MPAA Rating: PG

Entertainment: +2 1/2

Content: +1 1/2

SUTURE is a black and white movie about black and white brothers who supposedly look exactly alike. This absurd premise helps set the tone for the rest of this mystery/psychodrama. Vincent Towers (Michael Harris), a small white rat of a man, is an amoral jet setter who is suspected of killing his father. Clay Arlington (Dennis Haysbert), a large black man from the country, meets Vincent for the first time at their father's funeral. Clay comes to stay with Vincent, and Vincent quickly puts him in his own clothes and tries to kill him so Clay will be mistaken for Vincent. The evil Vincent can then escape jail. Clay survives the accident and after extensive plastic surgery, which does not change his looks at all, assumes the place of Vincent Towers. No one in the film notices the difference and the conflict seems to be whether the amnesia suffering Clay can remember his true past. This bizarre movie, complete with a Freudian-quoting psychologist, is surely about something, though it is not clear what. Those who enjoy a cinematic puzzle may enjoy trying to figure this one out.

All the characters in SUTURE see Clay as Vincent, which seems to point out the difference in others' perceptions of you and the way you look at yourself. At the end of the movie, when Clay knows his past and opts for the life of Vincent anyway, it is clear that he has made a wrong, superficial choice. It explores the issue of how we sometimes act like someone else instead of who we really are. Surprisingly, the movie has little objectionable material. There are two bloody incidents, but in black and white they look almost surreal. A man is shot in the face, though we only see the disfiguring aftermath. One scene of implied intercourse shows some kissing and only a woman's bare back. Foul language consists of a few crudities. In short, SUTURE sews up an acceptable rating which is surprising given the adult audience it is intended for. Now if you could just understand it. A few stitches seem to be missing in this "not-so-neat" piece of work.

Preview Reviewer: Greg Wilson
Samuel Goldwyn, 10203 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90067-6403

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Crude Language: Few (3) times - Mild 2, Moderate 1

Obscene Language: None

Profanity: None

Violence: Few times - Moderate (man shown after explosion with blood on face, man shot in face)

Sex: Implied once, no nudity

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Kissing once

Drugs: None

Other: None

Running Time:
Intended Audience: Adult

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