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Who Gets the House (1999), (G)
CAP Score: 100
CAP Influence Density: 0.00
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NOTE: We make no scoring allowances for Hollywood's trumped-up "messages" to excuse, or its manufacturing of justification for aberrant behavior or imagery. This is NOT a movie review service. It is a movie analysis service to parents and grandparents to tell them the truth about movies using the Truth. If you do not want the plot, ending, or "secrets" of a movie spoiled for you, skip the Summary/Commentary. In any case, be sure to visit the Findings/Scoring section -- it is purely objectuve and is the heart of the CAP Entertainment Media Analysis Model applied to this movie.

If Scriptural references appear in the Summary / Commentary, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary likely using a mix of KJV and NIV.


Who Gets the House (G) -- it finally happened. Please read on.

Don (Carl Marotte) and Rebecca Reece (Sophie Lorain) form an unlikely pair, at least unlikely since Don has changed so much since 18 years ago when they got married. And how unfortunate for the four kids: Brian (Ricky Mabe), Emily (Elisha Cuthbert), Heidi (Emma Isherwood) and Amy (Sally Isherwood) that Don and Rebecca have decided to separate. But Jennifer Rhodes (Fatuma Kayembe) -- the brains of the group -- has plans, at least for the kids.

After a number of years as a professional architect, Don grows sullen and much too somber when compared with Rebecca who has always been bright and a little flighty. But, she made Don laugh -- until recently. Now there is a stern and so proper husband living with a still fun-loving wife. Not a good combination. And how four very pleasant and intelligent kids were produced by this dueling duo is beyond me. But it is just a movie.

When Jennifer, the daughter of a lawyer and a very good friend of Emily, the oldest of the Reece kids learns of the plans of Don and Rebecca, she remembers some of her father's legal dealings and arranges for a judge to draw up an order of possession of the house should the parent split, i.e., who gets the house.

When Don and Rebecca finally tell the kids they are separating, the kids were prepared. The legal order of the judge was that if the parents split up, the kids get the house and the parents get alternating weekly visitation. But still the kids are not at all happy with the separation, so they devise devices to get mom and dad back together. And that is probably the best part of this very, very good movie. I will not spoil any more of it for you and hope that you find the tape of this movie. Hats-off to AMC theaters of the Fort Worth, Texas area for presenting this movie.

Of the more than 300 movies I have analyzed, two have led me to tears. South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut had me in tears for what it was doing to the kids in the opening night audience in July 1999 and for all the kids who would subsequently see that piece of celluloid puke. The second of two of the more than 300 movies that led me to tears was this one: Who Gets the House. Some very, very loving and courageous kids and parents wise enough to listen to them in the right ways made this movie an honor for me to see. The only sad thing about Who Gets the House is the revealing of America's entertainment diet by it -- I was the only one in the auditorium when I watched this movie.

Regarding the "It finally happened" comment in the intro line above, this movie was the second of the more than 300 movies we have analyzed to have earned a CAP Final Score of 100. The Findings/Scoring section of this report is empty and all six of the CAP Thermometers are full. And there are no Bible chapter/verse applications provided. None are needed for this movie. I could be wrong, but I noted nothing that might make Jesus uncomfortable in accordance with His teachings and expectations given us in the Holy Bible. There was NO violence or crime; NO sexual programming, not even innuendo; NO drugs, tobacco, alcohol or bars (but there was red punch in a social affair); NO kids screaming obscenities at their parents; NO kiss-off attitudes, hate, or vain and selfish anger; NO uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary; NO uses of God's name in vain; NO sorcery, witchcraft, demonism or counterfeiting of the Scriptures; NO murders or suicides; none. If anyone who watches this movie can convince me differently, I will retrofit the scoring and update the report.

In an effort to improve the chances of the continuation of these reports, this Summary/Commentary section will be progressively minimized and may eventually have to be discontinued. Please see the Findings/Scoring section below for a full accounting of this movie: for the best representation of the CAP Entertainment Media Analysis Model applied to this movie.

FINDINGS / SCORING: Who Gets the House (1999) CAP Thermometers

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

Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • None noted

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • None noted

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • None noted

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • None noted

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • None noted

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • None noted

  • (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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