MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +2 1/2

Content: -3

When a prominent San Francisco art collector is murdered, a hatchet connected with pagan sex rituals is used. The investigation by assistant DA David Corelli (David Caruso) points to his own one time lover and wife of prominent attorney, Matt Garvey (Chazz Palminteri). Although a respected doctor of psychology, Matt's wife, Trina (Linda Fiorentino), apparently leads a double life as a prostitute called Jade. The victim had photos of Jade with the state governor (Richard Crenna), and may have been planning blackmail. But other witnesses are also dying. Is Jade covering her tracks or is she another on the list of witnesses to die? A somewhat predictable mystery, but exciting car chases down the hilly streets of San Francisco make it bearable. It's really just another sleazy crime story with very little substance.

Because of the sexual nature of the crime, there are many references to sex in the film. More than once, the victim's bloody body is shown hanging naked from the wall. Pictures of the governor and Jade and a videotape of Jade with another client include breast and rear nudity. Sexual behavior takes place throughout the film, some of it bizarre. If it's not sexual, the scene is no doubt full of gory violence. Non-stop graphic violence plays a major part in this movie. When a key witness is hit by a car, she is then run over as her bloody body falls to the ground. Her autopsy provides full frontal nudity. Another witness is shown with a gruesome wound to his eye. Not to be left out, the dialogue includes more than 30 obscenities, many crudities and several profanities. Reportedly edited from an NC-17 to an R, the final version of JADE still has a lot of offensive footage. Avoid it.

Preview Reviewer: Paul Bicking
Paramount Pictures, 5555 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90038

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Many (14) times - Mild 4, Moderate 10

Obscene Language: Many (36) times - F-word 25, s-word 9, other 2

Profanity: Several (8) times - Regular 6 (GD 2, J, JC, C), Exclamatory 2

Violence: Several times - Moderate and severe (sounds of scream & slap, blood flowing under curtain, out of control car flips, women hit by car then run over, parade members hit by car, car pushed off pier, face slap, gruesome head wound on dead body, hit with ashtray, hit with lamp, choking, kick to body, shooting)

Sex: Several times (on videotape twice with breast nudity and photos of couple shown repeatedly; 3 other times, once with male rear nudity)

Nudity: Many times (female rear, female full frontal in autopsy, breast nudity in photos and videotape)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Many times (references to sex act, reference to sex 'toys,' man removes woman's underwear, sensual kissing, references to videotape scenes)

Drugs: Drug use discussed

Other: Catholic communion shown, governor shown w/ prostitute, adultery apparently condoned

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Intended Audience: Adults

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