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Down to You (2000), (PG-13)
CAP Score: 46
CAP Influence Density: 1.69
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*Down to You* (PG-13) -- down to R.

Yes, this movie should have been rated R. Not necessarily for the severity of individual episodes of ignominy, but for the sheer volume of the lesser ones. In numeric comparison with movies of 1995 and before, *Down to You* should have been rated R -- more proof of the slipping of the standards of acceptance. The same analysis model was used on this movie as was used on movies of 1995 and earlier. To bad, too. *Down to You* had some moments of tenderness and mature responsibility in a boy-girl relationship. But soon the maturity and responsibility were lost -- in spades.

In rekindling a broken relationship, the two characters Al (Freddie Prinze, Jr.) and Imogen (Julia Stiles) narrated the events that led to the breakdown of the relationship. Lots of warm and loving behavior by the pair made it particularly disappointing to be slammed with the trash. Underage drinking and drunkenness took a heavy point price as did many portrayals of a male and a female sharing the same bed in cohabitation. Though the only nudity noted was in a picture, little was left to speculation. It is 100% likely that two plus two equals four. It is just as likely that an obviously nude late teen boy-girl pair snuggling in bed together are engaged in an activity not appropriate outside a real monogamous heterosexual marriage. Even if the actor/actress pair were actually married in real life, such a display is never appropriate for the screen.

While not a violent movie at all, *Down to You* was absolutely and completely focused on and obsessed with sex and booze. Comments such as "Thought it was a cool place because they didn't even check IDs" by Prinze and "Luckily there was enough alcohol in his blood to prevent circulation of the shampoo" by a stage doctor after Prinze drank a bottle of shampoo gave this film an air of raw immaturity. Language was not as severe as most PG-13 movies and there were no murders or suicides.

*Down to You was a pretend love story geared, in the contemporary sense, to late pre-teen and early teen girls with all the lures to feed their desires to be older and worldly using an attractive experienced poplar and talented actor/actress pair playing the parts of independent and autonomous college students under no controls of any kind. What a tease! The movie even presented staring in a porno flick as acceptable and desirable. In the luster and glamour of this combination, the particular danger of this movie to the pre-teen and early teen was to the wholesome development of respect for sex and alcohol by flagrant casting off of inhibition and control.

Sexual aggression largely by girls, vulgar sex talk also by girls, comments claiming that to act your age means sex and partying by Stiles, and other encouragements of dropping inhibition and control can certainly plant risk-taking thoughts in impressionable 13 year olds. The single most prevalent presence in this movie was "youth = sex + booze." Maybe movies like this "1995 R-rated" movie, now made available to your 13 year old daughter (and typically younger) by a group of people who think they can decide when it is okay for your adolescent to be exposed to such (i.e., the MPAA), are the reason we have such a problem with teenage promiscuity and alcohol abuse. Smoking was also a large presence in this movie. And parents were largely doddering idiots or debate partners.

Just remember there is no law which states you must let your kids watch this or any other movie.

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: Down to You (2000) CAP Thermometers

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

Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • physical aggression

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • on e use of the most foul of the foul words
  • 7 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • "Thought it was cool because they didn't check IDs."
  • vulgar hand gesture
  • a wreck after drunk driving was funny
  • piercing of male nipples
  • lies
  • hate talk
  • "Luckily there was enough alcohol in his blood to prevent circulation of the shampoo" by a doctor
  • parents portrayed as doddering idiots or no more than debate partners

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • sex talk
  • gaping mouth kissing
  • encouragements of dropping inhibitions and controls
  • vulgar talk
  • picture nudity
  • man/woman in bed on top of each other while obviously nude (masked nudity)
  • cohabitation
  • talk of staring in a porno flick as glamorous
  • a teen in underwear
  • teen pair in bathroom nude (masked)
  • "act your age = sex, party"
  • admissions of sexual immorality
  • youth = sex
  • self touching while dancing
  • camera angle

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • teen smoking
  • underage drinking
  • teen drunkenness
  • drunk driving
  • "I deal in drugs on the side."

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • one use of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive and five 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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