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Entertainment Media Analysis Report

Simply Irresistible (1999), PG-13
CAP Score: 60, CAP ID: 0.73

Thomas A. Carder
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"Simply Irresistible" (PG-13) -- food as a love potion, somewhat paranormal. The movie was filled with "magic." The food was filled with magic. But the portrayed magic was "Mary Poppins" style magic: nothing evil about it. It was not used to harm anyone, to force anyone to do evil, or to conjure demons. Since the food prepared by the central woman figure was portrayed as being magic with aphrodisiac and mood-altering properties, there was sexual material in the movie -- no nudity but sexual material nonetheless. "Simply Irresistible" was a very good, well made, and powerfully touching love story -- it is indeed sad that the producers had to try cover up the ignominy with love and tenderness!

None of the questionable programming appeared to be so deeply hateful and arrogant as much of the programming in other PG-13 movies -- nothing seemed to be particularly invasive and corruptive. But that is how the lowering of standards has been done for about 44 years -- a little at a time, softly and quietly, sometimes invisibly until no one notices it. During the observation of "Simply Irresistible", I expected it to earn a CAP score equivalent to PG movies of 1995 and 1996. But the ole trusty CAP analysis model came through and gave the movie a score right in the middle of the CAP scoring range earned by PG-13 movies of 1995 and 1996. Maybe that is why "Simply Irresistible" seemed so light -- that many PG-13 (and even R) movies of '95 and '96 are like PG movies of 1995 and 1996. We have the numbers borne of a four year (so far) study to prove it.

Aside from the tear-jerking pleasantness and high quality of the movie, there was a whole bunch of unacceptable language -- about 10 ten times per hour. And God's name in vain with the four letter expletive happened once as the central girl was pounding chicken for a meal. Along with several sexual innuendo was a man and a woman licking each others fingers, wrapping themselves together, then falling to the floor beneath a layer of mist. Lots of cleavage and female anatomy ghosting through clothes were there, too, as was inappropraite touching and necking. God's name in vain without the four letter expletive happened 21 times.

FINDINGS / SCORING: Simply Irresistible (1999) CAP Thermometers

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) lost no intermediate nor maximum level points.

Impudence/Hate (I)(1) lost no intermediate nor maximum level points.

Sex/Homosexuality (S) lost no intermediate nor maximum level points.

Drugs/Alcohol (D) lost no intermediate nor maximum level points.

Offense to God (O)(2) lost no intermediate level points but maximum level points once due to the use of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive.

Murder/Suicide (M)(3) lost no intermediate nor maximum level points.

Other examples of entertainment ignominy, each warranting the loss of the minimum point level, included

  • 21 uses of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive
  • 13 uses of the three/four letter vocabulary
  • 11 presentations of alcoholic beverages
  • sexual innuendo, references (some vulgar), and suggestion
  • lots of cleavage and ghosting of female anatomy through clothing
  • implied sexual intercourse (a man and a woman licking each others' fingers, wrapping themselves around each other, then falling to the floor under a layer of mist)
  • adult underwear
  • knife thrown, nearly missing a man
  • encouraging lies to deflect accountability and lies about a personal schedule to avoid an encounter
  • throwing plates endangering guests
  • sexual wish
  • camera angle to force observer to view private parts
  • suggestive eye movements
  • a man atop a woman (dressed)
  • necking with inappropriate touching
  • encouragement to commit theft and find sex

    (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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