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Entertainment Media Analysis Report

The Winslow Boy (1999), G
CAP Score: 96
CAP Influence Density: 0.07

Thomas A. Carder
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"The Winslow Boy" (G) -- a really G movie!

The Winslow boy, son of a banker, attendant to a military school was kicked out for stealing. The father spent nearly all of the family funds and his time to prove the boy's innocence because he believed his son when the boy said "No, I did not steal." I won't tell you much more except that the little tykes will not enjoy it, the adolescents may, but you will if you like a warm fuzzy movie.

There was no sexual material, no nudity, no "kiss my backside, Mom/Dad," and no violence or murder/suicide. But there was booze and drinking: the lawyer who won the boy's case has a drink of whiskey twice, once to settle uneasiness -- not a good signal, to use booze for comfort. There was only one use of the three/four letter word vocabulary and only two uses of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive. In one instance the older (adult) son living with the family started to speak about not having enough autonomy, but it was done with respect and subservience to his father.

The writers of the script used the Scriptures to fortify some of the positions taken by the actors and actresses in this movie. It was also a wonderful portrayal of God's Will for the family unity -- a patriarchy. Words of the Bible were shown onscreen. It was curious, though, that when father was looking into the Book of Revelation, the camera showed him looking in the first book or two of the Bible, definitely not the last Book. That's it!

For the best representation of the CAP Entertainment Media Analysis Model applied to this movie, visit the Findings/Scoring section below.

FINDINGS / SCORING: The Winslow Boy (1999) CAP Thermometers

NOTE: Multiple occurrences of each item described below are likely.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • None noted

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • One use of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • one admission of the use of lies to gain advantage

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • none noted

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • two instances of booze, one of them was the use of booze for comfort

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • 2 uses of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive

    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. 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.

    (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.

    Additional reviews of this movie may be located at "Movie Review Query Engine at Telerama."

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