Jesus' Son

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +1

Content: -3

In the never-ending search for drugs to feed their addiction, people are thrust into clearly unhealthy activities and relationships. JESUS' SON tells the story of one addict, nicknamed FH (Billy Crudup). In a world filled with odd characters and tragic situations, everything FH does seems to turn out badly. Tragedy and failure follow him wherever he goes, a condition only compounded by his addiction to heroin. His addiction begins when his girlfriend, Michelle (Samantha Morton), turns him on to shooting up. The film then follows FH in his travels from one bad situation to another, all the while picturing him as a sort of Christ-like character. This can only possibly be explained by the questionably uplifting ending, although even then, the audience may still wonder. Despite its critical praise at film festivals, JESUS' SON is a rather boring, gloomy, and depressing film that most assuredly will be avoided.

Although the title refers to a line in a popular rock song, a basic knowledge of the biblical story of Jesus is definitely necessary to understand much of the symbolism that pictures FH as a Jesus character. Several biblical references occur throughout the film, and he even encounters a Satan-type figure at one point. However, if this encounter is supposed to parallel the biblical temptation of Christ, its hard to see the connection. Beyond its catchy title and questionable Christian symbolism, the movie is filled with scene after scene of graphic drug use, often with graphically depicted needle use. One scene also includes a pornographic sexual encounter with female breast nudity, motions and sounds. In another scene, a woman undergoes an abortion after she decides she cant support the child at that time. Obscene language is predictably excessive with 30 f-words and 9 s-words, as well as Gods name used in vain a few times. Although often shown in negative light, foul language, sexual content, and graphic drug use condemn JESUS' SON.

Preview Reviewer: John Adair
Lions Gate Films, 5750 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 501, LA, CA 90036

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: Several (9) times - Mild 4, Moderate 5

Obscene Language: Many (40) times - F-word 30, s-word 9, other 1

Profanity: Few (4) times - Regular 3 (GD 2, C 1); Exclamatory 1 (Oh God)

Violence: Several times - Mild and moderate (men fight, punch, and kick one another, woman hit, man stabbed in face, man bleeding after car accident)

Sex: Implied few times, once graphic (unmarried couple implied with no nudity, unmarried couple with nudity)

Nudity: Few times (female breast outdoors, female breast and rear of naked dead woman, female breast during sex); Near nudity - Few times (women in undergarments or obvious without under clothes)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Several times - (couples engage in premarital sex)

Drugs: Many times (smoking, alcohol, graphic depictions of heroin, marijuana, and LSD use)

Other: Plenty of Christian symbolism with main character depicted as Christ-like figure in some ways; devout Christian offers to give any of his possessions to struggling man; problem of evil and suffering raised; woman undergoes abortion

Running Time: 109 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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