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Christian Analysis of American Culture (CAP)

Entertainment Media Analysis Report

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
CAP Score: 53
CAP ID: 1.45

Thomas A. Carder
CAP President

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The Shawshank Redemption CAP Thermometers

The Shawshank Redemption was a bizarre prison life story about a man falsely convicted of murder. As seems to be the case with what we hear in the news, the movie portrayed that if prisoners do not know how to commit hardcore crimes before they go into prison, they learn in prison.

The Wanton Violence/Crime (W) score was drained due to material such as prison guard brutality resulting in inmate death and other inmates beating a man to death

It was not possible to compute an accurate score in Impunity/Hate (I) because of the frequency of foul language.(1)  The actual score in Impunity/Hate is far below zero! Unacceptable language occured about every 1.3 minutes in this 142-minute movie.

Several instances of violations of the Investigation Standards were noted in Sex/Homosexuality (S). Homosexual rape and attempted homosexual rape, shower room multiple nudity, masked heterosexual sexual intercourse, and a heterosexual couple stripping were a few of the examples of unacceptable material in Sex/Homosexuality.

Only one instance of Drugs/Alcohol (D) was noted when a suicidal individual was drinking, ostensibly to ease his worries.

The starting 100 points in the Offense to God (O) Investigation Area were evaporated due to a pathetically thick density of the use of God's name in vain both with and without the three/four letter word vocabulary.(2)  

Murder/Suicide (M) lost a few points due to a murder and a suicide.

In accordance with the comparative baseline data, The Shawshank Redemption was equivalent to R-rated material in Impunity/Hate and Offense to God. The movie was equivalent to the comparative baseline PG-13 movies in Sex/Homosexuality. It was equivalent to PG material in Wanton Violence/Crime and Murder/Suicide. The Shawshank Redemption  was equivalent to baseline G-rated material in Drugs/Alcohol. Thus, The Shawshank Redemption was equivalent to the comparative baseline data corresponding to 33% R-rated material, 17% PG-13 material, 33% PG material, and 17% G-rated material.

Below is the table showing the scoring in each of the Investigation Areas plus the Final Score drawn from the actual CAP Report. In addition, the number of examples per hour of unacceptable material in each of the Investigation Areas is provided.

The Shawshank Redemption CAP Scorecard

(1) As noted in CAP Special Report-0001, "Investigation Area and Scoring Trend" Impunity/Hate was the strongest presence in all four movie classifications. I pray you will find time to read Special Report-0001. It has a strong revelation about the entertainment media.

(2) The use of the three/four letter word vocabulary is incorporated into the Impunity/Hate Investigation Area. The use of God's name in vain with and without the three/four letter word vocabulary is incorporated into the Offense to God Investigation Area.

Additional reviews of this movie may be located at "Movie Review Query Engine at Telerama."

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