MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +3 1/2

Content: -1 1/2

Ted (Taylor Nichols), an industrious American employee for an Illinois car company, works in Barcelona, Spain. It's the last decade of the Cold War, and as the political scene cools down towards Americans in Spain, the sexual revolution begins to heat up. The serious, work-obsessed Ted hardly notices until his energetic and sarcastic cousin Fred (Chris Eigeman) shows up unexpectedly. Nurturing a secret pain from when they were ten, Ted and Fred verbally spar with each other constantly. They engage in hilarious discussions of Americans in Spain, Spanish women, and the cousins' shared childhood experiences. The sparkling dialogue holds up the movie and is reminiscent of the deadpan remarks of RAISING ARIZONA. Both Ted and Fred become involved with some local Spanish girls and are drawn further into late night discussions of what the Barcelonans see as American fascism. Tragedy intervenes when Fred is suspected of being a CIA operative, but a story like this can only end on a humorous note. The dialogue will keep you laughing through the first half of the movie, overriding the otherwise languid plot of the remaining scenes. Though definitely aimed at the art film crowd, BARCELONA will be enjoyed by all who appreciate its humor.

The film has many sexual discussions and situations. Implied intercourse occurs twice and one scene shows intercourse, but there is no nudity. Ted tries to conquer his carnal desire through reading Proverbs and Ecclesiastes while dancing to Glenn Miller tunes. The scene is very humorous, but does not overtly poke fun at the Bible or its teachings on premarital sex though the characters seem to ignore them. The dialogue's offensive content consists primarily of regular profanity. Implied violence occurs once as Fred is shot at close range off camera, which is neither exploitive nor gratuitous. Otherwise, the movie is remarkably restrained, given that it centers around two American men in Barcelona during the sexual revolution in Spain. The profanity and the premarital sexual situations, however, put BARCELONA out of reach for those who are selective in their movie going.

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: Several (5) times - Mild 1, Moderate 4

Obscene Language: None

Profanity: Many (28) times - Regular 21 (J, G); Exclamatory 7

Violence: Moderate (implied gunshot at close range, USO blown up)

Sex: Implied twice, shown briefly once without nudity

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Several times (references to intercourse, sado-masochism)

Drugs: Social drinking a few times

Other: None

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Intended Audience: Adults

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