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


Click on CAP Alert for an explanation
Entertainment Media Analysis Report
A service to parents and grandparents

The Cider House Rules (1999), (PG-13)
CAP Score: 57
CAP Influence Density: 0.77
AD Space Available

Become a CAPtain

with your donation!

The foul language eliminator

Removes profanity from
movies and TV shows

A Christian Family

Internet Network Cooperative

Switch to LifeLine

for Christian
long distance service

The Family Friendly

Internet Service

A Christ Centered
Christians Online
Community Web Site


Christian Media News

A Singles
Christian Network

Click here to vote
for this site!

Visit this CBX member
Christian Banner eXchange

ALERT: To fully understand this report you should first visit the topics
suggested by the CAP Table of Contents.


*The Cider House Rules* (PG-13) -- the male version of *Titanic* (1997)

Yes, the male version. There is indeed male genitalia presented in this movie the MPAA says is okay for your 13-year old sons and daughters. And there is intercourse and other nudity with and by the *Mighty Joe Young* girl (I don't care what her name is). And these brazen insults before our children started with *Titanic*. The entertainment industry is s-o-o-o predictable. When do you suppose this stuff will hit PG? G? In ten years? Five years? Tomorrow? Full rear male nudity is already in "family-friendly" cartoons and commercials for them (*The Simpsons*, *King of the Hill*, others), why not in movies that kids see, sometimes with their parents [Luke 17:2]? Why not? Everyone else is and the MPAA says PG-13 is okay for kids. When will it stop, folks? When are WE going to stop it?

In the 1940s, a young boy learns the skills of a physician in an abortion clinic then practices his skills at the Cider House. That is about the best way to describe this artless movie. There was about every manner available to promote disregard of God's expectations of us. "You really don't go [to the drive-in] to watch the movie." "When you come here [to the drive-in] you really don't care about the movie." "What has the law ever done for anyone here?" "Let HER decide what to do [about her pregnancy]." "I'm not sorry for anything I've done [by the abortion doctor]." This movie is clearly a pro-sexual freedom and pro-abortion movie. In many ways it promoted sexual freedom and promoted abortion as a "cure" for the consequences of sexual freedom. And to toss gasoline on this fire, "This was right, I KNOW it was right" said by the *Mighty Joe Young* girl after an episode of immoral sex with the pretend doctor while her fiance was off to war. Then, while that fire was blazing, a fan was set up to flare it up in the mind of the impressionable viewer with "We make our own rules." Jesus hates arrogance and haughtiness which embolden the foolish rebellion [1 Sam 15:23] bound up n the hearts of youth [Proverb 22:15]. Impudence (haughty eyes, proud look) is the first in the list of seven sins Jesus hates -- yes, the Bible says He "hates" them. [Prov 6:16-19].

And on top of all this, a father of a young woman became the father of his grandchild in this PG-13 movie.

That is all I am going to say in this summary/commentary but do ask that you read for yourself the much more complete Findings/Scoring section below -- it is equivalent to a page and a half of typewritten text. But just to help you to have even further confidence in the CAP analysis model, the CAP final score of 57 fell neatly inside the CAP scoring range of 55 to 67 for PG-13 movies. More evidence of the objectivity of the CAP analysis model. I would have really liked to have given this movie a very, very low score because of it bringing vulgarity to the very young but the model would not let me. Even I, the "engineer" of the model am amazed at the reliability of it.

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: The Cider House Rules (1999) CAP Thermometers

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

Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • disregarding the illegality of abortions
  • seeking abortion after immoral sex
  • a mother's death due to abortion ( a TOKEN consequence very quietly addressed by the writers)
  • a child slapping herself in the face because the boy she "loved" left
  • forging identity and credentials
  • child death from illness
  • offering abortion as a "cure" to the consequences of incest
  • knife attack with injuries
  • practicing medicine without a license, and on kids to boot

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • pregnancy from immoral sex as a mere inconvenience
  • seven uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • a child wishing he could kill his father
  • a child kicking a man's car because of sadness
  • asking another to lie to cover own sins
  • "What has the law ever done for anyone here."
  • lies to manipulate
  • telling a child to lie
  • the child amplifying the lie
  • rationalization of abortion as a "cure" for the consequences of immoral sex
  • "I'm not sorry for anything I've done." (from the abortion doctor)
  • "Let HER decide what to do." (about her pregnancy)
  • lie to hide whereabouts
  • "We make our own rules."
  • asking to lie and agreeing to do so to cover up murder
  • portrayal that anger excuses poor behavior choices
  • lies to prevent draft into the military

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • promotion of sexual independence and autonomy
  • full frontal and rear male nudity
  • "You really don't go [to the drive-in] to watch the movie."
  • "When you come here [to the drive-in] you really don't care about the movie."
  • gaping mouth kissing
  • sexual intercourse
  • "This was right, I KNOW it was right" after immoral and cruel sex
  • full rear and side female nudity and partial frontal female nudity
  • a girl's father becoming the father of his grandchild -- incest

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • use of drugs to enable sleep
  • smoking

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • one use of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive and four without
  • "I fail to see how the Christian thing could help around here."

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • at least five abortions
  • suicide by drugs

  • (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.

    The ChildCare Action Project (CAP) is a nonprofit Christian ministry. We rely on public support. If you wish to contribute to the CAP, please send your donations to

    ChildCare Action Project
    Post Office Box 177
    Granbury, TX 76048-0177

    Your gifts are tax deductible in accordance with Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Tax Codes.

    Please feel free to write to us.

    You are welcome to
    Go back to the CAP Reports Page
    Top of the CAP Home Page
    CAP Table of Contents

    or leave me an email message or comment at

    Thank you for visiting us and may God bless you. Prayerfully, we will provide you with some of the most revealing commentary and investigative reporting you have ever read.

    In the name of Jesus:
    Lord, Master, Teacher, Savior, God.

    Thomas A. Carder
    ChildCare Action Project: Christian Analysis of American Culture (CAP)

    Copyright ChildCare Action Project (CAP)

    Click Here For