Town & Country

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +2

Content: -3

Porter (Warren Beatty) and Ellie (Diane Keaton) have been good friends with Griffin (Gary Shandling) and Mona (Goldie Hawn) for many years. And both couples have been married about 25 years. But when Mona finds out that Griffin once had an affair, she immediately begins divorce proceedings. This makes Porter nervous about Ellie discovering he has a little side relationship of his own. And when his infidelities expand to include Mona, it gets even more difficult to keep the secret. TOWN & COUNTRY generates a few chuckles and fans of the actors may enjoy the proceedings. However, making a comedy out of infidelity and failing marriages is a tough line to walk, which may be why this film took awhile to market.

Romantic comedies of the past used encounters mistakenly interpreted as infidelity to get laughs. However, TOWN & COUNTRY employs both couples’ admitted marital wanderings as its springboard for humor. But infidelity and failed marriages are not all that funny. Seeing people ruin their lives, hurt their wife and kids, and jeopardize their careers is tragedy, not comedy. Throughout the movie, people ask questions or make comments about various acts of infidelity. But the most explicit comments come from a side character who berates her husband for having small genitals and his unwillingness to engage in unconventional sex. Graphic sexual encounters with nudity, obscene dialogue and humorous treatment of adultery are not worth visiting TOWN & COUNTRY.

Preview Reviewer: John Adair
New Line Cinema, 888 7th Ave., 20th Floor, NY, 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: Several (6) times - Mild 3, Moderate 3

Obscene Language: Many (13) times - F-word 6, s-word 2, other 5

Profanity: Many (21) times – Regular 6 (JC, GD 3, G, For G Sake 3); Exclamatory 15 (OG, OMG)

Violence: Several times – Moderate (dogs knock down old woman, man falls from roof of house, man hit with golf ball, man falls from loft)

Sex: Several times – Graphic and Implied (both adulterous and pre-marital, graphic twice with nudity, implied three times - once showing couple in bedroom, two other times as couples close bedroom door)

Nudity: Few times (side female breast and female rear during sex, side male rear during sex); Near Nudity – Several times (woman emphasizes cleavage, nude woman’s back to camera, man in underwear, people under bedcovers)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Many times (people confess to and ask others about extra-marital affairs and sexual activity, woman propositions man, crude talk from wife about husband’s genitals and various acts of unconventional sex)

Drugs: Several times (smoking, alcohol)

Other: Adultery and broken relationships made light of; man admits that his adultery caused loneliness

Running Time: 104 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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