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Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999), PG-13
CAP Score: 26
CAP Influence Density: 1.96
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*Drop Dead Gorgeous* (PG-13) -- a satire?

I suppose this movie is a satire of the behind-the-scenes life of beauty contestants. One movie reviewer said a member of the development team was an actual beauty pageant contestant who provided reality to the script ....... but I wonder?

In the little town of Mount Rose, Minnesota the beauty contest was more of a battle of the moms, a battle for their teen daughters to win -- at all cost, even murder. Some rather unscrupulous methods were used to find the most talented and most beautiful town teen. While this movie may be a satire of beauty contests, there was a very strong thread of the mockery of Jesus and the Gospel. Anyone who was Christian was equated with guns. I'll bet this is another satire statement -- being Christian is not politically correct nowadays coupled with the thrust of the government to remove guns from private ownership. One of the contestants sang (very poorly) and danced to "I Love You, Baby" with an effigy of Jesus on the Cross. Many subtle and disguised comments regarding superficial and off-target love for the Savior speckled the script like holes in a screen wire.

While there was no nudity noted (odd for a PG-13 nowadays), many camera angles were clearly to focus the viewer on private regions of the teen girls dressed in short shorts performing various dance routines, including the Limbo. There was gamming, sex talk, innuendoes, necking, even a mother telling her daughter to make sure she gets money if she takes her clothes off. Lots of drinking and drunkenness, too, but only once by a teen believe it or not! And the three/four letter word vocabulary was quite prevalent, including God's name in vain both with and without the four letter expletive (35 times in 82 minutes!) and at least one use of the most foul of the foul words.

This was a movie that will be easy to forget, at least by the adult. But to the teen, it was just another movie to promote freedom from accountability, freedom from authority, and freedom from consequences.

Of particular note is that this cut of *Drop Dead Gorgeous* did not include the same programming as the trailers and advertisements. At least two examples of unacceptable behavior present in the trailers/advertisements were not present in the version of the movie I saw.

So many of our visitors seem to be relying only on this Summary/Commentary for a full accounting of the subject movie. This is not possible. For the best representation of the CAP Entertainment Media Analysis Model applied to this movie, visit the Findings/Scoring section below.

FINDINGS / SCORING: Drop Dead Georgeous (1999) CAP Thermometers

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

Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • gunshot to the head fatality victim
  • graphic fire/explosion
  • injury and gore
  • admission of murder
  • attempted murder
  • gunfire injury

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • 34 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • One use of the most foul of foul words
  • teen arrogance against parental authority
  • vulgar gesture

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • sexual comments, innuendo, suggestion, and talk
  • animated necking
  • encouraging stripping for money by mother
  • touching own privates for show
  • inappropriate touching
  • implications of pedophilial desires
  • gamming (exposure of underside of upper leg while sitting in short skirt/dress)
  • admission of illicit sex
  • long series of camera angle to focus viewer on private regions of teen females
  • teen underwear
  • sexual expression painted on bare chest
  • claim of brother being homosexual
  • hit to the crotch

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • booze
  • drinking, once by teen
  • drunkenness
  • offering booze to teen

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • mockery of the Blood of Jesus
  • strong thread of likening "Christian" to guns
  • dancing with an effigy of Jesus on the Cross

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • two murders

    (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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