City Slickers 2

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +3

Content: -2

Billy Crystal is back in the saddle again as city boy Mitch Robbins trying once more to win the West. It's been a year since Mitch and his buddy Phil (David Stern) returned from their adventurous cattle driving experience. Mitch keeps having nightmares about a crusty old trail boss named Curly (Jack Palance) who died on the trail. When Mitch finds a treasure map hidden in Curly's hat that he had brought home, he decides to go for the gold. He and Phil decide to tell no one of their real plans, not even Mitch's wife. Unfortunately, Mitch's ne'er-do-well brother, Glen (Jon Lovitz) suddenly appears, and Mitch finally agrees to take him along. The threesome's hilarious adventures are non-stop as they struggle with the rugged desert with only a very crude map for a guide. The heart-stopping appearance of Curly's brother, Duke (Jack Palance), creates suspense and more laughs. Towards the end, the situation becomes a bit tiresome, but overall, audiences will feel CITY SLICKERS 2 is a fun movie.

This male bonding film has some pretty commendable messages scattered among the overdone foul language. The always despondent Phil forgets to feel sorry for himself as he faces danger; Glen earns his brother's respect; Mitch displays leadership and concern for his pals and the aging Duke. They all realize that learning to care for each other was far more valuable than the gold they were seeking. Nevertheless, several instances of crude bathroom humor and many sexually suggestive remarks mar the dialogue. The film includes a fairly graphic bedroom scene between Mitch and his wife. A very suggestive phone call from her to him is mistakenly put through to a business meeting via the speaker phone. The three men are chased by some crooked cow pokes, threatened by a rattlesnake, shot at, and hit over the head. A runaway horse and wagon challenges the city boys' nerves as they try to stop it. No one suffers serious injury, however. If only the crude dialogue and offensive sexual content were edited, CITY SLICKERS 2 would be a great summer show.

Preview Reviewer: Mary Draughon
Columbia Pictures, 10202 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232

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 (24) times - Mild 14, Moderate 10

Obscene Language: Many (13) times (s-word 5, other 8)

Profanity: Many (12) times - Regular 2, Exclamatory 10

Violence: Many times - Moderate (rattlesnake threat; man sits on cactus; kicks, gunshots; socks in jaw; wild horses stampede; runaway horse and wagon crash)

Sex: Once (husband and wife, under covers)

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Several times (between man & wife, men discuss sexual experiences, comical references to genitals)

Drugs: Smoking

Other: Crude bathroom humor; man lies to wife; male bonding

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Intended Audience: Teenagers and adults

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