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Crazy in Alabama (1999), (PG-13)
CAP Score: 57
CAP Influence Density: 0.78
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SUMMARY / COMMENTARY:
*Crazy in Alabama* (PG-13) -- an example of a good boy embedded in 108 minutes of PG-13.
I liked *Crazy in Alabama* because of the strength and convictions of the young lad who would speak up against a puke sheriff -- but it was still PG-13. And that made me uncomfortable to say the least.
A young boy witnessed a bum sheriff yank a black boy off the fence while trying to escape an all-white swimming pool. And the boy died as a result of the fall. In other places, this movie pointed out the lunacy and ugliness of rejecting people based on their skin color. When we get to Heaven and we stand before Jesus as He welcomes us and doles out the promised rewards, He will not be Caucasian, and He will not be Afro-American. Nor will He be Asian or American Indian. Nor will He be Baptist, Muslim, or Buddhist. He will be Jesus. Can we all take example from that Reality?
But alas, an otherwise good movie was made not so good by the usual stuff. Nineteen uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary. Thirteen uses of God's name in vain, four of them with the four letter expletive. But no uses of the most foul of the foul words were noted. There was unseen murder by decapitation, portrayal of the murderer talking to the unseen head of the victim,, and a mother (the murderer) dumping off her seven kids on grandma after killing her husband to pursue her dream of stardom in Hollywood. Sexual material included excessive breast exposure, sex talk, using sex to escape from lawful custody, and some adults in underwear, but no nudity noted. The only gore in this movie was an eye injury of the central lad. Instead, violence manifested more in racial hatred, armed robbery, and criminal activities than by physical violence.
As always, this Summary/Commentary cannot provide a full accounting of the subject movie. For the best objective representation of the CAP Entertainment Media Analysis Model applied to this movie, visit the Findings/Scoring section below.
FINDINGS / SCORING:
NOTE: Multiple occurrences of each item described below are likely.
Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
Offense to God (O)(2):
•19 uses of God's name in vain, 4 with the four letter expletive