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Patton Oswalt - Comedy Central Presents, 5/10/99 (1999), NR
Analysis Date: November 7, 2001
CAP Score: 40
CAP Influence Density: 1.62

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PATTON OSWALT - COMEDY CENTRAL PRESENTS (NR) -- of course, an insult of parents was inserted.

Director(s): Paul Miller
Producer(s): Lauren Gray (exec.), Kimber Rickabugh, Paul Miller
Music: Nancy Severinsen
Rick Mill Productions, ©Comedy Partners

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With a CAP Final Score of 40, the sum of the skits on the video tape is mathematically equivalent to R-rated programming. R-rated movies in the CAP comparative baseline database of movies (39) earned scores of 54 and below. Note that the scoring distribution in the Findings/Scoring section reveals what seems to be artificially high examples per hour of ignominy. This was a 21-minute video presentation. The figures shown for the examples per hour are rate figures, not counts. For example, if the 14 uses of cuss words [Col. 3:8, Prov. 17:20] in the 21-minute presentation were constant over one hour, there would be more than 45 uses of them.

Oswalt performs several skits of comedy in multiple sets. Many topics were insulted and ridiculed. Chief of the topics were illegal use of drugs [1Cor. 6:9-10] and preferring suicide over facial deformity [Exod. 20:13]. Oswalt used comedy to excuse vile content of movies because of accuracy to the period of the movie. Specifically, if something happened it can be put in a movie, ignoring that being in a movie does not excuse sin [Ps. 12:8]. Bleeping of words added to the targeting of Oswalt's content [Titus 2:6-8]. Oswalt further lauded other countries which freely permit immorality in daily life [Ps. 12:8] and use of drugs outlawed in America. Oswalt even mocked "God bless America" and praised illegal drug use while listening to a song by homosexual practitioners. And, of course, an insult of parents was inserted [Eph. 6:2].


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  • Col. 3:8 But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.
  • Prov. 17:20 He that hath a froward [iqqesh {ik-kashe'}:twisted, distorted, crooked, perverse, perverted] heart findeth no good: and he that hath a perverse [haphak {haw-fak'}: to turn, overthrow, overturn; obstinate in opposing the norm or the accepted] tongue [lashown {law-shone'}: language] falleth into mischief.
  • 1Cor. 6:9-10 Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. ["Drunk" is intoxicated, whether by alcohol or illegal drugs.]
  • Exod. 20:13 You shall not murder. [Suicide is murder of the self.]
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about [e.g., create progressively extreme vulgar and vile entertainment with impunity] when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, pay for it.].
  • Titus 2:6-8 Similarly, encourage the young men to be self-controlled. In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us.
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about [e.g., create progressively extreme vulgar and vile entertainment with impunity] when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, pay for it.].
  • Eph. 6:2 Honour thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise;

    *******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]

    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: Patton Oswalt - Comedy Central Presents (YEAR) CAP Thermometers

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

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • preferring suicide to facial deformity

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • 14 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • excusing vile content in movies
  • parental insult

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • anatomical reference
  • praising sexual immorality in other countries
  • praising song of homosexual practitioners
  • vulgar references
  • sex talk

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • promotion of legalizing drugs in America
  • praising illegal drug use

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • five uses of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive
  • mockery of "God bless America"

    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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