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Bats (1999), (PG-13)
CAP Score: 47
CAP Influence Density: 1.64
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*Bats* (PG-13) -- Scientists create a special breed of bats -- bred to kill.

And kill they do, first a couple beer-drinking teenagers, then just about everybody else. Lou Diamond Phillips, with the same mouth as always, is the sheriff trying to make sense of it all and to build a campaign to destroy the bats. Nested in an old mine, the bats roamed to scour the countryside for anything that was alive: pets - cattle - people. Lots of bat attacks -- big ugly demon-looking bats reminiscent of gargoyles. Lots of deaths by animal attack. Lots of chomping. Lots of blood. And all the gore of animal and human remains. A very violent movie. [Luke 3:14]

The matter of sexual programming was a simple episode of camera angle clearly focusing the viewer on private parts and a some innuendoes. No nudity. Drinking and booze bravado was present but no obvious drunkenness. And no murders or suicides at all.

But language was a serious problem with this movie. Fifty-two uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary. Yes, the most foul of foul words was there in this PG-13, only once but there nonetheless. And God's name in vain was there 14 times, three with the four letter expletive. So, profane language is evidently no longer justification for the R-rating.

In numeric comparison with movies of 1995 to 1996, with such saturation of violence and gore plus the ton of foul language *Bats* clearly should have been rated R. R-rated movies of that time -- just three and four years ago -- earned CAP final scores of 54 and below. *Bats* earned a 47. Also clearly, the Motion Picture Association of America thinks it is okay for your 13-year old kids to be exposed to such language. Well, in accordance with the Scriptures, it is not okay. [Exod. 20:7, Matt. 12:36-37, Mark 7:15, Mark 7:20, and the clincher Luke 17:2.]

So many of our visitors seem to be relying only on this Summary/Commentary for a full assessment of this movie. This is not possibble. For the best representation of the CAP Entertainment Media Analysis Model applied to this movie, visit the Findings/Scoring section below.


NOTE: Multiple occurrences of each item described below are likely.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • many animal attacks with blood, gore, screaming, and violence
  • disaster mayhem
  • many dead bodies
  • firearms to control /intimidate
  • urgency in escape

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • 52 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • One use of the most foul of the foul words

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • camera angle to force viewer onto private parts
  • sexual innuendo

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • teens in possession of alcohol with intent to consume
  • drinking to ease tension = "Texas custom"
  • promise of alcohol to celebrate

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • 14 uses f God's name in vain, 3 with the four letter expletive

    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 in vain is incorporated into the Impudence/Hate Investigation Area. The use of God's name with or without the four letter expletive is incorporated into the Offense to God Investigation Area. There is no duplication.

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

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