ChildCare Action Project:
Christian Analysis of American Culture (CAP)

Entertainment Media Analysis Report

Twister (1996)
CAP Score: 58
CAP ID: 0.75

Thomas A. Carder
CAP President

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Twister CAP Thermometers

Twister was exciting to say the least! But mixed with the excitement was apprehension about the impact of the movie on kids. While storm-related deaths and injuries are not wanton acts of violence, presentation of them by Hollywood is wanton. Thus, Wanton Violence/Crime (W) lost almost half of its starting 100 points due to acts such as graphic death (once of a father in front of his family) and threat of death by a storm, some with injuries presenting blood. Wanton Violence/Crime also lost points due to visual impalement of a human with an antenna tower tripod section, death by falling, and death by explosion. One instance of a physical attack of one man by another was seen. Because of the frequency of the use of the three/four letter word vocabulary, the Imunity/Hate (I) score lost 94 of its starting 100 points.(1)  Sex/Homosexuality (S) lost points due to sexual references, a woman in a shower, and inappropriate touching. The one affectionate reference to drunken public nudity reduced the Drugs/Alcohol score (D). There were many, many uses of God's name in vain without the three/four letter word vocabulary and one use with the three/four letter word vocabulary. Thus the Offense to God score (O) suffered deeply.(2)  There were no cases noted of Murder/Suicide (M).

In accordance with the comparative baseline data, Twister was equivalent to R-rated material in Impunity/Hate and Offense to God. It was equivalent to PG-13 material in Wanton Violence/Crime. The movie presented material equivalent to PG material in Sex/Homosexuality. Twister was equivalent to G-rated material in Drugs/Alcohol and Murder/Suicide. Thus, Twister was equivalent to the comparative baseline data corresponding to 33% R-rated material, 17% PG-13 material, 17% PG material, and 33% G-rated material.

Below is the table showing the scoring in each of the Investigation Areas plus the Final Score drawn from the actual CAP Report. In addition, the number of examples per hour of unacceptable material in each of the Investigation Areas is provided.

Twister CAP Scorecard

(1) As noted in CAP Special Report-0001,` "Investigation Area and Scoring Trend" Impunity/Hate was the strongest presence in all four movie classifications. I pray you will find time to read Special Report-0001. It has a strong revelation about the entertainment media.

(2) The use of the three/four letter word vocabulary is incorporated into the Impunity/Hate Investigation Area. The use of God's name in vain with and without the three/four letter word vocabulary is incorporated into the Offense to God Investigation Area.

Additional reviews of this movie may be located at "Movie Review Query Engine at Telerama."

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