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Mumford (1999), (R)
CAP Score: 59
CAP Influence Density: 0.80
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*Mumford* (R) -- a good fake.

*Mumford* was the name of the town in which a false psychologist of the same name set up his "practice." And he was good. Maybe that is trying to say something about the humanistic field of psychiatry. But accountability is accountability and this fake shrink bit the professional dust. Lots of human interest pieces in this movie, sounding very realistic, enough to be dangerous by copycat viewers.

Profanity and sexual programming were the quintessential demons in this movie. Some form of profanity averaged once each three and a half minutes including God's name in vain with the four letter expletive AND the most foul of foul words. Some form of sexual impropriety averaged once each five and a half minutes including full nudity -- a classroom full of it. Other than the nudity, most sexual programming was verbal. Illegal drugs and use of them appeared in *Mumford* a little more than most movies I've seen this year. Like *Jakob, the Liar* , *Mumford* was built around a lie. And the movie was engineered to excuse the lie and make the "benefits" outweigh the sin of it, the law notwithstanding and as more of an enemy than a protective measure.

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

FINDINGS / SCORING: Mumford (1999) CAP Thermometers

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

Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • a story of wife beating implying justification of it
  • a suicide story

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • 22 uses of profane language plus 4 uses of the most foul of the foul words
  • a theme of success built on a lie
  • skate boarding in traffic
  • an exceptionally bitter and hateful mother

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • sexual talk, innuendo, comments and references
  • camera angle to force viewer on private parts (clothed)
  • suggestive eye movement
  • classroom full of nude students and additional nudity
  • adult underwear
  • series of sensual photographs
  • nude life-like mannequins, multiple and repeated
  • vulgar motions of a nude mannequin
  • books on pornography from the 50s and 60s
  • talk of teen sexual immorality
  • admission of sexual immorality
  • admission of adultery
  • adulterous relationship

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • talk of "needing" a drink
  • bar and drinking
  • smoking dope
  • LSD appliques
  • other illegal drugs
  • admission of using illegal drugs

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • One use of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive and 8 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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