Mother's Boys

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +2

Content: -2 1/2

Yet another Fatal Attraction comes to the screen as Jude (Jamie Lee Curtis) comes back to husband Robert (Peter Gallagher) and her three sons after leaving them three years earlier. Robert has decided to file for divorce and marry his sweet new girlfriend Callie (Joanne Whalley-Kilmer), but Jude is determined to get her family back. Kes (Luke Edwards), her 12-year-old son, is confused about the whole situation and doesn't know whether to trust Callie or Jude. Jude becomes desperate to get custody of the boys and starts to plot Callie's death. One laughable scene follows another until Jude's darkest secret and reason why she has gone stark-raving mad becomes clear. Robert's portrayal as the tortured husband does not work, as he is alternately attracted to both Callie and Jude, even though he hates Jude passionately. No one in their right mind will enjoy this mindless movie where even the star presence of Curtis can't save it.

The movie is rated R for some very clear reasons. Jude is seen nude several times, both from the side, the back and the front from the chest up. She shows her nude body to her son in one scene to somehow reenact the incest she suffered as a girl. There is no possibility of love between the estranged couple and the girlfriend is too good to be true, making it almost a pro-divorce movie. The foul language is there with several obscenities. Violence is limited mostly to wounds, self-inflicted by Jude on her hands and face using broken glass. Jude falls off a cliff at the end of the film though we do not see the ultimate result. The children's grandmother accidentally falls down the stairs as well. The children are hurt the most and, though the oldest boy will probably need psychiatric help, everything apparently turns out just fine. This is just another example of Hollywood's attempt to find the most outrageous, degrading themes to make a few dollars. The public will probably not be duped by its efforts.

Preview Reviewer: Greg Wilson
Miramax Films, 18 E. 48th St., Ste. 1601, NY, NY 10017

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: None

Obscene Language: Many (12) times - (f-word 4, s-word 4, others 4)

Profanity: Several (5) times - Regular 2, Exclamatory 3,

Violence: Few times - Moderate (hand and face cut with glass, young boy falls on broken glass, old woman falls down stairs, woman falls off cliff)

Sex: None

Nudity: Several times (breast nudity, full nudity from the side, female rear nudity once)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Several times (references to intercourse, sensual kissing and touching in two scenes)

Drugs: None

Other: Incestuous theme

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Intended Audience: Adults

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