Where The Money Is
Entertainment: +3
Acceptability: -2

Does crime pay? Henry Manning (Paul Newman) certainly hopes so. After spending over two years in prison for a bank robbery he committed 30 years ago, Henry fakes a stroke that makes it appear hes in an almost vegetative state. Prison doctors send him to a nursing home in a small Oregon town, where nurse Carol McKay (Linda Fiorentine) secretly doubts her new patient's helpless condition. Determined to prove her theory, Carol persuades her puzzled husband, Wayne (Dermot Mulroney) to accompany her and Henry on a picnic where she forces the wheelchair-bound patient to snap out of his charade. Now the three share Henry's secret and Carol is smart enough to know Henry hid his stolen money somewhere. Henry has clearly met his match. The plot is clever, the dialogue witty, and Newman can still charm audiences. Ages 16 and older will get caught up in the suspense of WHERE THE MONEY IS, a fun movie-going experience.

Part of the film's cleverness is how it manipulates viewers to root for Carol and Henry, who become a "Bonnie and Clyde" style team, with a reluctant Wayne forced to follow. All three lie, cheat, and disrespect the law. Authority figures are portrayed as stupid and Henry fools guards by pretending to be concerned about their state of grace. Carol's first hint that Henry is faking his condition comes when she senses him watching her bend over in her short nurse's uniform. One night, she jumps on his lap, raises her skirt and performs a modified lap dance thinking he will respond. These lewd movements and her suggestive remarks are fairly graphic. In another scene Carol and Wayne engage in passionate kissing in a patient's room; the scene implies sex follows. Especially gratuitous are 11 regular profanities and three obscenities, which add nothing. Some hair-raising car chases, Henry's fake drowning, and a man falling off of a motorcycle provide action without serious injuries. WHERE THE MONEY IS could be viewed as 89 minutes of less than serious entertainment, but the sexually suggestive lap dance and gratuitous foul language short change moral viewing.

Preview Reviewer: Mary Draughon
Distributor: USA Films, 9333 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Crude Language: Several (8) times - Mild 2, moderate 6
Obscene Language: Few (3) times - S-word 1, other 2
Profanity: Many (11) times - Regular (GD 7, C-sake 1, J 3)
Violence: Several times - Moderate (car chases, crashes without serious injury, man falls off motorcycle, man pushed into lake, car slides off mountain)
Sexual Intercourse: Implied once (passionately kissing married couple fall onto table)
Nudity: Near nudity (man steps out of shower with towel barely covering him)
Homosexual Conduct: None
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: Few times (woman performs suggestive dance, suggestive remarks, references to sex; man watches woman bend over in short skirt)
Drug Abuse: Several times - drinking in bar, drunken man, beer drinking
Other: Life of crime treated sympathetically; main characters deceitful, lie and cheat; remark about 'state of grace' used humorously; disrespect for authority
Running Time: 89 minutes
Intended Audience: Ages 16 and older

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