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

Entertainment Media Analysis Report

Mission: Impossible (1996)
CAP Score: 63
CAP ID: 0.66

Thomas A. Carder
CAP President

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Mission: Impossible (1996) was a darkened version of the original TV series of Mission Impossible. The movie was thick with graphic violence in the form of murder, hoodlum tactics, planning of crime (espionage), and wielding of firearms. Impunity/Hate was right on CAP target for a PG-13 movie: some of the three/four letter word vocabulary, nothing vulgar but still unacceptable(1). The amount of sexual material in the movie was surprisingly light: not lewd but there nonetheless. Only one instance of Drugs/Alcohol was noted by two actors sauntering down a street in public drunkenness. Almost all of the points lost in Offense to God were lost due to the use of God's name in vain with one case of the use of His name in vain with the three/four letter word vocabulary.(2) Murder/Suicide lost many points due to, as you probably guessed, murder -- some very graphic.

The ChildCare Action Project findings for Mission: Impossible are as follows.

Mission: Impossible CAP Thermometers
In accordance with the comparative baseline data, Mission: Impossible was equivalent to R-rated material in Wanton Violence/Crime. It was equivalent to PG-13 material in Impunity/Hate and Offense to God. The movie presented material equivalent to PG material in Sex/Homosexuality and Murder/Suicide. The movie was equivalent to G-rated material in Drugs/Alcohol. Thus, Mission: Impossible was equivalent to the comparative baseline data corresponding to 17% R-rated material, 33% was equivalent to PG-13 material, 33% was equivalent to PG material, and 17% was equivalent to G-rated material.

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 number of examples per hour of unacceptable material in each of the Investigation Areas is provided.

Mission: Impossible CAP Scorecard

(1) As noted in CAP Special Report-0001, "Investigation Area and Scoring Trend" Impunity/Hate was the strongest presence in all four movie classifications. I pray you will find time to read Special Report-0001. It has a strong revelation about the entertainment media.

(2) The use of the three/four letter word vocabulary is incorporated into the Impunity/Hate Investigation Area. The use of God's name in vain with and without the three/four letter word vocabulary is incorporated into the Offense to God Investigation Area.

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

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