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Double Jeopardy (1999), (R)
CAP Score: 42
CAP Influence Density: 1.56
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*Double Jeopardy* (R) -- Can't try her for murder again.

A very well made and opulent movie with quality casting and choreography. It would have been an enjoyable movie experience if it were not for the 'stuff' in it. A complex and intricate justification of illegal behavior to right a wrong.

A loving mother, Libby Parsons (Ashley Judd) believes her husband, Nick (Bruce Greenwood) to be equally loving and devoted to her. But, up to his neck in debt and in love with a family friend, Angie (Annabeth Gish), Libby's best friend, the slimeball husband stages his murder to cover up a hopefully permanent get-away with Angie, leaving his wife to manage a $2,000,000 insurance policy recently purchased to settle his indebtedness so he could live happily ever after. But amidst all this cover up, Nick decided to stage the murder to make Libby the most likely suspect. And it worked. Convicted of her husband's murder, she lost her son and her freedom for six years. Guess who got the boy?

Thirteen uses of the most foul of the foul words. Twenty-six uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary. God's name in vain 19 times, 6 with the four letter expletive. Sexual intercourse with nudity. Booze and drinking. Justification of lying. Gunfire death. It's all there just like any other R-rated movie. Maybe not as thick and severe as some R-rated movies, but it is really and truly an R-rated movie, not one that has been labeled "R" but could have been less severe if just one or two scenes were removed. Remember, please rely on the Findings / Scoring section for the best representation of the CAP Entertainment Media Analysis Model applied to this movie. Visit the Findings/Scoring section below.

FINDINGS / SCORING: Double Jeopardy (YEAR) CAP Thermometers

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

Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • blood splatters and trails
  • death expectations and stresses associate with it
  • teaching how to murder and get away with it
  • trespassing
  • breaking and entering
  • striking with a firearm
  • theft with a firearm
  • destruction of private property to effect escape from rightful custody
  • deception to gain private information
  • reckless endangerment and destruction of private property to escape lawful prosecution
  • theft by lying about identity
  • beating of a woman
  • child participation in illegal games for money
  • attempted murder
  • firearm threats
  • gunfire injury
  • gunfire death
  • glorification of illegal behavior to right a wrong

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • 13 uses of the most foul of the foul words
  • 26 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • belittling of a father with his son as audience
  • insults of parents
  • husband staging his fake murder
  • lying about identity

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • open mouth kissing
  • sexual offer
  • sexual intercourse with nudity
  • street sex jeers
  • sex talk

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • bar
  • booze
  • drinking

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • 26 uses of God's name in vain, 9 with the four letter expletive
  • portrayal of immorality as desirable
  • encouraging to use Jesus to build lie

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • none noted

  • (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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