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House of Mirth (2000), (PG)
CAP Score: 92
CAP Influence Density: 0.14
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NOTE: If you do not want the plot, ending, or "secrets" of a movie spoiled for you, skip the Summary/Commentary. In any case, be sure to visit the Findings/Scoring section -- it is purely objective and is the heart of the CAP Entertainment Media Analysis Model applied to this movie
SUMMARY / COMMENTARY:
HOUSE OF MIRTH (PG) -- without the mirth
In social warfare of the turn of the 20th century New York, Lily Bart (Gilliam Anderson) battles aging without being married. This feature is a journey into the social injustices of high society and gender discrimination. It is a difficult movie to follow and to maintain focus for 131 minutes.
Though Lily's vocation is to be married, she has waited too long -- until her late 20s. Society is beginning to reject her and her finances are dwindling as well. So, with no recourse she takes to femme maneuvers to find a rich husband Shallowness and social games abound. And so does social cruelty. Not being able to land a rich husband and broke, Lily is forced into piecework at the sweatshops of the early 1900s. When a $10,000 inheritance comes it comes too late. Lily is dead by suicide.
There is not much ignominy in this movie which might serve to shape or alter the social behavior or patterns of your young ones, but it is certainly not in the same intellectual stratum OR interest of most modern youth. Smoking and drug abuse topped the loss of scoring, giving this movie a yellow CAPAlert light. There was no violence or crime noted. There may have been but if there was I missed it. I had a hard time staying awake. Neither was there any noted sexual programming. The most significant presence with possible corruptive influence was the suicide by abuse of prescription drugs to solve problems. Suicide is murder, murder of the self. And murder is sin [Deut. 5:17]. As is lying whether in cruelty or not [Prov. 6:16/19; Rev. 21:8].
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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:
NOTE: Multiple occurrences of each item described below may be likely, definitely when plural.
Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
Offense to God (O)(2):