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Dick (1999), (PG-13)
CAP Score: 37
CAP Influence Density: 1.29
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*Dick* (PG-13) -- Watergate from a teen perspective

Two innocent-acting teen girls get trapped into the Watergate cover ups in the style of *Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure*. A campy perspective of the proceedings which led to the resignation of Richard Nixon.

A "quietly" invasive show with portrayal of total independence and autonomy for two teen girls. Did you expect, maybe, any parental involvement in a teen show? In analytic comparison to movies of 1995 and 1996, "Dick" was inarguably equivalent to R-rated programming -- another example, mom and dad, that if your child sits in front of PG-13 movie, they will see R-rated programming. Just remember that the PG-13 classification simply takes a slice off the top of the previously R-rated programming and serves it up to your kids as "acceptable" for 13- year olds and up because they are mature enough. All because the MPAA says so. And I have yet to figure out what it is about movies that makes one mature.

The three/four letter word vocabulary is fully presented. The most foul of foul words rears it useless head at least once. And sexual material is plentiful although there is no nudity except in a painting of sexual intercourse, at least none that I noticed. The teen girls feed brownies, unknowingly made with marijuana, to a large number of government officials who laud over them, of course. Presentation of illegal drugs is rampant. A brother of one of the two teen girls is presented as a drug-soaked malcontent who knowingly caused the girls to include marijuana in the brownies. And God's name in vain appears both with and without the four letter expletive about every three or four minutes.

Dressing to maximize the female form and leg exposure was limited to the two teen girls this time. All the other high schoolers in this movie, though seen infrequently, were not nearly as bare as in most teen shows. And since this show was about the 70s the "peace symbol" is seen often. Satanists and satanic rock groups use this symbol today claiming it represents a broken inverted Cross with the ring around it symbolizing confinement of Christ's power -- falsely claiming Satan's victory over Christ at His death. Little do they know that BY His death -- the ultimate Atonement of sin -- Jesus was Champion and Victor! Amen!

So many of our visitors seem to be relying only on this Summary/Commentary for a full accounting of the subject 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: Dick (1999) CAP Thermometers

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

Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • fighting to settle disagreement
  • breaking and entering
  • rude handling of teen girls
  • lighting a fire in a wastebasket in a bedroom

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • One use of the most foul of the foul words
  • 21 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • teens sneaking out of the house
  • flatulation
  • lie to deflect accountability
  • vulgar gestures
  • falsifying concern to manipulate
  • teens taking legal matters into their own hands

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • implication of pornography
  • sexual references, comments, and innuendoes
  • dressing to maximize leg exposure
  • desire for love affair with a married man
  • slighting pornography
  • sexual intercourse in a painting
  • "Do you want to make out" from a 15 year old girl to a like-aged boy (sexual favor for personal gain)
  • a teen girl atop a teen boy in bed (dressed)
  • teen underwear exposed to another teen
  • sensuous clothing and mannerisms

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • giving booze to a teen by a parent
  • portrayal of illegal drug use by authorities
  • booze,
  • drinking
  • drunkenness
  • "I need a drink"
  • drinking by a teen
  • possession of illegal drugs

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • peace symbol
  • three uses of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive and 21 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. 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.

    (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.

    Additional reviews of this movie may be located at "Movie Review Query Engine at Telerama."

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