A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Putting people ahead of profits, working with others who are not like you, respecting other cultures. Battling hard to overcome odds. Sexist attitudes depicted.
Positive Role Models
Campbell is a brilliant and dedicated scientist, but often rude and dismissive, particularly toward women. Crane is similarly talented but hard-headed and finds it difficult to work with others. She often puts business interests above others' well-being.
Outdated views about women and native populations. Main cast and writers are White, with even gender balance. White male director. Set in the Amazonian rainforest. More than one language spoken and supporting roles for people of color.
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Violence & Scariness
Fire damage in conflict. Physical altercations with punches and kicks. Assault with blunt weapon. Mild bloody injury. Reference to cancer -- the scientists are working on a cure for the disease.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Amazonian tribespeople wear only loincloths with breasts visible. Character in underwear, washes naked in stream. No graphic nudity.
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Language used includes "hussy," "goddammit," "bloody," "bugger," "ass," "hell," "idiot," "damn," "son of a bitch," and one use of "f---ing." Amazonian tribespeople referred to as "Indians. "Chrissakes," "God," and "Jesus" used as exclamations.
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Products & Purchases
Of the two main characters, one lives simply in the jungle, but enjoys some luxury items, such as golf clubs. The other sometimes becomes preoccupied with money and profit.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Brief smoking. Drinking to intoxication, played for comic effect.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Medicine Man is an adventure-drama with non-sexual nudity, occasional language, and sexist attitudes. Lorraine Bracco plays biochemist Rae Crane who journeys into the Amazon jungle to find out more about the work of her reclusive peer Robert Campbell (Sean Connery). Both Crane and Campbell are hard-headed and stubborn, but highly capable in their fields and somewhat capable of working together. However, Campbell displays sexist attitudes. They welcome collaboration with the native population and Campbell speaks their language. The main cast is White and American, but the ethnic supporting cast are shown in a positive light. The threat to their environment and well-being are both portrayed as negative. There is very little violence, but an altercation leads to some trauma and injury, and a fire that places people in peril. Nudity is more common, owing to the traditional dress of the native population. Crane also appears topless and is viewed from the rear in one scene. Her full nudity is implied but not shown. Language includes blaspheming and one use of "f--k." Crane becomes drunk after drinking a local beverage -- which she jokingly and drunkenly fantasizes about mass marketing -- and there is some smoking. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
A muddled action-adventure in the mould of Romancing the Stone, this 1992 adventure-drama boasts a talented leading duo in Bracco and Connery but not the script to match. As bickering scientists, Medicine Man's two leads never quite convince as either peers or as possible romantic partners. Connery's wayward jungle explorer, Campbell, is a boorish sexist when we meet him and displays only a few redeeming features as we learn more about his work and his past. Likewise, Bracco's superficial transplant from New York City, Crane, is only slightly less self-absorbed by the movie's end.
As the duo search for an elusive cancer cure, there's much holding up of test tubes and looking at print outs, but no real chemistry. The existential threats to the native population matters more, and at its best the movie delivers a search and rescue storyline with a bit more compassion. But the urge to intermittently play things for laughs means we get an awkward fight scene and a drunken character in peril along the way, before a stark tonal shift for the big finale. Essentially the story of two egomaniacs living off the grid, by the end you're happy to leave them to it.
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