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I Spy (2002), PG-13
Analysis Date: November 1, 2002
CAP Score: 41
CAP Influence Density: 2.47

MinMax: -93

I Spy (2002) CAP Mini-thermometers

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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.

I SPY (PG-13) -- antics are without a ton of crude language.

Production: C-2 Pictures, Columbia Pictures Corporation
Distribution: Columbia Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment
Director(s): Betty Thomas
Producer(s): Warren Carr, David R. Ginsburg, Mario Kassar, Kornél Sipos, Betty Thomas, Marc Toberoff, Jenno Topping, Andrew G. Vajna
Written by/Screenplay: Screenplay: Marianne Wibberley, Cormac Wibberley, David Ronn, Jay Scherick. Story: Marianne Wibberley, Cormac Wibberley
Cinematography/Camera: Oliver Wood
Music: Richard Gibbs
Film Editing: Matt Friedman, Peter Teschner
Casting: Susan Taylor Brouse, Lynne Carrow, Kathy Driscoll, Francine Maisler
Production Design: Marcia Hinds
Art Direction: Doug Byggdin, Bo Johnson

This is no Robert Culp and Bill Cosby, him-n-me buddies show as was the TV version of *I Spy*. No TV network of the *I Spy* era would ever have accepted this 2002 version of *I Spy*. In fact, then a TV station/network would have lost its FCC license because of the content of this film. But TV networks had scruples then. Now they have money. And want more of it. But then, where does that place the blame for raunch on TV? Their rationale -- give the public what they want. TV networks are competing with the cable and dish stations for advertising dollars. Advertisers only place ads where the money may be found. Advertising opportunity, i.e., money, is found where people's entertainment diet focuses. Advertisers for raunch entertainment get the bucks. The equation is quite simple. The raunch on TV *and* the movies is our fault. They make it. We buy it. They make more. We buy more. They keep making more and the more they make is more and more vile. And we keep buying the more and more. And more. [Ps. 12:8]

Special Agent, Alexander Scott (Owen Wilson) has been recently upgraded and is teamed up with the legendary Carlos (Gary Cole) to thwart the dastardly deeds of Arnold Gundars (Malcolm McDowell) to sell a stolen invisible stealth jet with a nuclear warhead (which also serves as a flotation device) to the highest bidder. Being "agent second class" in comparison to Carlos, Scott is given the leavings of the neat spy toys such as a spy cam twenty times larger than Carlos' spy cam while Carlos gets special explosive pagers and other high-class tools and weapons.

For whatever reason, it is determined that Carlos would be inappropriate for the mission in Budapest. A civilian must be appropriated. Enters Kelly Robinson (Eddie Murphy), undisputed boxing champion of the world with 57-0 to his credit. He even has "57" made into necktie jewelry and never speaks his own name with out saying "Kelly Robinson." The purpose of using Robinson as a team member is for bout number 58 with the best boxer of Budapest. Robinson's notoriety as the world's boxing champ should facilitate spy things.

And, yes, there's a girl. Fellow agent, Rachel (Famke Janssen). Scott has had a thing for her for a long time and has not had the "courage" to break the ice. But maybe it is she who does not have the courage to break the ice. Along comes Robinson who coaches Scott in the "fine art" of not only breaking the ice but in sexually conquering her. Though several cinematic minutes are spent on showing how that might be done, Rachel is saved by an urgent issue that needs both she and Scott.

Many antics flutter across the screen. Some humorous. Some ingenious. Some touching as the "group encounter" as Robinson and Scott, trapped in the sewers of Budapest, vent their innermost feelings when seemingly constant bickering becomes sharing of hearts. But no antics are without a ton of crude language. One-hundred ten uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary pelt the earpans of every viewer the 91 minutes of this movie [Prov. 22:11, Cor. 8:7, Titus 2:6-8]. Forty-two examples of a wide variety of forms of sexual immorality flood the eyes of whomever chooses to sit through the show [Hebr. 13:4]. There is no nudity but there is stripping for sex, adults in underwear and using women as toys. Violence includes, among other things, automatic gunfire to kill, gunfire deaths, firearm threats and a knifing [Jonah 3:8]. Lots of lies [Rev. 22:14-15.]. The listing in the Findings/Scoring section itemize all I was able to capture.


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  • Prov. 22:11 He who loves a pure heart and whose speech is gracious will have the king for his friend.
  • Cor. 8:7 But just as you excel in everything - in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us - see that you also excel in this grace of giving
  • 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.
  • Hebr. 13:4 Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.
  • Jonah 3:8 But let man and beast be covered [hidden, concealed] with sackcloth [worn in mourning or humiliation]. Let everyone call urgently on God. Let them give up their evil ways and their violence.
  • Rev. 22:14-15 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city [Heaven]. For without [outside Heaven] are dogs, and [the unforgiven] sorcerers [those who practice magic arts including witches, warlocks, wizards, etc.], and whoremongers [the sexually immoral], and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie [all liars - see Rev. 21:8].

    *******Food for Daily Thought*******
  • 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.

    I Spy (2002) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • avalanche peril
  • auto gunfire to kill, many
  • gunfire deaths, many
  • boxing violence, repeatedly
  • gunfire to kill, many
  • "playing chicken" with many lives
  • firearm threats, many
  • abduction
  • action violence, repeatedly
  • massive property damage and human endangerment by reckless driving
  • death by explosion
  • fighting
  • weapons dealing
  • electrocution death
  • knife threats
  • knifing

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • 110 uses of the 3/4 letter word vocalubalry with none of the most foul
  • lies
  • massive tattoos

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • dressing to maximize the female form and/or skin exposure, repeatedly
  • women as toys
  • sex/anatomical talk, repeatedly
  • statue nudity
  • suggestive eye movement
  • coaching for immoral sex
  • "When I get that feelin' I need sexual healin'."
  • woman in underwear
  • stripping for sex
  • adults in underwear
  • adults in towels only
  • crotch kicks, repeatedly

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • drinking
  • booze, repeatedly

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • one use of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive plus three without it

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • murder by explosion

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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 nearly seven 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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