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Sidewalks of New York (2001), R
Analysis Date: December 1, 2001
CAP Score: 58
CAP Influence Density: 1.74

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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.

SIDEWALKS OF NEW YORK (R) -- Forty-three minutes was enough...

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This movie was nothing more that continuous (at least the 43 minutes of it I saw) string of stories and tales of sexual immorality as humor and gossip, sexual conquest and adultery with an equally continuous portrayal that such behavior is perfectly acceptable. I saw no need to to sit through any further demonstration of sexual immorality. the purpose of this ministry is to serve His little ones (which includes at-home teens) through *you* in His name by His Word by giving you some optional assessment tools to help you make an informed decision by your own standards whether a movie is fit. Forty-three minutes was enough to do that.

In a sidewalk interview setting, several people were "asked questions" about their sex lives starting with when was the first time they had sex.

There are a plethora of admonitions in Scripture against sexual immorality. Let me sum them up as *any* sexual contact (including visual), conduct or activity outside of monogamous heterosexual marriage is sinful. And I will call on Gal. 5:19 to fortify.

The listing in the Findings/Scoring section will provide enough evidence to the caliber of this item of entertainment.

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  • Gal. 5:19 The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery;

    *******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: Sidewlaks of New York (2001) CAP Thermometers

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

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • none noted

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

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • numerous stories of sexual immorality and drunkenness as teens
  • numerous stories of sexual immorality as adults
  • homosexual references
  • cohabitation for sex
  • claim of 500 sexual conquests
  • vulgar gestures
  • intercourse with nudity in adultery
  • inappropriate touch in adultery

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • drinking

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • discussion to excuse sexual immorality and adultery

    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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