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Entertainment Media Analysis Report

Cookie's Fortune (1999), PG-13
CAP Score: 62, CAP ID: 0.68

Thomas A. Carder
CAP President
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Please note that I had lost my summary/commentary script but not the raw data. I will have to build a summary/commentary from memory but at least the raw findings will be as accurate as any other.

"Cookie's Fortune" (PG-13, 1999) -- not a fortune at all. In fact, that which was believed to be her fortune, a necklace given to her by her late husband, was paste. Anyway, some really god acting, a decent storyline, and supportive settings, choreography, and effects made the show notable but still forgettable. One of the best characters in the show was Willie. Wise and good but often drunk ole Willie was Cookie's handyman had just cleaned Cookie's guns, one of which was the suspected weapon in her suicide, which was initially set up by a selfish daughter to look like a murder since "NO one in the family commits suicide." Willie was the prime suspect since his and Cookie's were the only prints on the gun.

"Cookie's Fortune was not particularly invasive in magnitude, but a scene of suicide was most graphic. The three/four letter word vocabulary was well represetnated and God's name in vain was used several times both with and without the four letter expletive. Sexual material was presented as implied intercourse by clothed foreplay, sexaul comments, and inappropriate touch. There was also quite a bit of booze and drinking, also by a teenager.

For the best representation of the CAP Entertainment Media Analysis Model applied to this movie, visit the Findings/Scoring section below.

FINDINGS / SCORING: Cookie's Fortune (1999) CAP Thermometers

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

Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • theft
  • a play presenting a rather realistic severed head of John the Baptist
  • breaking and entering
  • adolescent prowling on private property and petty theft by a n adolescent
  • destruction of crime scene evidence intentionally

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • arrogance with police
  • lies to cover up suicide
  • hateful talk of the deceased
  • tearing up accumulated parking tickets
  • lies to implicate another
  • insane behavior
  • 26 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • peeping Tom maneuvers
  • sexual comments
  • sexual intercourse foreplay (dressed)
  • inappropriate touch

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • booze
  • drinking
  • bars
  • drunkenness
  • underage drinking

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • 3 uses of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive and 5 uses without

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • graphic suicide by gunshot to head

    (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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