Stealing Harvard

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +2

Content: -2 1/2

Its hard to imagine buddies John and Duff (Jason Lee and Tom Green) having survived to adulthood, considering their brainless schemes to raise $30,000. John and Elaine (Leslie Mann), his live-in girlfriend, have finally saved $30,000 to buy a house, but his sister reminds John that he promised to pay for her daughter to attend Harvard. Duff gives new meaning to the term mastermind when he suggests that John break into a wealthy widowers home. When that plan backfires, the two participate in a botched liquor store robbery and, finally, Elaine helps them break into her fathers medical equipment showroom. This slapstick-style humor may attract 13-year-old boys and fans of standup comedian Green. But for most potential viewers, the characters are so dumb STEALING HARVARD will insult their intelligence.

In a case of doing the wrong thing for the right reasons, audiences are supposed to admire John for honoring his promise to niece Noreen (Tammy Blanchard), who lives in a trailer park with her mother, Patty (Megan Mullally). Patty entertains men, sometimes three at a time, although sex is implied only. John swears to Elaines father (Dennis Farina) that he and Elaine have never had sex in the seven years they have lived together. But they are shown in bed at least three times with sexual motion beneath the covers. Elaine even becomes aroused during the robbery of her fathers business and throws John on the desk for an encounter before they are interrupted. And her fathers dog grabs Duffs crotch and wont let him go. In the first robbery attempt, John is caught by the lonely widower occupant and forced at gunpoint to put on a blond wig and nightgown, then snuggle in bed with the middle-aged man. This scenario is repeated three times. On top of the crude sexual comedy and slapstick violence, add 10 obscenities and 9 strong profanities to the dialogue and discerning moviegoers will agree, STEALING HARVARD should be rated R and spurned at the box office.

Preview Reviewer: Mary Draughon
Columbia Pictures, 10202 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232

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 (21) times Mild 2, Moderate 19

Obscene Language: Many (10) times - S-word 2, other 8

Profanity: Many (11) times Regular 9 (GD 5, J 2, G 2); Exclamatory 2

Violence: Few times Moderate (mans head slammed on hood of car, fist fight, man runs into glass window)

Sex: Few times (unmarried couple under covers, motion but no nudity); group sex implied once (woman emerges from bed room while 3 men sneak out)

Nudity: Implied once (couple embracing in shower shown from shoulders up); Near nudity: Few times (woman in low-cut blouse, woman removes blouse and shown in bra)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Mans girlfriend attempts to have sex during robbery

Drugs: Few times (man buys beer then sells to underage kids; drug use implied by mobsters, some beer drinking)

Other: Man attempts to finance nieces college tuition through illegal, immoral avenues; dog grabs mans crotch; man lies about having sex

Running Time: 83 minutes
Intended Audience: Teens and young adults

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