Summer of Sam

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +2

Content: -4

In the summer of 1977, Vinny (John Leguizamo) sees the bodies of two of his friends after they are killed by the serial killer dubbed Son of Sam, and the word gets around that he has actually seen the killer. This puts a strain on his troubled marriage to Dionna (Mira Sorvino), and their relationship starts to fall apart. As a result of Vinnys paranoia, others in the neighborhood begin to get nervous. Joe T (Michael Rispoli) and his gang start to make a list of possible suspects that even includes friends. As they check up on these suspects, the Son of Sam continues to kill. And the entire neighborhood is thrown into a frenzy of fear and terror. SUMMER OF SAM explores with shocking reality the horrifying effects of serial killings on a fictional Italian-American New York neighborhood. However, its unique film style and dark subject will not appeal to the general populace.

Over the edge explains the disgusting content of this film. Twelve of approximately 18 killings are shown very bloody and close up. On top of that, sexual content is endless. Seven graphic sex scenes include at least sexual motions and sounds. Four of the seven scenes contain some amount of nudity. And one portrays multiple sex partners, including lesbian activity. In addition, male homosexual sex is implied on more than one occasion. The dialogue is littered with sexual innuendo and descriptions, as well as an unbelievable 435 f-words! While director Spike Lee attempts to examine the effects of a great social ill in our society, he goes way over the edge in doing it. Stay away from SUMMER OF SAM!

Preview Reviewer: John Adair
Buena Vista Pictures (division of Walt Disney Co.), 500 S. Buena Vista, Burbank, CA 91521

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 (43) times - Mild 13, Moderate 30

Obscene Language: Many (547) times (f-word 435, s-word 63, other 49)

Profanity: Many (27) times - Regular 22 (GD 4, J 4, JC 5, Swear to G 6, C

Violence: Many times Mostly Graphic (people shot, men kicked, beaten and strangled)

Sex: Several times - All graphic (mix between married and unmarried couples, on bed with male rear nudity, unconventional sex with no nudity, multiple sex partners with male and female rear and female breast nudity, on bed with female breast nudity), Implied few times (in car with no nudity, in bathtub with breast nudity)

Nudity: Several times (male/female rear and breast nudity in sex scenes, breast nudity in home);

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Many times (men grab womens breasts, woman grabs mans rear, references to conventional and unconventional sex)

Drugs: Many times (smoking, alcohol, drugs)

Other: Ethnic comments toward Jews/ blacks/ Hispanics; demonic and occult influences on the killer

Running Time: 142 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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