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Entertainment Media Analysis Report

10 Things I Hate About You (1999), PG-13
CAP Score: 57, CAP ID: 1.09

Thomas A. Carder
CAP President

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"10 Things I Hate About You" -- Great day in the morning! Are there no teen or high school shows that present anything more than mere sexual arrogance, arrogance against fair authority, and booze? Do any of them require at least a smidgen of intelligence of the observer?

What the "10 Things..." are was not explained until the very end of the show. Nothing led up to it. Nothing prepared the viewer for it. It just popped out that "10 Things..." is a poem about the things a girl hates about her guy. And the young lady who spoke the poem was very, very good. Speaking it she made the moment a very warm and touching rare non-sexual moment in the script that glowed with good feelings. But get ready for some of the most arrogantly vulgar sexual presentations to an adolescent target audience -- and all of them with absolutely no palpable consequences!

The story opens with the school counselor writing a porn story from her desk. This is a good example of what the TV commercials and advertisements DO NOT tell you. If you remember the counselor doing a 'rrowwwrr' cat growl while showing Katrina the picture of a cat on her coffee mug, the counselor was writing porn. And that scene set the stage for the rest of the story.

The show was thick with sexual innuendo, sex talk, and vulgar gestures with talk of sexual conquest, references to human anatomy, and sexual drawings. In one instance, a bully drew a male member (all of it) on the cheek of a younger boy's face with an indelible marker. The end of the drawn member was, of course, at the corner of the boy's mouth. Later in the show the elder of the two lead actresses lifted her blouse to distract the detention teacher so he would not notice her boyfriend escaping the detention room. Do you want your kids to see this stuff? Do YOU want to see this stuff? What I would especially not want my kids to see was the reaction of the adolescent population in the audience. Maybe if their mothers knew what was in this movie!? Additional matters of lowering the threshold of sexual inhibition included female anatomy ghosting through clothing, vulgar dancing, and more porno writing by the counselor which moved from written to spoken.

Non-sexual inappropriate programming included teen drinking, teen drunkenness, and teens in a bar. Arrogance against fair authority was, of course, present as was use of the three/four letter word vocabulary. An unexpected measure of arrogance of the producers and script-writers surfaced by presenting some bold dialogue about the benefits of "Self-ness" and "Your own way." Probably the single most arrogant material in the movie was the impalement of a teacher with an arrow and all the kids acting {duh}!

For a complete representation of our analysis, please be sure to read the listing in the Findings/Scoring section (see below).

FINDINGS / SCORING: 10 Things I Hate About You (1999) CAP Thermometers

NOTE: Multiple occurrence of each item described below may be present in the movie.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • None noted

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • punk dress
  • arrogance against father's fair authority
  • serious lack of concern for the condition of a teacher impaled with an arrow
  • 24 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • much discussion of the importance of self and "your own way" to the exclusion of all others

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • a school official writing porn on school time with school equipment
  • vulgar gestures and references
  • sex talk, references, innuendo
  • dressing to maximize the female form and leg exposure
  • spoken porn writings
  • talk of sexual conquest
  • talk of male anatomy
  • bully drawing a male member of the cheek of a younger classmate
  • female anatomy ghosting through clothes
  • necking
  • vulgar dance
  • gaping mouth kissing
  • teen exposing herself to detention teacher to distract him from noticing her boyfriend escaping from detention
  • admission of sex because "everyone else was doing it"
  • girls talking of male sex organs

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • "free beer" party invitation to teens
  • teens in a bar
  • teens drinking
  • teen drunkenness

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • three uses of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive
  • tattoos (Lev. 19:28 "Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the LORD."

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • None noted

    (1) As noted in CAP Special Report-001, "Investigation Area and Scoring Trend," of the six CAP Investigation Areas, Impudence/Hate was the strongest presence in all four movie classifications. It has a strong revelation about the entertainment media.

    (2) The use of the three/four letter word vocabulary without God's name is incorporated into the Impudence/Hate Investigation Area. The use of God's name with or without the three/four letter word vocabulary is incorporated into the Offense to God Investigation Area. There is no duplication. As required of the Holy Scriptures, unless God's name is used with reverence to His glory and praise, its use is considered in vain, whether literal or euphemistic.

    (3) Only portrayal of successful murder or suicide are incorporated into Murder/Suicide. Presentation of attempts to commit murder or suicide and deaths by police action or war are incorporated into Wanton Violence/Crime.

    Additional reviews of this movie may be located at "Movie Review Query Engine at Telerama."

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