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Undisputed (2002), R
Analysis Date: August 30, 2002
CAP Score: 43
CAP Influence Density: ID
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Undisputed (R) -- The gentle grandpa in *Neverending Story* is quite capable of vulgar, filthy language...
Production: Amen Ra Films, Miramax Films, Undisputed Productions
Distribution: Miramax Films
Director(s): Walter Hill
Producer(s): Boaz Davidson , Danny Dimbort, Michael P. Flannigan, Jason E. Frankel, David Giler, Anthony Hartman, Walter Hill, Brad Krevoy, Avi Lerner, Sandra Schulberg, Trevor Short, Wesley Snipes, Andrew Sugerman, John Thompson, Rudolf G. Wiesmeier
Written by/Screenplay: David Giler, Walter Hill
Cinematography: Lloyd Ahern II
Music: Stanley Clarke
Film Editing: Freeman A. Davies, Phil Norden
Casting: Reuben Cannon
Production Design: Maria Rebman Caso
Art/Set Direction: Alice Baker
I don't have much to say about the storyline or plot. I had to leave 47 minutes after the first frame to make it to the next movie in the itinerary. But I can tell you about the content and scoring of the first 47 minutes of the movie.
Wesley Snipes and Ving Rhames star as Monroe Hutchens and George "Iceman" Chambers, two boxers. Hutchens is serving a life sentence and is heavyweight champ of the prison circuit. Chambers is the world heavyweight champ in prison for rape. From the moment the two meet fur flies.
The first 30 or so minutes are spent trying to rescue a doldrum movie from oblivion by trying to build characters the audience can care about using various cinematographic techniques such as black and white flashbacks and life-story scenes to squeeze sympathy and camaraderie from the audience. Unsuccessfully. Everyone in the audience spends more energy trying to rush the movie to the moment the two titans clash in the ring. Well, I did not see that part and cannot comment on it.
The in-prison fight promoter is Peter Falk as Mendy Ripstein in quite probably the most foul of the foul parts he has ever played. Yes, folks. The gentle grandpa in *The Princess Bride* is quite capable of vulgar, filthy language about once each few seconds. As seasoned as Falk is, not one of the uses of vulgarity was necessary. He could have given the same image and impact without them, maybe even without saying a word. Remember perspective, folks. Whether I utter it, you utter it or an actor utters it, each time "filthy language" [Col. 3:8], "perverse speech" [Prov. 8:13] or "obscenity" [Eph. 5:4] is spoken, it is a sin. "Acting" does not excuse it. Nor does the freedom of speech.
The most of the ignominy in *Undisputed* is foul and vulgar language, boxing violence and sexual expressions whether verbal or display. [Gal. 5:19, Col. 3:5, Rom. 1:24, Deut. 22:5]. The listing in the Findings/Scoring section (the heart of the CAP analysis model) will tell all that was found.
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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.
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Offense to God (O)(2):
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|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 or example 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 nearly seven 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.|