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Entertainment Media Analysis Report

Lost and Found (1999), PG-13
CAP Score: 57, CAP ID: 1.01

Thomas A. Carder
CAP President
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"Lost and Found" (PG-13, 1999) -- a comedy, that's all. But it really is PG-13 with all the programming typically associated with PG-13 movies. A dry and sometimes difficult plot and formula.

Dylan (David Spade) played a restaurant owner trying to expand. Dylan's apartment neighbor, Lila (Sophia Marceau) is a struggling musician who left France to get away from a bad love, Rene; (Patrick Bruel who followed her to America to try to rekindle the romance. Lila wants nothing to do with Rene anymore, not even his bare backside which filled the screen twice (as did the backside of one of Dylan's strip joint lost loves). Dylan's attempts to earn the love of Lila (or maybe other parts of her) are thwarted step by step by Rene. And Rene's attempts to rekindle a spent romance with Lila are thwarted step by step by Dylan. A feud ensues. Could have been an okay show except for.......

It was filled with sexual innuendo, comments, and talk. Twice the viewer was pelted with long-contact full posterior male nudity - head to toe. Dylan's ex-girlfriend showed us how her buttocks looked by wearing a cowgirl outfit that covered everything but her big buttocks - about twenty feet by thirty feet. And Dylan wore only flyer bags (a little larger than 8.5" x 11") in the front and back for about two minutes. In one scene, Lila was preparing to play her cello in a knee length dress. While sitting down she spread her knees to place the cello between them just as a cellist would. It became clear she was not wearing underwear. This was the most vulgar sexual programming in "Lost and Found." So, now we are there. All manner of nudity has been presented in PG-13 movies. Remember folks, the PG-13 rating just takes a slice off the bottom of the previous R rating. And remember that the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) now believes it is okay for your 13-year old to see it all -- whether you like it or not.

In addition to sexual material, foul language perpetrated a knife edge on what could have been a good movie. God's name in vain appeared many times but at least without the four letter expletive. The three/four letter word vocabulary was thoroughly explored as well (except for the most foul of the foul words -- it was not there). Thirteen year olds (and younger) listening to this stuff and some wonder why some of them talk that way.

For the best representation of the CAP Entertainment Media Analysis Model applied to this movie, be sure to visit the Findings/Scoring section below.

FINDINGS / SCORING: Lost and Found (1999) CAP Thermometers

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

Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • breaking and entering

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • 23 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary, once by a preteen
  • lies to cover lies
  • cheapening of hugs

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • sex talk, comments, innuendo
  • nudity: full rear male head to toe; female buttocks; female breasts; female crotch
  • strip poker
  • woman in shower
  • man in bed
  • adult underwear
  • one-button blouse closure
  • implication of child sexual abuse
  • beastiality "humor"
  • ghosting of female anatomy through clothing
  • a female changing clothes behind a semi-translucent barrier with a man looking on

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • beer
  • party booze and drinking

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • 14 uses of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive (none with)

    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 is incorporated into the Impudence/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 and deaths by police action or war are incorporated into Wanton Violence/Crime.

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