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(2006), PG-13 ["Hard" R-13*] (1hr 26min)

Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
March 25, 2006
39 out of 100

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(While the Scriptural references are certainly not subjective, my commentary may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)

If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary.

(2006), PG-13 ["Hard" R-13*] -- ... a cussfest, crudefest, grossfest ...

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Parallel Pictures
Distribution (US): Lions Gate Films, Lionsgate, Paramount Home Entertainment
Director(s): Trent Cooper
Producer(s): Alan C. Blomquist, J.P. Williams, Emily Wolfe
Written by: Jonathan Bernstein, James Greer
Cinematography/Camera: Kim Marks
Music: Adam Accetta, Tim P., Stephen Phillips, Matt Vanacoro
Film Editing: Gregg Featherman
Casting: Libby Goldstein, Junie Lowry-Johnson
Production Design: Macie Vener
Art Direction: Andrew White
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

Slovenly health inspector, Larry is the gross in "gross." He needs a health inspection of his own. At least Larry is top notch at lowering the boom on health code violations. But Larry continues to give the department a bad name. His boss, Bart Tatlock (Tom Wilson) has become fed up with Larry's dirty appearance and just as dirty antics.

But Wilson doesn't want to fire Larry. So, Wilson sets Larry up with a partner, Amy Butlin (Iris Bahr) who cannot make a move without going by the book. Some might say Wilson set Larry up with Amy to sharpen him up. Though there might have been earmarks of such a noble deed, Larry was being set up to fail (I could tell you about getting set up to fail). And just in time for the inexplicable sweep of poisoning in the city's finest restaurants.

That is not the only poisoning in the movie. There are at least 36 uses of the three/four letter word vocablary in this film which the MPAA says is fit for 13 year olds. [Col. 3:8, Matt 25:40] And it is rife with toilet humor, crude humor and nearly every manner of disgusting behavior not to mention total disregard for sexual humility. It might be best described as a cussfest, crudefest, grossfest.[Eph. 5:4]

And, of course, a film of such crudity would not be complete without at least one episode of drunkenness. "Hey! It's all in fun!" Maybe if you knew that adolescents who view drinking and drunkenness in and as entertainment are much more likely to abuse alcohol than those who don't. See the link associated with the reference to Eph. 5:18 below.

And there is the typical sprinkling of mockery and cheapening of "Christian." One of Larry's comments about doing immoral things is "It ain't Christian." "Christain" has nothing to do with what is and is not immoral. God decides that. Being Christian does change what is and is not immoral one iota. Put another way, what is immoral is immoral whether the one performing the immoral deed is Christian or not. And Jesus is mocked at least once. [Gal. 6:7]

I implore you to read carefully the rather lengthy listing of observations in the Findings/Scoring section before you even consider whether to watch this film with or without your family.


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  • Col. 3:8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.
  • Eph. 5:4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.
  • Eph. 5:18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. ["Wine" can be any intoxicating substance including illegal drugs or abuse of prescription drugs. This issue is do not get intoxicated. Though it is not a sin to drink, it is a sin to get drunk OR to influence to get drunk or to drink in defiance such as underage drinking. A study by the American College of Physicians (ACP) has found an undeniable link between the presentation of alcoholic beverages and tobacco in and as entertainment and abuse of them and arrogance/defiance with them by adolescents. And teaching/causing youth to abuse alcohol/tobacco (or drugs) by emboldening youth with them in and as entertainment invokes Luke 17:2. If alcoholic beverages in entertainment were not a problem for our young, why is there and why has there been such a push to get and keep booze commercials off prime time broadcast TV? Even the University of Connecticut> corroborates the ACP finding.]
  • Gal. 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

    ***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 and present it 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, submit to 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 Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.
  • Rom. 5:19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
  • Jude 1:4 For there are certain men* crept in unawares [secretly slipped in among us], who were before of old ordained to this condemnation [whose condemnation was written about long ago], ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness [a license for immorality], and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. [*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 one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
  • Luke 17:2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. [Offend: skandalizo {skan-dal-id'-zo} - scandalize; to entice to sin; to cause a person to begin to distrust and desert one whom he ought to trust and obey; to cause to fall away.]
  • Ps. 119:133 Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me [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. ["Evil" includes all things that are sinful.]


    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 objective heart of the CAP Analysis Model, independent of and insulated from the Summary / Commentary section.)

    Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector (2006) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • threat
  • political corruption
  • irresponsible handling of a firearm
  • attack with poison in syringe
  • fight

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • 36 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • urination
  • flatulence, frequent
  • lies
  • multiple vomitings
  • deceit about handicap

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • partial posterior nudity, repeatedly
  • crotch hit, repeatedly
  • anatomical expletives, repeatedly
  • grabbing one's own private parts
  • homosexual inference/insults, many
  • sex talk and humor, frequent
  • crude humor, frequent
  • talk of sexual perversion
  • anatomical reference, repeatedly
  • admission of perversion
  • sexual innuendo, frequent
  • peeping
  • sexual harassment
  • anatomical talk/references, repeatedly
  • toilet humor, frequent
  • man on commode, repeatedly
  • extra crude anatomical humor
  • camera angle to force viewer on private parts
  • ghosting of female anatomy through thin clothing
  • hands only covering female breasts
  • offer of sexual intercourse, twice
  • erection under sheet
  • tape of sexual intercourse sounds
  • vulgar painting, repeatedly
  • adult in underwear
  • crude talk

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

    Offense to God (O)
  • ten uses of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive
  • "It ain't Christian" about doing immoral things
  • mockery of Jesus

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • none noted

  • Christian Educators Association International



    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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