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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
A theme of the movie relates to being paid for sex and the parallels to selling one's soul.
Violence & Scariness
Tense scenes, suicide with grisly injuries.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Nudity, frequent and explicit sexual references and situations.
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Very strong language.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this movie isn't for kids of any age. It contains extremely mature material with nudity, graphic scenes of childbirth, and many explicit sexual encounters, straight and gay. Characters drink, smoke, and use very strong language. A character commits suicide by jumping out of a window. He falls on another man, and they're both killed. A theme of the movie relates to being paid for sex and the parallels to selling one's soul. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
So many movies get released without any ideas or point of view whatsoever that it seems churlish to say this one from Spike is overstuffed, but it is. Its many directions are intended to enrich each other, but they ultimately diminish each other. There are also elements that just feel pointless. Monica Bellucci is not only too old to be the daughter of John Turturro, but she speaks with an Italian accent while he does not. The security guard subplot seems completely extraneous and is quite a stretch, and the lesbian plot shifts from female empowerment to male heterosexual fantasy.
It may be troubling and imperfect, but it's still a Spike Lee movie, which means that it is well worth watching and arguing over. Perhaps the issues he is trying to raise can only be addressed in a fractured style. But the individual shards of this film have more audacity and intelligence than most of what is out there, and its failures are more interesting to ponder than most films' successes.
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