ChildCare Action Project:
Christian Analysis of American Culture (CAP)
Entertainment Media Analysis Report
The Client (1994)
CAP Score: 52
CAP ID: 1.43
Thomas A. Carder
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The Client suffered the hardest loss in Impunity/Hate, mainly due to foul language by a child, while some loss was due to impunity and anger by the child toward authority and his mother. Wanton Violence/Crime lost heavily due to the proliferation of violence, particularly toward a child. Offense to God suffered mainly due to the use of God's or Jesus' name in vain (not included in Impunity/Hate under foul language).
Verbal intimidation with threat of violence to a child and visual evidence of a threat of murder of a child (a knife in the child's back and a gun pointed at the child point-blank) blackened the value of The Client. That the child was placed in a dangerous situation which his age group should not be expected to handle darkened the value of the movie even further.
A man was trying to commit suicide by hosing car exhaust fumes into his closed car. When discovered by a child trying to save the man, he forced the child into the car with him. In the struggle and the ensuing dialogue, the boy was offered a gun in hopes he would kill the man so the man would not have to kill himself.
The ChildCare Action Project findings for The Client are as follows.
In accordance with the comparative baseline data, The Client was R material in Wanton Violence/Crime, Impunity/Hate, and Offense to God. It was G material in Sex/Homosexuality and Drugs/Alcohol. Only Murder/Suicide earned a score which corresponds to the PG comparative baseline data. No scores corresponding to the PG-13 comparative baseline data were revealed.
Below is the table showing the scoring in each of the Investigation Areas plus the Final Score drawn from the actual CAP Report. In addition, the number of examples per hour of unacceptable material in each of the Investigation Areas is provided.
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