In Crowd, The

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +1

Content: -3

Mental patient Adrien Williams (Lori Heuring) gets a second chance when her psychiatrist, Dr. Thompson (Daniel Hugh Kelly), recommends her release. He arranges for Adrien to spend the summer working at an exclusive beach club in a nearby wealthy community. Local rich college students, known as the in crowd, use the club to indulge in endless parties. All hover around their queen bee, Brittany Foster (Susan Ward). Almost immediately, Brittany befriends Adrien, showering the outsider with gifts, party invitations and an introduction to Brittanys tennis pro boyfriend. Adrien soon learns that beneath the golden glow of her wealthy new friends is a dark, sinister plot, masterminded by Brittany. Can a former mental patient free herself from Brittany's evil clutches? THE IN-CROWD's pretty actors cant cover up the pretty awful and unbelievably ludicrous soap opera plot. Evidently Warner Bros. has little hope for this teenage thriller's box office success, since they decided to skip promotional screenings.

Adrien's freedom from the hospital requires that she not drink, do drugs or become sexually involved. Unfortunately, she can't resist Brittany's social invitations and willingly accepts cocktails, but does not use drugs with other party-goers. Illegal drug use, drunkenness and some implied sex are common activities among the in-crowd. Adrien engages in passionate kissing and barely escapes date-rape at her first party. The apparently bi-sexual Brittany, whos shown kissing a lesbian lover, seduces Dr. Thompson but sex is only implied as the camera pans away from the passionate couple. Girls in revealing bikinis and low-cut outfits, plus breast nudity a few times are treated as acceptable. A PG-13 rating lures more teenagers to see THE IN-CROWD, so implied sex and gory violence occur mostly off-camera. The uncovered hand of a buried corpse, some bloody stab wounds and a ferocious attack take place in dark settings to further subdue the gore. Rough language crops up several times, with a few obscenities and regular profanities. But the film has little of any value to say and no reason to like these poor, rich kids or even sympathize with Adrien. THE IN-CROWD is one to stay out of.

Preview Reviewer: Mary Draughon
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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 1, Moderate 5

Obscene Language: Few (4) times - S-word 3, f-word 1

Profanity: Few (3) times - Regular (G 1, J 1, G-sake 1)

Violence: Several times - Moderate and severe (bloody stab wounds in murder attempt; vicious attack ends in murder, near accidental drowning, murderous drowning, buried corpse's hand uncovered, bike wreck)

Sex: Implied once (girl seduces doctor)

Nudity: Few times (breast nudity not in sex scenes); Near Nudity - Many times (girls in low-cut outfits, revealing bikinis and dresses, obscured breast in wet braless blouse)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Several times (suggestive dance movements, sexual innuendoes, passionate kissing and groping; girl escapes date-rape attempt)

Drugs: Many times (college age adults drink heavily/ use drugs at parties)

Other: Characters lack depth

Running Time: 120 minutes
Intended Audience: Older teenagers

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