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Entertainment Media Analysis Report

Out of Sight (1998)
CAP Score: 31
CAP ID: 3.11

Thomas A. Carder
CAP President

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Out of Sight (1998) CAP Thermometers WOW! What can I say about Out of Sight (1998)! It was an enlightened and progressively modern movie true to the previews. Use of popular language was certainly example-setting. The anti-gun people will find substance for their arguments against gun possession as well. All in all, the movie was was pure trash! Out of Sight presented the full gambit of popular entertainment media -- 233 examples of unacceptable programming in 123 minutes: almost two examples each minute. WOW!

Graphic murder, nudity, attempted rape, masked sexual intercourse, sexual innuendo, bold anatomical references, abduction, control with firearms, death, a brief but politcally correct homosexual presence, crime, disgusting language, vulgarity -- this and much, much more are available for your movie-going [dis]pleasure in living color and dynamic surroundsound. But if you are looking for drug-related material in your entertainmend media, Out of Sight (1998) would not be the strongest choice. Outside of a few instances of acloholic beverages, there was only one instance of drugs, and that was a 90s hippie bragging about drug use and dealing. Don't take my word for it -- let the numbers above speak for themselves.

There was probably more unacceptable programming to Out of Sight than is noted herein because at times examples or unacceptable programming came faster than I could annotate them.

Following is a breakdown of the distribution for scoring.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) suffered intermediate level point loss per example six times due to attempted rapes, sexual assaults, views of multiple firearms for criminal purposes, and gunfire deaths at the hands of police. This Investigation Area suffered the maximum level point loss per example once due to the portrayal of crime as successful.

Impunity/Hate (I)(1) suffered fifty-five maximum level point losses due to the use of the most foul of the three-four letter words, both with and without the six letter descriptor.

Sex/Homosexuality (S) suffered intermediate level point loss six times due to bathtub sex, vulgar talk of sexual conquest, undressing to the underwear, and a heterosexual couple in bed together with masked nudity. This Investigation Area suffered the maximum level point loss once due to nudity from jumping out of a bed for attempted rape.

Drugs/Alcohol (D) suffered no intermediate level or maximum level point loss.

Offense to God (O)(2) suffered intermediate level point loss three times due to the use of Jesus' name as an exclamation and maximum level point loss four times due to the use of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive.

Murder/Suicide (M)(3) suffered intermediate level point loss due to a knife murder with blood and visible mechanism, attempted multiple murder, and gunfire murder. This Investigation Area suffered the maximum level point loss (3) per example twice due to gunfire murder with a visible hole in the victim's head, and murder after-math with victims and blood splatter.

Additional examples of unacceptable programming which warranted only the minimum scoring loss per example included:

  • violent attitude display
  • ninety-eight more examples of the three-four letter word vocabulary
  • deaths
  • car theft, breaking and entering
  • threats of murder and theft
  • homosexual presence
  • somewhat vulgar dress
  • six uses of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive
  • physical assault
  • female legs flailing while wearing a skirt, showing all areas of the legs with the camera angle from the woman's feet
  • jailbreak
  • inapprorpiate touching
  • abduction and taking of hostage
  • bragging of drug use/dealing
  • suggestive eye movement
  • vulgar references to human anatomy
  • revealing dress and sexual innuendo
  • vulgar Tee Shirt picture
  • admission of prostitution
  • sexual solicitation
  • drinking of alcoholic beverages (socially) and talk of desire for it
  • undressing for sex
  • planning of crime
  • handling of firearms for criminal purposes
  • stealing food
  • talk of while displaying condoms in a flippant manner

    In accordance with the numeric comparative baseline database of the CAP Entertainment Media Analysis Model, Out of Sight (1998) presented programming equivalent to R-rated material in Wanton Violence/Crime, Impunity/Hate, Sex/Homosexuality, and Offense to God. The movie is equivalent to PG programming in Drugs/Alcohol and Murder/Suicide. Thus, Out of Sight is equivalent to 66% R-rated programming and 34% PG-rated programming.

    (1) As noted in CAP Special Report-001, "Investigation Area and Scoring Trend," of the six CAP Investigation Areas, Impunity/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 Impunity/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, deaths by police action, and deaths by war are incorporated into Wanton Violence/Crime.

    Please remember we believe that if even one of the six Investigation Area scores for a movie is equivalent to the CAP comparative baseline database scoring range for R, PG-13, or PG material, the entire movie should be regarded as so rated.  For example, if only Wanton Violence/Crime earns a score equivalent to R but all other Investigation Areas earn a score equivalent to G, THERE IS R-RATED MATERIAL IN THE MOVIE AND YOUR KIDS WILL SEE IT AND HEAR IT IF THEY WATCH THE MOVIE!

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

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