Holy Matrimony

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +2

Content: -1

Two carnival workers, one a Marilyn Monroe look-alike, Havana (Patricia Arquette), and her partner, Pete (Tate Donovan), steal a large sum of money from the carnival manager. They escape to Canada, where Pete's family just happens to live in a strict religious commune of Hutterites. Pete is welcomed, but his brazen hussy partner cannot stay there unless she and Pete are married. Since Pete has hidden the money, Havana agrees to marry him so she will have time to find the money and split. Unfortunately, soon after their wedding Pete is killed in an automobile accident. The leader of the clan, Uncle Wilhelm (Armin Mueller-Stahl), announces that Havana must either marry Pete's 12 year-old-brother Zeke (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) or leave. Zeke very quickly wises up to Havana's real mission. He finds the money and insists they must return it to its rightful owner. Definitely not for the sophisticated, this wacky comedy will leave viewers with a smile on their faces if they can just relax and enjoy it.

The peace loving Hutterites are presented in a generally positive light, especially Uncle Wilhelm as he strives to follow the Scriptures to the letter. The contrast of their sheltered lifestyle with that of the whiskey-drinking, swearing, rebellious Havana makes her appear that much more impudent. She is the source of ninety percent of the offensive language, includings seven regular profanities. As the sexy impersonater of Marilyn Monroe at the carnival, she gyrates and makes suggestive remarks. After she and young Zeke are married, a nude Havana flings open the bedroom door, shocking Zeke. However, only her bare back is shown. Zeke tries to impress his eavesdropping friends by making noises that imply he is having sex with his new wife. However, there is no sexual relationship between the two. They are chased by a crooked FBI agent who wants the money for himself, and though some wrecked cars are shown and gunshots fired, no serious injuries occur. Good overcomes evil as a reformed Havana rides off into the sunset, her young husband returned to his fold.

Preview Reviewer: Mary Draughon
Buena Vista Distribution, 3900 W. Alameda Ave., Burbank, CA 91520

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 (7) times - Mild 4; Moderate 3

Obscene Language: Few (3) times (slang for sex)

Profanity: Several (7) times - Regular

Violence: Several times - Moderate (man killed when car explodes; sock in jaw; cars wrecked in chase scene; gunshots; man tripped, knocked out; fight scene)

Sex: None

Nudity: None, but woman wears revealing clothing; implied when woman appears nude to young boy

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Few times (boy pretends he's having sex; woman makes risque remark about her underwear)

Drugs: Alcohol drinking and cigarette smoking

Other: Religious community portrayed positively; strong moral values

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Intended Audience: Teenagers

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