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Glitter (2001), PG-13
Analysis Date: September 21, 2001
CAP Score: 54
CAP Influence Density: 0.93

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GLITTER (PG-13) -- She can't act very well, but she sure can sing.

Glitter was not all that glitters, but Mariah Carrey sure can sing. Mariah Carrey's adorable "little girl" beaming smile and air of innocence was the perfect casting for this story of discovery of valuable and delightful talent. Personally, I do not care for the style Mariah sings but she sure can sing it. I would almost be willing to wager that she can cover four full octaves with any note in each octave under full control.

Coming from a background of living with her bar singer, drug addict, chain smoking mother Lillian Franklin (Valerie Pettiford), born to a mixed couple and passed among foster homes from age 11, Billy (Mariah Carrey) becomes discovered by a leech of a producer Timothy Walker (Terrence Dashon Howard, *Big Momma's House* ) , then by another leech of a producer and DJ Jullian "Dice" Black Dice (Max Beesley), then others, until the first leech murders the second leech for welshing on a deal. A $100,000 deal for the rights to Billy's singing. I'll say it again. That girl can sing. She can't act very well, but she sure can sing.

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Moving to a somber note, the background of this movie is New York City. Several of the scenes are of the New York City skyline with the twin Towers of the World Trade Center still standing. They are not there now, taken down along with our people by the cowardly and vicious assault of terrorists. For this reason, *Glitter* may draw strong emotions not even connected with the storyline.

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All grown up and singing backup to other "artists, Billie and her doo-wop gal pals, the sometimes sensible Louise (Da Brat) and the brash extrovert with touches of exhibitionist Roxie (Tia Texada) live in hopes of becoming famous performers. One day, producer Walker notices a quality in Billie's voice. Walker notices enough to edit out all other voices during a demo. As the vocal clutter fades, the sparkle and "glitter" of Billie's voice resounds in monophonic splendor. Walker decides to cash in on the discovery.

Dice also noticing Billie's genius as a vocal artist "buys" Billie's contract from Walker for $100,000 on a promise, a promise not kept, leading to Walker murdering Dice after Dice had put Waker in the hospital for threatening Billie unless Dice pays up. Y'see, Dice and Billie had become more than client-producer -- a close "item", very close until Billie discovered the dark side of Dice. Then the storybook relationship started to become dark. Yes, there is cohabitation and intercourse (genitals unseen) in this 13 year old flick. Such imagery was indeed uncomfortable as the dozens of 8, 9 and ten year old (and younger) little girls plus the couple dozen 13, 14 and 15 year old girls in the auditorium gazed upon Beesley and Carrey in bed together [Luke 17:2], both obviously nude in the "having a smoke" aftermath of intercourse. Strangely, there were very few boys in the audience. This is not to say that *any* age is "old enough" for this sort of programming. Sin is no respecter of age.
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When the "big boys" in the music industry take notice of Billie on her way up the charts, Dice becomes less and less important to the progress of Billie's career. And he does not like that. Now, Dice's dark side starts to surface. As professional after professional treat Dice as necessary waste, Dice reacts initially with guarded submission then with aggressively hostile maneuvers. Billie begins to see in Dice that which she does not want to see.

Glitter earned a CAP final score of 54 which puts it smack dab on top of the scoring range for R rated movies (54 and below, PG-13s earn 55 to 67). That makes it a very lite R-13. The whole show is rather cut-n-paste from any other similar story. But some things are added from the rags-to-riches stories of days gone by, things such as saturation with programming to challenge sexual inhibition and celebrate sexual exhibition [1Cor. 6:9 - 10], 19 uses of the three to four letter word vocabulary [2Tim. 2:16], and a ton of smoking, drinking and drunkenness [1Cor.6:9-10]. Is that a "tribute" to the glitter lifestyle?


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  • Luke 17:2 It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. [cause by teaching or example]
  • 1Cor. 6:9 - 10 Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.
  • 2Tim. 2:16 Avoid godless chatter, because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly.

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  • 1 Cor. 15:33 (KJV) Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (NIV) Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.
  • Jude 4 For certain men* whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]

    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.

    FINDINGS / SCORING: Glitter (2001) CAP Thermometers

    NOTE: Multiple occurrences of each item described below may be likely, definitely when plural.

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • breaking and entering
  • threat to do harm i extortion
  • beating

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • 19 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • raising a child in a bar
  • irresponsibility leading to severe property damage
  • "Sex sells."
  • Jealousy leading to inappropriate behavior

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • dressing to maximize the female form and/or skin exposure - repeatedly
  • provocative self touching - repeatedly
  • sexual innuendo, talk, comments
  • vulgar male dress
  • woman in towel only
  • excessive cleavage - repeatedly
  • stripping for sex
  • man and woman in bed, obviously nude, touching and snuggling after intercourse (unseen)
  • vulgar dance - repeatedly
  • order by producer to expose more breast
  • revealing wear
  • ghosting of female anatomy through clothing - repeatedly
  • invitation and acceptance of offer to cohabitate
  • cohabitation
  • suggestive eye movement

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • bar scene
  • drinking - repeatedly
  • drunkenness - repeatedly
  • booze to celebrate
  • drunkenness with aggressive anger

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • three uses of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • brutal gunfire murder as revenge

    NOTE: The CAP Analysis Model makes no scoring allowances for trumped-up "messages" to excuse or for manufacturing of justification for aberrant behavior or imagery, or for camouflaging such ignominy with "redeeming" programming. Disguising sinful behavior in a theme plot does not excuse the sinful behavior of either the one who is drawing pleasure from the sinful display or the practitioners demonstrating the sinful behavior. This is NOT a movie review service. It is a movie analysis service to parents and grandparents to tell them the truth about movies using the Truth.

    "There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our five-year study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.

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    (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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