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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Movie presents a world of characters with few goals and even fewer moral guideposts.
Violence & Scariness
A man is murdered while begging for his life.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A young man is sexually initiated by an older female authority figure. Sex is mentioned and shown without nudity.
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Very strong profanity, most of it uttered by teenagers.
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Products & Purchases
Some, generally muted and in the background. USA Today, Coca Cola, the rock band Whitesnake.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Pot smoking, several allusions to drinking and drug use by teenage characters.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this film is suitable only for older teenagers. The movie plays on a number of sexual and ethnic stereotypes and situations that require either parental guidance or an extraordinary sophistication in recognizing social and movie satire. There are a number of violent and sexually explicit scenes. An older woman seduces a teen with the intent of having him murder her husband. A man is killed while begging for his life. Teens verbally abuse each other. Drugs and alcohol are used without consequence. Parents should also know that although the film's treatment of sexual and violent situations is generally muted, a younger teenager is likely to miss the satiric thrust of the movie and remember the scenes of cruelty and psychological abuse. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This black comic thriller, shot in pseudocumentary style by Gus Van Sant, features Nicole Kidman's most accomplished performance to date. Buck Henry, who has lost none of his venom since The Graduate (1967), offers a brilliantly savage screenplay, Van Sant's direction is inspired, and Danny Elfman provides a riveting musical score. Not for kids, but definitely worth a rent for adults.
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