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Entertainment Media Analysis Report

Deep Impact (1998)
CAP Score: 72
CAP ID: 0.51

Thomas A. Carder
CAP President

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Deep Impact (1998) CAP Thermometers Deep Impact (1998) presented graphic disaster terror not likely incorporable by young audiences, particularly in presentation of the imminent deaths of very young children and mother/child pairs. Deep Impact also presented a smattering of adolescent arrogance against parental and/or adult authority and "interference" BUT not nearly as severe as most PG-13 movies! However, the full range of abrasive language was present, including the use of God's name in vain both with and without the four-letter expletive PLUS the use of the most foul of the foul four-letter words. Misguidance by promotion of teen sexual activity, vehicular assault, and Orwellian choosing of who will live and who will die took their toll on the wholesomeness as well.

Following is a breakdown of the distribution of scoring.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) lost some of its starting 100 points due to

  • graphic disaster terror and deaths
  • a graphic traffic death
  • vehicular assault
  • political/government inappropriate actions
  • Orwellian choosing of who lives and who dies.

    Impunity/Hate (I)(1) lost nearly all of its starting 100 points due to

  • the use of the most foul of the foul words twice
  • twenty-one additional instances of the three-four letter word vocabulary
  • the conjuring of high impact emotions not likely incorporable by younger audiences.

    Sex/Homosexuality (S) lost but a few points due to sexual references by a teen with guffaws and jeers from the teen audience.

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) revealed no instances of programming warranting loss of points.

    Offense to God (O)(2) warranted the loss of the maximum of 3 points for each of two instances of the use of God's name in vain with the four-letter expletive plus eleven instances of the use of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive.

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3) were not noted.

    In accordance with the numeric comparative baseline database of the CAP Entertainment Media Analysis Model, Deep Impact (1998) presented programming equivalent to R-rated material in Impunity/Hate and Offense to God, equivalent to PG-rated programming in Wanton Violence/Crime, and G-rated programming in Sex/Homosexuality, Drugs/Alcohol, and Murder/Suicide. Thus, Deep Impact was equivalent to 33% R-rated programming and 17% PG-rated protgramming, and 50% G-rated programming.

    Those are the analysis facts. Now let me share some opinion. While getting from one point in the plot to the next was difficult and seemingly unrelated at times, Morgan Freeman was in his typical excellent form as he portrayed a sensitive and caring leader. He further portrayed the president as believing in God and leading the population in prayer for the intercession of our Lord though the impending doom -- a rare and most, most welcome touching bit of reality. If it were not for all the uses of foul language (each of which was totally not necessary), the intensity of emotional imagery, and the sexual encouragements, Deep Impact could have been a full family evening of adventure and excitement.

    (1) As noted in CAP Special Report-001, "Investigation Area and Scoring Trend," of the six CAP Investigation Areas, Impunity/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 is incorporated into the Impunity/Hate Investigation Area. The use of God's name with or without the three/four letter word vocabulary 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, whether literal or euphemistic.

    (3) Only portrayal of successful murder or suicide are incorporated into Murder/Suicide. Presentation of attempts to commit murder or suicide, deaths by police action, and deaths by war are incorporated into Wanton Violence/Crime.

    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!

    Additional reviews of this movie may be located at "Movie Review Query Engine at Telerama."

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