Something To Talk About

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +3

Content: -2

Julia Roberts is back in her first feature film in about two years. She plays Grace, the wife of Eddie (Dennis Quaid). Grace and Eddie are so busy living separate lives they are unaware they are drifting apart. Then one day Grace discovers that Eddie is cheating on her, and her world falls to pieces. She moves back in with her parents, Wyly and Georgia King (Robert Duvall and Gena Rowlands). Her domineering father has built a horse-breeding empire, while her demure proper mother acquieses to her husband's will. While Eddie tries to patch things up with Grace, Grace's sister Emma Rae (Kyra Sedgwick) doles out humorous and sometimes cynical advice to her sister. Grace also hears the wild schemes from the other eccentric ladies of this thoroughly Southern family and tries to decide what to do with her life. Hanging in the balance are the feelings and well-being of the couple's only daughter. Julia Roberts gives a fine performance in a likeable, romantic movie, reminiscent of the Southern feel of STEEL MAGNOLIAS.

But this is not STEEL MAGNOLIAS, at least if we judge from their use of foul language. The movie is rated R, but not for nudity, violence or even sexually suggestive action. Rather, the language, with many obscenities and regular profanities, gives it its rating. The positive message that a marriage is worth saving is surrounded by words not worth uttering. Grace and Emma Rae speak their fair share of them, which seems out of character considering their proper upbringing. An underlying message also seems to be that men just normally sleep around and so women have to deal with it. This is obviously not the way the Bible paints adultery, which is never condoned or soft-pedaled. What could have been a wonderful romantic comedy has just too much offensive language to be suitable for discerning viewers.

Preview Reviewer: Greg Wilson
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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 (29) times - Mild 17, Moderate 12

Obscene Language: Many (19) times - (s-word 11, f-word 4, others 4)

Profanity: Many (46) times - Regular 29 (G,G-d, JC), Exclamatory 17

Violence: None

Sex: None

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Few times - references to intercourse

Drugs: Wife accidentally puts poison in food

Other: Adulterous affairs glossed over

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Intended Audience: Adult

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