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Out Cold (2001), PG-13
Analysis Date: December 1, 2001
CAP Score: 36
CAP Influence Density: 2.13

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OUT COLD (PG-13) -- toilet humor more or less ... mostly more.

Distributed by: Buena Vista
Director(s): Brendan Malloy, Emmett Malloy
Producer(s): Michael Aguilar, Gary Barber, Roger Birnbaum, Jonathan Glickman, Lee R. Mayes, Lauren Shuler Donner
Written by/Screenplay: Joh Zac
Cinematography/Camera: Ricjard Crudo
Music: Michael Andrews

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Out Cold was an excellent opportunity for a few very talented athletes to demonstrate some dazzling snowboarding skills. But an opportunity to entertain? Not a chance. It was toilet humor more or less ... mostly more. And it was the "textbook" example of using tons of "lesser" examples of crudeness instead of a few extreme examples to achieve the same result. Think of it in terms of an equation. Example movie "A" presents 100 examples of ignominy worth only 10 "bads" each. Example movie "B" presents only 10 examples of ignominy but each of them is worth 100 "bads" each. Both movie "A" and movie "B" both end up with the effective influence of 1000 "bads." Out Cold is Movie "A" with a thousand (figuratively) examples of "lesser" ignominy to achieve the "R" feeling without the extremes typified by most R-rated movies. Typically, a PG-13 takes at most two full log pages to record all the findings. Out Cold took three and a half. And, of course, this is a teen movie. [Ezek. 11:21, Matt. 13:41]

Bull Mountain is a run-down Alaskan Ski resort a rich man wants to renovate into competition for Colorado. The local employees do not want it to change from its laid-back, drunk-happy, sexually irresponsible "who cares" atmosphere. Sexual programming [Gal. 5:19, Mark 7:21-22] runs as rampant as foul language [Prov. 8:13, Eph. 5:4] and drinking/drunkenness [1Pet. 4:3]. A licentious lifestyle to be sure. Oh, well. It's a movie targeted at our teens and apparently the producers believe that is the lifestyle of choice and/or desire of teens. I wonder if teen movie producers will ever get the idea that teens are, for the most part, quite capable of intelligence and resourcefulness, not to be confused with the empty-headed nihilism of Out Cold.

I am no longer a teen, but if I were I would be offended by the stereotyping in Out Cold. Teens, if placed in responsible settings, seem to be generally capable of a magnitude or two -- or three -- above the intellect of this movie. But then, some teens seem to believe about themselves as this movie seems to expect of them. And why not? Movies like Out Cold show teens all about what to expect of teens by targeting such behaviors at teens. Though none of the actors and actresses were teens, if the shoe fits ... rather, whatever sells. Maybe that says it all, no matter my hopes for high caliber character in teens.

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Examples of fully unacceptable programming include a gaggle of topless women in a fantasy skit, a character getting his privates caught in the return circulation port of a hot tub, and a polar bear licking the privates of one of the characters from an angle to obscure the actor's genitals. At least the PG-13 America's Sweethearts had Billy Crystal clothed when the dog licked his privates. Wow! It is vulgar to even tell you about these things. And these are prime examples of PG-13 programming, mom/dad, all for the viewing pleasure of your 13 year old kids (and younger). [Luke 17:2] Let the lengthy listing in the Findings/Scoring section tell it all.

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Yes, Out Cold earned a "R-13" score. At a final score of 36, a hardcore "R-13." With an Infleunce Density of 2.13 to match.
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  • Ezek. 11:21 But as for them whose heart walketh after the heart of their detestable things and their abominations, I will recompense their way upon their own heads, saith the Lord GOD.
  • Matt. 13:41 The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil.
  • Gal. 5:19 The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery;
  • Mark 7:21-22 For from within, out of men's hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly.
  • Prov. 8:13 To fear the LORD is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech [obstinate in opposing the norm or the accepted].
  • Eph. 5:4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.
  • 1Pet. 4:3 For you have spent enough time in the past doing what pagans choose to do -living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry.
  • 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.

    FINDINGS / SCORING: Out Cold (2001) CAP Thermometers

    NOTE: Multiple occurrences of each item described below may be likely, definitely when plural.

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • knife injury
  • manhandling of a woman
  • many instances of reckless disregard of personal safety, resulting in injury

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
    44 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • encouraging to drink to ease sorrows
  • lies
  • public urination
  • vulgar gesture
  • encouraging child vandalism and disrespect
  • vandalism for vengeance

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • rear male nudity, repeatedly
  • sex story
  • anatomical reference, repeatedly
  • statue nudity, repeatedly
  • sexual innuendo, comments, suggestions, talk - many
  • female exhibitionism
  • vulgar motions (homosexual intercourse, motions only, clothed)
  • request for sex
  • vulgar antic to cause bear to lick male privates
  • upper female nudity, repeatedly
  • order for females to strip to topless
  • dressing to maximize female form and/or skin exposure, repeatedly
  • cohabitation for sex
  • homosexual references and suggestions
  • lesbian website
  • suggestion of masturbation to lesbian website
  • sensual mechanical bull riding
  • male face between female breasts
  • crotch hit
  • revealing swimwear
  • stripping to exhibit and for sex, repeatedly
  • male privates caught in the return circulation port of a hot tub
  • additional crude humor, visual and audio, repeatedly
  • suggestion of erection
  • flirt using a suggestion of fisting
  • suggestive eye movement
  • inappropriate touch
  • sensual dance moves
  • dancing with homosexual moves (pelvic thrusts to posterior of partner)
  • man and woman in bed together
  • adults in underwear
  • additional homosexual presences
  • request for sex worded as if promised sexual performance is betrothal
  • intercourse (clothed)

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • drinking, repeatedly
  • bar/booze, repeatedly
  • drunkenness, repeatedly
  • smoking
    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • 17 uses of God's name in vain, none with the four letter expletive
  • Italian horn
  • "It's okay" to practicing homosexuality

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

    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 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 five-year 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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