ChildCare Action Project: Christian Analysis of American Culture (CAP)

Entertainment Media Analysis Report

Mighty Joe Young (1998), PG
CAP Score: 66, CAP ID: 0.61

Thomas A. Carder
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Mighty Joe Young -- a mighty violent movie. The 1949 version of this movie might have not received a CAP score equivalent to G-rated movies circa the 1990s, but neither did this 1998 version. Animal attacks and aggression in this version were much more violent and invasive than in the 1949 version. And in this 1998 version, Joe killed a human, graphically -- a bad guy but a human nonetheless -- all because the bad guy killed a human. Go figure.

In addition to the plethora of Joe's graphic violence, human meanies stole a ton of Wanton Violence/Crime points. Poaching, firearms and gunfire, threats using and attempted murder with firearms, car theft at gunpoint, death by fire and explosion, a beating with a rifle, and human-led attack dog sequence evaporated all but three of the starting 100 points in this Investigation Area. A quite violent movie.

In Sex/Homosexuality, camera angles clearly organized to focus the viewer on the bust of a female, repeatedly, chopped down the starting 100 points in this Investigation Area. In a couple scenes, the actress appeared to have moved her shoulders back, tossed her head to look over her left shoulder, and inhaled deeply -- just for the camera.

As usual, repeated use of God's name in vain, though without the four letter expletive, buried about one fourth of the points in Offense to God. Some drunkenness invaded the Drugs/Alcohol Investigation Area.

FINDINGS / SCORING: Mighty Joe Young (1998) CAP Thermometers

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) lost intermediate level points five times due to graphic animal attacks with injury and death, car theft at gunpoint, death by fire/explosion, and disaster mayhem. Wanton Violence/Crime lost no maximum level points.

Impudence*/Hate (I)(1) lost no intermediate nor maximum level points.

Sex/Homosexuality (S) lost no intermediate nor maximum level points.

Drugs/Alcohol (D) lost no intermediate nor maximum level points.

Offense to God (O)(2) lost no intermediate nor maximum level points.

Murder/Suicide (M)(3) lost intermediate level points twice due to two murders.

Other examples of entertainment ignominy, each warranting the loss of the minimum point level, included

  • a child playing with wild gorillas
  • snarling attack dogs and men with firearms
  • poaching (illegal killing of animals for money)
  • animal attacks and animal violence/threats/aggression
  • five uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • nine uses of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive
  • at least nine instances of clearly organized camera angles to focus the viewer on private parts
  • risking of a life by obsession with a memory
  • gunfire by drunks
  • a bar and drinking
  • suggestive eye movement
  • planning a hateful/vengeful maneuver
  • darting of a police officer
  • reckless driving (not a police action) to catch bad guys
  • stealing
  • attempted murder and threats with a firearm
  • beating with a gun butt
  • child endangerment
  • grief of death (implied)

    * "Impunity/Hate" is being changed to "Impudence/Hate."

    (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.

    Additional reviews of this movie may be located at "Movie Review Query Engine at Telerama."

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