15 Minutes

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +2 1/2

Content: -3 1/2

NYPD homocide detective Eddie Flemming (Robert DeNiro) is a media celebrity. His flashy exploits and high profile arrests are frequently televised by tabloid reporter Robert Hawkins (Kelsey Grammer). Eddie teams with fire marshall Jordy Warsaw (Edward Burns) when an apartment fire covers up a violent murder. But two East European suspects quickly learn some legal tricks from Hawkins interviews and other Jerry Springer-type talk shows. They plan to use the medias desire for sensationalism to lucrative purposes. An action packed story filled with explosive fires, gunfights and chases, the film also makes not-so-subtle social comments about the sometimes questionable actions of journalistic media to satisfy viewers morbid and voyeuristic curiosity. The film also humorously includes numerous cameo appearances.

Pop Artist Andy Warhol is credited with predicting a future where everyone gets 15 minutes of fame. Some people gain fame or notoriety for sensational illegal acts. While people like Eddie draw attention for good deeds. But celebrity can also be a curse. Although fame helps Eddie get information and opens doors, it also attracts people like Hawkins, out to promote their own media fame. One of the European criminals dreams of making an American film and even calls himself Frank Capra. After stealing a camera, he videotapes everything, including violent crimes. Vicious stabbings, a broken neck, bloody and charred bodies along with graphic shootings are often replayed on video. An early scene even winks at the recent FTC finding about media violence. One scene with a prostitute features nudity and some of the amateur work focuses on cleavage. As with many action films, the dialogue is bluer than the police uniforms, with frequent obscenities and strong profanity. It takes less than 15 MINUTES to rate this film unacceptable.

Preview Reviewer: Paul Bicking
New Line Cinema, 888 7th Ave., 20th Flr., New York, NY 10106

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 (19) times - Mild 14, moderate 5

Obscene Language: Many (71) times - F-word 49, s-word 15, other 7

Profanity: Many (14) times - Regular 11 (GD 6, JC 4, J); exclamatory 3 (OMG)

Violence: Many times - Moderate and severe (photos of bodies, vicious stabbings, neck broken, bloody body, charred body, hit w/ bottle, punches, graphic shooting wounds, spitting blood, burning sleeve, fiery explosions, knife in arm)

Sex: None

Nudity: Few times (prostitute scene with breast and female rear nudity, photos of body w/breast nudity) ; Near nudity - Several times (women in underwear, low cut blouse, woman in towel)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Several times (camera focuses on breasts, comments about body positions, TV show talks about sexual relations, escort service called, prostitute unzips mans pants, comment about appearance)

Drugs: Many times - alcohol drinking, cigar/cigarette smoking, reference to character being drunk, man takes aspirin with beer

Other: Man steals camera, tabloid reporter pays criminal for videotape, supervisor says ruling based on press coverage, detective says fame makes job easier, reporter airs video of killing, lawyer discusses media contract with killer

Running Time: 120 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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