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The Wood (1999), R
CAP Score: 56
CAP Influence Density: 3.36
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*The Wood* (R) -- a sensitive, well acted, well arranged and intelligent movie -- filled with ignominy.

*The Wood* is a story of three guys growing up from 14 years old. All the expected events and trials of growing up are there plus the general culture-changing lack of consequences typical of movies nowadays. Well, none of the adult world consequences happened, anyway. One of the boys got beat up by a gang member -- the boy grabbed the gang member's sister's glutei maximi.

The actors and actresses in this movie were good at what they did. But part of what they did was behave rather inappropriately. Language was hard for the most of the movie. Sport sex was present often -- betting on sexual performance, planning sexual conquest, etc. Sexual intercourse was presented but without exposing the private parts. Nudity was present, though. Male nudity, full nudity of each of the trio. The only thing obstructing view of their gender-specific parts was their hands. There was also a lot of the implication of nudity and behavior requiring it or suggesting it. Armed robbery, rather comical but armed robbery nonetheless, was presented and, of course, with no consequences to the criminal. The most severe presence in this movie was the hard language: 58 uses of the most foul word plus 112 uses of other three/four letter words PLUS God's name in vain three times with the four letter expletive and twice without in this 101 minute movie.

So many of our visitors seem to be relying only on this Summary/Commentary for a full accounting of the subject 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: The Wood (1999) CAP Thermometers

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

Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • beating/fighting
  • gun threat
  • robbery at gunpoint (without consequences)

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • 58 uses of the most foul of the foul words
  • 112 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • series of muffled foul language

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • sexual innuendo, talk, insults, and comments
  • references to gender-specific anatomy
  • inappropriate touch
  • sexual dares, betting and planning
  • pelvic thrusts
  • rub dancing
  • invitation into bedroom
  • boy in girl's bedroom both on her bed, repeatedly
  • sexual intercourse (covered)
  • motions of oral sex
  • fondling privates under clothes
  • tell-tale signs of unmarried cohabitation
  • full male nudity (3)

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • three uses of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive and two without

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • three uses of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive and twice 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.

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

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