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Random Hearts (1999), (R)
CAP Score: 53
CAP Influence Density: 0.84
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*Random Hearts* (R) -- In comparison to movies rated R of 1995/96 which earned CAP final scores of 54 and below, *Random Hearts* was a 'lite' R with a CAP final score of 53. But it was R in every sense.

The story is based on adulterous fornication between a Congresswoman wannabe's husband and a Washington D.C. cop's wife. The slap-n-tickle pair make a commitment of eternal togetherness -- they die together in a plane crash on their clandestine way to their hanky-panky pad in Miami. The cop, being a sly sleuth, happened on some information that just did not set quite right with him and proceeded to sleuth his way to the truth and into an immoral sexual relationship with the Congresswoman wannabe. In a complex web of pieces and parts, each with the power to destroy the political career of the Congresswoman wannabe, the cop relentlessly and sometimes invasively pursues the truth about his wife and the husband of the Congresswoman wannabe. A well made, well choreographed, and well acted movie well saturated with ignominy.

While most of the individual items of sexual impropriety might seem soft, the length of the movie (129 minutes) masked the invasiveness of the sexual programming. However, there was sexual intercourse, though with only partial nudity. And an episode of reminiscing of youthful sexual prowess implied that youth excuses immoral sex. A bloody street murder, gunfire with visible penetration, and a beating provided for a helping of violence. At least six instances of drinking booze augmented the lure of behavior not permitted to those under 21. And 24 uses of the four letter word vocabulary plus one use of the most foul of foul words plus 19 uses of God's name in vain, 5 with the four letter expletive, topped off the R classification.

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

FINDINGS / SCORING: Random Hearts (1999) CAP Thermometers

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

Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • firearm threat
  • two dead bodies, graphic drowning
  • wrenching identification of bodies
  • use of police authority for personal needs
  • beating
  • forced entry
  • roughing up a victim

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • 24 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • facial body piercing with a hateful attitude by the host
  • one use of the most foul of the foul words
  • use of a lie to gain a familiar relationship
  • lie to protect
  • admission of lying
  • arrogance of a daughter against a mother's love

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • entire movie based on adultery and sexual immorality
  • reminiscing of youthful sexual prowess implying youth excuses immoral sex
  • admission of adultery
  • adults in underwear
  • sensual dancing
  • necking in a car
  • a man and woman undressing each other for sex with inappropriate touch
  • partial nudity during sexual intercourse
  • man and woman in bed together with covered nudity
  • sensual conversation

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • booze
  • drinking

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • five uses of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive
  • nine uses of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • bloody street murder

  • (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.

    (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.

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