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Entertainment Media Analysis Report

Forces of Nature (1999), PG-13
CAP Score: 48, CAP ID: 1.01

Thomas A. Carder
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"Forces of Nature" -- a new age love story of a betrothed man getting involved with another woman the day before his wedding day. And strangely enough, his betrothed accepted him after his little escapade of "sowing of wild oats." And sow them he did. Though no bedroom nudity was seen, there was no doubt.

Not a violent movie, but definitely a sex movie engineered for adolescents. Lots of sexual references and innuendo, stripping behind a translucent plastic room divider, some partial nudity, vulgar open mouth kissing and licking, with changing of clothes in front of another. Also stealing many points from the Sex/Homosexuality Investigation Area was vulgar dancing strip tease style in a gay bar, flash scenes of skin normally not exposed to the public, and the pressing of a male pelvis against a female posterior. There's more, but hopefully the point is made.

Drugs/Alcohol lost points big time, too. A lot of booze, drinking, and drinking to drunkenness was noted PLUS smoking dope. But of the most serious point losses were "You are a god -- a god amongst men." by the quintessential actress AND "Jesus is a track headed for God's wherehouse" painted on a laundromat wall. On the surface (no pun intended) this phrase might not seem all that bad, but listen to what it is saying about the Gospel of Jesus -- His "track" (direction and path) for us. "Wherehouse" is not only a euphemism of the house of ill repute it is also a term describing a non-specific destination. As Christians, we KNOW where we are going! We have His Word on it!

FINDINGS / SCORING: Forces of Nature (1999) CAP Thermometers

NOTE: Multiple occurrence of each item described below may be present in the movie.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • airplane wreck mayhem
  • reckless driving
  • fistfight

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • one use of the most foul of the foul words
  • 14 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • rudeness to the elderly
  • husband/wife argument
  • lie to gain unfair advantage
  • a statement the strip dancing is harmless
  • inadequate protection for a young boy in alternate care

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • talk of nudity
  • sexual reference and innuendo
  • vulgar dancing with partial nudity
  • a man and a woman in bed together
  • vulgar kissing (open mouth with licking)
  • inappropriate contact between a male pelvis and a female posterior
  • admission of adultery with joy and impudence
  • suggestive eye movement
  • skimpy dressing
  • stripping behind a translucent wall
  • a male changing clothes in front of a female
  • adult underwear
  • homosexual striptease dancing
  • a gay bar

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • booze
  • drinking
  • drinking to drunkenness
  • smoking dope

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • "You are a god...a god amongst men"
  • "Jesus is a track to God's wherehouse"
  • tattoos (Lev. 19:28 "Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the LORD."
  • two uses of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive
  • 16 uses of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive

    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 is incorporated into the Impudence/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 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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