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(2011), PG-13 [R-13*] (86.5min)

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January 10, 2012
January 12, 2012

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(While the Scriptural references are certainly not subjective, my commentary may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)

If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary.

(2011), PG-13 [R-13*] ... celluloid cuss-fest

Production (US): ARC Entertainment (2011), Initiate Productions (2009), Prohibition Pictures, Polish Brothers
Distribution (US): ARC Entertainment
Director(s): Larry Smith
Producer(s): Brigitte Mueller, Nick Byassee, Spencer Stander, Ken Johnson, Janet DuBois
Written by: Mark Polish, Michael Polish
Cinematography/Camera: M. David Mullen
Music: Stuart Matthewman
Film Editing: Cary Gries
Casting: Kelly Martin Wagner
Production Design: Clark Hunter
Art Direction: Billy Jett
Viewed on ARC Entertainment DVD

What can one expect with a film staring Billy Bob Thorton? With a final score of 31 out of 100 this PG-13 film is as "R" as R-13 can get. It earned a zero content investigation area score in three of the six content investigation areas and an above-zero but still R-equivalent score in two of the remaining three investigation areas. On top of that, the influence density figure earned by this PG-13 film is 1.98 when R-rated films in the comparative baseline database earned influence density scores of 0.78 to 2.04 (the higher the figure the more severe the density of assaults on morality and decency).

Patrick Fitzpatrick (Billy Bob Thornton) is a salesman for the Rose's Manure Company. He sells manure as fertilizer to farmers. Patty is apparently doing fine until one day Mr. Rose falls into a ventilation fan and dies. Now Rose's daughter, Rosemary (Téa Leon) must take over the business and rescue it from collapse. How does a professional cosmetic saleslady move into being owner of a manure company. It ain't easy but she does it. How she does I will leave to your discovery should you feel this film is fit for viewing after discovering the truth about its content.

I am so uncomfortable giving any kind of attention to this celluloid cuss-fest that I am not going to take the time to write any summary beyond that I already have written. Further, for the same reason I am not going to take the time to build individual content investigation area discussions that typically follow this summary/commentary section. Please inspect closely the listings in the Findings section before you give any consideration to watching this film.

One subjective comment I will make is that there is more color in the poster image than the entire show. It is all in subdued brown hues.



Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry

  • Jer. 37:9 This is what the LORD says: Do not deceive yourselves, thinking, 'The Babylonians [the destroyers from within] will surely leave us.' They will not!
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend what is vile, embrace it, enjoy it, want it, submit to it.]
  • 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 Be not deceived: evil [kakov: of a bad nature, not such as it ought to be] communications corrupt good manners.
  • Rom. 5:19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
  • Jude 1:4 For there are certain men* crept in unawares [secretly slipped in among us], who were before of old ordained to this condemnation [whose condemnation was written about long ago], ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness [a license for immorality], and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. [*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 one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
  • Luke 17:2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. [Offend: skandalizo {skan-dal-id'-zo} - scandalize; to entice to sin; to cause a person to begin to distrust and desert one whom he ought to trust and obey; to cause to fall away.]
  • Ps. 119:133 Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me [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. ["Evil" includes all things that are sinful.]


    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.
    (The objective heart of the CAP Analysis Model, independent of and insulated from the Summary / Commentary section.)

    The Smell of Success (YEAR) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 54 out of 100
  • beating injuries, multiple
  • dead body
  • firearm
  • threat
  • intimidation by assault
  • multiple beatings
  • some action violence

    Impudence/Hate (I) - Zero out of 100
  • 54 uses of profanity
  • 15 uses of crude terms
  • animal urination on human
  • order to lie
  • lying, repeatedly
  • deception, repeatedly

    Sexual Immorality (S) - Zero out of 100
  • crude sexual humor
  • innuendo re: salesman sex with wives of clientele on numerous occasions
  • crude reproduction humor
  • anatomical innuendo, repeatedly
  • anatomical humor
  • female breasts on male, repeated views
  • erogenous stimulation, repeatedly
  • multiple adults in underwear
  • woman's face in man's crotch
  • making out in adultery
  • inappropriate touch
  • homosexual suggestion

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - Zero out of 100
  • drinking, repeatedly
  • toasting with booze, twice
  • poisoning of many with mushrooms
  • intoxication of many
  • bar
  • drunkenness

    Offense to God (O) - 34 out of 100
  • eight abuses of God's name without the four letter expletive and once wiht it
  • mockery of God
  • ill-gotten gain by deception
  • mockery of the Bible

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
  • none noted

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    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 years of 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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