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THE NOTEBOOK (2004), PG-13
Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
June 24, 2004
55 out of 100

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The Notebook (2004) CAP Thermometers

Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • Reckless endangerment
  • reckless disregard
  • firearm threat
  • war imagery with death

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • 11 uses of the 3/4 four letter word vocabulary
  • teen boy teaching a teen girl to "live it up": to usurp her parents
  • crude talk
  • mother/daughter screaming at each other
  • adult suggesting teen defy his parents

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • teen girl dropping teen boy's pants to his ankles
  • teens making out in theater
  • girl wrapping her legs around boy below his waist, repeatedly
  • teens making out in car with girl crawling all over boy
  • teen boy fondling teen girl's breasts and buttocks on father's porch
  • teens stripping for sex in abandoned residence
  • intercourse between teens with intimate imagery but no gender-specifics seen
  • long discourse between teens while nude after intercourse
  • multiple male full nudity - induction physical
  • flash female nudity
  • cohabitation for sex, repeatedly
  • man and woman in bed, repeatedly
  • man and woman in bed nude
  • co-stripping to nudity
  • long and detailed intercourse but with no gender-specifics seen with request for another
  • another long period of nude together
  • cohabitation for sex
  • brief side female nudity

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • teen smoking
  • smoking, repeatedly
  • drunkenness
  • dinner wine

    Offense to God (O)
  • three uses of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive and four without

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • none noted


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    There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our more than eight years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.

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