Tailor of Panama, The

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +2 1/2

Content: -3

In this light and rather offbeat spy adventure, Geoffrey Rush stars as Harry Pendel, the title character. The talented tailor is pressed into working for the British government by slick, renegade agent Andy Osnard (Pierce Brosnan). Andy wants Harry to report gossip from his famous Panamanian clients so the British can keep tabs on the Panama Canal, now owned by Panama. However, Harry begins to make up his own gossip about the famous canal, leading Andy to believe the Panamanians may sell the canal to the dreaded Chinese. This sets into motion events that can, seemingly, only end badly for all involved. Geoffrey Rush carries the proceedings with yet another fine and unique performance. And Brosnan sheds his Bond image as the oily Andy. A clever take on common spy stories, with some humorous dialogue and an eccentric character in Harry Pendel, THE TAILOR OF PANAMA may gain a following.

Since the entire story about the Canal changing ownership begins with a lie, the movie effectively shows, albeit in somewhat comedic form, the havoc one fib can cause. What begins as a simple way for Harry to make quick money, escalates into a worldwide crisis. However, in spite of promoting truthfulness, by showing the disastrous effects of a lie, the film’s liberal attitude toward promiscuous sexual activity yields negative images. Four instances of explicit sexual activity include nudity, graphic motion, or both. One lengthy scene in a brothel includes the television image of a pornographic movie while characters engage in similar action across the hallway. Frequent obscenities further soil the story, so THE TAILOR OF PANAMA cuts a tattered moral cloth.

Preview Reviewer: John Adair
Columbia Pictures, 10202 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232

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 (6) times – Moderate

Obscene Language: Many (42) times - F-word 27, s-word 10, other 5

Profanity: Few (4) times – Regular 3 (J, For G sake, Swear to G); Exclamatory (OG)

Violence: Several times – Mild and Moderate (woman’s face bloodied by acid burn, woman beaten, man punched/ bitten, woman slapped, man pushed to ground)

Sex: Few times – Implied and Graphic (graphic motion by couple in background of a brothel scene, implied as naked people roll around in pornographic movie, unmarried couple with graphic motion twice, once with nudity - once without)

Nudity: Several times (breast in shadowy room/ in paintings on wall/ as man reaches into woman’s dress, during graphic sex scene, breast and female/ male rear in pornographic movie scenes); Near Nudity – Few times (low cut blouses emphasize cleavage, women in tight fitting clothes)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Many times (man refers to position of genitals, comment about pleasure of unconventional sex/ having sex/ frequency of woman’s sexual activity/ positioning during sex, man grabs woman’s clothed breasts, man insults another over a previous sexual encounter, man propositions woman)

Drugs: Many times ( cigarette smoking, alcohol)

Other: Truth promoted by showing negative consequences of lying; urination scene w/sounds

Running Time: 109 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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