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Mystery Men (1999), (PG-13)
CAP Score: 61
CAP Influence Density: 0.70
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*Mystery Men* (PG-13) -- If it is popular, it will be a mystery (but maybe not).

*Mystery Men* was a spoof about super-heroes and super-villains. Only in this case, one of the super-heroes is a super-villain using lies to manipulate crime so he could keep his job -- definitely not in keeping with fighting for truth, justice, and the American way.

Scriptures clearly warn us of woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil [Is. 5:20]. This movie is replete with violations of that admonishment. One of the super-heroes speaks to the skull of her father in a crystalline ball about the size of a bowling ball, which is her weapon against crime. And it does her biding. Speaking to the dead and they responding to your commands is quite unholy.

Another of the super-heroes used flatulence as a weapon (it was harder to type this than it was for you to read it). This guy would aim his backside at the intended target and a sidekick or other gullible individual would pull his finger to fire (remember the story of Grandpa asking one of the grand kids to come to him and pull his finger?). Mr. Furious had a special weapon -- he got mad (whoopee!). And one of the super-heroes used invisibility as a weapon, only he was not invisible. All of him was visible. *Mystery Men* is a ground-breaker with full frontal flash male nudity. Just a reminder, folks -- ALL PG-13 programming is just a slice off the top of the R rating. Set your child in front of a PG-13 movie and s/he will see R-rated material.

Fighting, murder, gunfire, and death were all there for the viewing, even gang theft of prosthetics and a false eye from its host's socket. References to sexual anatomy, graphically detailed manikin nudity, drinking and drunkenness, and grotesque deformation of human flesh provided an evening of entertainment mayhem. *Mystery Men* also presented blowing up of an asylum, four letter word vocabulary, frenzied partying, and inappropriate touch and more.

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: Mystery Men (1999) CAP Thermometers

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

Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • gang theft of personal property, including a prosthetic and a false eye
  • fighting
  • firearm threats
  • beating
  • gunfire
  • grotesque deformation of human flesh
  • intentional vehicular crash to gain entry into private property
  • death
  • assault with slicing weapons
  • attempted murder

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • 6 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • lies to manipulate outcome
  • flatulence as a weapon
  • frenzied partying
  • body piercing

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • reference to sexual anatomy
  • camera angle to focus viewer on private regions
  • accurate manikin nudity
  • a skunk mating with the leg of a human
  • adult underwear
  • cleavage
  • flash full frontal male nudity
  • partial female nudity
  • sexual comment

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • drinking
  • drunkenness
  • drugging to control/abduct

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • 3 uses of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive
  • repeated talking to a skull in a crystalline ball and it doing the user's biding

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • 2 murders of individuals
  • mass murder of asylum occupants

    (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.

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