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Galaxy Quest (1999), (PG)
CAP Score: 58
CAP Influence Density: 0.78
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*Galaxy Quest* (PG) -- with lots of c-l-e-a-v-a-g-e.

It seems massive exposure of younger and younger children to an adult (Sigourney Weaver) female chest wearing only scant underwear under an open shirt is now acceptable. I wonder what would happen if a public school teacher who willingly exposed herself to children to that extent? Weaver did -- willingly. I also wonder how far we are from that. The movie theaters are public, aren't they?

*Galaxy Quest* could have been a really good Saturday night sci-fi flick without the sexual programming and without the hateful use of God's name in vain WITH the four letter expletive and without the 11 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary. And none of these ignominies helped the script or story. None. I guess PG has finally "grown up." Makes sense, I guess. Some of what used to be R is now PG-13, including full nudity and vulgar language. By the way, in numeric comparison with movies of 1995, *Galaxy Quest* should have been rated PG-13, a hard PG-13.

Thermians from a galaxy far, far away had been monitoring the broadcasts ("historical documents") of the TV show "Galaxy Quest." Impressed with the victories and tactics of the actors of the TV show, the Thermians pleaded with the TV Galaxy Quest commander, Jason Nesmith (Tim Allen) to come to their ship in space to assume a command position in the on-going battles with an arch enemy who threatened the very existence of the Thermian race. Thinking the Thermians were representatives of another TV "gig", Nesmith took selfish advantage of the opportunity to rekindle his failing popularity. Once the inoffensive and passive Thermians convinced Nesmith of their sincerity, Nesmith enlisted the help of his TV show "crew" to assist the Thermians. Little did it matter that (in the movie) Nesmith's vanity could cost the Thermian race its very existence.

Two examples of most risque programming were when Nesmith kneeled over in a night shirt looking for his pants, exposed his ostensibly bare privates to the Thermians. In another scene, the "Galaxy Quest" Tech Sergeant and one of the Thermian women engaged in a physical exchange, clearly for sensual purposes.

Examples of additional possibly influential programming include booze and drunkenness plus some violence including somewhat graphic murder, cannibalism by other aliens, and torture. Also, I found it curious to learn as an actress and an actor pair proceed through the same activities and are exposed to the same forces, that the woman's clothing suffers progressively revealing damage while his clothing does not. What started out as a simple tear in the shoulder of her shirtjac ended up exposing about 40% of her chest while wearing bandaid-sized underwear.

Please see Findings/Scoring below for a full accounting of the findings and scoring.

FINDINGS / SCORING: Galaxy Quest (1999) CAP Thermometers

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

Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • torture (some unseen but heard)
  • cannibalism
  • bash in the head with a rock
  • fantasy gore of spewing alien flesh
  • monstrous alien with evil intent
  • beating and brutality
  • death by weapon
  • attempted murder

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • 11 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • "brain dead" parents

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • at least 23 instances of excessive cleavage
  • sexual physiology comment
  • vulgar exposure (unseen) of ostensibly bare male privates from rear angle while kneeled
  • accusation of sexual immorality in a bravado style
  • suggestive eye movement
  • progressively exposing damage to woman's clothing
  • sexual suggestion

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

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • one use of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive before young teens in an exceptionally bitter and hateful way
  • 4 uses of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • two murders

  • (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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