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(2003), PG-13

Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
October 3, 2003
34 out of 100

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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.

(2003), PG-13 -- ...What do you want the angels who watch over your kids to say to the face of God?

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Distribution (US): Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Distributing Corporation
Director(s): Carl Franklin
Producer(s): Jesse Beaton, Jon Berg, Alex Gartne, Neal H. Moritz, Kevin Reidy, Damien Saccani, Stephen Traxler
Written by/Screenplay: David Collard
Cinematography/Camera: Theo van de Sande
Music: Graeme Revell
Film Editing: Carole Kravetz
Casting: Mali Finn
Production Design: Paul Peters
Art Direction: Gary Kosko

Police Chief Matthias Lee Whitlock (Denzel Washington) doesn't have any skeletons in his closet except one ... err... two. Three? Until love enters the picture, the Chief is a clean man. But when conflict of interest enters the picture his closet starts to become a little crowded. His interest was in his job as Police Chief in Banyan Keys, Florida while his wife, Alex (Eva Mendes) had interest in her job as State police detective. So, to resolve their conflicting interests, the two separated to pursue divorce [Mal. 2:16].

In the meantime, Chief Whitlock and ex-high school sweetheart Anne Harrison (Sanaa Lathan), apparently battered wife of the ex-high school quarterback, Chris (Dean Cain) while away the hours in clandestine cooing while hubby whiles away the hours at work. So far so good, according to man's standards anyway. But when the Chief learns that his true love, Anne has terminal cancer that can only be treated by *very* expensive European procedures his integrity concerning $485,000 of evidence money in his custody is challenged. While the Bible tells us that the thief who steals because he (and ostensibly his family) are hungry must pay but is not to be despised [Prov. 6:30], what about the thief who steals to keep his adulterous lover alive? I don't think so.

Shortly after delivering the money to Anne, her house burned to the ground with her and her husband Chris in it. Arson is found to be the cause. Earlier that same evening, Chief Whitlock was seen prowling around the Harrison house and is now not only the Chief of Police but the chief suspect. And the DEA shows up wanting the $485,000 evidence money. What to do!? If the Chief was back in *Remember the Titans* he'd probably punt. But n-o-o-o. He digs in a little deeper with each new scene, deeper into the pit of deception and crime.

This is not one of Washington's greatest films. I consider Washington along with the greats such as Harrison Ford, Morgan Freeman and Tommy Lee Jones so maybe you can see why Washington's performance in this film was disappointing. It was disappointing not because of his skills which were as sharp as ever (considering what he was given to work with), but because of his involvement in yet another R-13 . Washington is seen slamming into the walls with Lathan. Yes, mom/dad, there is intercourse in this PG-13. No genitals are seen but the Neanderthal mechanics make it obvious.

In addition to intercourse, this film presents many issues of sexual immorality such as imagery of oral sex, cohabitation, adultery and various innuendo and talk [1Ths. 4:2-5, Prov. 6:32, Prov. 30:20]. Further, *Out of Time* presents many uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary [Col. 3:8] including the use of God's name in vain with and without the four letter expletive [Col. 3:8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth [Deut 5:11]. All for your 13 year old children. What do *you* want the angels who watch over your kids to say to the face of God? [Matt. 18:10] The listing in the Finding/Scoring section of this report provides all that was noted.

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  • Mal. 2:16 "I hate divorce," says the LORD God of Israel, "and I hate a man's covering himself with violence as well as with his garment," says the LORD Almighty. So guard yourself in your spirit, and do not break faith.
  • Prov. 6:30 Men do not despise a thief, if he steal to satisfy his soul when he is hungry;
  • 1Ths. 4:2-5 For you know what instructions we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus. It is God's will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control his own body [which includes drives, touching, promiscuity, etc.] in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the heathen, who do not know God;
  • Prov. 6:32 But whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding: he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul.
  • Prov. 30:20 Such is the way of an adulterous woman; she eateth, and wipeth her mouth, and saith, I have done no wickedness.
  • Col. 3:8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.
  • Deut. 5:11 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. [Vain is shav' {shawv}: emptiness, nothingness, vanity, such as an expletive. With or without the four letter expletive, the use of God's name in any way other than respect, reverence or thoughtful discussion is in vain. That includes the popular three syllable sentence with His name trailing it AND the misuse of Jesus' name.]
  • Matt. 18:10 Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven. ["Despise" is kataphroneo {kat-af-ron-eh'-o}: 1) to condemn, despise, disdain, think little or nothing of (which includes abuse). Would it not be thinking little or nothing of them regarding their observance of His Word to knowingly let them watch this stuff? Whether I am out to lunch on this, your kids each have an angel who beholds the face of God. What do you want those angels to say to God about you?]

    ***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 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. 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 (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 [warp, distort, falsely represent, situationally redefine, counterfeit, conditionally apply] 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]
  • 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.


    Out of Time (2003) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • threat to kill
  • theft
  • incinerated bodies, two
  • cover up activities, repeatedly
  • fighting
  • attempted murder
  • police corruption throughout
  • firearms to control
  • beating injuries
  • firearm for assault, repeatedly
  • gunfire to kill, repeatedly
  • self injury
  • gunfire with victim
  • gunfire to injure, repeatedly
  • defensive killing
  • dead body

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • 26 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • lies, repeatedly, to cover up crime, adultery, identity, once to protect
  • adult tantrum

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • suggestive eye movement
  • dressing to maximize the female form and/or skin exposure
  • camera angle to force viewer on private parts
  • invitation to strip for sex
  • open face kissing
  • man on woman in bed, repeatedly
  • imagery of oral sex
  • sexual innuendo
  • woman on man in bed
  • excessive breast/cleavage exposure, repeatedly
  • adultery, repeatedly
  • intercourse (genitals unseen)
  • cohabitation
  • anatomical reference
  • lust talk

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

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

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • murder by arson, two

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