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Entertainment Media Analysis Report

Star Trek: First Contact (1996)
CAP Score: 71
CAP ID: 0.51

Thomas A. Carder
CAP President

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Star Trek: First Contact (1996) CAP Thermometers Star Trek: First Contact (1996) was an entertaining sci-fi flick true to the style of the TV series Star Trek: The Next Generation (ST-NG). And just as the ST-NG series contains unacceptable material, so did this movie. For those of you who do not watch the ST-NG series, some episodes have contained full nudity, both male and female, and homosexual kissing with a plethora of other items of unacceptable nature. While Star Trek: First Contact (1996) contained no nudity, there were other examples of unacceptable material - what else might you expect from a PG-13 movie?

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) presented a very realistic threat of stabbing a human eye, graphic mutillation of human flesh, battle gore, and bullets striking a body. Only morally invasive language and a lie to cover weakness took points away from Impunity/Hate(1) (I). Sex/Homosexuality (S) lost points to sexual innuendo and to a uniform strongly suggesting of unquestionable female anatomy. Drugs/Alcohol (D) suffered due to significant occurences of drinking and drunkenness. Offense to God(2) (O) was slammed by occasional use of God/s name in vain without the coloration of three/four letter explicatives, but one instance of blaspheme was noted in a female alien claiming that she was the beginning and the end. Murder/Suicide(3) (M) took a hit due to murder to "preserve human dignity" and a stronger hit because of speaking of murder as thrilling: that the thrill of committing murder is normal - an especially unwise thing to promote to the age group frequenting PG-13 movies - an age group typically associated with thrill-seeking. Remember folks. Not everyone has the same stength of good moral character as you - many might be negatively influenced by even the slightest deviation from righteous morals.

Other examples of unacceptable or possibly corruptive material included;

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 CAP Influence Density (ID) figure for the movie and the number of examples per hour of unacceptable material in each of the Investigation Areas is provided.

Star Trek: First Contact (1996) CAP Scorecard
In accordance with the comparative baseline data, Star Trek: First Contact (1996) was equivalent to R-rated material in Wanton Violence/Crime. The CAP Entertainment Media Analysis Model revealed no scoring equivalent to comparative baseline PG-13 programming. Star Trek: First Contact (1996) was equivalent to a very strong PG movie in Impunity/Hate but not so strong a PG movie in Sex/Homosexuality and Offense to God. In Drugs/Alcohol and Murder/Suicide, the movie received very low scores in the G-movie range. Thus, Star Trek: First Contact (1996) was equivalent to the comparative baseline data corresponding to 17% R-rated material, 50% PG-rated material, and 33% G-rated material.

(1) As noted in CAP Special Report-0001, "Investigation Area and Scoring Trend", of the six CAP Investigation Areas, Impunity/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 Impunity/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 dupication. 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, deaths by police action, and deaths by war are incorporated into Wanton Violence/Crime.

Please remember we believe that if even one of the six Investigation Area scores for a movie is equivalent to the CAP comparative baseline databse scoring range for R, PG-13, or PG material, the entire movie should be regarded as so rated.  For example, if only Wanton Violence/Crime earns a score equivalent to R but all other Investigation Areas earn a score equivalent to G, THERE IS R-RATED MATERIAL IN THE MOVIE AND YOUR KIDS WILL SEE IT AND HEAR IT IF THEY WATCH THE MOVIE!

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

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