No Looking Back

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +2 1/2

Content: -2 1/2

Claudia (Lauren Holly) is living a hum-drum life in a small dreary seaside town on the east coast. She is a waitress at Chappy's Diner and has been living with her boy friend, Mike, for the past three years. Then, Charlie (Edwin Burns), her former boyfriend who got her pregnant and left town, shows up in town to try to win her back. Claudia isn't exactly thrilled to see him, but, as he courts her, she begins to have that old feeling and wonders if she should go away with him to make a new life. When she spends the night with him at a motel, Mike is furious and makes her move out of his house. Claudia really doesn't trust Charlie and her mother and sister tell her that you can't count on people changing. But Charles promises her he has changed and truly loves her. Claudia agonizes over the choice she must make and the audience will wonder right down to the last minute what she will do. This film may not have broad appeal, but many will find that Claudia's dilemma is engrossing and touching.

Claudia's living with her boyfriend is portrayed in a neutral manner, reflecting the current practice of many couples living together outside marriage. However, since everyone just seems to accept it, it could influence viewers of the film to also see this lifestyle as acceptable. And Claudia's overnight affair with Charlie could also have a similar influence on the audience. Happily, though, the encounter at the motel only implies that sex takes place and no sex or nudity are shown. In other scenes, Claudia and Mike are shown in bed and one night Charles suggests sex to a young woman, but she refuses. The most damaging aspect of the film, however, is its incessant foul language. Over 40 obscenities are casually spoken, including many f- and s-words. And the Lord's name is taken in vain a number of times, along with many mild and moderate crudities. And there's lots of beer drinking in bars and at home. This is a film about real people, but their loose morals and frequent foul language is enough to make the film offensive.

Preview Reviewer: John Evans
Gramercy Pictures, 9247 Alden Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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 (19) times - Mild 7, Moderate 12

Obscene Language: Many (44) times - (F word 20, S word 15, Other 9)

Profanity: Several (8) times - Regular 7(G-d, J, G, Christ's sake, jeez, finger gesture), Exclamatory 1(Oh My God)

Violence: None

Sex: Implied twice (once in motel scene; unmarried man and woman in bed at home)

Nudity: Near Nudity - Once( woman in bra)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Few times - Moderate (slang reference to sex; man asks two women for sex)

Drugs: Several times (beer drinking at bars, poker game and at home)

Other: Unmarried man and woman live together; reference to baby genitals.

Running Time: 100 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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