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The Story of Us 1999), (R)
CAP Score: 44
CAP Influence Density: 1.91
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SUMMARY / COMMENTARY:
*The Story of Us* (R) -- But not a story of us.
I do not know of any nuclear family as bitter as the family in *The Story of Us*. I suspect there are, but is there really a need to perpetuate such melancholy by making sure the moviegoer who might not have ever had to witness such hatred knows all about it before s/he leaves the theater?
*The Story of Us* could embolden already established bitterness and discord in a family or marriage: could threaten an already endangered marriage. To view such animated and exceptionally bitter argumentation, sometimes bordering on violent, can serve to give more examples of how to get even rather than get resolved. *The Story of Us* is another heaping helping of marital hate and vengeance served up under an ultimate statement of reconciliation. I do not believe it can even come close to giving hope to any fragile marriage. And the two or three year old girl in the audience, one of them anyway, who cried at some of the scenes of hate and arguing is not likely to remember the touching and complex "statement" of reconciliation at the end of the show, but she will likely remember that which made her cry -- for a long, long time.
The most foul of the foul words zipped like wasps out of the speakers. The three/four letter words attached themselves to the most foul of foul words to give a thorough whetting of the script with profanity. Sex talk with explicit descriptives and adulterous activities provided teasings of the lower levels of A. H. Maslow's hierarchy of needs. Violence in marriage was the blue plate special with a side order of sex.
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FINDINGS / SCORING:
NOTE: Multiple occurrences of each item described below are likely.
Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
Offense to God (O)(2):