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Orange County (2002), PG-13
Analysis Date: January 13, 2002
CAP Score: 33
CAP Influence Density: 1.64

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ORANGE COUNTY (PG-13) -- Maybe someday teen movies will challenge the intellect of our teens -- but not this one.

Distributed by: Paramount Pictures
Director(s): Jake Kasdan
Producer(s): Scott Rudin, David Gale
Written by/Screenplay: Michael White
Cinematography/Camera: Greg Gardiner
Music: Michael Andrews

While out surfing (which resulted in the death of one of his beach bum buddies) Vista Del Mar High School senior Shaun Brumder (Colin Hanks, son of Tom Hanks) finds a copy of "Straight Jacket" by Marcus Skinner nearly buried in the sand, which he reads 52 times. Mesmerized by it, Shaun wants to grow up above the "Sean Penn" beach bum licentious lifestyle and become a writer. He thought he just had to go to Stanford University to be a really good writer because that is where Marcus Skinner was working. Shaun thought that Skinner could become his mentor.

By the scoring of his aptitude tests, Shaun's dense high school counselor (Ruth Ann Buzzi) thinks he is a shoe-in for Stanford. Then why was he rejected? Because the counselor sent in the wrong transcript. Not taking "No" for an answer, Sean and his girlfriend Ashley (Schuyler Fisk, daughter of Sissy Spacek) trek to Stanford to try to convince the school to let him attend. Along with Ashley, Sean takes his perpetually stoned and perpetually on the run from the law brother Lance (Jack Black). A decision which turns out to be an inflammatory combination - literally. After arguing with the Admissions clerk about letting Shaun attend, Lance drops his pants in front of the clerk to entice her The Admin building is burned down by Lance after sex with the admissions clerk. Yes, this was an R-13 flick.

During one of those college parties which movie makers have taught us to think of as lawless, drunken, dope-smoking, sex orgies, Sean notices Skinner (Kevin Kine) himself walking the paths of Stanford. Chasing him down, Sean asks him what he thought of a story Sean had sent him earlier. the answer Skinner gave was supposedly earth-shaking. At least Sean's portion of the earth.

After some $40,000,000 shenanigan by his father, Sean gets accepted into Stanford. But once Sean got the conflicted word by the "master" himself, Sean comes to realize that if he does not have to leave home - a place of conflicted relationship - to be a good writer. And that pleases divorced mom and dad (Catherine O'Hara and John Lithgow), who use this episode of rescuing their son to get back together again.

All sounds relatively innocent, right? Nope. There is sexual talk, crude and toilet humor, lesbian AND homosexual kissing, inappropriate touch, implied intercourse with girls on top of boys in bed necking, stripping to underwear to entice and more sexual immorality [Rev. 2:20]. Twelve uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary, two of the most foul of the foul words head up the Impudence/Hate score [Col. 3:8]. "Mom! get a grip", teen arrogance against parents, generally lousy parenting and licentious lifestyle didn't help the Impudence/Hate score any [Prov. 6:20, Is. 30:1, 1Tim. 4:12, Eph. 6:4]. Teen drinking, teen drunkenness, drug intoxication and drug abuse whacked off nearly all of the starting 100 points in the Drugs/Alcohol investigation area [Gal. 5:21]. Nine uses of God's name in vain both with and without the four letter expletive dissolved more than half of the Offense to God points [Deut. 5:11]. All this is okay for your 13 year old ... according to the MPAA anyway. But not to Jesus. He tells us that people who teach and/or cause our little ones (which includes at-home teens) to sin should be weighted with a millstone around their necks then cast into the sea [Luke 17:2]. And that is New Testament Scripture.


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  • Rev. 2:20 Nevertheless, I have this against you: You tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess. By her teaching she misleads my servants into sexual immorality... [Maybe "Jezebel" can be equated to modern entertainment. And this is found in the Book of Revelation -- prophecy of the end times. Are we there?]
  • Prov. 6:20 (NIV) My son, keep your father's commands and do not forsake your mother's teaching.
  • Is. 30:1 Woe to the rebellious [carar {saw-rar'}: rebellious, stubborn, revolters] children, saith the LORD, that take counsel [adopt ways, behavior], but not of me; and that cover with a covering [mask, hide], but not of my spirit [by vain and empty reasoning], that they may add sin to sin:
  • 1Tim. 4:12 Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.
  • Eph. 6:4 And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
  • Gal. 5:21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
  • Deut. 5:11 "You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.
  • 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]

    *******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.

    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.

    Orange County (2002) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • death by reckless sport
  • teen reckless driving, repeatedly
  • suggestion of suicide to fix problems
  • deceit in urinalysis, repeatedly
  • pretense of suicide

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • 12 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • two uses of the most foul of the foul words
  • playing hooky
  • "Let's go get lit and jump off my house."
  • massive tattoos
  • suggesting reckless behavior for fun
  • disregard for injury
  • licentious lifestyle, repeatedly
  • teen arrogance against and insults to parents
  • vulgar gesture
  • lies to avoid accountability
  • generally lousy parenting

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • sex talk, innuendo, comments
  • crude and toilet humor
  • dressing to maximize the female form and/or skin exposure
  • crotch hit
  • lesbian kiss
  • inappropriate touch
  • implied intercourse following girl on boy in bed necking
  • gaping mouth kissing
  • nude statue
  • stripping to underwear
  • story of sadomasochism with adultery
  • adult in underwear, repeatedly
  • sexual offer
  • male dropping his pants in view of a woman to entice, privates unseen
  • homosexual kiss
  • ghosting of female anatomy through clothing
  • brief rear nudity, male
  • tale of homosexual sex
  • teens talking about parents' sex activities

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • teen drinking, repeatedly
  • teen drunkenness, repeatedly
  • smoking
  • drug abuse
  • drug intoxication
  • drug intoxication leading to fire

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

    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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