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Director(s): Rudolph Farchione
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Written by: Rudolph Farchione
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Music: Rest in Peace
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Viewed: on DVD
This DVD presents two short stories plus an "extras" session. All three are combined in this analysis report. WARNING: In order to reveal vulgar content it is necessary to speak to vulgar subjects. This report speaks with as polite language as possible about the vulgar subjects within the film. If this is enough to help you make a decision whether this film is fit for your family, leave this report now and move on.
One who calls herself a 75 year old Christian churchgoer grandmother of eight sent us a copy of this DVD with a complaint that it was shown on "basic cable" "public television" in the middle of the afternoon, freely available to young kids including her grandkids, requesting we prepare an analysis of it and post it to alert parents to it.. The entire letter is reproduced at the end of this Summary/Commentary section. I suspect this is a ploy or a maneuver, but I decided to go along with the gag ... if it is a gag.
The first story is *Cutting Class* in which high schooler Craig (Rudolph Farchione, director and writer) decides to skip classes and begin his life-long career of slacking. Slacking with Craig is high schooler Eric (Rick Bowen). After a series of sexually vulgar and other discussions, one about a high school teacher providing sexual favors for students and teachers alike and another about a high school girl using a frozen hot dog for sexual stimulation and it breaking off in the process, Yes, that is how vulgar it is. Even the very first scene is of the cover of a porn magazine. That fairly well defines the caliber of the entire film. The Craig/Eric pair then traipse off to the food court of the mall where they meet "Patches" the local drug pusher/dealer. The trio end up back at Rudy's to score a bag. Patches is forced to clean up his own feces from Rudy's parents' bathroom.
The second story is *The Phat and the Furious* in which Craig steals a friend's ex girlfriend's car to answer a dare to drag race with a $1000 purse against school "jock" Chris who claims to have the fastest car. There is one scene in this segment which actually has pleasant value. A scene of reconciliation between broken pair Randy (Chuck Urbin) and a no-name-found girl (Kate Jakubpwski) was actually almost touching. But the vulgarity of Craig telling the girl that Randy masturbates to the
thought of her and gesturing it repeatedly completely destroyed any value to this story. In the "Extras" Farchione and Bowen discuss various aspects of the filmmaking and inspirations for it.
In all sections vulgarity abounds. The most foul of the foul words is used at least nine times plus the other forms of the three/four letter word vocabulary are used at least 27 times. [Col. 3:8] God's name is used in vain with the four letter expletive three times and 11 times without it. All in portrayal of teen life [Luke 17:2]. No wonder so many of our teens think that is the way they are supposed to be [Ps. 12:8, 1 Cor. 15:33; 2 Tim. 3:1 - 5].
While there may be some story content to the sections on this DVD, the stories are lost under all the hardcore moral filth. This film earned a final score of 28, placing it in the middle of the scoring range earned by R-rated moves (54 and below out of 100) in the comparative baseline database. If I had data to define any scoring range earned by NC-17/X films (which I don't ... and won't), I suspect this film would have earned a score equivalent to the scores that would be earned by NC-17/X films.
If this DVD was aired on public television, it is a sign of the times [2 Tim. 3:1 - 5]. "But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God - having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them.
Following is the letter referenced in the second paragraph above. It is verbatim, but edited for politeness.
I cannot verity that this is a legitimate event or concern, but I decided to take a leap of faith and perform the analysis. At least we were provided the opportunity to yet again expose some more of modern entertainment. The caliber of some filmmakers makes then quintessential in stealing childhood from your children [Luke 17:2] while excusing themselves with thinking what they make is not for children and, if children get a-hold of their work, that someone else is at fault: that they who are not supposed to see their work but do are morally disposable. Besides, how are parents and grandparents to know the content of films they haven't seen? THAT is what we do FOR you, mom/dad, grandma/grandpa, pastor, youth leader, etc.
Some filmmakers even believe that what they make may be used as a teaching tool, not realizing that using bad behaviors as a contrast teaching tool to teach children how to behave may instead teach them how not to behave using bad behaviors. Put another way, demonstrating aberrant behavior or thought to children to teach them "how not to" may teach them "how to not."
We all live together on this planet and no one is immune to or insulated from what others do publicly and thus we each have a responsibility for the moral welfare of others.
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***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
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 heart of the CAP Analysis Model)
All behaviors noted below were by actors/actresses portraying teenagers.
Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
|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 more than eight 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.|
|In the name of Jesus: |
Lord, Master, Teacher, Savior, God.
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