Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +2

Content: -2 1/2

This spoof begins with Richard Jackson (Tim Daly) inheriting his great grandfather's scientific notebooks. Richard, a disenchanted scientist working for a perfume company, discovers among the dusty old records that his great grandfather was actually the Dr. Jekyll of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic horror tale. Using the formula that transformed Jekyll into Hyde, Richard alters its DNA construction slightly, mixes up a dose and drinks it. This virile young man with a lovely fiancee (Lysette Anthony) becomes a sexy, beautiful young woman a few hours later during a job interview in a public restaurant. That is just the beginning as Richard's alter ego, Helen Hyde (Sean Young), takes over his body at the most inopportune moments. She manages to take his job away from him, destroys his relationship with his girl friend, and almost kills a co-worker. Richard tries to outsmart Helen but every ludicrous attempt fails miserably. The ridiculous situations become tiresome after a while as the dual egos duel for control. DR. JEKYLL AND MS. HYDE will amuse only those who like crude humor.

How many times can it be funny to watch a man develop breasts on screen, and later check to make sure his manhood has returned? You also have to witness Helen fondling two men at once under a table, one of whom is a homosexual and even becomes her willing bed partner. She is amoral and works her way to the top by sleeping with all of the bosses. When one becomes a nuisance, she tricks him into drinking an acid concoction, and later almost electrocutes him. Male executives of huge corporations are portrayed as fools manipulated by sexual desire. Breast nudity and rear male nudity appear several times, and Helen is shown once in the shower with full frontal exposure, although it is obscured. Richard sneaks out of a window stark naked, but his back is to the camera. Many obscenities and profanities foul the dialogue and add to the film's offensiveness. The PG-13 rating means young teenagers with raging hormones will see DR. JEKYLL AND MS. HYDE as titillating as a browse through Playboy.

Preview Reviewer: Mary Draughon
Savoy Pictures, 152 W. 57th St., NY, NY 10019

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 (11) times - Mild 3, moderate 8

Obscene Language: Many (11) times - F-word 1, s-word 5, other 5

Profanity: Many (16) times - Regular 9 (GD, J, C), Exclamatory 7

Violence: Few times - Moderate (man's face burned, almost electrocuted; some punches to face, hits to crotch)

Sex: None, but implied once (couple shown in bed - no nudity)

Nudity: Several times (male rear, female breast, obscure full frontal female); Near nudity - several times (low cut dresses, man and woman in underwear)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Incessant (crude references to sex, genitals; woman seduces several men, including homosexual; man makes sexual sounds while changing into woman)

Drugs: Some drinking

Other: Unmarried couple live together; message that business men are ruled by sex, not brains

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Intended Audience: Teenagers and young adults

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