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Entertainment Media Analysis Report

Varisty Blues (1999), R
CAP Score: 36, CAP ID: 3.21

Thomas A. Carder
CAP President

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"Varsity Blues" -- no consequences. At least none were really obvious. Nudity. Sexual intercourse. Vulgar Language. Teen drinking. Anarchism. Contributing to the delinquency of a minor. It's all there for your viewing displeasure.

If you watch this 100-minute* movie you will hear the most foul of the foul words at least 45 times, other three/four letter words at least 68 times, God's name in vain with the four letter expletive 3 times and without the four letter expletive 6 times. You will see booze and consumption of it at least 25 times, mostly by teens, and a teen party with all the [unfair] stereotypical trimmings but without adult supervision. You will get to watch a cop act 'Oh, darn' as a drunk teen steals his patrol car to gallivant around town -- nude -- with other nude teens. And throughout the movie is a thread of 'I'll do it any way I want, whatever it is.' by teens. Oh, yeah! You will get to see the Sex Ed teacher strip -- and so do the boys in her class. Not a good source of example-setting programming for our youth.

As a general rule, teens DO NOT act this way: licentious anarchy with no consequences. I take great insult that this movie (and many others) portrays teens in such a manner. Can anyone wonder why, then, do some teens become that way? Maybe ....... just maybe movies like "Varsity Blues" is one reason they do. Even if not true, why feed the innate foolishness bound in the hearts of youth (Proverb 22:15)? Why tempt and entice teens to become arrogant and irresponsible? Why give them the cause to feel "If you think I am that way, then I will be?" Please remember God's admonition regarding our charge in the upbringing of our kids in Luke 17:1-2 "Jesus said to his disciples: Things that cause people to sin are bound to come, but woe to that person through whom they come. It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin."

* Published running times of movies almost always include previews and credit running times. We do not use the published running time to exclude the time taken by preview and credits. These parts are not included in CAP analsyes.

FINDINGS / SCORING: Varsity Blues (1999) CAP Thermometers

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

Impudence/Hate (I)(1) lost intermediate level points two times due to a teen party without adult supervision and portrayal of teens as licentious anarchists with the adults being no better. Impudence/Hate lost maximum level points 45 times due to the use of the most foul of foul words.

Sex/Homosexuality (S) lost intermediate level points five times due to full adult nudity, kissing in school, suggestion of using drugs and booze to seduce, and strip joint nude dancing. Sex/Homosexuality lost the maximum level points once due to sexual intercourse with nudity.

Drugs/Alcohol (D) lost intermediate level points ten times due to drinking by teens, drunkenness, and booze on school property. Drugs Alcohol lost maximum level points twelve times due to police ignoring teen drinking, providing booze to a minor, public drinking by a minor, and teens in a strip bar.

Offense to God (O)(2) lost the maximum level points once due to the use of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive and once due to a series of an adolescent mimicking Christ.

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

  • "Winning at ALL COSTS"
  • adult underwear
  • mockery of Christ's sacrifice and His sovereignty by an adolescent (who's mother thinks it's "cute")
  • reckless vehicular activity
  • partial and brief/flash nudity
  • homosexual reference to male anatomy
  • sexual innuendo
  • inappropriate touching
  • kissing on school property
  • flippant use of Scripture to speak of homosexuality
  • sexual invitation with sensual enticement/movements
  • alcoholic beverages generally available
  • hitting adult privates with a baseball bat
  • vulgar references to human anatomy
  • dictatorial, hateful, and manipulating coach
  • "We are all adults" to teens
  • inappropriate terms and displays in a high school sex ed class by a sensuous teacher
  • dangerous pushing to physically perform
  • adult pat on the rear of a teen
  • lies to deflect accountability
  • undressing in a car to the underwear saying "It's the same as a bathing suit"
  • suggestive eye movements
  • "You don't always have to do the right thing"
  • theft of a police car, cops acting 'Oh darn' about it
  • belittlement of clean language and reverence to God
  • examining one's self in public
  • hate music
  • arrogance against father
  • sex ed teacher being a stripper
  • "Play like gods"

    (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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