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Ausitn Powers in Goldmember (2002), PG-13
Analysis Date: July 28, 2002
CAP Score: 56
CAP Influence Density: 2.11

MinMax: -100

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AUSTIN POWERS IN GOLDMEMBER (PG-13) -- I refuse to waste my time...

Production: New Line Cinema
Distribution: New Line Cinema
Director(s): Jay Roach
Producer(s): Katherine E. Beyda, Richard Brener, Toby Emmerich, John S. Lyons, Eric McLeod, Demi Moore, Mike Myers, Marco Schnabel, Greg Taylor, Jennifer Todd, Suzanne Todd
Written by/Screenplay: Mike Myers (characters), Mike Myers (written by) & Michael McCullers (written by)
Cinematography/Camera: Peter Deming
Music: George S. Clinton, Quincy Jones (song "Soul Bossa Nova"), Paul Oakenfold (song "1975")
Film Editing: Greg Hayden, Jon Poll
Casting: Juel Bestrop, Jeanne McCarthy
Production Design: Rusty Smith
Art Direction: Drew Boughton, Mark Worthington

I refuse to spend my time on any detail of the storyline of Austin Powers in Goldmember. It is as vulgar as the title and is an exercise into how many different ways vulgar toilet, anatomical, crotch and genital "humor" can be expressed. I am going to leave it to the listing in the Findings/Scoring section to provide you with what I suspect you'll want to know about this celluloid trash [Ps. 12:8]. Just a glance at the CAP Thermometers for this movie can show you what Mike Myers thinks the 13 year old wants to see [Eph. 5:4]. If the CAP Thermometers don't give you an accurate picture of what you'll get, check out the numbers. More than 33 examples of impudence oer hour, typically in the form of foul language, and more than 70 examples per hour of some form of sexual impropriety in this 88 minute film! That is an example of "...obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking..." in one form or another more often than every minute! When what is vile is honored among men...

But let me share something with you. The crowd. The auditorium was only about 30% full on Sunday afternoon, 3:20 PM. That was a good sign. But most of the attendees that did show up were clearly from the middle school and elementary school snicker-giggle crowd. Some were with parents but most were there on their own [Prov. 29:15]. The theater is well within walking distance of the local shopping mall which leads me to believe most underage attendees were drop-offs. Strangely enough, there was not that much laughter. But when there was laughter, most of it was a dad guffawing then his kids looking up at him then laughing the forced or pretend extra loud laugh. Does not Luke 17: 2 apply here? You do the math. That's all.


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  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences to younger and younger audiences every year] when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, pay for it, enjoy it, want it]. [I call attention to Ps. 12:8 to warn of the creeping desensitizing power of this sort of "entertainment."]
  • Eph. 5:4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.
  • Prov. 29:15 The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame.

    *******Food for Daily Thought*******
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 (KJV) Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (NIV) Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.
  • Jude 4 For certain men* whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto [or for] one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto [or for] me.
  • Luke 17:2 It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. [cause by teaching or example]
  • Ps. 119:133 Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me.
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.


    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.

    Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • automatic gunfire death
  • reckless gunfire
  • firearm threats
  • gunfire to kill
  • explosion death

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • 25 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • six uses of the most foul of the foul words (plus numerous uses of the British version of it which were not incorporated into the scoring)
  • teen arrogance against father
  • vulgar personal names using Japanese dialect to disguise American vulgarity
  • lies
  • flatulence, repeatedly
  • masked open urination
  • punk dress

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • sexual innuendo and talk, repeatedly, many are vulgar
  • vulgar gestures
  • dressing to maximize the female form, repeatedly
  • genital humor, repeatedly
  • anal humor, repeatedly
  • mooning by Mini-Me (posterior unseen but dropping pants obvious)
  • inappropriate touch, repeatedly, some vulgar
  • camera angle to force viewer on private parts
  • vulgar motions, repeatedly
  • crotch humor, repeatedly
  • homosexual kiss
  • excessive cleavage / breast exposure, repeatedly
  • other vulgar mannerisms
  • gaping face and open face kissing
  • partial rear nudity
  • cohabitation
  • toilet humor, repeatedly
  • crotch hit
  • self touching to portray sexual stimulation and enticement, repeatedly
  • Sumo nudity
  • male in towel only
  • vulgar shadow display
  • request for sex
  • Verne Troyer (Mini-me) humping woman's leg like a dog
  • rear male nudity
  • vulgar sign

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • smoking
  • booze

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

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • none noted

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    "There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our nearly seven years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.

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    (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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