Phone Booth

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +2

Content: -4

Phone Booth is a psychological terror film, almost entirely set in a New York City phone booth. Stu Shepard (Colin Farrell), an on-the-go publicist in the midst of a hectic morning, stops at a phone booth on the street to call one of his clients (Katie Holmes). Unable to talk her into a rendezvous with him, he hangs up, begins to leave, and the phone rings. Out of curiosity, he answers it and sets off a horrifying series of events. The caller is a sniper (Kiefer Sutherland) who has a rifle trained on Stu. The unseen assailant tells Stu he will die if he steps out of the phone booth. What follows is a game of cat and mouse between the tormentor and his angry, scared target. The sniper terrorizes Stu mentally and emotionally, forcing him to confess his adulterous intentions to his wife (Radha Mitchell). Also watching are the police negotiator (Forest Whitaker), the gathered crowd and a nationwide television audience.

Stu is an arrogant jerk who, through the phone conversation, is reduced to a cowering and humbled sinner, ashamed of and confessing his transgressions. The tension and suspense in this thriller is unfortunately overshadowed by incessant bad language more than 130 obscenities come in rapid-fire bursts. Several of the characters cannot complete a sentence without littering it with curse words. There is a mild amount of violence, but its not as offensive as the language. Two prostitutes approach Stu while he is in the booth; one propositions him and the other curses him because he wont leave the booth. One accuses Stu of injuring her hand, which she claims is the one she uses to perform a sex act. While there is a good deal of drama and a man deals with his past indiscretions, the overall language and violence calls for movie goers to stay away from Phone Booth.

Preview Reviewer: Bob Nusser
20th Century Fox

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 (11) times bitch, ass, finger gesture, others.

Obscene Language: many (130+) times F-word 110+, S-word, others.

Profanity: several (16) times regular 7 (GD, JC, C); exclamatory 9 (C sake, OMG, others).

Violence: man breaks glass with baseball bat, man shot in back, man has tip of ear shot off, woman beats on phone booth door, man puts man in headlock, dead body shown laying in pool of blood.

Sex: none.

Nudity: Near Nudity: prostitutes wear revealing clothing.

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: man tells wife he wants to sleep with another woman, man leers as woman walks by and comments on her body, man uses obscenity to describe what he wants to do to woman.

Drugs: none.

Other: man is forced to deal with the way he has treated other people, man is shown to be unfaithful, man is shown repenting of how he has treated other people.

Running Time: 81 minutes.
Intended Audience: older teens and adults.

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