Serving Sara

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +2

Content: -3

Joe Tyler (Matthew Perry), a New York process server for Ray (Cedric the Entertainer), get the job of notifying Sara Moore (Elizabeth Hurley) that her Texas cattle baron husband, Gordon (Bruce Campbell) is cutting her out of their business partnership and marriage. But it becomes a game of who can serve who first when Sara convinces Joe, with a one million dollar bribery, to serve Gordon in Dallas before delivering her notice. With Joe switching sides and under pressure from Gordon, Ray sends his dim-witted but determined server Tony (Vincent Pastore) to track down Joe and Sara. Chasing Gordon across Texas and around Big D, its a race to get him before Tony gets her. This somewhat screwball comedy plays with stereotypes of Texas, but the Friends star matched with the attractive Hurley will attract moderate attention.

Unfortunately, the film overflows with offensive language and crude humor. One disgusting scene has Joe helping a dysfunctional bull by putting his arm into its posterior to stimulate the prostate. Only her back is shown, but Sara shows her breasts to the clerk to get a free motel room. In an earlier scene, she loses her pants on an airport luggage conveyor. No sexual activity is shown or implied, but Gordons adulterous affair is blatant. Gunshots, punches and car wreck are often presented as humorous. And Ray frequently takes the Gods name in vain. Discerning viewers should not be SERVING SARA.

Preview Reviewer: Paul Bicking
Paramount Pictures, 5555 Melrose Ave., Hollywood, CA 90038

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 (50) times Mild 21, moderate 29

Obscene Language: Many (17) times S-word 3, other 13, finger gesture 1

Profanity: Many (15) times Regular 12 (GD 11, J); exclamatory 3 (OMG, MG)

Violence: Several times Moderate, some slapstick (foot chases, punches, bloody nose, kicks, tied man hanging on pole, dog thrown on man/ biting, gunshots, car rammed, man runs into statue, rider knocked off motorbike, truck chases man, man hit w/beer cans)

Sex: None

Nudity: Near nudity Few times (woman in underwear, woman lifts shirt back to camera, low-cut blouses and short skirts emphasize womens bodies)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Several times (Man picks up woman after dropping off wife, man comments about female spa trainer, couple kissing pointed out as affair, man falls on top of woman on luggage conveyor/ comments after her pants torn off, woman shows breasts to motel clerk, sensual kissing, man checks woman cleavage, woman comments about having sex)

Drugs: Few times Cigarette smoking, alcohol/beer/wine drinking

Other: Adultery condoned, policeman takes bribe, processor server bends/ breaks laws to deliver papers, bad tasting wine spewed, flatulence sounds, reference to calling psychic Miss Cleo, man sticks arm in bulls rear, bull mounts cow mannequin, man steps in cow dropping, mans hairy back shaved)

Running Time: 100 minutes
Intended Audience: Older teens and adults

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