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Entertainment Media Analysis Report

A Midsumer Night's Dream (1999), PG-13
CAP Score: 66, CAP ID: 0.67

Thomas A. Carder
CAP President
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"A Midsummer Night's Dream" (PG-13) -- if you enjoy Shakespearean lingo, you'll like this one. All of the script is in Shakespearean. But beware of the 'other stuff.'

Since the script is entirely Shakespearean, there are few of the three/four letter words used in foul language today. One in particular was used to describe an animal in the same way some adolescents use it as a foul word with the excuse it is the name of an animal. God's name in vain appeared only once that I could find and then without the four letter expletive. Lots of scanty clothing, lots of Shakespearean sex talk, and lots of sexual innuendo, comments, and references. And since this is a PG-13 movie (acceptable for adolescents) assume there is nudity in it -- and there is -- plus teases of nudity. There are even four nude humans snuggling with each other. And, yes, there is fondling of private parts PLUS manual encouragement of it by the recipient. And there is a general portrayal that love equals sex throughout.

Other matters of unacceptable behavior and programming include a homosexual kiss, barroom revels, human disfiguration, and the use of drugs (a fantasy love potion) to control. Though the later point is clearly fantasy, such gain provided by use of the drug may encourage experimentation with real drugs for the same end -- i.e., the date rape drug? I know this sounds far-fetched, but lesser influences have done worse.

Of particular interest: in one scene a father took the letter of the law of the time to condemn his daughter to death if she did not wed the man he had chosen for her. Granted, the God-ordered hierarchy of the family is the father is the head of the wife and of the family, but this part of the programming in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" is a example of counterfeiting of the Scriptures; a mockery of God's Wisdom for the family. Note that maybe our departure from God's ordainment of the father as the head of the wife (Eph. 5:23) (and family) just might be part of the reason for the state of our culture. And before you jump down my neck, I did not write the rules. God did. Argue with Him, not me. He can define this rules in ways you can understand and accept. All I can say is that nowhere has God said the father is the dictator of the wife and family. A good leader must know when to be a leader and when to be a follower: when to take the reins and when to hand them over to her -- and for how long.

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

FINDINGS / SCORING: A Midsummer Night's Dream (1999) CAP Thermometers

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

Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • petty theft
  • talk of suicide for love

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • implication that purity is undesirable
  • planning to defy father's wish
  • five uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • public urination
  • an offer to provide many sex partners to keep a man

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • sex talk, comments, innuendoes, and references
  • homosexual (lesbian) kiss
  • partial posterior nudity
  • nude female breasts
  • scanty dress
  • full nudity
  • fondling of female breasts
  • translucent clothing
  • excessive breast exposure (inadequate cover by clothing)
  • statue nudity

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • beer and wine
  • drinking and drunkenness
  • barroom licentiousness
  • the portrayal of a love potion as effective in generating sexual submission

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • fairies, imps, demons, elfs, and horned creatures (pan and others) throughout
  • counterfeiting of God's plan for the family hierarchy
  • portrayal of beings having power of the weather
  • witchcraft
  • an animated Medussan head
  • humans changing into animal form
  • a single use of God's name in vain and 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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