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Lake Placid (1999), R
CAP Score: 44
CAP Influence Density: 1.52
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*Lake Placid* (R) -- Anaconda, Jaws, and Alligator all rolled up into one. A good job, and a bad job.

"Lake Placid* was very well written and choreographed. It had some of the finest computer critter animation I have seen. And the acting was brilliant. Interaction between actors and support between parts were intricate and well executed. The movie was even funny. But...

As usual, an otherwise great Saturday night flick was disappointing because foul language and sexual content. No nudity, but sexual content nonetheless. And, as usual, all the foul language and sexual material were totally unnecessary.

It was a well made flick that could have been great, however, it was gory and violent ....... and sexual to a point. A giant animal in the lake had some hot lunches. One of the lunches was half of a human. Do you remember the TV commercial or the trailer in which a sheriff's deputy is standing in a boat on the lake leaning over the edge of the boat when a huge spray of water engulfs him? Well, the next scene is of him stumbling around without a head...graphically. Also, there were many examples of unacceptable language, including God's name in vain both with (once) and without the four letter expletive. And there was a lot of spoken sexual dialogue -- vulgar sexual dialogue including the most foul of the foul words -- repeatedly. One of the patrons I spoke with about the movie said "Betty White was potty mouthed." And she was.

During an opening day TV commentary for *Lake Placid* an on-the-spot movie interviewer spoke with several patrons. Comments included "Cool" and "Awesome" plus a lot of giggles. Of particular interest is not one of the patrons was 17 years old. AND there were no adults around. So much for Clinton's feeble attempts at preventing underage kids from viewing restricted movies. However, this scene amplifies the need for CAP analyses of movies -- so mom and dad will know the true content of movies BEFORE their kids talk them into letting them see a movie.

So many of our visitors seem to be relying only on this Summary/Commentary for a full accounting of the subject movie. This is not possible. For the best representation of the CAP Entertainment Media Analysis Model applied to this movie, visit the Findings/Scoring section below.

FINDINGS / SCORING: Lake Placid (1999) CAP Thermometers

NOTE: Multiple occurrences of each item described below are likely.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • ominous danger
  • *Jaws* type death
  • body bitten in half, showing innards spilling out
  • crushing animal attack (showing teeth action)
  • avulsed body part
  • disembodied moose head
  • beheading of man by animal attack, with stub showing
  • series of scenes of disembodied human head
  • animal attacks of other animals, killing them as food
  • animal attacks of humans with biting

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • 7 uses of the most foul of the foul words
  • 14 uses of other three/four letter word vocabulary words
  • urinating in the open

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • suggestive eye movement of police officer at teen girl
  • sex talk, innuendo, comments, references, and insults
  • homosexual insult
  • vulgar comments and insults by an elderly woman
  • offer of sex

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • talk of drinking beer

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • discussion of how crocodiles were worshipped more than Jesus.
  • "Holy Spirit, Holy Ghost, holy ----"

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • none noted

    (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 in vain is incorporated into the Impudence/Hate Investigation Area. The use of God's name with or without the four letter expletive 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.

    (3) Only portrayal of successful murder or suicide are incorporated into Murder/Suicide. Portrayal 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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