosexuality and lesbianism as natural, routine and is indeed a commonly accepted practice.

In addition to the above issues of programming, {The} Hours contained three uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary plus one use of the most foul of the foul words [ Col. 3:8]. It also presented 13 uses of God's name in vain but without the four letter expletive [Deut. 5:11]. Smoking was frequent [1 Cor. 6:19]. Please read the listing in the Finings/Scoring section before you decide whether this movie is fit.


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  • Ex 20:13 (KJV) Thou shalt not kill. (NIV) You shall not murder. [Suicide is murder of the self.]
  • Rom. 12:9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil [sinful]; cling to what is good.
  • Rom. 1:24 - 28 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
  • Matt. 18:10 Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven. [Despise: kataphroneo {kat-af-ron-eh'-o}: 1) to condemn, despise, disdain, think little or nothing of. "Despise" includes thinking little or nothing of causing them to sin OR using them to sin.]
  • Col. 3:8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.
  • 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 that taketh his name in vain. [With or without the four letter expletive, the use of God's name in any way other than respect, reverence or thoughtful discussion is in vain. That includes the popular three syllable sentence with His name trailing it.]
  • 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***
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences 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]. [I call attention to Ps. 12:8 to warn of the creeping desensitizing power of "entertainment."]
  • 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 [warp, distort, falsely represent] 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} Hours (2002) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • planning suicide, repeatedly
  • argument about trying suicide twice
  • contemplating suicide by drug overdose
  • much talk about suicide

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • three uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • a single use of the most foul of the foul words.
  • lesbian kiss and before young son
  • daughter's arrogance toward her mother
  • "If it's a choice between Richmond and death, I choose death."
  • "Someone has to die (in a story) so that others will value life more."
  • lesbian kiss and before young niece
  • lesbian kiss and before daughter

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • adult in underwear
  • excessive cleavage
  • camera angle to force viewer on private parts
  • ten-year lesbian relationship
  • sexual intercourse discussion
  • lifetime homosexual relationship
  • two lesbians in bed together

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • smoking
  • prescription drug abuse, repeatedly
  • drug intoxication emboldening suicide

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • misleading children
  • death viewed as a release or escape, an ending rather than a beginning
  • 13 uses of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • suicide by drowning
  • suicide by intentional falling out of a high window
  • imagery of successful suicide by drowning

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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 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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    (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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