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Man on the Moon (1999), (R)
CAP Score: 56
CAP Influence Density: 1.09
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*Man on the Moon* (R) -- a movie FROM the moon.

A story about Andy Kaufman. I have no idea how accurate it was or whether it was supposed to be accurate. But then, who cares? Jim Carrey did an okay job of emulating Andy Kaufman. There is not a whole to to say for this movie. Just three days after seeing it, I cannot remember much about it. Thanks to the CAP analysis model annotation methods, I do not need to remember the movie to get the scoring right.

Language was, as usual, a problem. The most foul of the foul words was there...repeatedly. God's name in vain both with and without the four letter expletive was there...repeatedly. Bare female upper torsos were there...repeatedly. Carrey portrayed abrasive and caustic characters...repeatedly.

Other issues that may help you make an informed decision whether to see this movie include transcendental meditation, holistic medicine and their practitioners were portrayed as acceptable and effective. Cohabitation, prostitution, inappropriate touch, and adults in underwear were contributors to the sexual programming. A most nondescript movie. I will leave the description of it to the listing the Findings/Scoring section below.

FINDINGS / SCORING: Man on the Moon (1999) CAP Thermometers

NOTE: Multiple occurrences of each item described below may be likely.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • none noted

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • 9 uses of the most foul of the foul words
  • 25 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • ethnic insults
  • gender slander
  • trickery

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • vulgar motions with a female
  • touching and talking about male privates by another male
  • excessive posterior exposure
  • nudity in prostitution
  • inappropriate touch
  • multiple bare breasted women in a dance line, repeatedly
  • adults in underwear
  • sexual reference
  • woman on man in bed (clothed)
  • cohabitation for sex
  • participation in prostitution

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • smoking
  • booze
  • drinking

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • zen meditation and holistic medicine for protection and healing
  • God's name in vain with the four letter expletive once and 5 times without

    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.

    (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.

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