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

Entertainment Media Analysis Report

Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves (1997)
CAP Score: 74
CAP ID: 0.52

Thomas A. Carder
CAP President

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Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves CAP Thermometers

In Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves, only bully tactics reduced the Wanton Violence/Crime (W) score, but as usual for a PG movie, examples of arrogance and defiance of parental authority were rampant, thus a zero score in Impunity/Hate(1) (I). Only a sexual advance by an early teen boy on a girl reduced the Sex/Homosexuality (S) score. And only the pretense of ginger ale as champaign reduced the Drugs/Alcohol score (D). Also as usual for a PG movie, the low score in Offense to God(2) (O), albeit without the three/four letter word explicatives, was indiciative of the apparent lack of regard for God or His name. No examples of murder or suicide, or even talk of them, were revealed by Murder/Suicide(3) (M).

Dangerous disregard for fair authority was influentially displayed when early teen girls, holding a party against parental authority and in the absence of the parents, to extend the defiance beyond a party into a sleep-over. Want of autonomy in the name of trying to help others was particularly expensive to the Final Score due to the display of an eary teen girl and a pre-teen boy providing medical assistance without seeking or even mentioning getting professional medical help. By paramedical definition, fainting due to a deficiency in blood chemistry is a true medical emergency: truly beyond the expertise of the kids.

Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves was a very good example of hiding arrogance, impunity, and disregard for fair authority in a delightfully appealing warm role-playing romp for pre-teens and early teens.

The desire of pre-teens and teens to be out from under the authority of parental controls is well known. It is hard enough to keep our children safe and to teach them wisdom without movies like this teaching them that they should strike out against parental love and concern. Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves was indeed party to the perpetuation by the entertainment industry of the desire of kids to have too much autonomy too soon.

Other examples of unacceptable behavior included:
Below is the table showing the scoring in each of the Investigation Areas plus the Final Score drawn from the actual CAP Report. In addition, the number of examples per hour of unacceptable material in each of the Investigation Areas is provided.

Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves CAP Scorecard

In accordance with the comparative baseline data, Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves was equivalent to R-rated material in Sex/Homosexuality and Offense to God. It presented material equivalent to PG-13 material in Drugs/Alcohol. Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves was equivalent to PG material in Wanton Violence/Crime and Impunity/Hate. The movie presented material equivalent to G-rated movies in Murder/Suicide. Thus, Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves was equivalent to the comparative baseline data corresponding to 33% R-rated material, 17% PG-13 material, 33% PG-rated material, and 17% G-rated material.

(1) As noted in CAP Special Report-0001, "Investigation Area and Scoring Trend", of the six CAP Investigation Areas, Impunity/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 is incorporated into the Impunity/Hate Investigation Area. The use of God's name in vain with and without the three/four letter word vocabulary is incorporated into the Offense to God Investigation Area.

(3) Only portrayal of successful murder or suicide are incorporated into Murder/Suicide. Presentation of attempts to commit murder or suicide, deaths by police action, and deaths by war are incorporated into Wanton Violence/Crime.

Please remember we believe that if even one of the six Investigation Area scores for a movie is equivalent to the CAP comparative baseline databse scoring range for R, PG-13, or PG material, the entire movie should be regarded as so rated.  For example, if only Wanton Violence/Crime earns a score equivalent to R but all other Investigation Areas earn a score equivalent to G, THERE IS R-RATED MATERIAL IN THE MOVIE AND YOUR KIDS WILL SEE IT AND HEAR IT IF THEY WATCH THE MOVIE!

Additional reviews of this movie may be located at "Movie Review Query Engine at Telerama."

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