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Cradle Will Rock (1999), (R)
CAP Score: 50
CAP Influence Density: 1.25
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*Cradle Will Rock* (R) -- an unusual proof.

Unusual indeed. This movie was so boring I drifted into and out of sleep at least twice, maybe for two or three minutes or so each time. It was so boring I changed the viewing itinerary and left after 65 minutes in time to get to another viewing (*End of the Affair*). And yet, the CAP analysis model proved its worth. The observed 65 minutes of *Cradle Will Rock* minus the unknown number of dozing minutes earned a final score of 50; well within the scoring band of 54 and below for R-rated movies of 1995 and before. If I hadn't dozed and had stayed for the whole film, this score would have been lower if there was even one more item of ignominy in the unseen portion. Even though I am certain I missed a few points of ignominy, there was still enough trash to make the movie mathematically equivalent to R-rated movies of 1995 and before. And before the antagonists bellow "How can you do a review without watching the whole show", we do not do reviews. We do analyses. The observed portion deserved the scoring it received. Who cares whether the unseen portion was pristine if 65- minutes of it was trash?

Eight uses of the most four of the foul words with 16 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary plus four uses of God's name in vain, two with the four letter expletive and two without. Intercourse with nudity, nude dancing, sex talk, and adults in underwear were the main fare of the observed portion. I have no idea what the plot was, if any. And that may be the only price to pay for not seeing the whole show. But again, who cares. Our function is to inform parents and grandparents the truth about the movie content, not the plot or theme.

Additional ignominy included smoking, booze, drinking, drunkenness and argumentation.

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: Cradle Will Rock (1999) CAP Thermometers

NOTE: Multiple occurrences of each item described below may be likely.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • none noted

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • 16 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • 8 uses of the most foul of the foul words
  • arrogance against a father
  • argumentation

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • adultery
  • adult in underwear
  • implied intercourse
  • intercourse with nudity
  • nude dancing
  • sex talk

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • booze
  • drunkenness
  • smoking

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • 4 uses of God's name in vain, 2 with the four letter expletive and 2 without

    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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