Secret Window

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +3

Content: -2

Morton Rainey (Johnny Depp) is an author in the midst of a personal crisis in this creepy thriller based on a story by Stephen King. After discovering his wife (Maria Bello) in bed with another man (Timothy Hutton), Rainey retreats to his lakeside cabin to cope, write and sleep his days away. But to Raineys surprise, an unexpected guest eccentric dairy farmer John Shooter (John Turturro) also finds his way there. A hostile visitor, Shooter boldly accuses Rainey of stealing and publishing one of his stories. He even produces a manuscript, The Secret Garden, about a man who kills his adulterous wife and buries her beneath his garden. Shooter threatens violence if Rainey doesnt correct the ending and credit him with authorship. Meanwhile, Rainey attempts to prove that he wrote the original story while also struggling with his wifes ongoing adultery. As the conflict escalates, Rainey realizes that Shooter is a serious, deadly and psychotic foe.

Secret Window unfortunately is predictable. The film focuses on and is framed by the main characters response to his wifes adultery. Though outwardly mature in his dealings with her, Morton Rainey is so inwardly offended by her actions that he chooses to retreat from the world, spending most of his days moping, talking to himself and sleeping. Depps convincing and humor-sprinkled performance conveys one possible reaction of a faithful spouse to the destructive and painful betrayal of adultery. Stephen King, of course, takes that theme one step further with the introduction of a crazed and murderous dairy farmer who wants Rainey to live out his story and his own violent inner desires. The film is an interesting journey that blurs the line between fact and fantasy. But in the end, it is unacceptable because of graphic and sadistic violence and significant objectionable language.

Preview Reviewer: Shaun Daugherty
Columbia 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 (11) times mild (hell 6, damn 1); moderate (bastard 1); strong (ass 1, bitch 1, SOB 1)

Obscene Language: Many (24) times moderate (crap 1); strong (f-word 2, s-word 19, other 2)

Profanity: Several (8) times moderate (OMG 1, G 2); strong (GD 2, J 2, JC 1)

Violence: Many times mild (man threatens others with a gun, man threatens and shoves another man, frightened man attacks an imagined figure and breaks mirror and shower door); moderate (dog found impaled by screwdriver, constant threat and fear of violence between two men, man lifts and chokes another man, man shown impaled by screwdriver, man shown dead and covered with blood, vehicle pushed over a cliff, man hit with shovel, woman stabbed); strong (man and woman both killed with shovel with noises but no visuals, both instances somewhat sadistic)

Sex: Once mild (implied adultery with man and woman shown in bed and discovered by womans husband the scene is repeated as a memory several times in the film)

Nudity: Once mild (man and woman in bed hurry to cover themselves when discovered)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Few times moderate (man refers to his wifes adulterous relationship, woman attempts to excuse her affair on the negligence of her husband); strong (man yells at his wife using obscene language to refer to her adulterous sex act)

Drugs: Few times mild (use of alcohol and cigarettes); moderate (implied drunkenness)

Other: Depiction of mental illness

Running Time: 106 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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