Door in the Floor, The
Entertainment: +1
Acceptability: -4

Ted Cole (Jeff Bridges), a successful writer of childrens books, lives with his beautiful wife, Marian (Kim Basinger), on an island off of the coast of New York in 1958. They have a precocious four-year-old daughter, Ruthie (Elle Fanning), who is obsessed with photographs of her older brothers who died as teenagers before she was born. The familys dysfunction becomes apparent when Ted hires Eddie (Jon Foster), a teenager who is the spitting image of one of their dead sons, to be his assistant for the summer. Marian still grieves over her boys, cannot relate to Ruthie, and seduces shy Eddie into a torrid love affair. Ted turns to alcohol and women to numb his pain. The Door in the Floor is an exercise in masochism for viewers expecting entertainment from two highly respected actors. The films characters are so self-absorbed and their lives so meaningless that it is hard to like anything about them or the movie.

Ted adores Ruthie, but he exposes her to inappropriate, adult situations as he walks around the house nude, always with an alcoholic drink in his hand. His explanation of her brothers deaths encourages the childs morbid fascination with death and their photos. Several extremely graphic, nude sex scenes between Eddie and Marian are particularly offensive considering this teenage actor performs lewd, pornographic sex acts. Even more disgusting is that Ruthie witnesses one of these graphic encounters. Ted confronts Eddie about what Ruthie saw, indicating that the little girl described the sex act in detail. Using children in scenes like this raises a question: Isnt this type of pornographic activity supposed to be illegal? Ted also sketches a nude woman, which includes full, frontal exposure. Add to this the foul language and heavy profanity, and The Door in the Floor receives Previews lowest rating for acceptability.

Preview Reviewer: Mary Draughon
Distributor: Focus Features

Crude Language: Few (2) times mild (hell 1); strong (-ss 1)
Obscene Language: Several (6) times moderate (p-ss 1, scr-w 1); strong (f-word 4
Profanity: Many (11) times strong (GD 2, J 2, C2, JC 2, C-sake 3)
Violence: Few times mild (woman slaps boy); moderate (woman chases man with knife, woman tries to run down man with car)
Sexual Intercourse: Several times mild (implied adulterous affair between man and model); strong (graphic sex between teenager and woman with nudity, one occurrence of unconventional sex with nudity)
Nudity: Several times moderate (man walks around house nude in front of daughter with back to camera, side views of nude couple having sex, breast nudity); strong (model poses with full frontal nudity, graphic sketches of female genitals)
Homosexual Conduct: None
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: Several times mild (child uses clinical terms for male genitals); strong (man confronts wife about sex act child witnessed, teenager engages in acts of self-gratification, woman teaches teen about sex with graphic motions)
Drug Abuse: Many times moderate (constant alcoholic drinks)
Other: Theme of adultery as way to deal with grief; woman seduces boy who looks like her dead son, implying incestuous thoughts; no resolution of shattered relationships
Running Time: 111 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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