MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +1 1/2

Content: -4

With Halloween upon us, film studios are rolling out the horror films like clockwork. The latest such offering is BONES, set in a dilapidated, inner-city neighborhood that was once a decent place to live. At least, when Jimmy Bones (Snoop Doggy Dogg) ran the streets. However, Jimmy mysteriously disappeared some twenty years earlier and since, according to legend, has been haunting his former abode. This legend comes to life when four young people decide to open a nightclub in Jimmys old house. Soon enough, they have the place up and running, but as they occupy the house, Jimmys spirit becomes stronger. Eventually Jimmy seeks revenge first with the nightclub owners violating his house, then those responsible for his death and disappearance. While the film has an interesting premise and a feel that hearkens back to the blaxploitation films of the seventies, it really relies on excessive gore and tired plot tricks that are more laughable than scary.

When the owners of the nightclub appear ignorant of the houses history, the local psychic immediately approaches them, delivering a warning to stay away from the house. She regularly appears in the story, attempting to give counsel and also receiving messages from beyond the grave. However, the movies excessive foul language and gore are the main sticking points. The violent content stands out though, with more blood and guts in scenes than the director seems to know what to do with. Unlucky victims are impaled, beheaded, mauled by a ravenous dog, and bludgeoned to death. While gory scenes include plenty of blood, many are laughingly over the top, weakening any desire to scare. That said, the foul language, gory violence, and some female breast nudity should keep BONES buried.

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: Many (36) times - Mild 17, moderate 19

Obscene Language: Many (89) times - F-word 58, s-word 28, other 3

Profanity: Many (11) times Regular 8 (GD 5, JC 3); Exclamatory 3 (OMG, MG)

Violence: Many times Moderate and severe (dog bites mans arm, man splattered with blood as friend is gored off screen, people bludgeoned/gored off camera with blood splattering in view, man shot and stabbed repeatedly, man eaten by dog, man pushed against wall by attacking dog, mans throat cut, man impaled by glass, dead womans legs in garbage can, heads carried around after decapitation, man bloodied and bludgeoned, arm cut off, woman sets herself on fire, woman drowning in blood)

Sex: None

Nudity: Several times (female breast in abstract painting/ on tarot card, pre-sexual acts show female breast and rear - unmarried couple); Near Nudity Several times (women in tight, figure and cleavage-revealing clothes, woman obviously without undergarments)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Few times (couple kissing sensuously, comment about man having sex with woman/ comments about womans breasts)

Drugs: Several times (smoking, crack smoked in pipe)

Other: Psychic woman, who also uses tarot cards, portrayed positively since she advises whats going to happen

Running Time: 90 minutes
Intended Audience: Older Teens and Adults

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