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(2004), PG-13 -- I believe this is the lowest scoring PG-13 movie -- ever.
Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Warner Bros., Big Wheel Productions, Original Film, Media Magik Entertainment
Distribution (US): Warner Bros., Warner Bros. Pictures Inc.
Director(s): Joseph Kahn
Producer(s): Bruce Berman, Brad Luff, Neal H. Moritz, Narween Otto, Narween Otto-Kahn, Michael I. Rachmil, Greg Tharp, Larry Webster
Written by: Matt Johnson
Cinematography/Camera: Peter Levy
Music: Paul Linford, Trevor Rabin
Film Editing: David Blackburn, Howard E. Smith
Casting: Sarah Finn, Randi Hiller
Production Design: Peter J. Hampton
Art Direction: James Shanahan
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6
I had to recheck to ensure Torque was indeed PG-13 instead of R. Yes, it is. "Rated PG-13 for violence, sexuality, language and drug references." Do tell! Torque earned a CAP final score of 13 out of 100 with an influence density of a magnitude to match - 3.54, earning a score of zero in three of the six CAP investigation areas (W, I, S)! And after more than 800 analyses of unexpected accuracy and reliability, I suspect the CAP analysis model can be trusted more than the MPAA since the CAP model does not submit to popular opinion. Just look at the scoring to the right! If I were to lay off analyzing R-rated movies because of their filth and debauchery, I would now have to lay off analyzing PG-13 movies as well. Though I haven't checked the files and do not have time to do so now, I believe this is the lowest scoring PG-13 movie -- ever.
Torque is a sex flick and romp into escape from moral accountability. [Gal. 5:19] While I will not recommend seeing or not seeing a film any more, I strongly urge you to inspect for yourself the listing in the Findings/Scoring section before you even think about sending your kids of any age to this flick. While a six year old has the intellect to capture at least the surface of what this movie has to say, it is a serious threat to the morals and ethics; to the coping skills and decision-making skills of your teens.
Tuff dude, Cary Ford (Martin Henderson) tries to prove his innocence in a drug deal stashed in the gas tanks of a bunch of bikes he stole to get the drugs off the streets. Ford is being sought by three foes: FBI agent McPherson (Adam Scott); Trey Wallace (Ice Cube), the leader of the Reapers biker gang who thinks Ford killed his little brother; Henry James (Matt Schulze) leader of the Hellions, "owner" of the bikes with the drugs in the tanks and murderer of Wallace's little brother. Assisting James is bad girlfriend China (Jaime Pressly) who has more steel poking through her than a rotisserie hog and exudes as much goth as Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2. One example of the caliber of this film is Schulze licking Pressly's pierced nose. And it doesn't get any better than that.
While some gorgeous bikes and almost dazzling high-gear, high-speed hijinks are presented, erotic symbolism is rampant, testosterone is apparently all that exists, foul language competes with the dirtiest of R-rated films and violence/crime is extreme. [2Ths. 2:8] Typically, PG-13 movies require 1.5 to two pages of recording logs. Torque required four. More even than most R-rated films. [2Pet. 2:10 - 22] The quite lengthy listing in the Findings/Scoring section will provide a better grasp of the content of this film than I could politely give you in this Summary/Commentary.
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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.
Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
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Kids, Teens and Home Vertical Portal
|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.|