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(2007), R [Hard R*] (1hr 18min)

Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
April 25, 2007
23 out of 100

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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.

(2007), R [Hard R*] ... setting on my desk since ...

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Hal Lieberman Company, Screen Gems
Distribution (US): Screen Gems, Sony Pictures Releasing, Sony Pictures
Director(s): Nimród Antal
Producer(s): Stacy Cramer, Glenn S. Gainor, Hal Lieberman, Brian Paschal
Written by: Michael Smith
Cinematography/Camera: Andrzej Sekula
Music: Paul Haslinger
Film Editing: Armen Minasian
Casting: Lindsey Hayes Kroeger, David Rapaport
Production Design: Jon Gary Steele
Art Direction: Chris Cornwell
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

This one has been setting on my desk since April, 25. 2007 It is now September 23. All that needs to be done wit it now is post it online. The following is already five months old.

The only reason this R-rated film was analyzed other than it happened to be convenient to so do is to maintain integrity of the CAP analysis model with analysis of a few R-rated films. How can we say, for example, a PG-13 film earned a score equivalent to the scores earned by R-rated films (a R-13 film) unless we include at least an R-rated films in the model database every now and then?

With a troubled marriage, Amy and Dave Fox (Kate Beckinsale and Luke Wilson) get back home from a party her mother held. Trying to save a few miles and minutes, Dave tries to take a back road ... to the Pinewood slash motel.

After mechanical trouble threatens to disable their car Dave swerves to miss a squirrel ... err ... a raccoon. Setting in the finally stopped car at the side of the road, in a spiteful way Amy says to Dave, "Better to total the car than get a little road kill on it, huh?" That is an example of the caliber of Amy. And, of course, Dave is quick to throw it right back at her ... just like a modern married couple. Whatever happened to God's admonishment to return anger with kindness? [Prov. 15:1]

Dave and Amy first stop at Small's Garage where ever day is the fourth of July. Small's mechanic reported the Foxes had a bent fan blade but the car was still drivable.

Much to their chagrin, in 20 or so more miles the car gives out. Seeing a motel about a mile back the pair trek to it to try to get help. It is the Pinewood Motel directly out of the 1950s operated not by Bates but by Mason, (Frank Whaley), a slight little man with strange habits. It is there Dave and Amy discover the extent of the manager's strange habits ... and the extent of their own relationship.

I see on the worksheet logs I made a note "Poorest excuse for entertain." I just thought I would share that subjective opinion with you for when you search the racks at the local video rental store.

There is little need to go into any more detail about the story and plot. If you've seen the previews you've seen enough to know the story. But for the sake of consistency I offer discussion of the content by investigation area below. Remember, the following discussions are provided for the folks who don't like lists as are in the Findings/Scoring section. While a summary discussion is maybe more comfortable the listings in the Findings/Scoring section are the best source available regarding the content of a film.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
As might be expected of a film of this genre, it is thick with violence on many levels: terrorism, sexual assault, knife assaults to kill, beatings, graphic defensive killings, more. So much is the violence that all the starting 100 points in this investigation area were soon eradicated. [1 Cor. 15:33, Prov. 16:29, Ps. 141:4]

Impudence/Hate (I)
Luke and Kate fill the script with at least 29 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary plus at least 20 uses of the most foul of the foul words. That plus marital warfare plus some lies completely derail all of the available 100 points in this investigation area. [2 Tim. 2:16, Isa. 13:11, Col. 3:8]

Sexual Immorality (S)
The portrayal of sexual assaults on women patrons were frequent and intense enough to cause the loss of all the starting 100 points also in this investigation area. The sexual assaults included rape. [Eph. 4:19, 1John 2:16]

Drugs/Alcohol (D)
The only onscreen behavior noted that fits into the Drugs/Alcohol investigation area was the suggestion of dependency on prescription drugs.

Offense to God (O)
God's name was used in vain at least 17 times. Ten with the four letter expletive. [Deut. 5:11]

Murder/Suicide (M)
This film lost a tad over half of its starting 100 points in this investigation area due to at least four graphic knife murders. [Rev. 22:15, Rev. 21:8, Gal. 5:21]


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  • Prov. 15:1 A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.
  • Prov. 16:29 A violent man entices his neighbor and leads him down a path that is not good. [The issue is the violence. "A violent man" can be a man, woman OR the men/women/character demonstrating the violent behavior/action on the screen. Now you know why violence, especially in and as entertainment, can embolden the viewer into aggression, especially youth. See also "Joint Statement on the Impact of Entertainment Violence on Children Congressional Public Health Summit" . Further, God speaks darkly of violence 56 times in the Old and New Testament of the KJV. And see 1 Cor. 15:33 below.]
  • Ps. 141:4 Let not my heart be drawn to what is evil, to take part in wicked deeds with men who are evildoers; let me not eat of their delicacies.
  • 2 Tim. 2:16 But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.
  • Isa. 13:11 I will punish the world for its evil, the wicked for their sins. I will put an end to the arrogance of the haughty and will humble the pride of the ruthless. [Yes, it is arrogance and haughtiness against proper and noble which gives us the impudence to speak profanity.]
  • Col. 3:8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy (injurious speech, slander in this use), filthy communication [aischrologia: foul speaking, low and obscene] out of your mouth.
  • Eph. 4:19 Having lost all sensitivity, have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, with a continual lust for more.
  • 1John 2:16 For everything in the world -the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes [which includes that which makes him lust] and the boasting of what he has and does -comes not from the Father but from the world.
  • Deut. 5:11 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. [Vain is shav' {shawv}: emptiness, nothingness, vanity, such as an expletive. With or without the four letter expletive, the use of God's name in any way other than respect, reverence or thoughtful discussion is in vain. That includes the popular three syllable sentence with His name trailing it AND the misuse of Jesus' name.]
  • Rev. 22:15 Outside [of Heaven] are the dogs, those [unforgiven] who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.
  • Rev. 21:8 But the [unforgiven] fearful [deilos {di-los'}; timid, cowardly], and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, [...] shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
  • Gal. 5:21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things [who are unforgiven] shall not inherit the kingdom of God

    ***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 [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences and present it to younger and younger audiences every year] when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, enjoy it, want it, submit to it. I call attention to Ps. 12:8 to warn of the creeping desensitizing power of "entertainment."]
  • 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.)

    Vacancy (2007) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • vehicular violence, twice
  • explosive startle
  • terrorism, repeatedly
  • attempted murder by vehicle
  • flash of sexual assault gore
  • action violence, repeatedly, of varying intensities
  • pursuit to kill, repeatedly
  • assault to murder, repeatedly
  • knife assault to kill
  • defensive killing, repeatedly
  • strangling assault
  • man beating a woman, repeatedly
  • images of murder victim

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • 29 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • 20 uses of the most foul of the foul words
  • martial warfare, repeatedly
  • lies, repeatedly

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • vulgar gesture
  • sexual assault, frequent
  • nudity
  • adult in underwear

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • talk of prescription drug addiction

    Offense to God (O)
  • ten uses of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive and 7 with it

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • knife murder, four counts

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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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