Swept Away

  • Review Date: April 29, 2003
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2002
  • Running Time: 89 minutes

Common Sense Media says

What a waste of potential.
  • Review Date: April 29, 2003
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2002
  • Running Time: 89 minutes

Age(i)

NOT FOR KIDS

Quality(i)

 

What parents need to know

Violence

Characters in peril, abuse, near-rape.

Sex

Sexual references and situations, sex as power.

Language

Very strong language.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Drinking, smoking, drug references.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie contains strong language, some violence, and a near-rape. Amber's verbal domination of Giuseppe on the boat is disturbing, but his physical domination of her on the island is completely unsuitable for younger children (and many adults).

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Kids say

What's the story?

SWEPT AWAY begins as ultra-rich, bored, and spiteful Amber Leighton (Madonna) grudgingly boards an insufficiently luxurious private boat from Greece to Italy. She is accompanied by her stone-faced husband (Bruce Greenwood), who seems vaguely amused by his wife's tantrums, and two other couples. Crew member Giuseppe (Adriano Giannini) who cannot adapt to his new role pampering rich Americans, who represent the evils of capitalism, which he feels robbed him of his previous job as a fisherman. Giuseppe becomes the target of Amber's derision; she the subject of his disgust and, after seeing her muscular beauty sunbathing, perverse attraction. Through a series of mishaps, Amber and Giuseppe wind up stranded on a deserted island where the tables are turned. Amber must rely on Giuseppe's fishing abilities to survive and he is far from a willing provider. In exchange for food, Amber must become his servant – washing his clothes, kissing his feet, responding to his slaps with "yes, Master" – a situation in which she finds that she actually loves him just as he loves her.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Imagine the potential: gritty, innovative director Guy Ritchie remakes a provocative film about gender and class and the clash of diametrically opposed individuals when the tables are turned on their situation. Mix in sexual tension, a deserted island and two attractive co-stars and you could have a beach bonfire, lighting up the night with fire and sparks. In this case, there is no spark to start the fire and the only thing "swept away" is the one hour and thirty-three minutes spent watching. What a waste of potential.

Adriano Giannini, whose father (Giancarlo Giannini) played the same character of Giuseppe in the original 1974 film, glowers convincingly onscreen, but it is a generally wooden Madonna who adds the one spark to this otherwise soggy fare during her fantasy dance sequence.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the power politics in relationships. How is the power dynamic of domination and submission affected by situations beyond the characters' control? How does money influence the actions of the different characters?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:October 11, 2002
DVD release date:February 11, 2003
Cast:Adriano Giannini, Elizabeth Banks, Madonna
Director:Guy Ritchie
Studio:Columbia Tristar
Genre:Comedy
Run time:89 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:language and some sexuality/nudity

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Teen, 17 years old Written byPrincessCharmed797 December 19, 2012
AGE
17
QUALITY
 

Swept Away

I personally enjoyed Madonna's film SWEPT AWAY. If they toned down the language and one specific scene (in which I discuss later) this could have easily been a legit PG-13. Whoever wrote this script must have had an 16 year old vocabulary and terrible language. The only bad part was a rape scene. PePe and Abby are running around and he tries to go down on her but she gets up, smacks him, and them kicks him in the wrong place. She them runs/falls away as he screams and runs/falls to her. As they both roll down a hill together, he says "You b*tch! You obey me! Now let's see..." and he rips her bikini bottom down as she thrashes and screams. Then (thrusting [we hear him moan, her scream, and his legs moving up and down]) he says "What will you say now?!? Yes? Yes!?! Yes!?!" She starts to obviously climax and she says "Yes! Yes!" and then he gets off her and screams "NO! that is the answer" and she starts to sob. That was quite disturbing to me. Also there is a passionate love scene, with no nudity. I loved it!
Adult Written byuytt2 December 17, 2009
AGE
2
QUALITY
 

pass

what the hell was guy rtchie thinking
What other families should know
Too much sex
Teen, 17 years old Written byKoOkYMoNsTa234 April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
QUALITY
 

SWEPT AWAY how was this supposed to be bad?

I personally enjoyed Madonna's film SWEPT AWAY. If they toned down the language and one specific scene (in which I discuss later) this could have easily been a legit PG-13. Whoever wrote this script must have had an 16 year old vocabulary and terrible language. The only bad part was a rape scene. PePe and Abby are running around and he tries to go down on her but she gets up, smacks him, and them kicks him in the wrong place. She them runs/falls away as he screams and runs/falls to her. As they both roll down a hill together, he says "You b*tch! You obey me! Now let's see..." and he rips her bikini bottom down as she thrashes and screams. Then (thrusting [we hear him moan, her scream, and his legs moving up and down]) he says "What will you say now?!? Yes? Yes!?! Yes!?!" She starts to obviously climax and she says "Yes! Yes!" and then he gets off her and screams "NO! that is the answer" and she starts to sob. That was quite disturbing to me. Also there is a passionate love scene, with no nudity. I loved it!

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