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Entertainment Media Analysis Report

Godzilla (1998)
CAP Score: 58
CAP ID: 0.76

Thomas A. Carder
CAP President

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Godzilla (1998) CAP Thermometers Godzilla (1998) was a very violent movie saturated with extremely graphic deaths by animal attacks. Humans were eaten in this movie. A true nightmare-maker for the younger audiences. While the sci-fi terror can be damaging in its own right, it is easier to incorporate and dispose of than the attitude and behavior of the human actors and actresses. As is typical with PG-13 movies, Godzilla (1998) was thick with the three/four letter word vocabulary (thirty times), absolutely none of which actually contributed to the movie -- it would have been just as good without any of the language! And the movie would have been just a good had it not presented the use of God's name in vain 22 times, two of which were with the four letter expletive -- once in an exceptionally bitter manner. Also as is typical with PG-13 movies, sexual innuendo, cleavage, and vulgar discourse took their toll on the wholesomeness. However, Godzilla (1998) was a champion at keeping drugs/alcohol and murder/suicide out of the script!

Godzilla (1998) could have been a great Saturday night sci-fi flick if it were not for the hard language and sexual material, and if it had just a little less excessive terror and violence.

Following is a breakdown of the distribution of scoring.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) suffered major loss of points due to graphic monster attacks, human mutillation, animal consumption of human flesh, and multiple deaths per event. Theft of government property and falsification of official identification took a few points as well. Additional threats of imminent attack, deaths by animal attack, and deaths by fire reduced the Wanton Violence/Crime score, too.

Impunity/Hate (I)(1) lost most of its starting 100 points due to the use of the three/four letter word vocabulary thirty times.

Sex/Homosexuality (S) lost points due to an exceptionally vulgar discourse with gratuitous sexual references, Samauri nudity, sexual harassment/soliciting sexual favors, sexual innuendo, and too much cleavage.

Drugs/Alcohol (D) found no occurences of unacceptable programming.

Offense to God (O)(2) lost most of its starting 100 points due to 22 uses of God's name in vain both with and without the four letter expletive, plus speaking of God then "Speak of the devil."

Examples of Murder/Suicide (M)(3) were not found.

In accordance with the numeric comparative baseline database of the CAP Entertainment Media Analysis Model, Godzilla (1998) presented programming equivalent to R-rated material in Wanton Violence/Crime, Impunity/Hate, and Offense to God. Godzilla (1998) presented programming equivalent to PG-rated material in Sex/Homosexuality, and was equivalent to G-rated programming in Drugs/Alcohol and Murder/Suicide. Thus, the movie was equivalent to 50% R-rated programming, 17% PG-rated programming, and 33% G-rated programming.

(1) As noted in CAP Special Report-001, "Investigation Area and Scoring Trend," of the six CAP Investigation Areas, Impunity/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 is incorporated into the Impunity/Hate Investigation Area. The use of God's name with or without the three/four letter word vocabulary 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, whether literal or euphemistic.

(3) Only portrayal of successful murder or suicide are incorporated into Murder/Suicide. Presentation of attempts to commit murder or suicide, deaths by police action, and deaths by war are incorporated into Wanton Violence/Crime.

Please remember we believe that if even one of the six Investigation Area scores for a movie is equivalent to the CAP comparative baseline database scoring range for R, PG-13, or PG material, the entire movie should be regarded as so rated.  For example, if only Wanton Violence/Crime earns a score equivalent to R but all other Investigation Areas earn a score equivalent to G, THERE IS R-RATED MATERIAL IN THE MOVIE AND YOUR KIDS WILL SEE IT AND HEAR IT IF THEY WATCH THE MOVIE!

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

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