Entertainment: +1
Acceptability: -4

Peter OToole, Leslie Phillips, Jodie Whittaker, Vanessa Redgrave, Richard Griffiths. Written by Hanif Kureishi. Directed by Roger Michell.

FILM SYNOPSIS: Venus tells the story of Maurice and Ian, a pair of veteran actors (Peter OToole and Leslie Phillips respectively), whose comfortable daily routine is disrupted by the arrival of Ians grand-niece, Jessie (newcomer Jodie Whittaker). Maurice takes the teenager under his wing, but is surprised to discover how very little he actually knows now that his own life is drawing to a close.

PREVIEW REVIEW: Venus is an interesting, if often worldly look at an elderly man infatuated with a headstrong young woman. Were given a solid performance by Mr. OToole, but I couldnt help think that this portrait was of a man consumed with self and possessing a humanistic outlook on life. Ultimately, it was unsatisfying. Whats more, those seeking spiritual fulfillment will more than likely be frustrated with the carnal behavior of all the characters. Though one assumes the filmmaker meant for there to be a few high-minded themes, (searching for the meaning of life and respecting oneself), but any message perceived is overshadowed by the crude behavior of this foul-mouthed bunch.

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright
Distributor: Miramax

Crude Language: Coarse dialogue on many occasions.
Obscene Language: 20 obscenities, mostly the f- and s-words.
Profanity: 1 profane use of Gods name and 13 of Christs.
Violence: Two brief scuffles.
Sexual Intercourse: Erotic behavior, including the girl allowing the old man to touch her in private areas.
Nudity: Exposed breasts in one scene.
Homosexual Conduct: None
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: Several sexual discussions.
Drug Abuse: The old men take lots of pills in order to stay alive.
Other: None
Running Time: 95 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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