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Drive Me Crazy (1999), (PG-13)
CAP Score: 47
CAP Influence Density: 1.48
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*Dive Me Crazy* (PG-13) -- another teen autonomy movie.

Mom and dad, any of them, in *Drive Me Crazy* were like the mothers and fathers in TV sitcoms: splendid examples of what the moviemakers seem to want you to believe are 'real life' parents; absent or self-absorbed simpletons without a clue of OR much of a care about what was going on in their kids lives; who serve only to get in the way. Splendid examples of how NOT to be a Real Life parent. Proverbs 13:24 and 29:15 warned us a long, long time ago what would happen to the behavior mechanics and coping skills of kids who are given too much autonomy and independence too soon: [13:24] "He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes (early)" and [29:15] "The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame."

Before some of you young readers come unglued, the "rod" is not always punishment and is never a literal beating with a rod. The "rod" can be, among many other things, "I love you." It is the rod of the shepherd who guides, directs and corrects the herd. Indeed, it is the rod of the Shepherd. If anybody is curious about the "rod" see our article "Spare the Rod.....Spoil the Child: A Parental Perspective" at .

Of course, the teens took every advantage of the unearned and unmerited freedom from accountability, authority and consequence afforded by the general absence of righteous parental authority [Proverb 22:15 "Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him."] In efforts to secure a date for the Centennial celebration, the central teen girl maneuvered, connived, lied, and offered sex to get what she wanted [Is. 30:1]. Profanity was a 'top billing' presence, too, but at least God's name in vain only appeared once and then without the four letter expletive. And, yes, the most foul of foul words was there, but only once [Matt. 12:36-37]. And there was lots of teen drinking [Eph. 5:18]. And all was completely acceptable of course. Many of the more than 4000 hate mails we have received (including death threats), mostly from teens, since our scathing analysis of *South Park* said that is the way it really is with teens: that they really do talk that way and drink just to get drunk and have sex with no more concern than getting some on your chin when you blow your nose. With movies like these available to teens even before they are teens, should we wonder why?

Oh, yeah! In the final sequence the parents of two teen lovers, acting about as giddy as 1st graders, told the teens "We're moving in together." What a signal!

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

FINDINGS / SCORING: Drive Me Crazy (1999) CAP Thermometers

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

Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • reckless driving
  • beating

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • 23 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • one use of the most foul of the foul words
  • arrogance toward parents and other fair authority (many)
  • sneaking to introduce dye in the school water system
  • punk dress and music (multiple)
  • deceit to deflect accountability
  • homosexual presence (multiple)
  • facial piercing
  • waste of a jacket in anger

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • dressing to maximize the female form and/or skin exposure
  • inappropriate touch
  • necking (on school property)
  • offer of sexual performance
  • teens exposing themselves in underwear to other teens
  • teen boy in teen girl's bedroom while she is in the bed
  • sexual talk, innuendo, comments
  • camera angle to focus viewer on private parts
  • cyber relationship
  • sexual aggression (on school property)
  • gaping mouth kissing
  • "We're moving in together" to the teens by their parents

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • teen drinking and drunkenness (many)

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • a boy using his father's sins to excuse his own

    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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