Matador, The

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +2

Content: -4

Pierce Brosnan plays a burnt-out, debauched assassin who meets an ordinary guy in a bar and becomes curious, even envious of someone with a conscious. The salesman, played by Greg Kinnear, is also curious and a bit captivated by this unusual character, a man who makes his living being a felicitator of fatalities.

Matador is a perversely amusing and completely involving study of a loner hit man who becomes friends with a struggling salesman. Using Tarantino-like panache and macabre humor, clever writing and a brilliant performance by the former James Bond, writer/director Richard Shepard gives us an interesting take on the psychological nature of the hired assassin then matches it with that of the ordinary citizens mental make-up.

Unfortunately, the entire time we are being seduced by the films exuberant style, we are also being subjected to coarse and salacious content. It justly receives its R-rating for the sexual dialogue and situations, its violence and its themes.

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright
The Weinstein Company

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 (12) times mild (hells and damns 6); moderate (5) strong (SOB 1)

Obscene Language: Few (31) times moderate (3); strong (s-word 14, d-ck 1, c-ck2, f-word 22 )

Profanity: Many (9) times moderate (MG 5); strong (GD 2, J 2)

Violence: Several times (hit man plots and acts out four assassinations)

Sex: Several times strong (graphic situations 3, once between man and wife, twice with hit man and prostitutes)

Nudity: once mild (bare back and profile of womans breasts can be seen during sex act)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Many times moderate to strong (numerous sexual references, propositions for sex between unmarried couples as well as sexual joking and provocative content including remarks about under age girls and several remarks implying an interest in homosexuality); strong ( several characters make crude sexual comments about sex and male genitalia)

Drugs: Several times moderate (the lead smokes and drinks throughout; he gets drunk several times; others drink and get drunk on one occasion)

Other: None

Running Time: 97 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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