So I Married an Axe Murderer

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +3

Content: -2

Charlie McKenzie (Mike Myers of "Saturday Night Live" and WAYNES WORLD) can charm the horns off a billy goat. A comic-poet entertainer in San Francisco, he entertains his audience with hilarious accounts of his most recent romantic breakup. He falls in love very easily, then conjures up outlandish reasons why he should terminate the relationship. When he meets pretty Harriet (Nancy Travis), a very efficient butcher at a local meat market, it's love at first chop. While his life is an open book, hers couldn't be more mysterious. Though obviously in love with Charlie, Harriet avoids answering any questions about her past. Why? After reading a sordid story of an axe murderer in a tabloid at his mother's house, Charlie's paranoia kicks in. This is a very funny story about boy meets girl, they fall in love, breakup, makeup and finally marry. All the characters are exaggerated - Charlie's bizarre Scottish parents, his best friend Tony, a struggling policeman, Harriet's weird sister Rose, and of course, Harriet. The movie can best be described as a sweet love story with a twist of lemon and a bucket of laughs.

The day Charlie meets Harriet in the meat market, he walks her home, she invites him in for a cup of tea and he stays for breakfast. From then on, they spend every night together. They are shown in bed together several times, and immersed in a bubble bath, although there is no nudity or sexual intercourse shown. When Charlie emerges from the shower at Harriet's apartment wrapped in a towel, the towel falls and Charlie's bare backside is exposed. His mother can't keep her hands off Tony and gives him a passionate kiss. Obnoxious Mr. McKenzie ridicules Charlie's younger brother and uses crude bathroom humor for laughs. Women grab men's buttocks two or three times. In keeping with the title, the climactic scene shows Charlie chased by the axe murderer. He is slammed, swung at with an axe, and kicked in the groin with a high heeled shoe. For an encore he is hit there two or three more times. Offensive language includes several obscenities. There are plenty of laughs without the bathroom humor, overdone slapstick violence and casual treatment of sex.

Preview Reviewer: Mary Draughon
TriStar Pictures, 10202 W. washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232

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Crude Language: Several (7) times - Moderate

Obscene Language: Several (5) times (f-word 1; s-word 3; other 1)

Profanity: Few (2) times - Regular 1; Exclamatory 1

Violence: Few times - Moderate and severe (hit on head; woman chases man with axe; kicks man in groin; man hit in groin few more times)

Sex: None, but unmarried couple in bed several times

Nudity: Once (man's bare backside shown)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Many times (mother passionately kisses son's friend; women grab men's buttocks; references to intercourse; couple in bubble bath together)

Drugs: Alcohol drinking few times, including drunkenness treated as humorous

Other: None

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