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

Entertainment Media Analysis Report

Belly (1998), R
CAP Score: --, CAP ID: --

Thomas A. Carder
CAP President

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I thought I was bullet proof to the vulgarities and offenses presented by the entertainment industry. I thought Bulworth (R, 1998) was the most foul movie I had ever seen. Well, it was ... until Belly.

I apologize if you had come to see a listing of the ignominy in Belly and a set of CAP Thermometers revealing the scores in each Investigation Area. After nine minutes into the movie, I left. In those first nine minutes were 37 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary, 21 of which were the most vulgar word of all and variations of it. Thirty-seven uses in nine minutes is equivalent to 247 per hour. In addition to the extreme use of foul and vulgar language, there was at least six instances of strip-joint nudity, at least two more of picture nudity, vulgar dialogue, and female underwear was exposed. One sentence of monologue included "Sold my soul to the devil." There were two murders by firearm, robbery, drug usage (smoking a joint), and repeated use of a racially derogatory expression. The central theme of the first nine minutes of Belly was of a gang of hoods robbing a discotheque/bar. The arrogant up-yours attitude was rampant. Belly presented total disregard for human life. And when the producers had two eight or nine year old kids using vulgar language while pretending to murder another same-age boy, I couldn't take it any more. I am a hard and severe man and can break three sandwiched boards with a single forward punch...but I could not stomach this movie.

After knowing this about the movie, at least the first nine minutes of it, do you really want to see it? It's your call.

Please remember we believe that if even one of the six Investigation Area scores for a movie is equivalent to the CAP comparative baseline database scoring range for R, PG-13, or PG material, the entire movie should be regarded as so rated.  For example, if only Wanton Violence/Crime earns a score equivalent to R but all other Investigation Areas earn a score equivalent to G, THERE IS R-RATED MATERIAL IN THE MOVIE AND YOUR KIDS WILL SEE IT AND HEAR IT IF THEY WATCH THE MOVIE!

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