Silver City

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +2

Content: -3 1/2

Dicky Pilager (Chris Cooper), son of a powerful U.S. Senator Jud Pilager (Michael Murphy), is running for the office of Colorado governor. As his tenacious campaign manager (Richard Dreyfuss) directs a video ad of Dicky fishing, Dicky hooks a corpse. Chuck suspects the opponents set this up and hires a private investigator, Danny OBrien (Danny Huston), to solve the mystery. Dannys investigation uncovers a murder and a real estate development being built on top of a toxic-waste dump, both with ties to the Pilager family. Danny learns more Pilager family secrets when he tracks down Dickys sister Maddy (Daryl Hannah), a free-spirited, heavy drinker and drug user with a talent for archery. This independent films combination of satire and mystery will appeal to fans of writer and director John Sayles and those who agree with his liberal political views.

Sayles makes no secret of his dislike for the Bush administration. Dicky is a parody of the president, stumbling through speeches. He answers questions from the press, but one of his advisers is always close at hand to prompt him. Bigotry, greed and dirty politics contradict the familys public image of their born again faith. Maddy, the Pilager black sheep, lives in the wilderness with her illegitimate biracial son, drinking alcohol, smoking pot and threatening intruders with her bow and arrow. Danny wins her confidence in return for a night of sex, which is implied. Dickys spiritual adviser is a zealot who rambles on about Moses in the wilderness. Disgusting language includes at least 37 obscenities and profanities. Some violence includes Danny nearly drowning in a pool of toxic waste, flashbacks of the murder and mistreatment of illegal immigrants. The biased, mean-spirited political message of Silver City, its negative portrayal of religious figures and frequent foul language give it a strong negative acceptability rating from Preview.

Preview Reviewer: Mary Draughon
Newmarket Films

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: Several (7) times mild (hell 3, damn 3); strong (-ss 1)

Obscene Language: Many (33) times moderate (p-ss 1, scr-w 1); strong (f-word 15, s-word 10, d-ck 2, pr-ck 2, other 2)

Profanity: Few (4) times moderate (OG 1,G 1); strong (J 1, JC 1)

Violence: Few times moderate (beating and shooting illegal immigrants, man almost drowns in contaminated pool, woman shoots bow and arrow at intruder)

Sex: Once mild (implied when man uses sex to win womans confidence)

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Few times moderate (crude references to sex)

Drugs: Few times moderate (couple smokes dope and gets stoned)

Other: Religious and conservative politicians portrayed as hypocritical, uninformed and generally stupid, neutral treatment of unmarried couple living together

Running Time: 124 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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