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

Entertainment Media Analysis Report

Jack Frost 1998, PG
CAP Score: 69, CAP ID: 0.57

Thomas A. Carder
CAP President

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Jack Frost: a snowman with snowball breasts. That's what your kids will see if they go to this movie. And they will see the snowman fondle/juggle them. But that is not all....

While much of the movie was about a warm and loving family relationship, it was filled with programming showing behaviors many, even most parents will not permit from their kids. "Selfish jerk!" & "Are all musicians flakey?" are a couple expressions from a son to his father. The term "b---" freckled the movie like spots on a leopard. At least five uses of foul language, thrice by an adolescent, chipped away at what might have been a wholesome movie.

Christmas is part of this winter movie (a small part but a part nonetheless) but, as usual, it is Christmas without Jesus and without even a Cross. One adolescent girl, about seven or eight years old, spoke about prison population and homemade explosive devices as if such knowledge was kindergarten level. Bully tactics were rampant, even to the point of leaving a child for dead with no more concern than swatting a fly.

And as usual of many "kids" movies, there was portrayal of a child as in the right when expecting his mother to believe his extremely fantastic story with the mother as petty and uncaring. Running away is the answer to adolescent problems, at least this is what came across in Jack Frost. To top off the impudence content of this movie was a dog urinating on the snowman as an expression of disdain. The use of God's name in vain several times without the four letter expletive did not help the final score either.

Reincarnation was a heavy part of the theme of this movie as was spiritual possession of an inanimate object. And an ethereal presentation of a dead father to his family was the final scene of the movie and was the final blow to any hopes of a wholesome CAP score.

FINDINGS / SCORING: Jack Frost (1998) CAP Thermometers

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) lost no intermediate nor maximum level points.

Impudence*/Hate (I)(1) lost maximum level points three times due to an adolescent using foul language, two series of multiple uses of "b---" in arrogance, and repeated lies to hide accountability and ownership of behavior.

Sex/Homosexuality (S) lost no intermediate nor maximum level points.

Drugs/Alcohol (D) lost no intermediate nor maximum level points.

Offense to God (O)(2) lost no intermediate nor maximum level points.

Murder/Suicide (M)(3) lost no intermediate nor maximum level points.

Other examples of entertainment ignominy, each warranting the loss of the minimum point level, included

  • "loose lady" movements
  • name calling
  • sexual innuendo
  • at least seven additional uses of "b---", once with "filthy ...."
  • "all that c---"
  • at least two additional uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • five uses of God's name in vain without the four letter word expletive
  • portrayal of adolescent superiority over parents, arrogance against parents with no consequences, implying the adults/parents are inconsequential and unimportant
  • "selfish jerk" and "flaky" to father
  • selfish arrogance
  • a sitter sleeping while on duty
  • a dog urinating as an expression of disdain
  • "...come back like this...", "...come from the hereafter..." (claim of reincarnation)
  • "...coldest wedgie I've ever had..."
  • spiritual possession of an inanimate object
  • Christmas without Jesus or the Cross
  • portrayal of a child as in the right when he expects his parents to believe him about an extremely fantastic story
  • bullies leaving a child for dead (hanging on the edge of a cliff) with no more concern that swatting a fly
  • vulgar sexual innuendo (fondling/juggling snowball breasts)
  • skull and crossbones on a tee shirt
  • a hit to the crotch
  • children placed in dangerous situations
  • a young child talking of prison population and homemade explosive devices in a worldly manner
  • running away to force trust/belief
  • reference to human private parts
  • ethereal presentation of a father to his family

    * "Imunity/Hate" is being changed to "Impudence/Hate."

    In accordance with the numeric comparative baseline database of the CAP Entertainment Media Analysis Model, Jack Frost (1998) presented programming equivalent to R-rated material in Impudence/Hate. The movie was equivalent to PG-13 programming in Offense to God and PG programming in Sex/Homosexuality. Jack Frost was equivalent to G-rated programming in Wanton Violence/Crime, Drugs/Alcohol, and Murder/Suicide. Thus, Jack Frost is equivalent to 16.3% R-rated programming, 16.3% PG-13 programming, 16.3% PG-rated programming, and 50% G-rated programming (does not total 100% due to rounding).

    (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.

    Please remember we believe that if even one of the six Investigation Area scores for a movie is equivalent to the CAP comparative baseline database 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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