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Entertainment Media Analysis Report

Analyze This (1999), R
CAP Score: 26, CAP ID: 4.84

Thomas A. Carder
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"Analyze This" (R) -- a very, very foul movie. There was unacceptable language at least 125 times in this 99-minute movie (we do not include preview time nor credits time, just actual movie time). Regarding previews, let me remind you that some of them can be as bad or worse than the featured show.

A psychiatrist got himself caught up in a racketeer organization by running into the rear of a car operated by the criminals. Innocently enough, because a thug in the car did not want the police to get involved, the psychiatrist gave his business card to the thug in a honest effort to ensure he made good the damage he caused. As it turned out the crime boss needed psychiatric help and latched onto the psychiatrist who hit his man's car. The psychiatrist miraculously "cures" the crime boss who then turns away from his life of crime.

Criminal intimidation was the blue plate special. Firearms and gunfire dotted the choreography like pepper on your morning eggs. With the gunfire came injury and murder. Threats and extortion reigned supreme. Sexual intercourse presented itself, though covered by a bedsheet as if as a bedsheet over moving bodies hides much. Even body folds were obvious. Not good! There was also heavy presentation of alcoholic beverages and drinking of them. And 17 uses of God's name in vain, 16 without the four letter expletive, put the frosting on this cake of dirt.

And to desensitize the sensitive, all this was embedded under a theme of merriment and laughter, as if crime, sex, and foul language are laughing matters. I was deeply saddened by how many of the folks in the audience would laugh at murder, sexual improprieties, and the use of that single, most foul word of the three/four letter word vocabulary which, by the way, was used more than three times as many as the other three/four letter vocabulary words.

I will put in a plug for United Artists Theater on Hulen in Fort Worth, Texas. They were successful at keeping minors out of the auditorium, at least I saw none (as if this stuff is "adult" viewing -- being permitted to see it does not make me an adult). Good job, UA Hulen! Thank you!

FINDINGS / SCORING: Analyze This (1999) CAP Thermometers

Wanton Violence/Crime (W):

  • file stills of gangland murder and injury from the 1930s
  • firearms with gunfire for control and injury
  • gang style beatings
  • abductions
  • threats to kill for gain and to intimidate (prevent revealing compromising information)
  • contract to kill
  • strongarm tactics
  • planning to kill
  • threats from police
  • murder and attempted murder
  • talk of theft to obtain goods for a gift

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):

  • 83 uses of the most foul of the three/four letter words
  • 25 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • lying (to effect unfair advantage)

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):

  • sex "therapy"
  • skimpy swimwear
  • sexual intercourse (covered by a bedsheet with body forms ghosting through the sheet with body folds pinching the sheet with characteristic motions, positioning, and sounds) by an unmarried couple
  • exposure to adult underwear
  • sexual references, innuendo, and comments: some vulgar
  • statue nudity
  • attention to male crotch
  • invitation to sex

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):

  • barroom and bar scenes
  • close ups in multiple series of drink and drinking
  • suggestion to use illegal drugs

    Offense to God (O)(2):

  • 16 uses of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive and once with
  • "Thank God for Prozak"
  • mockery of Christ

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):

  • multiple murders by gunfire and push out of a window

    (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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