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National Lampoon's Van Wilder (2002), R
Analysis Date: April 5, 2002
CAP Score: 39
MinMax: -100
CAP Influence Density: 2.67

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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.

NATIONAL LAMPOON'S VAN WILDER (R) -- The rest of the show is of the same caliber.

By seeing in the audience the number of backwards ball caps, individuals with purple hair and with feet propped on the chair backs, I am troubled even more about what the recent 48 years of "progressive" entertainment has done to many our youth.

Van Wilder and somemof his pals masturbate a dog with grossly exaggerated anatomy to obtain filling for cream puff rolls fed to an adversarial fraternity. Van Wilder hot tubs with the dog and its exaggerated anatomy floats atop the bubbling water. Van Wilder's facial cheek ends up rubbing the dog's exaggerated anatomy. The portrayal of the gross anatomy of the dog, the detail of it with human likeness and the frequency it was shown were clearly to get previously verbotten imagery into an R-rated feature. The rest of the show is of the same caliber. That is all I will say about this "movie."

Our "R-13" finding reveals a 450% increase in PG-13 vulgarities/obscenities between 1996 and 2000. I have seen National Lampoon's Animal House (1978) and nothing in it was nearly as vulgar as National Lampoon's Van Wilder which probably reveals a 450% increase in vulgarity in R-rated movies. A sign of the times. Are you ready?

The listing in the Findings/Scoring section will tell the tale about the content of this vulgar "entertainment." And the "Food for Thought" Scriptures apply very well to this movie. Additional Scripture applications would be superfluous.


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*******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. [Specifically, what such "entertainment" is doing to our threshold of morality.]
  • 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. [To cause by teaching or example. And "little ones" includes at-home teens, just like the ones in the audience.]
  • 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.

    National Lampoon's Van Wilder (2002) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • attempted suicide
  • firearm threat
  • human on fire

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • 13 uses of the most foul of the foul words
  • 28 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • massive tattoos
  • flatulence, repeatedly
  • vulgar comment by a preteen child
  • defecating in a trash barrel

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • many sexual comments, talk, innuendo, references, some very vulgar
  • oral sex imagery
  • rear nudity, repeatedly
  • lesbian presence
  • dressing to maximize the female form and/or skin exposure, repeatedly
  • vulgar soliloquy
  • multiple instances of adults in underwear
  • transvestism, repeatedly
  • licking kissing
  • implied intercourse
  • anatomical references
  • strip dancing
  • excess cleavage
  • self touching
  • vulgar anatomical imagery
  • multiple nudity, genitals hidden by convenience objects
  • crotch hit
  • sexual devices
  • intercourse, repeatedly
  • grossly exaggerated animal anatomy with human likeness/detail
  • sex T-shirt
  • vulgar use of animal exudates
  • masturbating a dog to obtain "cream filling"
  • partial nudity, repeatedly
  • nudity, repeatedly
  • request for sex and sexual offers
  • general vulgarities
  • man in woman's locker room, excusing it with "love"
  • vulgar T-shirt
  • sexual gestures
  • open face kissing
  • homosexual kiss, twice
  • face on animal anatomy

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • illegal drug consumption
  • drinking, repeatedly
  • use of illegal drugs to sexually stimulate another
  • booze, repeatedly
  • giving booze to young children, multiple
  • drunkenness in young children, multiple
  • drunkenness

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

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
    none noted

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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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