MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +2 1/2

Content: -2

Mafia is the latest slapstick comedy to hit the theaters this summer. The story unfolds over nearly a century, as the young Vincenzo Cortino (Jason Fuchs/Lloyd Bridges) is driven from his home in Sicily and forced to swim to America. There he launches into a life of crime and grows up to be the infamous patriarch of a powerful crime family. However, as Vincenzo ages he realizes that his power must be handed down to one of his two sons. He decides to give his blessing to Anthony (Jay Mohr) the war hero. This greatly disturbs Joey (Billy Burke), his older son, who is already psychotic. But when Vincenzo is shot and later murdered, his sons must come together to find the killer and exact revenge. Mafia is a spoof of old mob movies with stooges as the main characters. It's constant rapid fire humor will appeal to those rather large audiences who like this kind of wacky, bizarre comedy.

However, the continuous outpouring of crude, vulgar sexually charged dialogue make Mafia offensive and disgusting. When a boy wishes for his girlfriend to get breasts, she develops them right there on the big screen. Later when a couple is engaged in intercourse, some graphic humorous antics are shown relating to a man's genitals. And although there is no nudity, Mafia does contain every crude reference imaginable to sex, including two explicit sex scenes. Also a stripper is shown dancing very suggestively. There is belching, vomiting, and passing gas. People are shot, burned, electrocuted and stabbed, all for the sake of humor. In one scene, a mob boss cuts-off his finger. Although this is intended to be humorous, it is quite disgusting. It is hard to believe Hollywood didn't give all this vulgarity an R rating.

Preview Reviewer: Sherry Oswald
Buena Vista Pictures Distribution, 3900 W. Alameda Ave., Burbank, CA. 91521

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 (10) times -- Mild 1, Moderate 9

Obscene Language: Several (9) times ( f-word 1, s-word 3, other 5)

Profanity: Several (5) times --Regular 2 (GD, JC) Exclamatory 3

Violence: Many times --Mild, moderate and severe usually humorous(boy kills man with bug spray, boy slapped, man hit with spoon, dead man dropped into grave, boy put into donkey's behind, man blown up in car, woman knocked into fountain, man chops off finger, man shot in chest and head, man's face is trampled, rat bites boy's finger, boy smashed into wall, man burned, man kicked in groin twice, woman eaten by tiger, woman dives into empty pool, people electrocuted, wine cork shot up man's nose, boy eaten by dinosaurs, man's head kicked off, dinosaur speared to death)

Sex: Unconventional sex implied twice (couples not married, no nudity)

Nudity: Several times (young girl develops breasts underneath her shirt, stripper shown in bikini like outfit with rear nudity)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Many times (many references to man's genitals and intercourse, man's genitals so large it knocks vase off table, man grabs another man's genitals.)

Drugs: many times (smoking, cocaine and alcohol)

Other: Crude behavior, vomiting, belching, flatulence and racial humor.

Running Time: 90 minutes
Intended Audience: Ages 13 and older

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