MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +1 1/2

Content: -4

Cocaine's invasion of the United States took root in the 1970s, thanks to entrepreneurs such as George Jung (Johnny Depp). In this biographic drama, BLOW traces the rise and fall of the real-life infamous drug dealer who leaves his New England home as a teenager for California, airline stewardesses, smoking pot and partying. Although he loves his blue-collar dad (Ray Liotta), George's mom (Rachel Griffiths) constantly nags her husband for not earning enough. Introduced to marijuana dealer Derek Foreal (Paul Reubens), George begins buying in bulk so he can sell to wealthy Ivy League students. Instant success is interrupted by a brief time in prison, where his cell-mate Diego (Jordi Molla) hooks him up with a Mexican cocaine exporter. Now dealing with hard-ball players, George learns quickly, earns the drug lords' confidence and marries beautiful Mirtha (Penelope Cruz). By the time George and Mirtha have a baby girl and he begins to understand love, it's too late. Depressing and thought provoking, BLOW cannot be called entertaining, but certainly informative with its glaring description of cocaine's rape of America.

Will BLOW sway another young dreamer to turn away from the decadent life of drug trafficking? Probably not, because greed is a powerful master. However, George fails to impress his broken-hearted dad with his lavish lifestyle, big home and fancy cars because his father knows his son would be successful at anything he did. His mother tries to stop George by calling the police when he becomes a fugitive, but he is soon back on the street. How tragic that the young man uses his talents, charm and creativity to destroy lives. Although George remains loyal to his partners while being double-crossed and deceived by others, he witnesses a brutal, point blank shooting. The kingpin threatens a man by sticking a revolver down the horrified man's throat, and George suffers a vicious beating. Drug use is almost non-stop, beginning with pot-smoking on the beach and progressing to snorting cocaine in elegant surroundings among the elite and powerful. Abhorrent cursing includes at least 103 f-words and nine regular profanities. If not for the incessant foul words, BLOW could be used for anti-drug education purposes.

Preview Reviewer: Mary Draughon
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Crude Language: Once Moderate

Obscene Language: Many (123) times - F-word 103, s-word 14, other 6

Profanity: Many (12) times Regular 9 (JC 4, J 2, GD, C-sake, C); Exclamatory 3

Violence: Several times Moderate and Severe (man shot point blank in head, vicious beating, gun shoved in man's mouth, threats, fights)

Sex: None

Nudity: None, but low-cut dresses, girls in brief bikinis

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Young singles cavort on beaches, kissing and caressing; unmarried couples living together in commune; unmarried couple in passionate embraces

Drugs: Incessant (drug trafficking, cocaine snorting, pot smoking)

Other: Greed drives man to self-destruction; blasphemous remark about God being a nosy &*#!

Running Time: 120 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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