Number 23, The

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +2

Content: -2

Jim Carrey, Virginia Madsen, Danny Huston. Psychological thriller. Written by Fernley Philips. Directed by Joel Schumacher.

FILM SYNOPSIS: A mans life begins to unravel after he comes into contact with an obscure book titled The Number 23. As he reads the book, he becomes increasingly convinced that it is based on his own life. His obsession with the number 23 starts to consume him, and he begins to realize the book forecasts grave consequences that may destroy his family.

PREVIEW REVIEW: Its always a dark, spooky place we have to go to when viewing a person so obsessed with himself that everything else loses importance. We may be seeing that happening to pop princess Brittany Spears. Thats why I hate hearing jokes at her expense by Letterman, Leno and the rest. And thats why I dislike dramatic thrillers such as The Shining with Jack Nicholson or The Number 23 with funnyman Jim Carrey. Both these examples star actors who frolic in plagued playgrounds too often and far too easily. Someone once said that there is a fine line between genius and madness. Now, Im not going to say that these two thespians are nuts, but they sure do play lots of nuts. And nobody does nuts better than Nicholson, except for Carrey.

While there are some positive messages including a man displaying love for his wife and son, and doing the right thing despite the cost, the depiction of suicides (several of them) and other explorations inside the darker side of mans nature left this viewer heavy-hearted. Thats not a feeling I like feeling after seeing a movie.

Still, any theme can be handled with style and finesse. If a movie buff wants to view a film dealing with obsession, my I suggest this video alternative: Vertigo. This complex Hitchcock romantic thriller concerns an ex-cop hired to follow a woman whom he soon falls in love with. The directors powerful imagery and James Stewarts remarkable performance focus on obsession and hidden fears. But where the muddled Number 23 becomes grungy and progressively unsatisfying, Vertigos dreamlike quality lulls you while its haunting mystery finds resolution.

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright
New Line

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: There area couple of crude sexual comments.

Obscene Language: Twelve obscenities.

Profanity: Oh my God is heard a couple of times, but I caught no other misuse of Gods name.

Violence: Several violent acts are depicted including the images of a couple of people having their throats slit, a couple of suicides are depicted, we see the images several times; a dog bites a man. there are several sexual acts depicted, including some kinki situations. Blood: Lots of blood as we see dead bodies.

Sex: there are several sexual acts depicted, including some kinki situations.

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: A couple of sexual comments.

Drugs: Drinking on several occasions.

Other: None

Running Time: 95 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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