A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
It's impossible to know who to trust and even those you care for could be harboring deadly secrets. Dark things are happening behind most closed doors. Sexual pleasure is an almost irresistible temptation. Women are routinely objectified and sexualized.
Positive Role Models
Carly is a successful book editor, respected by her colleagues, but doesn't prioritize other relationships following a divorce. She is smart and stands up for herself in a work environment, though is easily seduced into the voyeuristic world of Zeke, where pleasure takes precedent over ethical considerations. Both Jack and Zeke are portrayed as predatory and untrustworthy.
Characters are mostly White. Only a police lieutenant and doorman are Black, and neither are on-screen for long. Joke that Pearl Jam is "some kind of Oriental sex thing." Men pursue the lead female character quite aggressively, making presumptuous comments such as they take "maybe" as "yes," saying she has a "nice butt," and touching her waist and upper thigh at the gym. She is not just sexualized by characters, the camera also frequently pans over her body, further portraying her as a sexual object.
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Violence & Scariness
Man seen collapsed naked in shower, dead. Character stabbed to death in stairwell -- impact mostly off-screen. Bloody knife shown. Moments of threat -- lights go out, people appear in character's apartment without being invited. Physical fighting. Character shot dead and blood seen through sheet. Gun also fired toward objects. Person hit with fire extinguisher. Mention of suicide and sexual abuse of a minor, as well as death of a mother and a tumor. Domestic abuse shown on-screen via a video monitor, with man beating wife.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Kissing, masturbation, sex, and oral sex portrayed on-screen -- full frontal male nudity, full female nudity from behind, and breasts shown. Woman naked in bath beneath water. Mention of orgasms, vibrators, and anal intercourse.
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Strong language includes "f--k," "f--ked," "f---ing," "bulls--t," "s--t," "bastard," "c--ksucking," "pissed," "ass," "crap," "hell," "putz," "goddamn," "damn," "whorish," and "God" and "Jesus" in exclamation.
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Products & Purchases
Dom Perignon mentioned.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink alcohol, smoke cigarettes, and take cocaine on one occasion, but are not shown inebriated. Passing mention of crack dealers.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Sliver is an erotic thriller with an almost constant level of threat and numerous sex scenes with frequent nudity. Characters are stabbed and shot, and there is physical fighting. Sexual intercourse and oral sex are both portrayed on-screen, and the lead female, played by Sharon Stone, is sexualized throughout by the men around her (Tom Berenger and William Baldwin) and the camera pans over her body frequently. Strong language includes "f--k" and "s--t" and characters drink and smoke, and one takes cocaine. The sex scenes, mature and disturbing themes -- such as child sexual abuse and domestic abuse -- make this unsuitable for children and younger teens. Those who can forgive an underdeveloped storyline for the sake of eroticism may find more to like here. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
It's no great shock that this 1993 erotic thriller received a total of seven nominations at the Razzies. The cast may have been high-profile, but Sliver is no great work of art. In fact, it often feels like plot points are purely there to build up to the next sex scene -- which come thick and fast. Baldwin is suitably creepy, and Berenger equally shady, but Stone is given little to work with beyond attempting to rekindle the sexual magnetism she exuded in her previous film, Basic Instinct -- which, by comparison, was nominated for two Oscars. It feels very much like a team trying to capitalize on that moment of star power and discovering too late that it's not just sex that sells.
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