Chase, The

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +1

Content: -3

Jack Hammond (Charlie Sheen), wrongly convicted of a crime, flees in a stolen car. Confronted by police in a convenience store, Jack takes a hostage, Natalie Voss (Kristy Swanson), who also happens to be the daughter of the richest man in California. The rest of the movie is spent with Jack and Natalie driving high-speed in her red BMW on the California freeways, with police cars following behind. A news helicopter films overhead, and just by chance, the lead police car has a news crew along, filming a police story. So the viewer is inflicted with shots of Jack and Natalie from every possible angle. Meanwhile, vehicles crash, burn, and explode behind them. Strangely and unnaturally, Natalie becomes attracted to Jack, and throws herself on top of him. The movie thankfully comes to a halt in Mexico. While there are a few isolated humorous moments, this movie is both boring and trashy.

Giving THE CHASE a PG-13 rating rather than an R illustrates how far out of touch the MPAA ratings have become. Violence abounds, including many vehicles crashing, burning and blowing up. An obnoxious Natalie repeatedly burns Jack's neck with a cigarette lighter and once vomits out the car window onto the police windshield, nearly causing an accident. An out-of-control truck spills body bags with cadavers bouncing all over the highway, continuing the tasteless extremes used to entertain. A cadaver even lands on the hood of the police car, and the police officer beats it off with a club. Many dangerous stunts, including standing on the running board of a van going 90 miles an hour, may tempt teenagers to try the same. Obscenities and profanities just make THE CHASE trashier. Poor Natalie must be desperate for a boyfriend. She opens her blouse, fondles Jack and throws herself on top of him while he drives the car at 90 miles an hour. Two hippie-types, high on drugs, try to become heroes and are interviewed by the media. Patterned after THE GETAWAY, THE CHASE spins out of control and crashes. It's definitely a movie to avoid.

Preview Reviewer: Alice Anderson
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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: Many (22) times - Mild 17; Moderate 5

Obscene Language: Many (28) times (f-word 1, s-word 20, other 7)

Profanity: Many (24) times - Regular 8; Exclamatory 16

Violence: Many times - Moderate and severe (many vehicles out of control, crash, burn and explode; Natalie vomits out car window; girl inflicts cigaret burns; dangerous stunts)

Sex: Implied once

Nudity: None but near-nudity once (open blouse)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Several times (references to intercourse)

Drugs: Implied twice (hippies high on drugs); cigarette smoking

Other: None

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Intended Audience: Teenagers and immature adults

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