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Bicentennial Man (1999), (PG)
CAP Score: 78
CAP Influence Density: 0.39
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*Bicentennial Man* (PG) -- a romp into the world of Kevorkianism and Clintonics.

If you are aware of assisted suicides and the authority of our high courts to decide whether an unborn child lives or dies and HOW it is to die if death is decided, then you will recognize Kevorkianism and Clintonics in this movie. While the level of intellect needed for this movie was well outside the typical intellect of younger kids, it certainly can invisibly or subliminally set a possibly indelible bias into their developing minds -- possibly into any vulnerable mind made defenseless by the absence or distortion of the Truth. Sound familiar?

The genius of Robin Williams and his support cast were masterful. Williams' talent with expressions, including vocal, was especially suited for this role of a robot "flowering" into humanhood. The imagination of the writers and others in this production was clearly superior to many other movies of similar theme. Even the plot, intricate as it was, led the viewer on a guided path through the "life" of a robot and its strivings for escape from being a manufactured piece of property. The mix of talents, imagery, and the projection of feeling made this movie as close to "believable" as I have seen. At the risk of being accused of extremism, let me remind you that the antiChrist will be (or is?) believable, too.

Well into the 21st century the World Court, the "Clinton Court" of the future, had the power to decide whether an individual was human or not, just like the higher courts of our land can now decide whether an unborn baby is a human. And though Kevorkian is now in prison for his involvement in assisted suicides, his legacy lives on in this movie as the elderly may order their servant robots to turn off the life support systems of their "masters." And, of course, the movie was as biased as the pro-homosexual movies -- those who were against the central agenda of the use of robots were presented as small minded and abrasive.

*Bicentennial Man* is a detailed and complex excursion through the self development of a robot into a "human." Many parallels to volatile social issues plaguing our world were opened: slavery; [non-gendered] suffrage; one-world government; humanity itself plus the narrowing bridge between man and machine, possibly even a parallel to the narrowing separation between pet and owner -- between man and animal. Eventually, the "special" robot named Andrew Martin (Robin Williams) developed a sense of individuality through reading and contemplation. After years of servitude as a "household appliance" the robot humbly demanded its freedom from servitude: its freedom from authority; its autonomy. Andrew felt it was more than a manufactured piece of property ... and the World Court agreed. The granting of human status by the World Court was rather plain and under-developed, but a point of god wannabe, of supreme authority was made.

Andrew searched years for others of its special intellect and found one in service to a gifted researcher who helped Andrew develop innovative living systems to give Andrew human appearance and emotions -- including sexual performance, of course. And why not? Full nudity in entertainment has oozed up from R to PG-13 and offensive language up from R and PG-13 to PG. Yes, you guessed right. *Bicentennial Man* presents not only repeated use of the three/four letter word vocabulary as a vent for impudence, it presents God's name in vain WITH the four letter expletive -- twice -- once in anger and once as a conversational snippet.

In the final scenes the elderly robot "died." Upon its "death" the woman who married the robot named Andrew said to it "See you soon" shortly after ordering her robot to shut off her life support systems. I guess the World Court must have somewhere ordered that Andrew also had a soul and granted it a claim to the Promise fo God, to the Heavenly inheritance of those who believe in the Precious Sacrifice of Jesus.

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

FINDINGS / SCORING: Bicentennial Man (1999) CAP Thermometers

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

Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • disembodied and talking head
  • death and dying

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • 14 uses of the three/four letter word vocabualry and in such a flippant way
  • teen and preteen arrogance against fair parental authority
  • rationalizing lying
  • a spiteful sexual comment to her mother
  • punk dress
  • "Sometimes it's better to do wrong things."
  • "In order to follow your heart, one must do wrong things."
  • flatulence

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • somewhat bold and descriptive discussion of sexual reproduction and mechanics
  • sex joke
  • inappropriate touch
  • gaping mouth kissing
  • sexual comment
  • sexual innuendo
  • excessive breast exposure
  • somewhat detailed discussion of sexual intercourse and orgasm
  • "You can go to heaven [have sex] and come back alive and go back any time you want."
  • man in bed with woman with covered nudity/implied intercourse

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • booze
  • drinking

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • two uses of God's name in vain with the four letter expeltive and four times without
  • court of man having authority to decide on human status
  • "See you soon" to a robot re: going to heaven after "death"

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • assisted suicide
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    (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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