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Entertainment Media Analysis Report

The Other Sister (1999), PG-13
CAP Score: 70, CAP ID: 0.54

Thomas A. Carder
CAP President

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"The Other Sister" (PG-13)" -- could have been a good movie. If the sex, homosexuality, alcohol content, some rebellion against parental authority, and the use of God's name in vain were not there, "The Other Sister" would have been a warm and gentle love story for all ages about the "blossoming" of two mentally challenged young adults. The actress who played the lead part was genius. Support roles and functions were well organized. But...

While there was no nudity there was stripping to the underwear, both male and female. Also, this movie seemed to say that it is necessary for all young adults to lose their innocence out of wedlock. The CAP Investigation Area of Sex/Homosexuality revealed the sexual content was frequent enough to make the magnitude of the sexual content numerically equivalent to R-rated movies of 1995/96. Lesbianism and sexual discovery/experimentation of two young people filled the movie. Drugs/Alcohol found many presentations of alcoholic beverages and drinking of them to drunkenness which made this area of the movie also numerically equivalent to an R-rated movie of 1995/96. While Wanton Violence/Crime and Murder/Suicide revealed scores equivalent to G-rated movies, Offense to God revealed a score equivalent to PG movies. Of the six CAP Investigation Areas (fractionated from 80 Investigation Standards), Impudence/Hate was the only Investigation Area to reveal a score equivalent to PG-13 movies of 1995/96.

"The Other Sister" earned a CAP final score equivalent to the lower end of the CAP scoring range for PG movies (toward PG-13), but please remember that if ANY CAP Investigation Area score is equivalent to R-rated movies, the entire movie should be considered R because your child will see and hear the R-level programming.

A key issue of dissonance created by this movie was when should the parents of a mentally challenged son or daughter allow the offspring fend for him/herself. "Should I let her, a sexually mature young woman, go out on her own having little to no concept of sexual predators? She IS and adult, isn't she?" And part of this deeply perplexing question might be that, by man's law, when does the mother (or father) no longer have any authority over the well-being of an infirm adult daughter or son? Let us trash man's law and rely on God's Law which never specifies the chronological age (or mental/emotional condition) at which parents are to release their children to the world. Granted, the Bible tells us that a man (and a woman) should one day put away childish things, but never does it specify 18, or 21. Specifically, in accordance with the Bible, when are you no longer your parents' child? When do you no longer have dominion over them?

FINDINGS / SCORING: The Other Sister (1999) CAP Thermometers

Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
• None noted

Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • 4 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • arrogance against parental authority
  • lying to deflect guilt/accountability
  • running away to manage emotional pain
  • "So my parents will get off my back"
  • demanding, possessive mother
  • argumentation between husband and wife before the children

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • sexual references, innuendo, anticipation, and talk
  • adult underwear
  • sexual advance (sexual predatory)
  • offer of drugs with sex
  • sexual mannerisms to gain favor of teacher
  • graphic discussion of human biology and physiology
  • lesbianism (in bed but covered) and other suggestions and expressions of homosexuality
  • parents speaking of homosexuality as acceptable and normal
  • vulgar display (male licking the stomach of a female)
  • pornographic book with discussion of sex in a sterile and meaningless manner
  • sequence of discussion of whether and how to have sex
  • promotion of sex without regard for consequences
  • admission of immoral sex

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • presentation of alcoholic beverages, drinking, and drunkenness

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • 7 uses of God's name in vain but 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 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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