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Super Nova (1999), (PG-13)
CAP Score: 32
CAP Influence Density: 1.54
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*SUPER NOVA* (PG-13) -- NOT a PG-13; a 'skin flick' targeted at adolescents.

Full nudity fully engaged in sexual intercourse. That's the bill for your 13 year old with *Super Nova*, and it is entirely acceptable according to the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). Both the survey population and the methodology used by the MPAA are now suspect more than ever. And there are many other examples of nudity to conjure lust. [1 Ths. 4:3]

On a medical rescue mission in deep space, the crew had to strip before entering pods in preparation for travel faster than the speed of light. The crew of *Lost in Space* (1998) did not have to do that to prepare for light speed travel. I ask you, why is it this crew had to strip? Is it because only living tissue could be protected by the special environment? Was there a danger of the clothing melding with the flesh at light speed? If so, how was melding of the fabric of the cushions they laid on prevented? Was the cushion fabric a special material not vulnerable to light speed travel? If so, why were their clothes not made of the same material? I suspect all parents and grandparents can figure that out in a heartbeat -- just to "excuse" the presentation of nudity and for no other reason. [Gen 3:10; 3:12] We were not born yesterday.

Other issues of ignominy included "miraculous" self healings, a general dark and sinister coloration, and many, many examples of varying degrees of nudity including group nudity and long-contact individual full nudity. Also, remarks such as "Whoever they are they are as smart as God" and "I'm not sorry (my dad is dead)." did not help the scoring any. The physical attacks in this movie would kill in real life and could serve to desensitize the impressionable into corrupt thinking regarding violence in numbing social upheavals. (For the antagonists who love to argue with this ministry, I was a medic for 12 years -- I know what can kill) Graphic invasive imagery, inappropriate touch, and demonic appearances led to the downfall of all hopes this movie could be morally fit for anyone, let alone children. Remember, my opinions and personal values are meaningless to the CAP analysis model. The only yardstick the model uses is the teachings of Jesus. We make no scoring allowances for trumped up "messages" or other manufactured justification for aberrant behavior and imagery for the sake of attempts at "artful expression." [1 John 2:15-17; Phil. 4:8; Mark 7:21-23; Gal. 5:19-21]

And this movie was heavy into evolution. So much so that a discovered jewel-like monolith was said to have the power to wipe out an entire planet of life and restart life anew.

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: Super  Nova (1999) CAP Thermometers

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

Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • graphic invasive imagery
  • graphic flesh distortion
  • "Kill me, please."
  • dead bodies
  • bloody injuries
  • graphic amputation
  • physical attacks that would kill in the real world

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • 9 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • a bitter and sinister, dark attitude throughout riddled with selfishness
  • "I'm not sorry [my dad is dead.]"
  • lies

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • sexual comments, innuendoes and approaches
  • multiple instances of intercourse with hidden but obvious nudity
  • group stripping with upper frontal female and full rear male nudity
  • additional instances of upper frontal and full rear female nudity and full rear male nudity
  • shadowing of female nudity
  • intercourse with full nudity and separately with partial nudity
  • male exhibitionism of full frontal male nudity (not seen by the viewer) before a female actress
  • inappropriate touch
  • gaping mouth kissing
  • many hidden but obvious nudities
  • full male side nudity

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • booze, one instance with no drinking but talk of it with apparent drunkenness
  • much talk about addiction to illegal drugs

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • 4 uses of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive
  • "What if they'd never crucified Christ, but they did." as an argumentative tool
  • "The only real sin is regret."
  • "Whoever they are, they are as smart as God."
  • "miraculous" healings
  • demon-faced human
  • promotion of evolution

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • four murders

  • (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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