Marci X

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +1/2

Content: -3 1/2

Hip-hop star Dr. S (Damon Wayans) releases a controversial CD Shoot Ya Teacha, which leads to national protests and an investigation by Congress. The movie plays the old clich of rappers being unfairly targeted for their offensive behavior and lyrics. According to this story, rappers are misunderstood. Their musics message isnt about shooting teachers, cops and parents; its really about friendship and love. Senator Sprinkle (Christine Baranski) leads a boycott against the rappers label owner Ben Feld (Richard Benjamin), causing all kinds of financial problems for Feld. When he ends up in a hospital due to all of the stress, his daughter Marci (Lisa Kudrow) tries to clear his name by getting Dr. S to clean up his act. Soon Dr. S and Marci are in love. Together they decide to fight against Senator Sprinkle. Along the way, Dr. S fans think he is selling out by dating a white woman.

Marci X attempts to bridge the gap of misunderstanding between Afro-Americans, American Jews and mainstream American culture. The movie talks continually about being real and authentic. Heres some authenticity: This movie is filled with distasteful elements. One obvious message in this movie is that being rude and vulgar makes a person popular and brings financial wealth. Women are shown to be attracted to a man who talks lewdly about sex in public. The b-word, which comes up more than 50 times, seems to be spoken in nearly every sentence. People who claim to have high morals are portrayed as hypocrites. Gay men sing about coming on to other men in a video aimed towards children. Children with disabilities are mocked. The two main characters have causal sex. Marci X should be x-ed out when making your movie selections this week. The acting, the story and the production are sorry too.

Preview Reviewer: Blaine Butcher
Paramount Pictures

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 (62) times mild 3, severe 59

Obscene Language: Many (17) times F-word 6, S-word 11

Profanity: Many (19) times exclamatory (G 6, GD 6); mockingly (JC 7)

Violence: Several times (woman hits woman in the face, woman kicks woman in the side, woman pulls gun on woman, woman falls from balcony)

Sex: Once

Nudity: Near Nudity: Many (women and men wearing very tight clothing)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Many times (man sings songs about sex, sexually explicit song choruses repeated often, men mock others sexuality, women wear tight clothing with red and white targets on their butts, women talk about having sex with men, man publicly talks about his sex life to a large crowd). Obscene Gestures: Many (200+) times

Drugs: Several (cigars, alcohol)

Other: Women have unhealthy attitudes about food and gaining weight, people are shown to be shallow, prison is portrayed as a fun country club, conservatives are shown as ambitious hypocrites

Running Time: 90 minutes
Intended Audience: teens and adults.

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