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Entertainment Media Analysis Report

Tea with Mussolini (1999), PG
CAP Score: 70, CAP ID: 0.54

Thomas A. Carder
CAP President
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"Tea with Mussolini" (PG, 1999) -- and God's name in vain from Cher. She was the only one to use that term. Set circa 1935 and World War II in Italy, the English and the Americans in Italy were not too welcome. A fine cast and a great storyline combined to create a moving story.

Socialite Cher was the only American of the focal cast and she gave the image of Americans as vulgar and immoral opportunists. I rarely track cast names, but some very wonderful ladies gave their best to make the movie an enjoyable (and I think) historical account. The central matron, Mary, the one with the deep and beautiful brown eyes, became the caregiver for a little boy who was unwanted by his father. If it were not for Cher this could have been a great family movie. She provided the vast majority of the ignominy -- sex and foul language: the bedroom scenery and ALL of the use of God's name with the four letter expletive. While she was not the nude character, her sex partner was. And, yes, it was full male nudity -- sideways, stepping out of bed to get his clothes.

For the best representation of the CAP Entertainment Media Analysis Model applied to this movie, visit the Findings/Scoring section below.

FINDINGS / SCORING: Tea with Mussolini (1999) CAP Thermometers

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

Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • an adult threatening a child
  • brutality by militants
  • warfare/battle
  • threats with firearms
  • threat with gunfire

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • 8 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • a father not wanting his son to keep the peace with his new wife
  • expressing joy at husband's death
  • attachment to a pet endangering self or others
  • lie about whereabouts
  • telling a boy he was a rape baby

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • male nudity
  • statue nudity
  • encouraging a child to nurture his art abilities with nudity
  • homosexual suggestions
  • adultery
  • anatomical reference
  • inappropriate touch
  • a male-female pair in bed together

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • champagne and wine
  • teen drinking
  • offering alcoholic beverage to an underage boy

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • 4 uses of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive and 9 without

    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.

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