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What Planet Are You From ? (2000), (R)
CAP Score: 39
CAP Influence Density: 1.90
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*What Planet Are Your From* (R) -- what planet is the writer from.

An entirely sexual movie. Nearly very manner of drawing attention to sexual matters and sexuality was included. On a planet far, far away the sole purpose of existence was universal domination. And the planet had no women. So, the "men" (which were neither male nor female by anatomy ... another attention focusing matter) were trained how to seduce a woman without a woman. An unclad, v-e-r-y unclad hologram of near-photographic quality of a woman was used. One man of the planet was selected -- the best one, the "chosen one" no less -- to come to the earth for the sole purpose of impregnating a woman. Nowhere in the screenplay was there any indication of how impregnating an earth woman was to enable universal domination. Doesn't that in and of itself tell a hidden tale on this movie?

*What Planet...* had an old sci-fi theme which has been paralleled several times in the 50s, 60s on both sides of the gender fence, but this time with new age morals. Back in the olden days of black and white and early color, sex even in entertainment was treated with much more respect than now. For example, if newlyweds arrived at the honeymoon suite, the camera watched the groom carry the bride over the threshold and watched the door close behind them. Not now. Today the camera follows the newly-mets, gender now being irrelevant, into their bed, into their car, into the alley, into ... in living color and surround sound. This movie was the culmination of all the sexual freedom which has been oozing into our morals for about 45 years. If a behavior is sexually immoral, it was probably in this movie.

Once the best man, Harold (Gary Shandling) was properly "fitted" with motorized manhood, he was transported into the restroom of an airplane in mid air. As soon as he opens the door he casts his line out -- at anything female. After a slap and rejections by women of "high moral fiber" in the air and on the ground, Harold latches onto a depraved lady bank customer, Susan (Annette Bening) who will not participate in immoral sex: that he must first marry her to have a baby. Throughout most of this, an FAA agent (John Goodman) gets an inkling that Harold is odd and pursues him with a vengeance to reveal his true identity. Also, a slick and slippery slug co-worker of Harold's (Greg Kinnear) shows how to cheat in the banking world. Characters come and go, and sub plots come and go. Some mix well in intelligent interconnectivity, some come together as mush and some don't come together at all. Notoriety as a star was apparently not a concern. With stronger names like John Goodman, Ben Kingsley and even Greg Kinnear playing support roles to Shandling, the casting seems to have placed the cart before the horse. But regardless of the "justification" for the movie, it was definitely "R" programming.

Very, very heavy loss of points in Sex/Homosexuality [1Cor. 10:8]. On our recording logs were 29 line items of sexually inappropriate programming, most with more than one occurrence of the issue including nudity, intercourse, and a lesbian relationship. While only two issues of violence was noted, Impudence/Hate suffered dearly due to the profusion of the three/four letter word vocabulary plus an occasional issue of the most foul of the foul words [Prov. 8:13]. And while there were no murders or suicides noted, Offense to God lost all of its starting 100 points due to -- uh-huh -- God's name in vain both with and without the four letter expletive appearing like pepper on eggs [Deut. 5:11] PLUS clearly corruptive endorsements of slaps in the face to God's love for us. Examples include "God...or whatever you call it", "There's no way to prove God exists, so why look", and "Can't chose which higher power..." [Acts 4:12]

And, yes there were kids much, much younger than 17 in the audience [Luke 17:2]

So many of our visitors seem to be relying only on this Summary/Commentary for a full assessment of this movie. This is not possible. For the best representation of the CAP Entertainment Media Analysis Model applied to this movie, visit the Findings/Scoring section below.

FINDINGS / SCORING: What Planet Are You From? (2000) CAP Thermometers

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

Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • face slap
  • gunfire death

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • 7 uses of the most foul of the foul words
  • 40 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • lies about personal behavior
  • portraying sex as all casual
  • hatefulness
  • "You are marrying a woman you haven't had sex with?"
  • treachery with lies
  • additional lies
  • homosexual insult

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • holographic nudity with highlightings at specific zones
  • sex talk, comments, innuendo, references, offers, bragging
  • vulgar self touching
  • camera angle to force viewer on private parts
  • striptease nudity
  • topless waitresses
  • prostitution
  • lesbian relationship
  • ghosting of female anatomy through clothing
  • teaching sexual conquest
  • intercourse with nudity (at least three times)
  • revealing clothing
  • suggestive eye movement
  • adult underwear exposed
  • homosexual comment
  • porno mag pictures
  • inappropriate touch
  • attempted adultery (both married but not to each other)
  • photo nudity
  • vulgar dress

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

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • 2 uses of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive and 19 times without
  • "God...or whatever you call it"
  • "There's no way to prove God exists, so why look"
  • "Can't chose which higher power..."

    MurderSuicide (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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