Sweet November

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +2

Content: -2 1/2

Top San Francisco advertising executive Nelson Moss (Keanu Reeves) constantly focuses on his job. But when he has to renew his drivers license, an encounter with the eccentric Sara Deevers (Charlize Theron) changes his life. Sara claims a special ability to help men with problems if they stay with her for one month. Although he doesnt think he has a problem, Nelson accepts Saras offer after losing his job and girlfriend in the same day. She soon breaks his focus on work and he wants to extend the one-month deadline. But she has a problem more serious than his. Although the leads are attractive and popular, this remake of a 1968 film seems to dangle too many loose ends. But the film will touch emotion chords for female viewers.

Nelson makes the common mistake of identifying himself with his work. But Sara helps him see that work is what he does, not who he is. Nelson also gets a visual lesson when he learns that Saras neighbor, Chaz (Jacob Isaacs), is also a top advertising executive. But Chaz also wears womens clothes along with his transvestite boyfriend. Although initially bothered, Nelson accepts Chaz and his lifestyle in a subtle lesson on confused, misguided tolerance. Nelson also befriends a fatherless, neighborhood boy. When the boy enters a model boat race, Nelson sabotages some other boats in the race to boost the boys confidence. But he later admits to Sara that cheating is bad. Nelson also rejects a lucrative offer from an executive who chastises a clumsy waitress. Acceptable premarital sex is implied several times during the stay with Sara, and Nelson is apparently living with his girlfriend before he meets Sara. And, of course, obscenities and profanity color the dialogue. Mixed moral messages turn SWEET NOVEMBER sour.

Preview Reviewer: Paul Bicking
Warner Bros. Pictures, 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: Many (10) times Mild 6, moderate 4

Obscene Language: Many (15) times S-word 5, f-word 1, other 9

Profanity: Many (17) times Regular 13 (GD 3, J 3, C, G 5, Gsake); exclamatory 4 (OMG, OG 3)

Violence: Few times - Mild (man breaks bottle, cuts hand, stumble over furniture)

Sex: Implied several times (unmarried couples in bed, graphic motion once)

Nudity: Once (brief breast nudity); Near nudity Several times (semi-transparent blouses, women in underwear, women covered by bedcloths)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Many times (couple living together, woman invites man to apartment, suggestive advertisement, sensual kissing, couple in bathtub together, reference to past affairs)

Drugs: Beer drinking, alcohol drinking in bar, cabinet filled with prescription drugs

Other: Lab dogs stolen, woman devotes attention to man for one month only, man sabotages boat race to boost boys ego, man says cheating bad, woman has problems with family relations, man chastises clumsy waitress, vomit shown on floor, man befriends boy, woman says her immortality is mans memory

Running Time: 114 minutes
Intended Audience: Older teens and adults

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