ChildCare Action Project: Christian Analysis of American Culture (CAP)



Click on CAPCon
for explanation
Entertainment Media Analysis Report

Goodbye, Lover (1999), R
CAP Score: 25, CAP ID: 3.35

Thomas A. Carder
CAP President
A full 2" x 2" ad or any combination of 1" x 1" quarter-ad blocks.

Executive Summary / Commentary
Findings / Scoring

Become a

A full 4" x 1" ad or any combination of 1" x 1" quarter-ad blocks.
ALERT: To fully understand this report you should first visit the topics suggested by the CAP Table of Contents.


"Goodbye, Lover" (R) -- goodbye inhibitions. Indeed, this is one of the movies which is likely to cause some to lower their threshold of inhibitions. At least, due to the tonnage of sexual programming in it, there is likely to be a furthering of the acceptance and/or tolerance of previously unacceptable sexual behavior.

The movies starts with predatory femme fatale, Sandra (Patricia Arquette) who is married to Jake (Dermot Mulroney) who is the brother of Ben (Don Johnson) who is Sandra's lover and is having an affair with co-worker Patricia (Mary-Louise Parker) who has an agenda of her own (with Jake), conducting a porn phone talk with Ben. *-whew-*

Sandra is not at all concerned about gamming. Come to think of it, the whole show presented maximization of the female form, legs, and cleavage. Short skirts were the uniform of the day - SHORT skirts. The viewer will see both male and female underwear fall the the ankles of the wearer. They will see what is best called masked sexual intercourse. The actions motions and sounds are there. There is just no nudity. Except for one case, the nudity is masked by sheets, clothes, or some conveniently placed object. Adult underwear is frequent. There are even hints of homosexuality and sexual sadomasochism. And with all the sexual activities comes the sex talk, comments, innuendo, and suggestions -- some in a church.

Ellen Degeneras (a homosexuality statement by itself) and Ray McKinnand played the parts of a pair of detectives with Degeneras, of course, as the wiser and more worldly senior partner. Degeneras was bent on belittling her partner who was clearly a Christian man trying to apply his beliefs and mores to his work, which was fodder for Degeneras' obsession with insulting her Christian partner. Degeneras ended up chumming with the femme fatale Sandra after they were successful in their criminal endeavors of getting lots of money out of the death of Ben.

And, of course, foul language saturates the script -- really saturates it! For a complete representation of our analysis, please be sure to read the listing in the Findings/Scoring section.

FINDINGS / SCORING: Goodbye, Lover (1999) CAP Thermometers

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

Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • desperate screaming and fighting
  • contemplation of suicide
  • contemplation of murder
  • autopsy mechanics/procedures
  • planning a second murder
  • graphic murder victim
  • hiring of a hit
  • dead body - murder victim
  • beating of a victim with a baseball bat while hanging upside down
  • firearms
  • a cop brutalizing a suspect
  • attempted murder
  • corrupt police officer

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • lies to cover up murder
  • lusting after death
  • portrayal of crime paying off
  • 47 uses of the most foul of the foul words
  • 6 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • porn phone talk
  • gamming
  • sexual intercourse (masked)
  • woman's underwear falling to her ankles
  • sexual talk, comments, innuendo, insults, and suggestion (some in a church)
  • homosexual talk
  • maximizing female form, legs, and cleavage
  • sadomasochism paraphernalia
  • adultery
  • adult underwear
  • female anatomy ghosting through clothing
  • inappropriate touch
  • porn marquee with nude woman lying down with "Go forth" imprinted over her
  • camera angle to focus viewer on private parts
  • sexual intercourse, both masked and not masked
  • nudity
  • sounds of sexual intercourse
  • necking in bed wearing only underwear

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • booze, drinking, and drunkenness

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • God's name in vain 10 times with the four letter expletive and 36 times without
  • insults to Christian mores and behavior

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • murder by fall
  • murder by gunfire
  • murder by other means

    (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."

    The ChildCare Action Project (CAP) is a nonprofit Christian ministry. We rely on public support. If you wish to contribute to the CAP, please send your donations to

    ChildCare Action Project
    Post Office Box 177
    Granbury, TX 76048-0177

    Tax exemption applies in accordance with Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Tax Codes.

    Please feel free to write to us.

    You are welcome to
    Go back to the CAP Reports Page
    Top of the CAP Home Page
    CAP Table of Contents

    or leave me an email message or comment at

    Thank you for visiting us and may God bless you. Prayerfully, we will provide you with some of the most revealing commentary and investigative reporting you have ever read.

    In the name of Jesus:
    Lord, Master, Teacher, Savior, God.

    Thomas A. Carder
    ChildCare Action Project: Christian Analysis of American Culture (CAP)

    Copyright ChildCare Action Project (CAP)

    Click Here For