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(2004), PG-13
Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
February 22, 2004
54 out of 100

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(2004), PG-13 --... one of the lowest forms of vulgar treachery toward kids I have ever seen. And I have seen over 800 films

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Mooseport Productions
Distribution (US): 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
Director(s): Donald Petrie
Producer(s): Moritz Borman, Steven Brown, David Coatsworth, Marc Frydman, David Holden, Basil Iwanyk, Doug Richardson, Rory Rosegarten, Tom Schulman
Story: Doug Richardson
Screenplay: Tom Schulman
Cinematography/Camera: Victor Hammer
Music: John Debney
Film Editing: Debra Neil-Fisher
Casting: Sheila Jaffe, Georgianne Walken
Production Design: David Chapman
Art Direction: Michael Shocrylas
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

What could have been a delightful romantic comedy was made vulgar. Since one of the first ignominies you are hit with is nudity, I'll start this out with that. If you like to watch an old man jog the streets of a small city nude except for his shoes, mostly from the rear, this is the movie for you. There is even a glimpse of him from the side, full view, up close. Your 13 year old kids and any others you let watch this film will see it, too. Now, not only have "PG-13" and the MPAA stolen the innocence of not knowing what mom and dad and grandma look like without clothes, they have stolen the innocence of not knowing what grandpa looks like without clothes. Feel good about that do ya, mom/dad/grandma/grandpa? Do you actually think that kids don't think about such things once they been exposed to it? Invasive images such as those at that age stand a good chance of being indelible. Images (and dialogue) that are much less invasive stay with us. Don't you remember what Bambi looked like when his mother was shot? What Travis looked like when he shot old Yeller? From where "I'm melting! I'm melting!" came?

Mooseport, Maine has lost its latest mayor. Monroe "Eagle" Cole (Gene Hackman) is ending his term as the US President with the highest approval rating of any departing President ... ever. A bright future lies ahead for Eagle Cole in speaking engagements for $125,000 each (which are $25,000 more than Clinton got - in the movie anyway), lucrative endorsements, an autobiography for more than $10 million and even a library twice the size of Clinton's. Everything looks quite bright for Eagle Cole ... except Mrs. Cole. Charlotte Cole (Christine Baranski). A blood-sucking piranha according to Monroe. She took him for almost everything he had in a divorce. [Mal. 2:16] And will do whatever she can to get as much of his she can. [Hab. 2:9]

Back to Mooseport. Monroe sets his sights on Mooseport to launch his after-Whitehouse life because his ex-wife can't touch his house there. Since the previous mayor is now dead, the townspeople insist that Monroe become their new mayor. Seizing this as another political opportunity, reluctantly at first, Cole accepts. Now enters Harold "Handy" Harrison (Ray Ramono - Ice Age, the local plumber and hardware store owner. A pillar of the community. Everyone knows Handy. Especially veterinarian Dr. Sally Mannis (Maura Tierney). Handy and Sally have been an item for six years (and, of course, they drop a hint or two of how they have been enlightened and progressive with sex out of wedlock).

Now comes mayoral candidate Cole with his experienced suave and debonair style. At a formal dinner, Monroe is smitten by Sally and asks her out. Earlier, Handy had told Sally that he thinks it is time ... to buy a new truck. Not to get married as Sally was hoping he would ask, but to buy a new truck. With a sunken and you-had-your-chance heart, Sally accepts the ex-President's invitation to dinner. Handy is not happy with this new development- err - maneuver of Sally and decides to run against Monroe as the town's mayor. With the veteran help of Monroe's aides aides Bullard (Fred Savage), Grace (Marcia Gay Harden) and manager Bert Langdon (Rip Torn - looking as tough he brought with him one of the suits from MIB or MIB2, Monroe launches a full-bore election campaign to win the mayoral race in Mooseport, Maine. All the stops are pulled and no holds barred. From either candidate. In a town of 500 voters. Oh, the power of Hollywood. In the real world 500 people could not keep a town the size of Mooseport alive.

