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American Beauty (1999), (R)
CAP Score: 36
CAP Influence Density: 2.60
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SUMMARY / COMMENTARY:
*American Beauty* (R) -- Rose? Not likely.
While the central mother in this movie doted over her rose garden, the main thing in *American Beauty* about roses was the rose petals hiding female private parts -- and the petal passed during a kiss from a teen girl to a married man. This movie was guided imagery into distortion of proper and acceptable. A great deal of teen sexual activity, sexual talk, and sexuality painted this movie as unfit. And Thora Birch, one of the two actresses in the movie who permitted the world to see their femine attributes is reported to be only 17 years old! Since the threshold of acceptability of gratuitous nudity content has now sleezed into the lives of 13-year old kids and even younger (ref: Titanic - PG-13, The Fifth Element - PG-13, others), why not let younger and younger girls bare themselves onscreen? Maybe in another few years 16 year old girls will be permitted to participate in this enlightened and progressive freedom? In a few more years, 15, 14, 13.......? (if the Bride is not collected before then).
Note that there were a few "lead-in" portrayals of homosexuality as well: they did nothing for the script, plot, or even the choreography. They were just there, obviously as a token to push homosexuality as normal and acceptable. The only mentions of homosexuality being wrong were presented, of course, by a U. S. Marine Colonel with "redneck" mentality. The violence committed by the Colonel against a man the he thought was his son's homosexual partner did not need the preparatory presentation of homosexual neighbors. I cannot understand how the secular reviewers lauded over this movie. I wonder if they are parents? Grandparents?
I'll not watch this movie again. I'll not watch the teen stripping for video taping and to seduce a married man, and sensual dancing with self-touching to sexually arouse the married man. I'll not watch again the father hitting his teen son with his fist several times, the teen son dealing in drugs, and the smoking of dope by a teen. Nor will I watch again the family bitterness and arguing, the teen arrogance against parental authority, or the parents speaking to the teens with the same hate in their voice and words. And as usual, the most foul of the foul words worked its way into the script along with the three/four letter word vocabulary.
I hope to not sit through trash like this again. I will not describe it any further. The description is already bordering "vulgar" itself. Let the numbers and listing speak for this analysis. For the best representation of the CAP Entertainment Media Analysis Model applied to this movie, visit the Findings/Scoring section from Full Report below.
FINDINGS / SCORING:
NOTE: Multiple occurrences of each item described below are likely.
Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
Offense to God (O)(2):