Clean Slate

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +3

Content: -2

Boyish Dana Carvey, one of the funniest characters on the "Saturday Night Live" TV show and co-star of WAYNE'S WORLD movies, stars in CLEAN SLATE. Dana plays Maurice Pogue, a private detective with an office on the beach at Venice, California. He has a strange case of amnesia, the result of a previous accident. He wakes up each morning with no memory of the previous day. This proves to be a real handicap, particularly when he finds himself trying to help Beth Holly (Valeria Golino). She is being chased by a gangster who wants a valuable gold coin in her possession. She has given the coin to Maurice for safekeeping, but he can't remember where he put it. Before long, the gangsters are after Maurice too in a fast moving cat and mouse game. Maurice gets some help from his old friend John Dolby (James Earl Jones), the District Attorney, but the bad guys stay hot on his trail. All sorts of wacky humorous events unfold as Maurice and Beth try to outsmart their pursuers. CLEAN SLATE has lots of laughs, and Maurice is a comical, likable character who hams it up all the way.

In the same vein as WAYNE'S WORLD, CLEAN SLATE mixes in a great deal of suggestive dialogue, some obscenities and profanity with its humor. Added to that are two bedroom scenes with ludicrous antics. In one of them, a seductive woman suggests she and Maurice engage in sado-masochistic sex. In another, sex is implied between Maurice and Beth as the shadows of their legs and arms flailing are shown on the wall. Also, what comes across as rather cruel humor, Maurice has a dog with a depth perception problem who keeps running into doors and walls. As the gangsters pursue Maurice, some violence occurs, including shooting threats, fighting and rough treatment. Staying in step with current movie trends, three men are shown using a urinal and a crude joke referring to genitals is thrown in for good measure. The gangsters get their just due, and Maurice and Beth appear headed for matrimony. Still, its sexually oriented humor and foul language make CLEAN SLATE not so clean after all.

Preview Reviewer: John Evans
MGM, 10000 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: Several (6) times - Mild 3, Moderate 3

Obscene Language: Several (5) times (s-word 4, f-word 1)

Profanity: Regular - Once

Violence: Many times - Moderate (gun shots destroy office; gun and chase threats; striking; man thrown from auto; men tied up and rough treatment; men hit in head with rock; hand fighting)

Sex: Implied once (shown as shadows of legs and arms on wall)

Nudity: Near nudity once (women models changing clothes)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Several times (note referring to sex; woman suggests sadomasochistic sex; passionate kissing on bed; man removes pants; couple in bed under covers; joke referring to genitals)

Drugs: Few times (alcohol drinking)

Other: Men use urinals; dog runs into walls and doors

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Intended Audience: Teenagers and adults

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