Crew, The

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +2 1/2

Content: -3

Fearing eviction from their senior citizens residence hotel after the landlord raises the rent, four aging mobsters hatch a scheme to ensure their stay. Bats Pistella (Burt Reynolds), whose best ideas occur when hes unconscious, comes up with a plan. Taking an unidentified corpse from the funeral home where Brick Donatelli (Dan Hedaya) works, the crew makes it look like he was killed in the hotel lobby. But things get crazier when the corpse turns out to be the missing father of a local drug lord. Bobby Bartellemeo (Richard Dreyfuss) has been looking for his daughter for thirty years. But when he finds her, shes the detective on the corpse case. Comedy and chaos combine as each new caper gets an unexpected twist. While its good to see older actors in films aimed at a more mature audience, THE CREW box office may be limited by the same factors.

While there seems to be an entertainment industry fascination with mobsters, the lifestyle depicted is usually filled with casual sexual relations, vulgar language, and severe violence. This film is no exception. These grumpy old gangsters and the drug lord use frequent crude and obscene words. Bodily functions, including urination streams, are shown, heard or referenced for humor. Along with numerous sexually suggestive comments, Mouth Donato (Seymour Cassel) is shown in bed with a prostitute. Several scenes feature thong swimsuits or tight, cleavage enhancing costumes. Some scenes of violence have a slapstick quality, while others depict graphic shootings, dead bodies and serious injury. On the plus side, the film depicts many former mobsters, realizing crime doesnt pay retirement benefits, who switched to legitimate business. And in his search for his daughter, Bobby comments that he put the wrong family first. While several characters are reconciled, wrongs corrected and bad guys caught, THE CREW is too crude.

Preview Reviewer: Paul Bicking
Buena Vista/Touchstone/Disney, 350 S. Buena Vista St., Burbank, CA 91521

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 (18) times - Mild 7, moderate 11

Obscene Language: Many (23) times - S-word 16, f-word 1, other 6, arm gesture

Profanity: Many (15) times - Regular 11 (GD 7, J 2, Csake, Swear to G), exclamatory 4 (OMG 3, Thank G)

Violence: Many times - Moderate and severe (punches, hit w/bat /cane /fishing rod /oar /bottle, fiery explosions, arm twisted, men wrestle, shootings, hanged men fall, kicks, man nearly drowned twice, crate falls on men)

Sex: Once (unmarried couple in bed w/motion)

Nudity: Several times (brief breast nudity, female rear nudity several times, brief male rear nudity); Near nudity - Many times (cleavage emphasized, scantily clad dancers, short tight skirts, woman in short nightgown)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Many times (women go under mans restaurant table, sexual double meanings, men leer at womans rear, man kisses womans foot, men put money in dancers bra, reference to prostitution, man rubs womans shoulders, flirting at bar)

Drugs: Several times (cigars smoked, alcohol in bars/ from bottle, illegal drug shipment, woman requests Valium)

Other: Urination shown, flatulence sounds, reference to male organ, mobster says put wrong family first, burning rag tied to mouse tail, father reunited with daughter after 30 years

Running Time: 88 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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