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Entertainment Media Analysis Report

Never Been Kissed (1999), PG-13
CAP Score: 52, CAP ID: 1.11

Thomas A. Carder
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"Never Been Kissed" (PG-13) -- this analysis will sound like a broken record, but facts are facts.

"Never Been Kissed" is a movie about high school years. And with it comes the unfair stereotyping of how high school kids behave. Even if this movie is accurate about how high school kids act, maybe movies like this one are the main reason high school kids act that way.

"Never Been Kissed" is clearly a sexual movie: a tool of the social engineers to lower the standards of acceptance and inhibition. Sex talk, talk of sexual conquest, gamming, inappropriate touching, and references to human anatomy are frequent in "Never Been Kissed." Many of the actresses dressed to maximize the female form and/or leg and cleavage exposure, which nowadays seems to be typical of movies about the high school years. Necking with open-mouth kissing/licking in the school hallways with girls wearing bikinis to the senior prom and boys wearing only a shirt with briefs underwear would seem to be acceptable nowadays if the entertainment industry is merely a reflection of real life. Also at the prom were muscle boys in attire (rather the lack of it) strongly suggesting the alternate lifestyle. While sexual material in the choreography and script was as in-your-face as wire in a screen door, alcoholic beverages and foul language appeared quite prevalent as well. Of particular offensiveness to me was the teaching of how to don condoms using real condoms and bananas.

There was no nudity noted but there were a pair of cheeks hanging out from under one of the bikinis -- about 40% of each cheek. And the pose, position, and camera angle of the moonshining maid made it very, very clear this scene was ONLY to show the cheeks. None of the most foul of the foul words were noted, but several of the three/four letter words were heard. And God's name in vain was there both with and without the four letter expletive. While all these "little" pieces of ignominy seem somewhat tame in comparison, the magnitude of them all put together earned "Never Been Kissed" a CAP score equivalent to R-rated movies of 1995/96. Too bad, too. It could have been a warm love story.

Of particular interest to the Christian, in the prom a boy-girl couple dressed as Joseph and Mary looking very weary came to a table for a place to sit. The table was partly full with the "Valley girl" gang who refused to let them sit. I wonder what that skit was trying to say, if anything? Since the stage holy couple had no identifying indicators other than gender, costumes, and make-up, it was clear that this "statement" was made to Christians since 1) only Christians would typically recognize the attire and personages of Joseph and Mary, and 2) Joseph and Mary are of great importance only to Christians. Anyone is welcome to try to figure out the meaning (if any) of this skit and email their thoughts to me. If I get enough response, I'll prepare a page to display the feedback.

FINDINGS / SCORING: Never Been Kissed (1999) CAP Thermometers

NOTE: Multiple occurrence of each item described below may be present in the movie.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • None noted

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • 10 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • lie about being 17 year old
  • kissing/petting/necking on school property
  • inhuman cruelty toward a "misfit" girl
  • inappropriate sex education (teaching of donning condoms using real condoms and bananas)
  • vulgar maneuvers
  • implications of developing romance between teacher and student

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • sex talk, conquest talk
  • gamming (maximizing exposure of upper leg such as when sitting in a miniskirt then crossing the legs)
  • sexual innuendo, comments, and references
  • inappropriate touching
  • dressing to maximize female form, leg exposure and cleavage (many)
  • somewhat vulgar dance
  • adult underwear
  • posterior exposure (about 40% of each cheek)
  • bikinis, adult underwear, Playboy(tm) bunny, and homosexual attire at a senior prom
  • homosexual suggestions
  • offer of sexual performance
  • adult female in teen boys' locker room
  • camera angle to focus viewer on private regions
  • gaping mouth kissing

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • alcoholic beverages and drinking
  • teen bar with alcoholic beverages present
  • a drug cake "ala THC" THC is tetrahydrocannabinol - the drug content of marijuana
  • teen party at parents' house with no adult supervision

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • 10 uses of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive and twice with it
  • a probably insult to Christianity

    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 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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