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What Planet Are You From ? (2000), (R)
CAP Score: 39
CAP Influence Density: 1.90
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SUMMARY / COMMENTARY:
*What Planet Are Your From* (R) -- what planet is the writer from.
An entirely sexual movie. Nearly very manner of drawing attention to sexual matters and sexuality was included. On a planet far, far away the sole purpose of existence was universal domination. And the planet had no women. So, the "men" (which were neither male nor female by anatomy ... another attention focusing matter) were trained how to seduce a woman without a woman. An unclad, v-e-r-y unclad hologram of near-photographic quality of a woman was used. One man of the planet was selected -- the best one, the "chosen one" no less -- to come to the earth for the sole purpose of impregnating a woman. Nowhere in the screenplay was there any indication of how impregnating an earth woman was to enable universal domination. Doesn't that in and of itself tell a hidden tale on this movie?
*What Planet...* had an old sci-fi theme which has been paralleled several times in the 50s, 60s on both sides of the gender fence, but this time with new age morals. Back in the olden days of black and white and early color, sex even in entertainment was treated with much more respect than now. For example, if newlyweds arrived at the honeymoon suite, the camera watched the groom carry the bride over the threshold and watched the door close behind them. Not now. Today the camera follows the newly-mets, gender now being irrelevant, into their bed, into their car, into the alley, into ... in living color and surround sound. This movie was the culmination of all the sexual freedom which has been oozing into our morals for about 45 years. If a behavior is sexually immoral, it was probably in this movie.
Once the best man, Harold (Gary Shandling) was properly "fitted" with motorized manhood, he was transported into the restroom of an airplane in mid air. As soon as he opens the door he casts his line out -- at anything female. After a slap and rejections by women of "high moral fiber" in the air and on the ground, Harold latches onto a depraved lady bank customer, Susan (Annette Bening) who will not participate in immoral sex: that he must first marry her to have a baby. Throughout most of this, an FAA agent (John Goodman) gets an inkling that Harold is odd and pursues him with a vengeance to reveal his true identity. Also, a slick and slippery slug co-worker of Harold's (Greg Kinnear) shows how to cheat in the banking world. Characters come and go, and sub plots come and go. Some mix well in intelligent interconnectivity, some come together as mush and some don't come together at all. Notoriety as a star was apparently not a concern. With stronger names like John Goodman, Ben Kingsley and even Greg Kinnear playing support roles to Shandling, the casting seems to have placed the cart before the horse. But regardless of the "justification" for the movie, it was definitely "R" programming.
Very, very heavy loss of points in Sex/Homosexuality [1Cor. 10:8]. On our recording logs were 29 line items of sexually inappropriate programming, most with more than one occurrence of the issue including nudity, intercourse, and a lesbian relationship. While only two issues of violence was noted, Impudence/Hate suffered dearly due to the profusion of the three/four letter word vocabulary plus an occasional issue of the most foul of the foul words [Prov. 8:13]. And while there were no murders or suicides noted, Offense to God lost all of its starting 100 points due to -- uh-huh -- God's name in vain both with and without the four letter expletive appearing like pepper on eggs [Deut. 5:11] PLUS clearly corruptive endorsements of slaps in the face to God's love for us. Examples include "God...or whatever you call it", "There's no way to prove God exists, so why look", and "Can't chose which higher power..." [Acts 4:12]
And, yes there were kids much, much younger than 17 in the audience [Luke 17:2]
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:
NOTE: Multiple occurrences of each item described below may be likely.
Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
Offense to God (O)(2):