Pledge, The

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +2

Content: -2 1/2

I made a promise; youre old enough to remember when that meant something. Retiring police detective Jerry Black (Jack Nicholson) looks forward to spending more time fishing. But on the night of his going-away party, the body of a young girl is found in the snowy woods. When no one else steps forward, Jerry accepts the task of telling the girls parents. And he promises the mother, that the killer will be found. Jerry becomes obsessed with keeping his word, although his former co-workers think they already found the killer, a mentally-challenged Native American. Although hes retired, further investigation makes Jerry think otherwise. Purchasing a local gas station, Jerry exercises the patience of a fisherman as he gathers clues. But his bait could be the next victim. This slow moving tale is a fascinating study of one mans obsession with keeping his word. Although well acted, audiences may not be satisfied with this catch.

Dealing with a violent crime, several scenes include bloody bodies and pictures of victims. One gruesome scene indicates a mans suicide as his blood splatters the walls. And another scene shows a charred, burning corpse in a wrecked car. Obscenities are used a number of times and strong profanity shares in the offense. A woman and her daughter move in with Jerry and a sexual relationship is implied later. But no sexual acts or nudity are shown. References are made throughout the film to prayer, Christian beliefs and the Bible. But Jerry suspects everyone, including the local minister. He even envisions a young victims body laying on a church altar, but finds a simple country congregation instead. Jerrys suspicion seems to echo a distrust of Christianity reflected in a number of recent films. But graphic violence and vulgar dialogue break THE PLEDGE.

Preview Reviewer: Paul Bicking
Warner Bros., 4000 Warner Blvd., Burbank, CA 91522

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: Several (5) times - Mild 2, moderate 3

Obscene Language: Many (10) times - F-word 9, other 1

Profanity: Many (15) times - Regular 12 (GD 3, J 4, JC 3, G sakes, C sake); exclamatory 3 (OMG 2, OG)

Violence: Several times - Moderate to severe (bloody body, suicide splatters blood on wall, pictures of bloody bodies, burning body in wrecked car)

Sex: Implied once (unmarried couple kisses sensually in bedroom)

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Several times (references to sexual assault, man asked if sexually active, woman puts man's hand on clothed breast, couple living together)

Drugs: Almost constant alcohol drinking and cigarette smoking, reference to marijuana use/ becoming drunkard

Other: Several references to Christians/ faith/ prayer/ attending church/ evangelism, girl given cross and invited to church, man suspicious of minister's motive, girls sings 'Jesus Loves Me,' theme of keeping promises/ word

Running Time: 124 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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