Three To Tango
PG-13
Entertainment: +2 1/2
Acceptability: -3

TV favorites Matthew Perry, Neve Campbell, and Dylan McDermott star in this sexually-charged romantic comedy. Perry plays Oscar Novak, a rising young architect bidding for a job with Chicago tychoon Charles Newman (McDermott) to design a multi-million dollar cultural center. Impressed by Novak's dedication to winning the job, Newman asks him to spy on his mistress, Amy (Campbell). But Oscar only got the job because Newman thinks he's gay, which complicates matters further when he begins to fall for Amy. And then when the newspaper highlights Oscars firm as one of the citys premiere gay firms, Oscar must continue his sexual charade to keep up appearances. Oliver Platt rounds out the cast as Oscar's business partner, Peter. The popular stars and humorous situations will attract young dating crowds. But the heavy-handed message of gay tolerance in this lightweight comedy will not appeal to conservative viewers.

Although Oscar is definitely heterosexual, many jokes relate to his mistaken homosexuality. Like the movie IN AND OUT, the story takes a comical look at sexual stereotyping. Oscar eventually has to In himself as a heterosexual because of everyones misconception about his sexual orientation. Despite its PG-13 rating, neither its subject matter nor content is appropriate for young teens. Included are crude references to male and female anatomy along with explicit dialogue about conventional and unconventional sex. In a bathtub with Oscar lookin on, Amy tells Oscar about a lesbian experience she had in college. Charles and Amy have an adulterous affair with sex implied. Oscar hears sex sounds coming from downstairs when the two of them are sleeping over at his apartment. Also seen are men propositioning men, two gay men in bed together, and openly gay Peters dinner parties. And in a museum scene photographs of nude rear ends are shown with flags of the world painted on them. Finally, 23 moderate crudities, 19 obscenities, and 5 regular profanities add distaste to disappointment in THREE TO TANGO.

Preview Reviewer: Cliff McNeely and Paul Bicking
Distributor: Warner Brothers, 4000 Warner Blvd., Burbank, CA 91522, (818) 954-8000

Summary
Crude Language: Many (26) times - Mild 3, Moderate 23
Obscene Language: Many (19) times - F-word 1, s-word 10, other 8
Profanity: Many (10) times - Regular 5 (G 2, for C sake 3); Exclamatory 5 (O G, Oh my G)
Violence: Few times mild (man hit in crotch, woman strikes two men)
Sexual Intercourse: Once (sex sounds from downstairs); Implied few times (man/woman in bed kissing/caressing)
Nudity: Once photographs (Rear ends with flags painted on them); Near Nudity: few times (revealing female clothing, woman in bathtub, woman in underwear-undressing, man nude during yoga exercise-genitals/rear not shown)
Homosexual Conduct: Many times positively portrayed (man mistaken for gay, two men in bed together, men proposition men, gay dinner party, openly gay characters, conversation about lesbian experience)
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: Few times (sensual kissing, comical references to homosexuality, crude sexual references, comments about male/female anatomy, explicit sexual conversations)
Drug Abuse: Several times (smoking, alcohol at party, drunkenness in bar)
Other: Pro-homosexual message, comical look at sexual orientation stereotyping
Running Time: 98 minutes
Intended Audience: Older teens and adults

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