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Muppets From Space (1999), G
CAP Score: 95
CAP Influence Density: 0.09
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*Muppets From Space* (G) -- it really was a G movie.

With a score of 95, this is what you might call a harmless a point. Recall the old Buggs Bunny and Road Runner cartoons. The Road Runner cartoons were claimed by some to be the most violent cartoons on TV. Well, there is some "cartoon" violence in *Muppets From Space* which, if your child were to copy, could cause some hurt or trouble. Also, there were a few things which if copied by your child could cause you some concern regarding their sexual maturing. There were so few things of concern, though, in this movie that an itemization of them in the Findings/Scoring section is unnecessary. Instead, I'll just tell you about them here in the Summary/Commentary.

The instances of violent programming you may wish to discuss with your child(ren) were the taking of someone into nonlegal custody at gunpoint, false imprisonment, "I'm gonna kill somebody", a child character sitting atop a roof, and physical violence to gain advantage. The instances of sexual nature that may need your maturity for the child to properly develop included Miss Piggy gamming (sitting cross-legged intentionally in a very short skirt showing as much upper leg as possible), Miss Piggy hitting the privates of a male character, and presentation of a video tape titled "Platinum Buns."

I guess I am sorry, but this movie earned a yellow CAPAlert light instead of a green light due to the number of violent matters in it. All other Investigation Area scores for *Muppets From Space* were perfect or nearly perfect. This analysis might really seem to fit the "Gimme uh break!" category, but I cannot and would not if I could manipulate the numbers. They are completely equation-generated. Besides, don't you feel a little of your attention is called for regarding the optics of, for example, the use of guns by non-police personnel to control and intimidate?

FINDINGS / SCORING: Muppets From Space (1999) CAP Thermometers

Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
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Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
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Sex/Homosexuality (S):
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Drugs/Alcohol (D):
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Offense to God (O)(2):
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Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
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(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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