But that is not likely why you came to our page. Welcome to Mooseport was one of the lowest forms of vulgar treachery toward kids I have ever seen. And I have seen over 800 films. Much of the beginning minutes are filled with an old man running up and down the streets stark naked. [**] And everyone in the film acted as though it was quite acceptable as if it were his right to have such conduct as a vocation or hobby and as if it were a daily event. [Jude 4] All but one of the angles of viewing of the nude were from the rear. That one view was from his left side. At that instant I was writing then looked up and for about 200 or 300 milliseconds apparently the audience was provided with a glimpse of proof he was male. I couldn't swear to it but I would bet on it if I were a betting man. In a PG-13 - err - R-13. Like the idea of your 13 year old daughters watching this sort of moral cyanide, do ya? By the content of the emails I get from adversarial readers who think that nudity in and as entertainment is indeed acceptable when used in "humor", it would seem America has dropper her moral drawers.

Though relatively light in profanity, even for a PG-13 but still numerically equivalent to many R-rated films [2 Tim. 2:16 - 17], Welcome to Mooseport is heavy in sexual immorality with displays such as the many views of full rear nudity spoken of above, two dogs copulating, excessive cleavage repeatedly and requests for sexual performance. [Ezek. 16:58] God's name was also abused in this film. [Deut 5:11] The listing in the Findings/Scoring section will reveal all that was noted.

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  • Mal. 2:16 "I hate divorce," says the LORD God of Israel, "and I hate a man's covering himself with violence as well as with his garment," says the LORD Almighty. So guard yourself in your spirit, and do not break faith.
  • Hab. 2:9 Woe to him who builds his realm by unjust gain to set his nest on high, to escape the clutches of ruin! ** "Nakedness" (display of nudity) is spoken of as dark, restricted, undesirable, shameful, etc. 47 times in the KJV from Genesis to Revelation.
  • 2 Tim. 2:16 - 17 But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness. And their word will eat as doth a canker...
  • Ezek. 16:58 You will bear the consequences of your lewdness and your detestable practices, declares the LORD.
  • Deut. 5:11 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. [Vain is shav' {shawv}: emptiness, nothingness, vanity, such as an expletive. With or without the four letter expletive, the use of God's name in any way other than respect, reverence or thoughtful discussion is in vain. That includes the popular three syllable sentence with His name trailing it AND the misuse of Jesus' name.]

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences and present it to younger and younger audiences every year] when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, pay for it, enjoy it, want it, submit to it. I call attention to Ps. 12:8 to warn of the creeping desensitizing power of "entertainment."]
  • Col. 2:8 Beware lest any man [by his influence] spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 (KJV) Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (NIV) Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.
  • Rom. 5:19 For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.
  • Jude 4 For certain men* whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change [warp, distort, falsely represent, situationally redefine, counterfeit, conditionally apply] the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto [or for] one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto [or for] me.
  • Luke 17:2 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. [cause by teaching or example]
  • Ps. 119:133 Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me.
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.


    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.

    Welcome to Mooseport (2004) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • offer to murder
  • assault with a knife
  • admission of crime

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • 13 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • one use o the most foul of the foul words though muffled
  • cheating and admission of it
  • divorce
  • asking whether to lie, in other words, offering to lie
  • the use of women as bimbos

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • full rear male nudity, repeatedly, frequently for several minutes
  • flash full side male nudity, likely including genitals
  • two dogs copulating
  • request for sex
  • dressing to maximize the female form and/or skin exposure
  • sexual reference
  • excessive cleavage, repeatedly
  • admission of sexual immorality
  • suggestion of sexual immorality

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • drinking, repeatedly
  • booze, repeatedly
  • bar, repeatedly
  • drunkenness, repeatedly

    Offense to God (O)
  • nine uses of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • none noted

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