Destiny Turns on the Radio

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +1

Content: -2 1/2

What if the worst situation in your life could be replayed? Would it turn out differently? That's what Julian Goddard (Dyland McDermott) and Harry Thoreau (James LeGros) find out three years after they pull the biggest bank heist in Nevada history. Julian escapes from jail to find Harry robbed of their stolen fortune. To make matters worse, Julian's girl, Lucille (Nancy Travis), is with another man, Tuerto (James Belushi). As Harry tries to get the money back, Julian tries to get Lucille back and avoid the police. The rest of this way-out film deals with Destiny (Quentin Tarantino) popping in and out of people's lives as a cosmic highwayman making unusual things happen. He recovers the stolen money for Harry and then returns to the mystical world via a portal in Harry's swimming pool. As the police bear down on them, Julian and Lucille must either surrender or plunge into the pool with Destiny. This strange film is certainly not the romantic adventure promised in the ads.

The idea of a ghost causing mystical things to happen adds a hint of the occult. Flashes of lightning shoot out of Destiny's hands and visions of wolves mysteriously materialize for no reason. Misleading is the suggestion that criminals can escape justice by passing into another world. DESTINY TURNS ON THE RADIO has very little violence, yet it teems with obscenities and sexually suggestive dialogue. In one scene Tuerto talks openly to Lucille about fondling him, and in another he threatens to shoot Julian in the crotch. With its Las Vegas setting, it's not surprising scantily clad show girls appear in several scenes. A mystical world bordering on the occult is featured, and one reference is made that having God in your life is a bad thing. This film is just plain disturbing because of its characters' lack of morals, foul language, and glamorizing crime.

Preview Reviewer: Sherry Oswald
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 (30) times - Mild 16, Moderate 14

Obscene Language: Many (25) times (f-word 8, s-word 11, other 6)

Profanity: Many (11) times - Regular 10 (J-C, G-d), Exclamatory 1

Violence: Few times - Moderate (hit on head; police chase; lightning flashes knock man down)

Sex: None but implied once, no nudity

Nudity: Once (obscured male frontal); Near nudity - Several (show girls in thong bikinis and low-cut dresses; girl in underwear)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Several times (references to male genitals and fondling)

Drugs: Few times (alcohol drinking and smoking marijuana)

Other: Focuses on a mystical world; belief in God ridiculed

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Intended Audience: Adults

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