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The Sixth Sense (1999), (PG-13)
CAP Score: 53
CAP Influence Density: 0.84
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*The Sixth Sense* (PG-13) -- of the walking dead.

*The Sixth Sense* was a horror flick about a boy who could see and talk with the walking dead. The boy, Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment), and his shrink, Malcolm Crowe (Bruce Willis) did battle with evil manifestations in some of the most complex unholy script and choreography I've ever heard or seen. In some places it was as invasive as *The Exorcist* but for the most part it was invasive on a more graspable level which made it particularly dangerous to children. It was deeper than a simple Saturday nite ghost story -- it could be conceptually altering. This movie was titillating to the intellect not just abusive to the senses: a most difficult combination to deal with when explaining to children (teens included) that the movie is fantasy. Though Bruce Willis performed as fine as in any of his other movies, and though the new-comer Haley Osment was a perfect opposite for Willis -- the child/mentor chemistry was there -- the theme and "message" of this movie should bear extremely close attention if you watch it.

Foul language? Yes, but only twice, once before a child. God's name in vain? Yes, but only three times without the four letter expletive and only once (as if these are not bad enough) with the four letter expletive. Sexual programming? Yes, some innuendo with several glimpses of shower room misted nudity, adult underwear, and a developing [implied] adulterous affair. Murder and suicide? Yes, one murder and one suicide, both by firearm. Drugs/alcohol? Yup. Willis was drunk in one scene. The vast majority of ignominy in this movie is in unholy presences, manifestations, and manipulations -- and there was a lot of it!

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: The Sixth Sense (1999) CAP Thermometers

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

Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • insane behavior
  • breaking and entering
  • scraping injuries on child's wrists implying attempted suicide
  • child theft of church property
  • ominous, fearful programming
  • a child talking about, writing about, and and making a drawing of murder
  • older boys locking a younger boy in a closet
  • gunshot injury with blood

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • 2 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • body piercing
  • a nine year old boy walking the city streets alone
  • false concern to influence, lies
  • battle of arrogance between student and teacher
  • a child in underwear urinating
  • a child throwing an object at a TV without consequences
  • bitterly unfair belittlement of mom for not believing her son's story
  • "If we are not gonna talk to each other, we're not gonna make it" to a child from his mother, then the child shouting.
  • "Come on. I'll show you where my dad keeps his gun" from a walking dead boy (with the back of his head missing) to Cole

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • sexual innuendo as Willis gets out of bed in front of a woman
  • cleavage, breast bulge
  • adult underwear
  • sexual anatomy reference
  • series of shower room misted nudity
  • developing adultery

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • drinking
  • drunkenness

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • God's name in vain once with the four letter expletive and three times without
  • unholy manipulations and presences
  • child talking of seeing dead people "all the time"
  • an evil and hateful manifestation with injuries
  • three mutilated dead people hanging by the neck in a "vision"
  • glorification of unholy presences
  • talking/walking dead children
  • talking to a child about what dead people want
  • a child talking with dead people
  • a dead girl grabbing a child's leg
  • clairvoyance
  • a claim that ghosts can hurt children

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • murder by gunfire
  • suicide by gunfire
  • murder by poison

    (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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