Sexy Beast

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +1

Content: -4

Former London gangster Gary “Gal” Dove (Ray Winstone) with wife Deedee (Amanda Redman) retires to enjoy the good life on Spain’s Costa del Sol. The quiet life they cherish turns upside down with the appearance of Don Logan (Ben Kingsley), a notoriously violent gangster and Gal’s former boss. Don attempts to persuade Gal to un-retire and join his crack team for a major heist in London. Gal struggles to maintain his current blissful lifestyle but the demons of his past may prove too strong. The highlight of the film is the beauty of Spain’s Costa del Sol and superb acting by Ben Kingsley who exudes evil in his role as Don Logan. However, Americans may find it difficult to decipher the ultra-thick cockney accents over the ever-present soundtrack. But as a foreign film with an arthouse flavor, SEXY BEAST is unlikely to attract many movie-goers this summer

Positive themes include the deep love shown by Gal toward his wife. He also shows tremendous kindness to his Spanish houseboy. He also tries to stay committed to leaving his violent past and preserving his current idyllic lifestyle. These positive elements are far outweighed by dialogue that includes over 100 f-words. There is also a subtle yet prevalent message that crime pays, as the gangsters seem to benefit from past crimes. A sexual orgy is briefly depicted with female breast and male rear nudity. The characters smoke and drink almost continuously. And severe violence, such as execution–style head shots are also portrayed. The combined effect of violence, sexual action, and a constant barrage of obscenity disgusts and revolts.

Preview Reviewer: John Barber
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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 once, moderate 5

Obscene Language: Many (122) times – F-word 106, s-word 3, other 14

Profanity: Once exclamatory

Violence: Many times - Moderate, and Severe (punches, man hits boy, man shot in the head, graphic shootings, severe threats, falling boulder closely misses man’s head, man hit with heavy object)

Sex: None, but partially naked people seen after apparent orgy

Nudity: Few times (female breast/ rear, male rear) Near nudity - Few times (small bikinis, low cut blouse shows cleavage, transparent blouse shows bra)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Many times (man describes orgy, sexual assault described, suggestive dancing, sensual kissing, woman referred as former porn star)

Drugs: Comment about cocaine available at party, alcohol drinking, cigar/cigarette smoking

Other: Man sees vision of dead man/ monster, film implies crime pays

Running Time: 91 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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