Human Stain

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +1

Content: -4

Along a winding winter road, a vehicle goes out of control and plunges into an icy lake. The driver and passenger, an old man named Coleman Silk (Anthony Hopkins) and a young woman named Faunia (Nicole Kidman), share a sudden death. They had also shared a shocking secret. She tried to escape her past, while drifting from man to man, and Coleman eluded his past by cutting himself off from his family. The movie flashes back to when the two first meet: her car is broken down, and he offers her a ride. She immediately initiates a sexual relationship, which he happily accepts. People wonder why a respected professor would be involved with an unscrupulous woman, young enough to be his granddaughter. Meanwhile, Faunias homicidal ex-husband (Ed Harris) stalks and taunts this odd couple. Colemans friend, Nathan Zuckerman (Gary Sinise), solves the mystery when he meets Colemans sister.

The Human Stain offers viewers a dark world, filled with tragedy, injustice and horrible racism. It captures the reality that many people who are making mistakes want sympathy, not the truth, from their friends. This movie communicates to viewers that when a man puts hot coals in his lap, he will not get burned; the hero has a casual sexual relationship with an unstable woman, and it turns into a beautiful romantic commitment, or a disgusting lie. The Human Stain asks viewers to open their minds, to loosen their morals, and to accept the illusion that any consensual sexual relationship is a wonderful thing. The abundant filthy language is reason enough to avoid this film. It also contains sexual affairs, brief full female nudity and violence. The title fits; viewing this movie will make you feel dirty.

Preview Reviewer: Blaine Butcher

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 (37) times mild 8, strong 27

Obscene Language: Many (62) times f-word 55, s-word 7

Profanity: Several (7) times exclamatory (G 3), exclamatory (JC 4)

Violence: Strong (man runs car off road into a lake, man threatens man with a crow bar, man wrestles with police, boxers fight in a boxing ring)

Sex: Many (10) times

Nudity: Many times mild (woman wears clothing suggestively); strong (womans front and back shown while dancing, twice woman dances while stripping in front of a man, man and woman shown naked together in sexual positions many times, womans breasts and pubic hairs shown)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Many times (woman talks about having sex with no attachments, woman repeatedly uses obscene language to describe sexual union between her and a man, man tells another man of his encounters with a woman, woman tells in some graphic detail of being abused by her stepfather)

Drugs: Many times (alcohol, smoking)

Other: Man lies about his race, man cuts off all relationship with his family, father is unemotional and cruel to his son, boy hides boxing career from his family, woman wishes she were dead, man stalks his ex-wife

Running Time: 110 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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