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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
As always, the movie's main worth is measured in camp value.
Positive Role Models
Ultimately most of the film's characters betray each other, though messages are hard to discern through campy costumes, music, and plot twists.
Violence & Scariness
One character stabs another and then falls out of a window; the sequence is played for laughs, with the stabbed character giving the stabber a dirty look. A servant is whipped for a misdeed; partners give each other's behinds swats in bed and take evident pleasure in it. In one song, a woman is slapped, kicked, and pushed by a physically much larger character.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Many of the naughtier twists viewers may remember from the original movie are left out: Rocky's little gold shorts are now surfer's jams. Couples do cuddle and kiss in bed while scantily clad and talk about sex in a veiled way: "I've never!" "Thrill me, chill me, fulfill me!" One song talks about cross-dressing and transexuality; a main character seduces both men and women. While a woman is unable to move, another character strokes her body as she shrieks, and the camera lingers on her breasts.
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Infrequent cursing; one song, "Dammit Janet" has the word "dammit" a lot. There are double entendres about "hot groins" and things that "grow" while a character poses.
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Products & Purchases
Brands are obscured in a scene set at a movie concession.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink cocktails at dinner and celebratory moments; no one acts drunk.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let's Do the Time Warp Again is a remake of the 1975 film with a new cast. Many of the bawdier jokes from the original movie are softened for network TV: There's no nudity (all nipples remain covered, though cast members do wear very tight and brief costumes, including underwear) and few of the super-raunchy moments. There is a lot of kissing and references to body parts (a "hot groin") and sex (an "orgasmic rush of lust"). One character seduces a man and woman in turn; we see them in bed cuddling and nuzzling and smacking each other on the behinds. A song discusses the joys of cross-dressing and gender variance; another uses the word "dammit" repeatedly. Characters who act as if they're boyfriend and girlfriend reveal themselves to be siblings late in the movie. A character is stabbed and thrown out a window; we later see his dead body in a coffin being used as a table. A woman is slapped, kicked, and pushed during a song; later a character strokes her body while she's physically incapacitated and screaming. 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 cast does tolerably, and the jump to TV doesn't dial down the naughtiness too much -- it's just that this comedy has lost some joy in translation. Without the cult history of the original, The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let's Do the Time Warp Again is simply a campy musical, albeit one whose messages about gender and sexuality have aged remarkably well. The idea of a bisexual character is no longer shocking, nor is one who enjoys cross-dressing (though since Cox is a trans woman who spends the majority of the film's running time dressed in sparkly and brief lady-dancer costumes, that bit might be a tad confusing to new viewers); the songs have held up, and so has the idea of satirizing an old-time movie.
Cox is no Tim Curry, though she seems to be doing an imitation of him, with a terrible English accent that frequently lapses into New Zealand-ish tones, particularly when she calls for "Bred" and "Jehnet." For that matter, few members of the cast give performances as lovably idiosyncratic as the originals and frequently seem to be trying to give the exact same line readings as their predecessors. Which asks the question: If you're going to do a shot-for-shot remake and add nothing but a new cast imitating the old cast, why bother?
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