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Entertainment Media Analysis Report

The Out of Towners (1999), PG-13
CAP Score: 60, CAP ID: 0.73

Thomas A. Carder
CAP President

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"The Out of Towners" -- The aging but forever cute Goldie Hawn and the never-aging Steve Martin combined comic and dramatic talents in this spoof about a recently-fired advertising exec going up-coast east with his wife for an interview for another advertising job. Just about every trouble and trial imaginable happened to the hapless couple -- and so did several examples of unacceptable programming happen to the hapless viewer.

If your kids see this movie they will see adult underwear, adults in bed, and sadomasochism paraphernalia. They will hear God's name in vain about every other paragraph of monologue, several of the three/four letter words, and sexual offers, talk and innuendo. They will also see sexual intercourse, clothed, but still sexual intercourse. Urinating in public, inappropriate touch and a woman taking off a man's pants will drill their way into your kids minds. There's more! Transvestism. Group encounter discussions of sexual perversion. Homosexual suggestion....... Not as light-hearted flick as the advertisement would have you to believe, huh?

For a complete representation of our analysis, please be sure to read the listing in the Findings/Scoring section.


NOTE: Multiple occurrence of each item described below may be present in the movie.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • petty theft
  • attempted petty theft

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • Nine uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • urinating in public

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • adult underwear
  • a man and a woman in bed together
  • sadomasochism paraphernalia
  • sexual encounter group discussion, including perversions
  • sex talk, offers, and innuendo
  • transvestism
  • sexual intercourse, clothed
  • inappropriate touch
  • vulgar gestures
  • a woman taking a man's pants off
  • homosexual suggestion

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • bar, booze, and drinking

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • 26 uses of God's name in vain but without the four letter expletive

    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 is incorporated into the Impudence/Hate Investigation Area. The use of God's name with or without the three/four letter word vocabulary 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, whether literal or euphemistic.

    (3) Only portrayal of successful murder or suicide are incorporated into Murder/Suicide. Presentation 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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