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Entertainment Media Analysis Report

Idle Hands (1999), R
CAP Score: Two (2), CAP ID: 2.94

Thomas A. Carder
CAP President
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"Idle Hands" (R, 1999) -- nothing idle about them. A teenage boy gruesomely killed both his parents and two of his friends and blamed "possession" for the deadly deeds. And that is not all the boy did while each time blaming his possessed hand. On top of this, he buried all his victims in his back yard to hide his evil behavior. There was drug consumption, drug dealing, vulgarities, a video clip of sadomasochism, death metal music video, and other items of corruptive influence. There was drug intoxication and "I *AM* [Jesus]." There were two resurrections plus a search for knowledge of Satan. The family cat licked up some of the blood and licked on an eye ripped from the mother. And some call this "entertainment." That's all I will say about what I saw and heard in 52 minutes of this 105-minute movie: 50% of it was enough to tell you about it.

For the best representation of the CAP Entertainment Media Analysis Model applied to this movie, be sure to visit the Findings/Scoring section below.

FINDINGS / SCORING: Idle Hands (1999) CAP Thermometers

NOTE: Multiple occurrences of each item described below are likely.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • cat licking up blood
  • police brutality
  • police corruption
  • cat licking a human eyeball
  • dead bodies with gore
  • body parts
  • burial of bodies in back yard
  • a hit to the face with a shovel
  • arrogant driving through a collection of mourning flowers
  • gunshot to the head

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • 7 uses of the most foul of foul words
  • 27 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • arrogance toward mother
  • vulgar talk about mother
  • vulgar hand gestures
  • a general attitude of "It ain't good enough, not matter what 'it' is."
  • hateful reaction
  • death metal video

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • heterosexual couple in bed in nightclothes
  • teen underwear, and in public
  • inappropriate touch
  • vulgar self-touch
  • vulgar sex talk
  • video clip of sadomasochism
  • vulgar dance video with partial nudity
  • exposing self in underwear to entice a visitor
  • sexual references
  • unmarried couple in bed

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • smoking dope
  • drug dealing
  • drug paraphernalia

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • bloody evil imagery
  • Halloween (all hallow's eve - a satanic holiday) decorations
  • tattoos, repeatedly (Lev. 19:28)
  • pentagram symbol and unicorn horn (see
  • unholy presence throughout
  • devil song
  • resurrection of the dead
  • talking decapitated head
  • search for knowledge of Satan

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • 6 murders, some gory, two of parents

    (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 is incorporated into the Impudence/Hate Investigation Area. The use of God's name with or without the three/four letter word vocabulary is incorporated into the Offense to God Investigation Area. There is no duplication. As required of the Holy Scriptures, unless God's name is used with reverence to His glory and praise, its use is considered in vain, whether literal or euphemistic.

    (3) Only portrayal of successful murder or suicide are incorporated into Murder/Suicide. Presentation of attempts to commit murder or suicide and deaths by police action or war are incorporated into Wanton Violence/Crime.

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