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Entertainment Media Analysis Report

The Love Letter (1999), PG-13
CAP Score: 60, CAP ID: 0.76

Thomas A. Carder
CAP President
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"The Love Letter" (PG-13) -- maybe not once you find out about it.

Tom Selleck (George) and Kate Capshaw (Helen) join talents in this cardboard laughless romance comedy of distortion of traditional romance with a new age twist. An unsigned, unaddressed love letter gets passed around by a string of mishaps: it was left lying around then was picked up by another who leaves it lying around to be picked up by another. etc. Each one who picks it up believes the letter is written to him or her from a secret admirer. And all the expected shenanigans and confusion, all the denials and admissions happen -- except one. As it turns out the letter was written by Helen's absentee mother (Blythe Danner). . . .to a lesbian girlfriend. Helen's mother told Helen "That's right! Your mamma is a dyke" and a later scene presented the mother and her lover sitting on a bed speaking love words to each other. All characters in the movie expressed about as much concern as if they were just told supper would be late. I suspect this movie is just another explicit move of the homosexual agenda to announce to younger and younger audiences that being homosexual is normal. Fortunately, this is not true. The study conducted by Mr. Dean Hamer which claimed a gene exists which propels its host into homosexuality has since been proven wrong by Dr. George Rice, just as the infamous Kinsey report has been proven wrong. God was not wrong when He warned us about homosexuality. The homosexual content of the movie was to be expected since the quintessential lesbian of the 90s, Ellen Degeneras, starred as a friend and co-worker of Capshaw.

This movie contains nudity: brief but full rear nudity of Capshaw (or her stand-in) plus another presentation of lesser nudity but nudity nonetheless (I will not describe it). While God's name in vain with the four letter expletive was not noted, it was noted without the four letter expletive several times. And the most foul of foul words is there -- twice -- plus several examples of the three/four letter word vocabulary. There was no violence or murder but there were examples of drinking of alcoholic beverages and a suggestion by DeGeneras to use occultic/Satanic paraphernalia to increase bookstore sales. "Convenience lying" and foul language were very expensive, but many, many sexual items were the most expensive to the final score.

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

FINDINGS / SCORING: The Love Letter (1999) CAP Thermometers

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

Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • none were noted

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • 2 uses of the most foul of foul words
  • 11 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • lies for convenience
  • a key scrape down the side of a car to spite

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • sexual innuendo, talk, and comments
  • camera focus to force viewer on private regions
  • inappropriate touch
  • necking with inappropriate touch
  • undressing for sex
  • partial nudity
  • full rear nudity (female)
  • masked (covered) sexual intercourse
  • invitation for sex
  • picture nudity
  • man and woman in bed nude partially covered
  • adults dancing in their underwear
  • homosexual relationship: a mother admitting to her daughter that the mother is a lesbian, and the mother speaking words of love to her lover while sitting on a bed
  • an offer to live together unmarried
  • an attitude portraying that homosexuality is normal

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • 8 presentations of alcoholic beverages and/or drinking

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • suggestion to use occultic/Satanic paraphernalia to increase sales
  • 5 uses of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • note 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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