Bad Girls

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +3

Content: -2

Cody (Madeleine Stowe), Anita (Mary Stuart Masterson), Eileen (Andie MacDowell) and Lily (Drew Barrymore) are four happy prostitutes living in Echo City in the Wild West. Then Cody is arrested for killing a man, forcing the four women to escape to Texas. Cody has hidden her money in Texas along with her past. Before she can withdraw her hard earned money, however, an outlaw from her past, Kid Jarrett (James Russo), robs the bank. When Cody tries to get her money back from Kid, Kid beats her up and bullwhips her. Meanwhile, Eileen finds herself in jail and not only charms her way out, but persuades an innocent young man to invite the women to move out to his ranch. With more twists and turns than a rattlesnake, BAD GIRLS uses all the Western cliches to prove that anything a cowboy can do a cowgirl can do better. It is an enjoyable but shallow western with enough romance to make it appealing to women.

Though this is a fun movie, BAD GIRLS is very serious about its violence and sexual references. The women run around half-dressed or skinny-dipping that includes near breast nudity. The local religious leader is the typical hellfire fanatic of Hollywood movies, decrying Sodom and Gomorrah until the women look almost saintly. There are many sexual references, mostly referring to the ladies' occupation. Though not bloody or graphic, much violence includes about seven people killed at gunpoint, use of a bullwhip on a lady, and a few fight scenes with kicking in the face and slapping. One man is obviously tortured and then shot down. The underlying message is that if women had equal rights, then these young ladies could have found other ways to support themselves besides prostitution. Also, if the laws don't serve you, then you don't have to follow them. Mild and moderate crudities also abound in the film. These bad girls live up to the film's title.

Preview Reviewer: Greg Wilson
20th Century Fox Film Corp., 10201 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, 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: Many (37) times - Mild 26, Moderate 11

Obscene Language: Many (14) times (s-word three times, 11 others, derogatory name for a prostitute)

Profanity: Few (4) times - Regular 1, Exclamatory 3

Violence: Several times - Moderate (7 people shot to death, woman bullwhipped, men kicked in face, woman slapped, man tortured and shot)

Sex: Implied few times, no nudity

Nudity: Near nudity (near breast nudity, low cut dresses)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Many times - references to intercourse, seductive clothing

Drugs: Alcohol drinking few times

Other: Religious leaders portrayed as fanatical, uncaring; plot about prostitutes

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Intended Audience: Romance/Adventure-oriented adults

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