Car 54, Where Are You?

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +1 1/2

Content: -2 1/2

This film is patterned after the NBC-TV comedy series of the early 1960's with the same name. It's slapstick comedy is about as corny as it comes. It features David Johansen and John McGinley as two bungling Brooklyn cops named Gunther Toody and Francis Muldoon. The two are given the special assignment of tracking down a notorious mobster as well as helping to protect a witness from him and his henchmen. Gunther is the wackiest of the two and specializes in bizarre facial expressions, wisecracks and zany antics. Among other things, he and Francis are chased, shot at, cavort with prostitutes, go undercover in disguise and take a wild roller coaster ride. Gunther insists on finding his single, shy cohort a girlfriend, and fixes him up with one of the most sensual,promiscuous women in town. CAR 54 has an occasional funny sequence, but its juvenile, slapstick comedy will only appeal to the most undiscriminating audiences.

Not only is CAR 54 full of silly , slapstick antics, it's downright raunchy. Much of its comedy is crude and sexually oriented. Crude comical discussions and references to sex abound. Prostitutes proposition the two cops and Francis and his girlfriend have explicit sexual conversations. Crude references are made to male genitals and losing one's virginity. Gunther and his wife are shown in one explicit sex scene with movements, but no nudity. Slapstick violence of all sorts is featured, including shooting threats, hand fighting, electric shock, head and other injuries and property destruction. Along with all the sex and violence comes some offensive obscenities and profanities. In effect, CAR 54 is just one big smutty joke which becomes tedious very fast. Don't get fooled into seeing this one.

Preview Reviewer: John Evans
Orion Pictures Corp, 1888 Century Park East, Los Angeles, CA 90067

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Crude Language: Several(8) times - Mild 4, Moderate 4

Obscene Language: Several(5) times (s-word once, others 4-sexual slang)

Profanity: Few(4) times - Regular 2, Exclamatory 2 (GD, J)

Violence: Many times - Moderate(Hand fighting, auto and other property destruction, shooting threats, injury by electric shock, catheter injury, poisoning, blow up toilet, head hit on car trunk and post, off screen shoot-kill, woman thrown in dumpster, graphic descriptions of violence)

Sex: Once. Married couple, brief with movements, but no nudity

Nudity: Near nudity, few times(Low cut dresses, scantily clad dancers)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Almost continuous-Moderate(References to sex and sexual appetites;women proposition men; discussion of male sexual anatomy; sensual description of sex; references to losing virginity, male genitals)

Drugs: Few times (drinking in bars, home and office)

Other: Ornament in man's nipple; young black boy comically given gun; men vomit

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Intended Audience: Teenagers, young adults

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