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(2003), PG-13

Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
October 20, 2003
46 out of 100

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If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary likely using a mix of KJV and NIV.

(2003), PG-13 -- "Oh, Mr. Massey. You have no idea!"

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Alphaville Films, Imagine Entertainment, The KL Line
Distribution (US): Universal Pictures
Director(s): Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Producer(s): John Cameron, Ethan Coen, Sean Daniel, Robert Graf, Brian Grazer, Grant Heslov, James Jacks, James Whitaker
Story: Robert Ramsey, Matthew Stone, John Romano
Screenplay: Robert Ramsey, Matthew Stone, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Cinematography/Camera: Roger Deakins
Music: Carter Burwell
Film Editing: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Casting: Ellen Chenoweth, Rachel Tenner
Production Design: Leslie McDonald
Art Direction: Tony Fanning
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

Gotta hurry on this one. Don't know how long the leak in the roof will let me type!

Divorce lawyer, Miles Longfellow Massey (George Clooney) was in love. First, with his teeth. Second, with winning by vanquishing his opponents. Until opponent Marylin Hamilton-Rexroth-Doyle ... Smith? (Catherine Zeta-Jones) came along, Miles was fervently producing a lucrative career by blasting rich divorce victims out of the financial water. [Mal. 2:16] He relentlessly attacked using every trick in the book until the opponents toenails were removed and cashed in. The Massey Prenuptial Agreement held the record of never having been broken.

Millionaire Rex Rexroth (Edward Herrmann) was caught literally with his adulterous pants down and in the company of a lady of the night [Ezek. 16:58; Prov. 6:25-26]. Getting the dark deed on tape with the help of private eye, Gus Petch (Cedric the Entertainer) Rex's wife Marylin went for the throat, Rex's financial throat (which is where she was going in the first place). And so did Miles go for the throat. Rex retained Miles as his attorney. This case involved million$! In a no-holds barred courtroom drama, Marylin is discredited enough to lose her case. Miles found Heinz, the Baron Krauss von Espy (Jonathan Hadary), the owner of the resort at which Marylin met Rex. The Baron testified that Marylin told him she was looking for a husband, a rrrich husband. Though Clooney is very good at snippet comedy, this is where one of the funniest moments appears. As Rex heard the Baron admit to conspiring with his wife to con him out of big bucks, Rex went for the throat, too Literally. The throat of the Baron. As Miles objected to the choking, Judge Marva Munson (Isabell Monk) overruled and says "I'll allow it."

In his professional association with Marylin, Miles became interested in her. Romantically interested. But Marylin was as much a wolverine as Miles. At a negotiation dinner, Miles ordered meat courses for the both of them and sought Marylin's assurance by asking "You are a carnivore, aren't you?" To that, she replied "Oh, Mr. Massey. You have no idea!" But that turned up the romantic heat and caused Miles to become even more driven to make romantic moves on Marylin. "Youuu FASCinate me!" belched Miles at one point

Next on Maylin's financial menu was oil billionaire Howard D. Doyle (Billy Bob Thornton). At least that is what Miles was led to believe. Doyle was actually a surgeon. A soap opera surgeon. Why and how that fits into the plot I will leave up to you if you decide the saturation of this PG-13 with enough assaults or morality and decency to earn a score equal to the scores earned by R-rated movies are acceptable to you or your family.

One of the morally worst acts was a scene where asthmatic hit man, Wheezy Joe (Irwin Keyes), hired by Miles to snuff out Marylin, holds a gun at Miles. Confusing his gun with his puffer, Joe points the puffer at Miles and blows a hole through the back of his own head, making this an "accidental" suicide. Much in the same vein as the slapstick routine of a shooter blowing the smoke from the end of the gun barrel after each of several shots, the "bang - puff - bang - puff - bang - puff - puff - bang" comedy skit.

The three/four letter word vocabulary is represented at about 35 instances per hour [Titus 2:6-8; Prov. 8:13] with God's name in vain at about 5 per hour [Deut 5:11]. There is only one use of the most foul of the foul words noted [Col. 3:8]. Sexual immorality was portrayed in the forms of prostitution, repeatedly, a couple in bed wearing only underwear, verbal vulgarity, thong nudity and others [Gal. 5:19]. The listing in the Findings/Scoring section reveals all that was noted.

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  • Mal. 2:16 "I hate divorce," says the LORD God of Israel, "and I hate a man's covering himself with violence as well as with his garment," says the LORD Almighty. So guard yourself in your spirit, and do not break faith.
  • Ezek. 16:58 You will bear the consequences of your lewdness [zimmah {zim-maw'} or zammah {zam-maw'}: not chaste, incest, licentiousness, adultery, idolatry, harlotry] and your detestable practices, declares the LORD.
  • Prov. 6:25-26 Do not lust in your heart after her [or his] beauty or let her captivate you with her eyes, for the prostitute [male or female] reduces you to a loaf of bread, and the adulteress [OR adulterer] preys upon your very life.
  • Titus 2:6-8 Similarly, encourage the young men [and women] to be self-controlled. In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us.
  • Prov. 8:13 To fear the LORD is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech.
  • Deut. 5:11 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. [Vain is shav' {shawv}: emptiness, nothingness, vanity, such as an expletive. 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 AND the misuse of Jesus' name.]
  • Col. 3:8 But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.
  • Gal. 5:19 The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery;

    ***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."]
  • 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 (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, situationally redefine, counterfeit, conditionally apply] 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.


    Intolerable Cruelty (2003) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • assault with a trophy tot he head twice
  • threat with firearm
  • impalement in the posterior with the prongs on the trophy
  • gunfire to kill, repeatedly
  • animal threats
  • planning criminal maneuvers, repeatedly
  • hiring to kill, twice
  • breaking and entering

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • 51 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • one use of the most foul of the foul words
  • cheapening the wrongness of adultery
  • attorney suggesting lies, repeatedly
  • multiple divorces

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • adultery, repeatedly
  • cartoon nudity
  • series of sexual antics, including perversion
  • prostitution, repeatedly
  • adult in underwear, repeatedly
  • thong nudity, repeatedly
  • man and woman in bed wearing only underwear
  • sex games
  • self touching
  • lusting after nudity
  • excessive cleavage, repeatedly
  • verbal vulgarity
  • multiple adults in underwear during prostitution "services"
  • scene of bestiality with only mosaic masking hiding genitals

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • driving while under the influence of alcohol
  • drinking
  • smoking

    Offense to God (O)
  • 16 uses of God's name in vain, 8 with the four letter expletive and 8 without

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • "accidental" suicide by firearm

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