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The Replacements (2000), (PG-13)
CAP Score: 36
CAP Influence Density: 1.79
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On July 26, 2000 the American Medical Association, the American Psychological Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry released a joint statement regarding the dangers of violence in entertainment. I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. An exceptionally important statement in the release that deserves your earnest attention is "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." [Emphasis is mine] Another statement in the report is "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." 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 child 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 joint statement and our findings.

If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary likely using a mix of KJV and NIV.


The Replacements (PG-13) -- another "R-13"

Filmmakers and script writers are getting really efficient with filling up PG-13 movies with tons and tons of "lesser" examples of ignominy to keep the "PG-13": to avoid the R. While any one of the individual examples of unacceptable behavior in the movie did not warrant an R rating (except maybe the full rear male nudity), the magnitude or envelope of "trashy" stuff in this flick -- the total influence -- was indeed worthy of an R rating in accordance with the random sampling of 33 movies comprising the CAP comparative baseline database of movies. Need more "proof?" Wait until we get funding to operate this ministry fulltime with a staff. We have tons of data--five years worth--waiting, itching to be worked.

Crabby old team owner (Jack Warden) growls about the player strike underway as he tries to recruit Jimmy McGinty (Gene Hackman) to assemble a replacement team during the strike. McGinty agrees to do so if he can select the team without any interference of any kind. Begrudgingly the owner agrees and McGinty starts to assemble the most unlikely team ever, including a drummed out quarterback, Shane Falco (Keanu Reeves). It seems Falco lost a Sugar Bowl due to a bad throw. Now scraping barnacles off pleasure boats for a living, Falco decides to give it a go and sign up for the five weeks of games. And this does not sit well with the regular players, especially the childish quarterback who coaches his team to turn Falco's truck over twice. But the replacement team members don't like that and pump a number of 9mm rounds into the regular quaterback's car windows to convince the regulars of their evil ways.

There is some good fun in the movie, but it is a "R-13" and mainly due to language and sexual matters. Ninety-one examples of the three/four letter word vocabulary with the most foul thrown in three times for bad measure. I wonder how many script writers and actors/actresses think of Prov. 8:13 or Col. 3:8 when they write and act. The sexual programming is tons of stuff you would not likely want your daughter to do such as vulgar cheer routines and dressing to maximize the female form and/or skin exposure. There is even a prostitute using signing to offer oral sex to a deaf mute team player in this PG-13 movie. And there is also, in keeping with the trend of PG-13 movies, full nudity (rear, male). I guess the MPAA and their survey population have decided God is wrong [1Cor. 6:18-20].

As always, please rely more on the listing of findings and the scoring in the Findings/Scoring Section (the heart of the CAP analysis model) from Full Report below than this Summary/Commentary for a full assessment.


  • (KJV) 1 Cor. 15:33 Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (NIV) Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.
  • Prov. 8:13 To fear the LORD is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech.
  • 1Cor. 6:18-20 Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body. Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.
  • 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.


    FINDINGS / SCORING: The Replacements (2000) CAP Thermometers

    NOTE: Multiple occurrences of each item described below may be likely.

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • reckless driving
  • bar brawls
  • vandalism
  • gunfire to manipulate

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • 3 uses of the most foul of the foul words
  • 99 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • sexual insults, comments, talk, and innuendo
  • camera angle to force the viewer on private parts
  • vulgar cheer routines including lesbian motions, self touching and imitations of intercourse
  • dressing to maximize the female form and/or skin exposure
  • pelvic thrusts
  • vulgar anatomical references
  • crotch kick
  • gaping mouth kissing
  • full rear male nudity
  • woman in men's locker room
  • adults in underwear
  • offer of oral sex using signing

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • drinking
  • drunkenness
  • smoking
  • drunken revelry

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • 3 uses of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive and 12 without

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

  • (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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