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Miss Congeniality (2000), (PG-13)
CAP Score: 41
CAP Influence Density: 1.11
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SUMMARY / COMMENTARY:
MISS CONGENIALITY (PG-13) -- Bullock as a "R-13" beauty contestant.
Gracie Hart is the elementary school "protector." She beats up bullies who pick on guys she likes ... or wants to like ... and, like a black widow spider, beats them up if they don't reciprocate. And it doesn't change as Grace (Sandra Bullock) grows up. She becomes an FBI agent with all the earmarks of "one of the guys." The snorts, the chewing with her mouth open, "locker room" humor [Eph. 5:4], everything ... until she is assigned as an undercover beauty pageant contestant. Now Grace must not only look the part, she must act the part. But Grace is anything but.
Desperate for help, Grace's supervisor Eric Matthews (Benjamin Bratt) agrees to hire Victor Melling (Michael Caine), a disgraced beauty consultant to make her a beauty. Victor says it is impossible, that she is "dirty Harriet." After a tour of misery and frustration, Melling succeeds. From a jock to a jewel in a couple days. And just in time. The pageant begins in just hours and a terrorist is lying in wait to do a dastardly deed. Terrorists are rumored to be targeting the beauty pageant [Ps. 27:1-3]. Grace is planted to serve as law enforcement protection. Or at least to have the law present to thwart the bad guys if they make good on their threats [Job 34:22].
Through all this, Kathy Morningside (Candice Bergen), pageant founder and director since its beginning, tries her best to accommodate Grace as a replacement contestant for Miss New Jersey who had been disqualified (conveniently) for some unsavory act not befitting a pageant contestant. Morningside is aided by two assistants, Stan Fields (William Shatner) and her son who was not known to be Morningside's son until some clues about the threats started turning up. It seems that both Fields and Morningside are being fired to be replaced with younger personalities. Morningside did not like that. Not one bit. And that is important to the plot, but I'll not spoil it for you.
I will, however, share our findings with our parent and grandparent visitors who have come to trust our service to their children in His name. This movie is Bullock as a "R-13" beauty contestant. There are very few bold issues of immorality and other matters which are likely unacceptable to the righteous parent and grandparent, but like an ethical desensitizing trap there is enough "micro" ignominies to seem harmless individually but enough in quantity to make the total magnitude of influence equivalent to an R-rated movie circa 1995. God told us about Satan going out to the four corners of the world to deceive us so we would fight amongst ourselves [Rev. 20:8]. Maybe this slow and progressive decay of morality through entertainment and R-13) is indeed part of Satan's campaign? What better way than by entertainment is there to reach the four corners of the globe and to pit the unbelievers against the righteous? It has worked very well to pit child against parent.
The sexual ignominies include a t-o-n of sexual innuendo and crude comments/jokes [Eph. 5:4]. One sexual comment in particular was exceptionally vile: "Who's your daddy?" about the contestants clad in swimsuits (that expression seems to be common to a certain practice of child sexual abusers) [Luke 17:2]. While overall not a very violent movie, there was a fierce gun battle near the beginning of the show in which an FBI agent is shot down. While no indication of intercourse or nudity (except for a highly detailed mannequin) was found, also in the sexually inappropriate programming were lesbian and homosexual mannerisms and comments [Rom. 1:26; 1Cor. 6:9-10], sexual offers and requests, and inappropriate touch. Much use of the three/four letter word vocabulary [Col. 3:8] and many uses of God's name in vain both with and without the four letter expletive [Deut. 5:11] topped off the "R" in this "R-13" flick. Remember, this Summary/Commentary is just that: a summary in commentary. The full listing of findings is available in the Findings/Scoring section.
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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):