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Entertainment Media Analysis Report

Speed 2: Cruise Control (1997)
CAP Score: 60
CAP ID: 0.72

Thomas A. Carder
CAP President

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Speed 2: Cruise Control (1997) CAP Thermometers Speed 2: Cruise Control (1997) was a well acted, action-packed, exciting, and intelligent movie. It is a shame the non-contributory programming had to be there. Wanton Violence/Crime suffered due to criminal destruction with much endangerment of human lives and attempted double murder. Wanton Violence/Crime (W) also suffered due to a long sequence of reckless driving, attempted multiple murders, lengthy sequences of violent acts, and multiple deaths and injuries due to the consequences of criminal action. Impunity/Hate (I)(1) suffered as well but mostly because of hard language with a token amount of adolescent arrogance toward caring parents. Sex/Homosexuality (S) lost about 16 of its starting 100 points due to an umarried heterosexual couple sharing a cabin and bed on a cruise, sexual references and innuendo, wearing of only underwear, and camera angle to focus the viewer on female private regions. Drugs/Alcohol (D) lost a few of its 100 points because the producers just had to insert a couple scenes of drinking and drunkenness. Offense to God (O)(2) lost about 75% of its points from bombarding the observer with frequent use of God's name in vain but at least without the four letter explicative. While deaths due to the consequences of criminal activity could be considered murder, the deaths/injuries caused by criminal acts in this movie were incorporated into Wanton Violence/Crime. However, there was one instance of murder with physical violence that subtracted a few points from Murder/Suicide (M)(3).

In accordance with the comparative baseline data of the CAP Entertainment Media Analysis Model, Speed Control 2: Cruise Control (1997) presented programming equivalent to R-rated material in Wanton Violence/Crime, Impunity/Hate, and Offense to God. Speed Control 2: Cruise Control (1997) was equivalent to PG-rated programming in Sex/Homosexuality, but was equivalent to G-rated programming in Drugs/Alcohol and Murder/Suicide. Thus, the movie was equivalent to 50% R-rated programming and 17% PG-rated programming, and 33% G-rated programming.

Additional examples of unacceptable material included:

  • harsh language
  • an unmarried heterosexual couple taking a cruise together using the same bed together
  • the use of God's name in vain without the four letter explicative
  • sexual references and innuendo
  • physical assault and imprisonment to hide discovery
  • adolescent arrogance toward caring parents
  • camera angle to focus veiwer on female private regions
  • alcoholic beverages for celebration and with dinner
  • theft
  • exposure of underwear
  • sabotage of rescue operations
  • threat with a firearm
  • abduction
  • drunkenness/drinking
  • physical asault of a woman
  • death by incineration

  • At the start of this analysis I mentioned "non-contributory programming." By this I am referring to the foul language, the heterosexual couple having a sexual relationship, [Holloywood] murder, and other matters of programming which could be corruptive to the impressionable. This movie could, as could all movies that use this sort of "entertainment", have been just as good without the cussing, the bedroom scenes, the gun at the woman's head, etc.

    (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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