Mad Dog and Glory

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +2 1/2

Content: -3

"Quirky" is a good word to describe this new comedy starring Robert De Niro and Bill Murray. De Niro plays Wayne, also known as Mad Dog, a very mild-mannered crime scene photographer. While out on a case one night, he saves the life of Frank Milo (Bill Murray) by persuading a would-be thief to take the money and run. Frank turns out to be a gangster who would much rather be a stand-up comedian than a thug. He repays the debt he owes Wayne by lending him Glory (Uma Thurman), a girl who is in debt to Frank, for one week. Mad Dog and Glory become romantically involved in a matter of days, and Mad Dog must make a choice: to be secure or to keep Glory. The slogan "No guts, no Glory" recurs throughout the movie, adding a humorous touch to this weird movie. Bill Murray does a great job portraying the somewhat psychotic gangster Frank, but De Niro's and Thurman's performances are a little flat, leaving the movie stranded somewhere between a drama and a comedy.

Trying to prove the maxim that you can't make a gangster movie without bad language, MAD DOG AND GLORY serves up 48 f-words and 18 s-words. The list also includes sundry regular profanity. After the language, one may notice the violence, as seen especially in the superfluous first scene where one man shoots a drug dealer four times in the chest and head and then shoots his partner in the head, dirtying the window. We see several other crime scenes throughout and pictures of them as well. In two violent fight scenes people are kicked in the head and stomach and have their heads slammed against the ground. Breast nudity exposes itself three times. During a prolonged scene of intercourse between Wayne and Glory, there are very explicit elements involved. For the violence, the language and the explicit sexual conduct, the producers should be ashamed of MAD DOG AND GLORY (Philippians 3:19).

Preview Reviewer: Greg Wilson
Universal Pictures, 445 Park Ave., NY, NY 10022

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 (17) times - Mild 7; Moderate 10

Obscene Language: Many (73) times (f-word 48; s-word 18; 7 others)

Profanity: Many (17) times - Regular

Violence: Several times - moderate (two fight scenes including kicking in the stomach and head, two men shot at close range in the head, a few crime scenes with dead bodies)

Sex: Twice - once implied, once with brief breast nudity but prolonged explicit detail.

Nudity: Breast nudity shown three times

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Few times - references to intercourse

Drugs: Drug sale shown once, alcohol use few times.

Other: None

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