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The Story of Us 1999), (R)
CAP Score: 44
CAP Influence Density: 1.91
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*The Story of Us* (R) -- But not a story of us.

I do not know of any nuclear family as bitter as the family in *The Story of Us*. I suspect there are, but is there really a need to perpetuate such melancholy by making sure the moviegoer who might not have ever had to witness such hatred knows all about it before s/he leaves the theater?

*The Story of Us* could embolden already established bitterness and discord in a family or marriage: could threaten an already endangered marriage. To view such animated and exceptionally bitter argumentation, sometimes bordering on violent, can serve to give more examples of how to get even rather than get resolved. *The Story of Us* is another heaping helping of marital hate and vengeance served up under an ultimate statement of reconciliation. I do not believe it can even come close to giving hope to any fragile marriage. And the two or three year old girl in the audience, one of them anyway, who cried at some of the scenes of hate and arguing is not likely to remember the touching and complex "statement" of reconciliation at the end of the show, but she will likely remember that which made her cry -- for a long, long time.

The most foul of the foul words zipped like wasps out of the speakers. The three/four letter words attached themselves to the most foul of foul words to give a thorough whetting of the script with profanity. Sex talk with explicit descriptives and adulterous activities provided teasings of the lower levels of A. H. Maslow's hierarchy of needs. Violence in marriage was the blue plate special with a side order of sex.

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: Story of Us (YEAR) CAP Thermometers

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

Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • marital arguments
  • separation
  • violent speech
  • violent displays

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • 19 uses of the most foul of the foul words
  • 25 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • belittlement of marriage
  • lies to gain advantage
  • lies to protect children
  • social conversation lies
  • hateful arguments

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • sex talk with explicit descriptives
  • necking in underwear
  • rear male nudity and in house with children
  • adults in underwear
  • adulterous relationship
  • man in bed with woman
  • man in tub with woman

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • booze
  • drinking
  • drunkenness

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • God's name in vain 23 times, 5 with the four letter expletive
  • "Does God exist?

    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.

    (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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