Just Visiting

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +2

Content: -2 1/2

Imagine a magic potion that makes you comatose, then catapults you 800 years into the future. That's what happens to Count Thibault (Jean Reno), a medieval knight from the 12th century, and his servant Andre (Christian Clavier) as they awaken in a prestigious Chicago museum of history in the year 2000. The resurrection of the Count and Andre shocks others as much as they're shocked. The museum display is funded by Julia Malfete (Christina Applegate), sole heiress to a French estate, who agrees to take in the bizarre visitors after the foul-smelling knight identifies himself as one of her ancestors. Her primitive house guests wash their faces in the toilet, think TV images are people trapped in the little box, and Andre eats on the floor from the dog's bowl, among other gross behavior. How and when are they going back to the 12th Century? Not soon enough. Young teenagers may find some laughs in the crude behavior and bathroom humor of this fantasy comedy.

Wizards transforming humans into grotesque figures, turning them into statues and restoring them are part of JUST VISITING's fantasy element. And a scary, fire-spitting dragon emerging from a witch's cauldron could frighten youngsters. Extensive property damage almost destroys Julia's beautiful home, a hotel room, and the museum as the uncivilized Andre behaves like a bull in a china shop. He also grovels for food and makes crude bodily noises. Julia's scheming boyfriend, Hunter (Matt Ross), lives with her but carries on an affair with his equally scheming assistant (Bridgette Wilson-Sampras), who always exposes an abundant amount of cleavage. The Count teaches Julia self-confidence by using a sword and she convinces him that Andre should be granted freedom. She also delivers a painful blow to Hunter's crotch when she finds out he's been unfaithful. There are no sex scenes or nudity, but unmarried Julia and Hunter are shown in the same bed a few times. Wizardry, needless property damage, crude bathroom humor, plus several obscenities and profanities make JUST VISITING an unwelcome guest for discerning viewers.

Preview Reviewer: Mary Draughon
Hollywood Pictures (Disney), 500 S. Buena Vista St., Burbank, CA 91521

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: Few (2) times – Mild 1, moderate 1

Obscene Language: Many (10) times - S-word 3, other 6, finger gesture 1

Profanity: Few (3) times – Regular (G , JC, GD)

Violence: Many times – Moderate, mostly property damage (furniture broken, hotel room/ restaurant and museum wrecked, car chase, knights' sword battle, woman hits man in crotch, slapstick hits to heads)

Sex: None

Nudity: None; Near Nudity - several times (woman in revealing, low-cut dresses)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Few times (Pre-marital co-habitation featured, crude references to male genitals, woman stretches seductively on man's desk, references to adulterous affair)

Drugs: Several times (drunkenness at medieval banquet, men drugged with magic potion)

Other: Wizard transforms people into grotesque figures/ makes them comatose/ restores them; uncivilized men wash faces in toilet/ eat urinal cakes/ dog-like bathroom habits, woman teaches servant about freedom

Running Time: 88 minutes
Intended Audience: Teens and adults

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