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Entertainment Media Analysis Report

Jawbreaker (1999), R
CAP Score: 41, CAP ID: 2.12

Thomas A. Carder
CAP President

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"Jawbreaker" (R) -- candy as a murder weapon. What will movie-makers think of next. I've heard of using a banana to commit murder, but never a jawbreaker. Three "Valley Girl" teens of a rule-the-school quartet squadron dressed as Ninjas abducted their fourth teen girl from her bedroom in some sort of lesson to be taught. The terroristic trio shoved a giant jawbreaker into the mouth of the underwear-clad fourth then threw her into the trunk of a soon-to-be-hearse car. And, of course, parents were nowhere to be found in this teen movie except in two token cases: one case of flash appearance by mom & dad and one case where a mother was portrayed as a simpleton. When the terrible trio opened the trunk lid they found the fatality fourth had choked on the jawbreaker. A rather gruesome grip on your sight sense - a huge lump in the wide-eyed discolored dead doll's throat. As the murderous misses tried to hide their dastardly deed, many ignominious insults were inflicted upon the limp lass - and on anyone else who got in their way.

While not as typically violent as most R-rated movies go, "Jawbreaker" most certainly was a movie of teen sexuality. Scene after scene of high school girls dressing to flirt the female form filled the film. Vulgar innuendo, gestures, comments, and actions supposedly mimicking high school life saturated the movie like clear in glass. Masked intercourse, teen underwear, and vixen seduction gave definition to unfair stereotyping of high school girls -- another move of the entertainment industry to continue their cultural creations. And, of course, foul, vain, and vulgar language at least 70 times hung any hope of wholesomeness.

Of particular invasion of all that is proper was manipulations of the dead girl's body into sexual positions with audible breaking of rigored appendages and, though not seen, paid necrophilia with the dead girl's body.

FINDINGS / SCORING: Jawbreaker (1999) CAP Thermometers

Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • repeated vulgar manipulations of a dead body to cover crime
  • multiple threats to hide murder, including threats to kill
  • chasing to coerce
  • bribing to hide murder
  • attempted murder

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • 15 uses of the most foul of foul words
  • 32 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • lies to cover crime and to deflect accountability
  • planning crime to cover murder
  • repeated rebellious dress, jewelry, and mannerisms
  • portraying a mother as an idiot

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • multiple examples of dress in high school to maximize sex appeal and other examples of inappropriate dress
  • teen in bed
  • teen underwear
  • inappropriate presentation of sex education
  • vulgar/sexual requests, actions, gestures, references and comments
  • camera angle to focus viewer on private regions
  • implications of lesbianism
  • partial teen nudity
  • female anatomy ghosting through clothes
  • tattoos (Lev 19:28 Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the LORD.)
  • masked sexual intercourse
  • homosexual suggestion and touch
  • inappropriate touch
  • vulgar tongue gestures
  • paid necrophilia

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
    No examples found

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

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • graphic murder by obstruction in airway as the result of abduction

    (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."

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