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Woman on Top (1999), (R)
CAP Score: 47
CAP Influence Density: 1.36

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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 objective and is the heart of the CAP Entertainment Media Analysis Model applied to this movie

"There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." [Emphasis is mine] And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." Read the rest of the story. From our five-year study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.

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


*WOMAN ON TOP* (R) -- it means what it says. Fetching and pleasant young Penelope Cruz plays Isabella, a culinary master and wife of a debonair restaurant owner, Toninho (Murilo Benicio). With the backdrop in romantic Bahai in Brazil, everything is ripe for a gentle and enviable romance. And the characters of this subplot are perfect for the parts. All is warm and heart-touching. Then comes the "R." The title says it all: enough to not need to read on. But in the interest of maintaining objectivity, the details are here as polite as I could make them if you must know.

Given a gift as cuisine confectioner by the gods [Ex. 20:3], Isabella grows to love to cook. And Toninho needs a cook for his restaurant. Isabella loves Toninho and Toninho loves Isabella. All the right parts are there. So, they get married, Toninho runs the restaurant, Isabella slaves in the kitchen while Toninho woos the customers and all are happy ... for a while. Something is not in balance. Isabella begins to feel that Toninho is playing while she is working. And that goes against the grain of another trait she brings into the marriage -- control. She must be in control [Eph. 5:22-33]. Isabella even experiences motion sickness when she is not in control of the car. She takes stairs instead of elevators. She gets sick on trolley cars. She even paid a cabby to let her do the driving. Isabella must even be in control in the marriage bed (thus, the name of the movie and one of the reasons for the R).

Toninho is not too happy with Isabella always wanting to be in control. Everything is a battle for control. Finally getting tired of the arrangement, Toninho decides to express his rightful aggressor position in the grand scheme of life with another woman [1 Cor. 10:8]. Upon discovery of this, Isabella flies off the handle and runs off to San Francisco to live with her transvestite homosexual friend, Monica (Harold Perrineau Jr.) [Deut. 22:5; Rom 1:26-32].

It is not long before Isabella's mastery of the culinary arts is discovered. After a short stint as a cooking instructor who taught students to "inhale the soul" of red peppers and how to precisely measure a pinch of salt, she is given her own local TV cooking show "Passion Foods" with "Monica" as her aide. The show is a smash and there is interest in going national for a while until the suited swords from Corporate decide she needs to lower the neckline of her dresses [Judg. 16:5] and lose the "freak" ("Monica"). While all this is happening the show's producer, Cliff (Mark Feuerstein) decides he is going to be Isabella's new man though she is still married While the Bible states adultery [Matt 5:31-32] is grounds for divorce, Isabella and Toninho were not yet legally divorced. Getting along fine, Isabella and Cliff almost become an item (including in bed [1 Thess. 4:3]) until Cliff shows his true colors favoring the suited swords with their $ instead of his intended's desires for the show. I mean, goodness! The corporates wanted Isabella to use Tobasco sauce instead of real peppers!

Toninho gets wind of where his wife has gone and scrambles to San Francisco to reclaim his love. Isabella has different plans. But after a typical "he said, she said" battle of the sexes, moderated by the homosexual "Monica", the two compromise and Isabella realizes the unfairness of her hunger for control [Eph. 5:21]. And "Monica" and Cliff appear to have a relationship brewing.

Yes, there was intercourse with nudity, self excitement, heterosexual couples in bed together, homosexual mannerisms, and a lot of other explicit sexual issues in *Woman on Top*. Let the listing in Findings/Scoring tell the sorted details.


  • 1 Cor. 15:33 (KJV) Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (NIV) Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.
  • Ex. 20:3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
  • Eph. 5:22-33 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.
  • 1 Cor. 10:8 Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand.
  • Deut. 22:5 The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman's garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the LORD thy God.
  • Rom 1:26-32 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of [spiritual] death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
  • Judg. 16:5 And the lords of the Philistines came up unto her, and said unto her, Entice him, and see wherein his great strength lieth, and by what means we may prevail against him, that we may bind him to afflict him: and we will give thee every one of us eleven hundred pieces of silver.
  • Matt. 5:31-32 It hath been said, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement: But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery.
  • 1 Thess. 4:3 For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication:
  • Eph. 5:21 Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.


    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.

    FINDINGS / SCORING: Woman on Top (1999) CAP Thermometers

    NOTE: Multiple occurrences of each item described below may be likely, definitely when plural.

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • pictures of murder
  • assault during arrest

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • 4 uses of the most foul of the foul words
  • 7 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • calling the poor choice of adultery a mistake

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • episodes of intercourse with nudity
  • sexual talk, comments, innuendo
  • adultery
  • sensuality in foreplay
  • self excitement
  • picture nudity
  • transvestism
  • episodes of man and woman in bed together
  • camera angles forcing viewer on private parts
  • flowers standing erect as sensuous woman walks by
  • prostitutes
  • dressing to maximize female form/skin exposure
  • transvestite in underwear
  • homosexual innuendo
  • homosexual touching/mannerisms
  • man on woman in bed together
  • inappropriate touch
  • ghosting of female anatomy through clothing
  • homosexual attraction
  • homosexual relationship

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • booze
  • bars
  • party with drinking
  • smoking
  • drunkenness

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • ten uses of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive and none with it
  • a gift of talent from false gods
  • prayer to false gods
  • ritual for a sea god
  • clairvoyance
  • "voodoo" ritual to conjure love
  • prayer/sacrifice to false gods
  • reliance on unholy forces
  • magic "spell" for love

    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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