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Inspector Gadget (1999), (PG)
CAP Score: 76
CAP Influence Density: 0.43
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*Inspector Gadget* (PG) -- Yes, a PG movie! Could have very easily been G.

Yes, *Inspector Gadget* could have very easily been a G-rated movie WITHOUT losing any of its punch. Lots of neat gadgetry true to the cartoon series which spawned this flick. Matthew Broderic was perfect for the part. And lots of slapstick comedy. And now for the "But..."

*Inspector Gadget* was a true PG movie. Its CAP final score fell one point away from the cell midpoint for the scoring range (68 to 86) earned by PG movies of 1995/96. While another review I read said this movie was PG due, in part, to language, unless I missed several, there was only one -- a single use of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive. The most severe loss of points was due to the violence and sexually-oriented material. Examples of the violence include reckless driving by non-police personnel to pursue, attempted murder by explosives, theft by breaking and entering, and automatic gunfire with lustful enjoyment. Examples of sexually oriented programming included a man atop a woman (dressed), grabbing of private parts, clearly excessive cleavage, and a long sequnce of Gadget's pants down around his ankles, repeatedly exposing his underwear. "Adult underwear in the movies is unacceptable?" Yes. What do you think would happen to an adult male who walked into an elementary school classroom with his pants down around his ankles? In the scene where Gadget grabs a guru's privates, the guru was trying to teach the fledgling Inspector to "feel" his world since his human senses were impeded by all the bionics. The guru laid two balls on the floor in front of himself and told Gadget to get them while blindfolded -- and Gadget did but not those on the floor. Sure, it is rude and crude to read this stuff, but it is just as rude and crude for your kids to see it. It was there! You need to know. But one good thing, in the advertisements the inventor who made Gadget's bionics wrapped her arms around Gadget's waist, ostensibly to make adjustments in his configuraton. Gadget made some erotic-looking expressions and a rocket launched from his head. This scene was not in the cut I watched.

As a reminder, it is our intent to just tell you of the true content of a movie using the teachings of Jesus as our Investigation Standards. We tell you of that which the producers and advertisers won't or can't tell you. By His Word, it is up to YOU to decide for your kids -- not us, not the advertisers/producers, not the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), and certainly not word-of-mouth -- what is acceptable for your kids. We are just giving you a tool to help you do that.

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FINDINGS / SCORING: Inspector Gadget (1999) CAP Thermometers

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

Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • reckless pursuit driving by non-police personnel
  • attempted murder by explosives
  • theft by breaking and entering
  • "In the real world, evil quite often prevails."
  • a jump out of a tall building
  • automatic gunfire with lustful enjoyment
  • a child undertaking rescue in a criminal environment on her own
  • holding a child at gunpoint
  • fighting atop a bridge span
  • abduction
  • a long fall

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • flatulence
  • a rubber snap on the posterior of a woman
  • "I'm gonna kick some b--t."

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • repeated exposure to adult underwear
  • a man atop a woman, both prone
  • grabbing of private parts

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • a computer image of a champagne glass with an olive
  • one instance of drinking

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • one use of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive

    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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