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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Novelist may be a murderer; cop may be corrupt; analyst may be a murderer: they're all selfish and cocky and unsympathetic.
Violence & Scariness
Car crashes through glass into a river and character drowns in first scene; dead bodies include naked men in bed (one hung with a strap, another with syringe in his arm), and a woman (dying when found) with her throat slit; Glass fights some men in a bar; Glass tries to strangle and drown Catherine; shooting and painful hand-to-hand struggle near the end.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Movie begins with masturbation in a car while driver crashes it into a river; relentless talk about sexual activity (see ""); sound of woman moaning leads viewer to think two women are having sex in a public bathroom, but it turns out to be a woman dying (her throat is cut); Catherine chokes Glass during sex in S/M scene; Catherine wears a blouse that shows her nipples; several sex scenes show naked bodies (bottoms, breasts, legs); brief references to lesbianism as taunt to Glass (nothing visible); a man is left dead/naked, hung by his bedpost (pillow is left in his lap); Catherine shows her naked breasts.
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Frequent use of the f-word (several times as slang for sexual activity); one use of c-word.
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Products & Purchases
Ferrari Spider (car).
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Catherine smokes cigarettes frequently; Milena smokes once; characters drink liquor, Catherine smokes a joint.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this movie is a hard R, with frequent sexual language and activity, nudity, violence, and profanity. Characters talk about murder and engage in violent acts (one shooting, a couple of fights, one attempted strangling). Characters talk about sex using crude language, and try to seduce one another with sultry looks and descriptions of sexual activity. Catherine wears revealing clothing. The dead bodies are gruesome (pale, frothing at the mouth from a drug overdose, neck bleeding). Characters buy drugs, Catherine smokes a joint, characters drink and smoke cigarettes. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
BASIC INSTINCT 2: RISK ADDICTION is so bereft of ideas that Joe Eszterhas's 1992 script for the original seems almost gripping by comparison. You know that Glass knows he's supposed to say no to therapy with Catherine, but he says yes. The rest of the movie approximates the who's-playing-whom dynamic of the first film, but without the aptly creepy Michael Douglas or the straight-up wonderful George Dzundza. And without dialogue resembling the sorts of things people might actually say to one another.
As in the first film, the most interesting possibility comes up in the finale, when Catherine rewrites the plot for the novel that she's been writing all along. The movie essentially stalls out after the first big-action murder scene. While Catherine's guilt regarding specific cases might remain unknown, it also doesn't much matter. She's the Freddy Krueger of this two-film franchise, which means victims become negligible and motive immaterial. The fact that a middle-aged woman serves this function, and that the money shot is not some hideous-prosthetic-face reveal but a look at Stone's breasts in a Jacuzzi, makes a tired point: in 2006, women still scare men.
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