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A political satire, the movie attempts to show Bulworth making good on his political convictions and exposing political hypocrisy. At the same time the film includes some extreme stereotypes of urban culture.
Violence & Scariness
Bulworth plans to have himself killed. Child drug dealers carry guns. Bulworth is shot.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Bulworth's wife is shown in bed with her lover in a non-explicit love scene.
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Extreme profanity, including almost every expletive you can think of.
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Products & Purchases
KFC is mentioned by Bulworth and then you see him in his limo getting a bucket of chicken.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Bulworth drinks and drives and smokes pot, and his advisers snort cocaine.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this movie is all about satirizing and subverting the American political process, a complicated topic that most kids probably won't get. Also, Jay and Constance Bulworth are in a loveless marriage. Constance is having an affair that's made explicit by the fact that she's shown lying in bed naked (nothing provocative is shown) with her lover. Jay flirts with Nina and tells the audience that he can get lots of p---y because of his powerful role in the Senate. Jay swears a lot, talks about being suicidal, drinks, smokes pot, and plans to have himself killed. His staffers snort cocaine. Children are shown with guns and as drug dealers. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
As political satire, BULWORTH is as subtle as a hit man and as outlandish as a drag queen. What's fun about it is Beatty's commitment to the part and the ideology. He's willing to be the clown and plays it well. And there's certainly something thrilling about seeing him babble at the prospect of kissing Berry. But for all of the film's entertainment and supposed truth-telling, there's something profoundly irritating about a satire that's so smug in its omniscience and so toothless in its bite.
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