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Whatever It Takes (2000), (PG-13)
CAP Score: 35
CAP Influence Density: 2.70
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NOTE: We make no scoring allowances for Hollywood's trumped-up "messages" to excuse, or its manufacturing of justification for aberrant behavior or imagery. This is NOT a movie review service. It is a movie analysis service to parents and grandparents to tell them the truth about movies using the Truth. If you do not want the plot, ending, or "secrets" of a movie spoiled for you, skip the Summary/Commentary. In any case, be sure to visit the Findings/Scoring section -- it is purely objectuve and is the heart of the CAP Entertainment Media Analysis Model applied to this movie.


Whatever It Takes (PG-13) -- even it's title says it all.

Whatever it takes to get what you want. In this case it was a date for the prom, I think. Whatever It Takes was nothing more than a teen sex flick and a 'too much independence and autonomy too soon' flick. Another movie to steal childhood from children. CAP Thermometer (Investigation Area) reading was sub-zero in sex. A very, very bad example for what needs to be wholesome respect for and inhibiton from sex for the typical PG-13 audience -- just after puberty and down to 10 years old and less. Not to mention the very bad example in language. The CAP Thermometer for language was also sub-zero as was the Thermometer for booze/drinking. So, immoral sex, foul language and illegal consumption of alcohol/drunkenness were the three strongest presences in Whatever It Takes -- three of the most difficult social and moral battles for older preteens and early teens. This movie earned a CAP Final Score well into and about half way to the bottom of the range of scores for R-rated movies and AGAIN due to the saturation of the movie with lesser and "pushing the limit" issues of aberrant behavior instead of a number of massively invasive issues typical of R-rated movies.

I cannot remember much of the specifics of this teen sex flick, but then I do not need to. The recording logs say enough. I can remember a few specific scenes prompted by the logs such as sadomasochistic sex, almost complete nudity (male), see-though outfits on girls, teen drunkenness, and a girl sucking a guy's index finger. Oh, yeah. A five-foot phallus as a teaching aid for sex education -- with a like-sized condom. But as far as a plot or any logic is concerned, I am at a loss. But then, what does that say about the movie. It is nothing more than getting dollars by feeding innate sinful desires, thus promoting and perpetuating moral decay. Anyway, who cares? We are not in this to tell you about the plot and theme and message and ... whatever. We tell you the truth about moves using the Truth.

I'll bet I will get a lot of hatemail on this one crying of how realistic it was. Well, IF it is realistic, with 'entertainment' like this it is no wonder 'real life' is the way it is. From our home page: "For so long movies have been given so much credit for "being like real life" that real life has become like the movies."

Because of the incredible array of ignominy in this movie, I am going to let the Findings/Scoring section speak the truth about this movie. And you may trust that the listing is NOT exhaustive -- I can write only so fast. While the listing may not be exhaustive, it certainly says a lot about this movie...and its writers, producers, choreographers, cast.......

In an effort to improve the chances of the continuation of these reports, this Summary/Commentary section will be progressively minimized and may eventually have to be discontinued. Please see the Findings/Scoring section below for a full accounting of this movie: for the best representation of the CAP Entertainment Media Analysis Model applied to this movie.


NOTE: Multiple occurrences of each item described below may be likely.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • death education in public school
  • reckless driving
  • breaking and entering
  • school official taking money to let boys into girls locker room

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • 1 use of the most foul of the foul words
  • 33 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • abusive and vulgar coach
  • talk to falsely claim maturity
  • vulgar name calling
  • repeated examples of extreme vanity
  • teen causing total mayhem at a social gathering and enjoying it

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • dressing to maximize female form and/or skin exposure
  • suggestive eye movements
  • sex talk and bravado
  • a five-foot phallus with condom
  • sex education (explicit) in public school
  • teen girls in towels only (could have shown brief nudity while I was taking notes)
  • teen boy watching teen girls shower
  • inappropriate touch
  • vulgar see-through outfits
  • Rub dancing
  • attempts of sexual conquests
  • necking
  • exhibitionism
  • vulgar wall painting (nude female with closet door knob at privates)
  • teen exhibiting in underwear
  • vulgar talk
  • teen underwear showing in pubic
  • girl sucking the index finger of a boy
  • porn pictures
  • sexual encouragements, offers, solicitations, invitations and enticements
  • kick to male privates then "Let Momma rub it" by a girl
  • undressing to underwear and to [unseen] nudity
  • teen in shower
  • undressed teen girl atop an undressed teen boy
  • teens watching porn flick
  • gaping mouth kissing
  • teen watching another teen undress
  • sexual aggression with sadomasochism appearances
  • teen male in extremely brief underwear, approaching full nudity
  • implied and suggested intercourse

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • teen smoking
  • teen drinking (at least twelve)
  • teen drunkenness

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • 1 use of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive and 12 times 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.

    (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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