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Kung Pow: Enter the Fist (2002), PG-13
Analysis Date: January 25, 2002
CAP Score: 56
CAP Influence Density: 1.09

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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.

KUNG POW: ENTER THE FIST (PG-13) -- ...this one, don't bother.

Distributed by: 20th Century Fox
Director(s): Steve Oedekerk
Producer(s): Steve Oedekerk, Paul Marshal
Written by/Screenplay: Steve Oedekerk
Cinematography/Camera: John J. Connor
Music: Robert Folk

I am not going to give you much about the story line of this movie. It was, for the most part, a string of toilet humor antics [Eph. 5:4]. Let the numbers speak for themselves. What a waste of 20th Century Fox's time ... and my time. And yours if you go to see this "movie." I guess Hollywood thinks body fluids and body functions, both animal and human, mean "PG-13." Just about the only humor in this "comedy" is the lip-synching of completely lunatic English voices over the oriental mouthings. But that "weee-oooo" humor lasted about one minute. You'd have to see it to understand the "weee-oooo" but it isn't worth it.

Oedekerk is a martial arts expert from the crib given the title "Chosen One." Betty (a man) killed the Chosen One's parents while the Chosen One was in the crib. In an effort to kill the Chosen One as well, the Chosen One beats the crude out of Betty and his entourage. Betty and company limp off to wherever it is evil martial arts villains go then the Chosen One grows up with nothing but vengeance on his mind. Oedekerk eventually finds Betty and ... whatever.

The damsel in distress strips repeatedly for the Chosen One by dropping her outfit to the waste. Though she is seen only from the rear, implication fills in all the voids. Tons of toilet humor such as using a cow's udder as a weapon, body functions/fluids, "Milk Dud" nipples" (these are NOT the most severe of the examples). A baby (the Chosen One) rolling down a rocky hill to be stopped by a young woman implying she will take the child as her own to love and raise, then throws the baby down the rest of the rocky hill ... that's it. I've had it. And so have you I'll bet.. Check out the listing in the findings/Scoring section if you want more.

I rarely make recommendations whether to watch a movie. But this one, don't bother.


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  • Eph. 5:4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.

    *******Food for Thought*******
  • 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 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]

    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.

    Kung Pow: Enter the Fist (2002) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • attempted murder of baby
  • arson to commit murder
  • baby thrown to roll down rocky hill, twice
  • blood spewing
  • fighting, reportedly
  • bully violence
  • beatings with sticks, repeatedly
  • planning to kill

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • eight uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • flatulence

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • sexual image
  • dressing to maximize female form and/or skin exposure
  • sexual comments, toilet humor, vulgarities, many
  • exhibitionism by stripping to the waist, female, viewed from rear, repeatedly
  • anatomical reference

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • none noted

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

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • murder of husband and wife (parents)
  • murder of three others

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    NOTE: The CAP Analysis Model makes no scoring allowances for trumped-up "messages" to excuse or for manufacturing of justification for aberrant behavior or imagery, or for camouflaging such ignominy with "redeeming" programming. Disguising sinful behavior in a theme plot does not excuse the sinful behavior of either the one who is drawing pleasure or example from the sinful display or the practitioners demonstrating the sinful behavior. This is NOT a movie review service. It is a movie analysis service to parents and grandparents to tell them the truth about movies using the Truth.

    "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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