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Crazy in Alabama (1999), (PG-13)
CAP Score: 57
CAP Influence Density: 0.78
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*Crazy in Alabama* (PG-13) -- an example of a good boy embedded in 108 minutes of PG-13.

I liked *Crazy in Alabama* because of the strength and convictions of the young lad who would speak up against a puke sheriff -- but it was still PG-13. And that made me uncomfortable to say the least.

A young boy witnessed a bum sheriff yank a black boy off the fence while trying to escape an all-white swimming pool. And the boy died as a result of the fall. In other places, this movie pointed out the lunacy and ugliness of rejecting people based on their skin color. When we get to Heaven and we stand before Jesus as He welcomes us and doles out the promised rewards, He will not be Caucasian, and He will not be Afro-American. Nor will He be Asian or American Indian. Nor will He be Baptist, Muslim, or Buddhist. He will be Jesus. Can we all take example from that Reality?

But alas, an otherwise good movie was made not so good by the usual stuff. Nineteen uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary. Thirteen uses of God's name in vain, four of them with the four letter expletive. But no uses of the most foul of the foul words were noted. There was unseen murder by decapitation, portrayal of the murderer talking to the unseen head of the victim,, and a mother (the murderer) dumping off her seven kids on grandma after killing her husband to pursue her dream of stardom in Hollywood. Sexual material included excessive breast exposure, sex talk, using sex to escape from lawful custody, and some adults in underwear, but no nudity noted. The only gore in this movie was an eye injury of the central lad. Instead, violence manifested more in racial hatred, armed robbery, and criminal activities than by physical violence.

As always, this Summary/Commentary cannot provide a full accounting of the subject movie. For the best objective representation of the CAP Entertainment Media Analysis Model applied to this movie, visit the Findings/Scoring section below.

FINDINGS / SCORING: Crazy in Alabama (1999) CAP Thermometers

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

Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • admission of murder
  • portrayal of murderer speaking to the head of the victim
  • firearm to intimidate
  • armed robbery
  • aiding a fugitive
  • police brutality (racially-based)
  • lies to cover up unintentional killing
  • graphic eye injury
  • breaking and entering to effect racially-based revenge
  • police beatings of Afro-Americans because they are Afro-Americans

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • 19 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • dumping 7 kids off with grandma to pursue personal dream
  • discrimination based on race
  • racial hatred
  • encouragement of a murderer because of the hatred of her victim
  • insane bitterness behavior
  • a boy using a sin to to protect a wrong-doer
  • child arrogance against fair authority

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • sex talk
  • using sex talk to sway a cop
  • adult in underwear
  • using sex to gain escape from lawful custody
  • suggestive eye movement
  • excessive breast exposure

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • booze
  • drinking

    Offense to God (O)(2):
    •19 uses of God's name in vain, 4 with the four letter expletive

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • one murder (unseen)

  • (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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