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Outside Providence (1999), (R)
CAP Score: 31
CAP Influence Density: 3.60
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*Outside Providence* (R) - also outside reality. This movie is another example of being grateful for the CAP system of annotating findings -- I cannot remember enough of this movie to be able to give you a good description only 7 days after watching it. I guess that is an example of the Hedges Jesus has built around me. I suspect in a couple weeks I won't remember watching this movie at all. Fortunately, the CAP Entertainment Media Analysis Model relies only on the written record of findings for scoring, and not at all on the memory of the Investigator.

Anyway, by reviewing the records much of the movie comes back to me -- there is much to be concerned about in this movie regarding its influence on your children especially teens. At least 25 examples of using illegal drugs or drinking alcohol were noted, mostly by actors portraying teens (all illegal drug use was by teens, some alcohol use was by actors portraying sorry excuses of fathers). Teen arrogance against parental authority, teen nudity, and unearned/unmerited freedom of teens was portrayed. The movie was saturated with sexual comments, talk, and innuendo. Of course -- the sexual material was about and by teens. An episode of group masturbation, portrayal that drugs improve studying, and necking with inappropriate touch were also shown. Language was bad: in 90 minutes there were 88 uses of foul language and 12 uses of God's name in vain both with and without the four letter expletive. And note that the use of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive was used (as near as I can remember) only by adults in this movie. The rest of the foul language was used mostly by teens.

And there was an exceptionally vulgar comment made about God regarding His role in *Footprints* (in the sand - "When there was only one set of footprints in the sand, it was then that I carried YOU").

This movie was NOT an adult movie -- it was a trash movie, unfit for all ages. It was written to bring in teen bucks by feeding, thus perpetuating the ever-growing bitter attitude of "It ain't good enough, no matter what 'it' is" that seems to have taken over the hearts of many of our youth, indeed our population. But then what can we expect from movie by Disney-owned Miramax?

So many of our visitors seem to be relying only on this Summary/Commentary for a full accounting of the subject movie. This is not possible. For the best representation of the CAP Entertainment Media Analysis Model applied to this movie, visit the Findings/Scoring section below.

FINDINGS / SCORING: Outside Providence (1999) CAP Thermometers

NOTE: Multiple occurrences of each item described below are likely.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • slaps in the face, once by a father to his son
  • a dart in the face
  • talk of a mother committing suicide
  • a threat to kill by push off of a roof

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • 49 uses of the most foul of foul words
  • 39 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • fathers being portrayed as drinking bums
  • a hateful relationship of a father with his son
  • running away from school
  • falsifying palsy to get into a ball game free
  • mischief to discredit
  • vulgar name for grandmother
  • skipping to Florida without permission or knowledge
  • teen hatred of his father
  • portrayal that to turn in law breakers is wrong
  • bartering punishment: making the 'bad guy' look good by sacrificing for others to protect them (a lie is a lie)
  • a teen expecting his father's past to justify/excuse his own poor behavior
  • unauthorized use of parents' car

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • sexual comments, innuendo, talk
  • homosexual request
  • masturbation with sound
  • talk of masturbation as acceptable
  • portrayal that homosexuality is acceptable and that straights are sick
  • necking with inappropriate touch
  • vulgar expressions
  • teen nudity
  • adult underwear
  • encouraging teen son to have immoral sex

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • 9 uses of alcohol, most of them illegally by teens
  • 16 uses of illegal drugs all by teens, several in combination with alcohol

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • 2 uses of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive, 8 uses without it, and 2 uses of Christ's name in vain
  • mockery of Christ in a painting of the Mona Lisa with the face of Jesus
  • "I wonder if there is a Heaven and a Hell"
  • "Maybe after you die, there's nothing"
  • a vulgar expression associated with God

    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 in vain is incorporated into the Impudence/Hate Investigation Area. The use of God's name with or without the four letter expletive 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.

    (3) Only portrayal of successful murder or suicide are incorporated into Murder/Suicide. Portrayal 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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