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Snow Day (2000), (PG)
CAP Score: 65
CAP Influence Density: 0.68
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*Snow Day* -- a hard PG or a very light PG-13

With a CAP Final Score of 65, this movie falls two points into the upper threshold of PG-13 movies of 1995 and earlier. Female teen anatomy ghosting through clothing, teen girls wearing clothing to maximize the female form and/or skin exposure, sexuaI innuendo and talk, issues of child organization against adult authority and a few issues of violence were the only issues to cause loss of points. There were no noted examples of foul language: no noted uses God's name in vain with or without the four letter expletive; no noted issues of cult/occultism or other issues of great offense to God; no noted murders or suicides; no noted nudity. Note that I did not write the movie and if the movie writers keep adding more and more unacceptable programming to "children's movies" they will keep getting lower and lower CAP scores. If you remember or saw in a previous media analysis report, I claimed that movie makers must be using a different technique to insert ignominy in movies: that they may now be using tons of lesser issues of ignominy instead a few very bold issues. In this way, each individual instance of questionable programming may seem relatively tame while the the magnitude or total envelope is the same as using a few very bold issues of ignominy. This movie is a good example of that, thus the red CAP Alert light which is determined by the scores of the Investigation Areas (the six CAP Thermometers). Note also that the typical range of CAP Influence Density scores for PG movies of 1995 and before is about 0.22 to 0.6 with PG-13 movies earning Influence densities starting at about 0.6. The CAP Influence Density of *Snow Day* is 0.68. More evidence of this movie being more like a PG-13 movie of 1995 and earlier than a PG movie.

In attempts to secure an extra snow day out of school, the town's kids pelted the snow plow driver with every manner of non-lethal assault to prevent him from getting the streets plowed for school busses. In one case, while plowing the city streets a child hit the driver with a snowball causing the driver to wreck the plow. And, of course, the plow driver was a "bad guy" in this movie, as was the principal of the school. Once outside the school, the principal was continuously used as a snowball target, even in places where snowballs are not normally available. Wonder why some and even many kids are getting so bold about thinking adults are ignorant selfish buffoons at war with youth? Like so many other movies and almost every form of entertainment and advertisement have portrayed for years, this movie portrays adults as exactly that. And if that level of faulty perception takes hold at a young age, when it is carried into teenhood and gets amplified by the fires and turbulence of puberty, it is no wonder why there is such a general lack of respect for authority: no wonder why many folks have such a general lack of sincerity and willingness to sacrifice.

So many of our visitors seem to be relying only on this Summary/Commentary for a full assessment of this 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: Snow Day (2000) CAP Thermometers

NOTE: Multiple occurrences of each item described below may be likely.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • child tied to the blade of a moving snowplow
  • adult abuse of a child
  • a teen punk threatening another teen with a shovel
  • reckless driving
  • theft of private property

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • "Kiss my [backside]"
  • child arrogance against adult authority
  • I'm going out" by son to parents
  • urine-soaked snowball
  • adult intentionally destroying kids snow fort
  • gratuitous flatulence
  • clear theme of trying to make any adult look like a buffoon
  • child using threats to manipulate adult
  • disguised foul word
  • organized child aggression against adult authority
  • lies about physical condition to manipulate others

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • sexual comments
  • sexual suggestions
  • camera angle to force viewer on private parts
  • suggestive picture
  • ghosting of female anatomy through clothing
  • dressing to maximize female form and skin exposure

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • None noted

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • None noted

    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 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.

    (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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