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Drive Me Crazy (1999), (PG-13)
CAP Score: 47
CAP Influence Density: 1.48
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SUMMARY / COMMENTARY:
*Dive Me Crazy* (PG-13) -- another teen autonomy movie.
Mom and dad, any of them, in *Drive Me Crazy* were like the mothers and fathers in TV sitcoms: splendid examples of what the moviemakers seem to want you to believe are 'real life' parents; absent or self-absorbed simpletons without a clue of OR much of a care about what was going on in their kids lives; who serve only to get in the way. Splendid examples of how NOT to be a Real Life parent. Proverbs 13:24 and 29:15 warned us a long, long time ago what would happen to the behavior mechanics and coping skills of kids who are given too much autonomy and independence too soon: [13:24] "He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes (early)" and [29:15] "The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame."
Before some of you young readers come unglued, the "rod" is not always punishment and is never a literal beating with a rod. The "rod" can be, among many other things, "I love you." It is the rod of the shepherd who guides, directs and corrects the herd. Indeed, it is the rod of the Shepherd. If anybody is curious about the "rod" see our article "Spare the Rod.....Spoil the Child: A Parental Perspective" at
Of course, the teens took every advantage of the unearned and unmerited freedom from accountability, authority and consequence afforded by the general absence of righteous parental authority [Proverb 22:15 "Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him."] In efforts to secure a date for the Centennial celebration, the central teen girl maneuvered, connived, lied, and offered sex to get what she wanted [Is. 30:1]. Profanity was a 'top billing' presence, too, but at least God's name in vain only appeared once and then without the four letter expletive. And, yes, the most foul of foul words was there, but only once [Matt. 12:36-37]. And there was lots of teen drinking [Eph. 5:18]. And all was completely acceptable of course. Many of the more than 4000 hate mails we have received (including death threats), mostly from teens, since our scathing analysis of *South Park* said that is the way it really is with teens: that they really do talk that way and drink just to get drunk and have sex with no more concern than getting some on your chin when you blow your nose. With movies like these available to teens even before they are teens, should we wonder why?
Oh, yeah! In the final sequence the parents of two teen lovers, acting about as giddy as 1st graders, told the teens "We're moving in together." What a signal!
So many of our visitors seem to be relying only on this Summary/Commentary for a full assessment of this movie. This is not possibble. For the best representation of the CAP Entertainment Media Analysis Model applied to this movie, visit the Findings/Scoring section below.
FINDINGS / SCORING:
NOTE: Multiple occurrences of each item described below are likely.
Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
Offense to God (O)(2):