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Entertainment Media Analysis Report

The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997) PG-13
CAP Score: 71
CAP ID: 0.66

Thomas A. Carder
CAP President

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The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997) CAP Thermometers
The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997) was not a particularly good movie nor a particularly bad movie: it was just plain graphically violent -- and yum, yum, eat 'em up. Humans were the Blue Plate Special. Human flesh was snackfood for many prehistorical beasts. While many movies of yesteryear involving prehistoric eras had an example or two per movie of animal attacks, rare was the case the observer would see the animal consuming the human nor would the observer actually see human innards goin' down as a side dish or appetizer. Most of us have eaten and enjoyed popcorn shrimp, now we have seen popcorn people.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) lost all of its 100 starting points due to, as you might have guessed, animal attacks and consumption of human flesh by animals, and a constant very convincing threat of attack, both occurring in serial form.

Impunity/Hate (I)(1) did not do as poorly as in most PG-13 movies but did lose almost half its 100 starting points due [also] to coarse and harsh language with a touch of adloescent arrogance against righteous authority.

Sex/Homosexuality (S) was surprisingly peaceful in The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997). The only example of unacceptable material noted was a very low-cut dress on an adolescent.

Drugs/Alcohol (D) presented a couple examples of bad examples: drinking to celebrate and to ease worries.

Offense to God (O)(2) found the typical use of God's name in vain both with and without the three/four letter word vocabulary.

Murder/Suicide (M)(3) was free of any noted murders or suicides.

Below is the table showing the scoring in each of the Investigation Areas plus the Final Score drawn from the actual CAP Report. In addition, the CAP Influence Density (ID) figure for the movie and the number of examples per hour of unacceptable material in each of the Investigation Areas is provided.

The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)  CAP Scorecard
In accordance with the comparative baseline data of the CAP Entertainment Media Analysis Model, The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997) presented material equivalent to R-rated material in Wanton Violence/Crime. The movie presented material equivalent to PG-13 movies in Impunity/Hate, PG material in Offense to God, and G-rated material in Sex/Homosexuality, Drugs/Alcohol, and Murder/Suicide. Thus, The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997) was equivalent to the 17% R-rated material, 17% PG-13 material, 17% PG material, and 50% G-rated material.

(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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