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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Terrible throughout: serial killer tortures and dismembers his victims; stripper drinks, smokes, and has indiscriminate sex; "good" schoolgirl flirts with seedy-looking gardener; father lies to daughter and wife; cops are threatening and slow on the uptake.
Violence & Scariness
Extreme violence and frequent discussion of violence: serial killer in the news dismembers victims (bloody, explicit images of fingers frozen in dry ice so they turn black, then cut off), Dakota appears without arm and leg (especially bloody in her nightmare version), Aubrey screams and cries while she's tortured (close-ups of her face), search party for missing Aubrey recalls TV news. Dakota discovers her mother's dead body (overdosed, grisly blue/black, with flies buzzing). Dakota's wounds-by-osmosis are displayed overtly (bloody and gaping), as are images she finds on the net illustrating a concept called "Stigmata Twins." Fight between Aubrey and serial killer includes slamming, hitting, falling, bondage, a hand sawed off, and a throat cut, all producing lots of blood.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Film opens with, then repeats periodically repeats images of Dakota dancing in strip club (usually close-up, in red light, slow motion, and lingerie, pole-dancing and writhing); she rubs a customer's cigarette along her thigh, then he smells it. Strip club scenes show other women's naked breasts and lap-dancing. Aubrey kisses her boyfriend, also flirting with lawn-man (he holds up branch to simulate an erection and she shows off her tightly-clad form). Discussions of sex include high school girls ("popping out babies"), science class ("female reproductive organs"), Aubrey and Jerrod ("Is that all I am to you?"), Dakota and Jerrod (she uses "f--k" in her conversation). Repeated shots of cleavage, discussion of condoms (as the basis of a ruse played on FBI agents).
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Foul language includes at least 18 uses of "f--k," plus a few instances of "s--t," "hell," and "goddamn."
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Products & Purchases
Lexus, Ask.com, Wikipedia.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Heavy smoking and drinking by Dakota, her strip club boss, and clients at the strip club. Dakota says she was "raised by a crack addict."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this Lindsay Lohan movie is emphatically not for kids. She plays a stripper who becomes involved in a serial murder case, appearing not only in pole-dancing scenes and scenes where she drinks and smokes cigarettes, but also in very violent scenes. This imagery includes bloody dismemberment, bondage, fights, a chase in a dark house, a creepy basement with prosthetic legs hanging from the ceiling, and a couple of dead parents discovered by high-school-aged children. Sexual imagery includes pole-dancing, lap-dancing, and much writhing on stage, as well as a sex scene between Dakota and Jerrod (all close-ups, with moaning, as her "mother" overhears from the kitchen downstairs). The strippers and their clients smoke cigarettes and drink hard liquor. Language includes frequent use of "f--k." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The film has a banal premise that leads to an egregiously violent and incoherent plot. While much unkind fun has been made of Lohan's off-screen drama, Chris Sivertson's movie indicates that she's made at least one very bad professional decision too (this even though her performance in the film, playing two characters, is fine).
And as preposterous as the plot sounds, the film's structure is worse, at once clichhd and outrageous: flashbacks to Dakota's pole-dancing days are shot through a red filter and in slow motion; the FBI agents' dialogue is clumsy and obvious ("The cutting is about punishment," says one, stating the obvious, "but [the killer] doesn't like the dying part"); and cuts between one scene and another make little sense (Dakota and Aubrey's dad have a showdown in one moment, then set off on an ill-advised rescue mission in the next). While it's clear enough that the murderer is psychotic, the movie leaves you wondering about everyone else as well.
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