MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +2 1/2

Content: -3

From innocent little girl to juvenile delinquent, Drew Barrymore has come a long way from her first role in E.T. In GUNCRAZY she plays 16-year old Anita Minteer, the local high-school flirt with a proven reputation with several of the boys at the school. She lives with her mother's ex-boyfriend who mostly drinks and also likes Anita in more than a fatherly way. Her life changes, however, when she starts corresponding with an inmate in a nearby prison. Howard Hickock (James LeGros) is a young, polite convict guilty of manslaughter. Anita and Howard write passionately to each other and when Howard is paroled, he and Anita become quickly acquainted. The trouble begins when Anita kills her mother's boyfriend for making unwanted advances. As they are disposing of the body, two of Anita's high school friends see them and they, unfortunately, have to be eliminated as well. GUNCRAZY lives up to its name as these two go on a crime spree, a la Bonnie and Clyde. They are holed up in a house for the final showdown. It is well-acted and sometimes even touching, but the sordid storyline will disappoint many viewers.

For the subjects involved in GUNCRAZY, it is indeed surprising how restrained, relatively speaking, they are handled. There are many sexual innuendoes, but intercourse is shown only once. Nudity is shown twice, once breast nudity in the shower and once rear female nudity. The language, however, is obviously off-target with the f-word used 8 times and the s-word 13 times. Profanity is heard 16 times. Eight people are fatally shot, three of them in the head. The blood gushes several times, and some of the audience averted their eyes during the final, violent scene. One man is pistol-whipped and another kicked and beaten by Howard. On their flight from the authorities, the two shoplift and try to hold-up customers in a bar. The portrayal of Anita and Howard as innocent youths led astray by an oppressive society leaves much to be desired. Their total disregard for human life also leaves a bad taste in your mouth. For the violence, the language and the sick attitude towards human life, GUNCRAZY is a movie that viewers should be gun-shy about.

Preview Reviewer: Greg Wilson
Academy Entertainment, 9250 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212

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Crude Language: Many (12) times - Mild (8); Moderate (4)

Obscene Language: Many (25) times (f-word 8 times; s-word 13 times; 4 others)

Profanity: Many (16) times - Regular (11); Exclamatory (5)

Violence: Many times - Moderate (eight fatal shootings; man pistol-whipped; man kicked, hit)

Sex: Once, with brief nudity

Nudity: Twice, female breast nudity, rear female nudity

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Several times (innuendoes about intercourse)

Drugs: Few times - drinking, smoking joint

Other: Complete disregard for human life and private property

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