Hollywoodland
R
Entertainment: +2
Acceptability: -4

Adrien Brody, Ben Afflect, Diane Lane, Bob Hoskins. Crime/Bio pic. Written by Paul Bernbaum, Howard Korder. Directed by Allen Coulter.

FILM SYNOPSIS: June 16, 1959 actor George Reeves, the hero of TVs Adventures of Superman, was found dead, apparently from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. But soon after, questions began to surface that perhaps the former Man of Steel didnt commit suicide. A private detective is hired by Reeves mother to get the truth. As the film progresses, we see several enacted scenarios explaining the shooting.

PREVIEW REVIEW: I left the theater depressed and grieved. It was sad to see another celebrity who couldnt live up to his publicity hype. (I think wed all be surprised at just how many movie stars are not happy despite their gifts and blessings.) And grieved because of the language. Now, Ive been reviewing for 19 years, so Im sure that many think I should be used to rough language by now. But I will never get used to Gods name followed by a curse. And in this film nearly every actor uses that profane expression one character played by Robin Tunney uses it many times. The unchurched are used to it and Im sure many churchgoers who grew up with movies that freely use that irreverence are so accustomed to the expression that they pretend they are tuning it out.

Phil, youve told us a gajillian times about profanity in movies.

And Im going to continue to tell you about it until they stop saying it or we stop supporting films that contain it.

But Phil, wed hardly get to go to any movies.

Its the third of the Ten Commandments You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God Its common use should never be accepted by those attempting to better their spiritual walk.

As for Hollywoodland, the noir-ish crime drama is well acted, directed with an interesting nonlinear approach, and, with the exception of the 30-some obscenities and 17 profanities, sharply written in a style vaguely reminiscent of Raymond Chandler. The art and set direction capture the look of the 1950s and the combined efforts of all involved sharply reflect the underbelly of the entertainment community of that time and ours. Perhaps seeing the folly of self-absorbed people may teach some that we are better off dwelling on biblical principles, but you have to sit through a great deal of R-rated content to learn the lesson.

Well, Phil, you watched it."

Its my job. And I wont be watching it again.

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright
Distributor: Focus Features

Summary
Crude Language: There are several crude sexual remarks.
Obscene Language: 16 f-words, 13 s-words, and a few other vulgar or obscene expressions.
Profanity: 12 GDs and 5 misuses of Christs name.
Violence: There are three beatings, one brutal with a man hit in the head with a chain; we see the crime reenacted with different scenarios attempting to explain the death of George Reeves. Blood: Blood is splattered on the walls for the gunshot to the head. We see the blood- stained wall many times throughout the film.
Sexual Intercourse: There are three sex acts, one implied, but two are explicit.
Nudity: None
Homosexual Conduct: We see a picture of two men kissing.
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: There are two or three crude conversations concerning the sex act or the female body.
Drug Abuse: A great deal of drinking and smoking throughout.
Other: None
Running Time: 126 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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