Out To Sea

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +1 1/2

Content: -2

Charlie (Walter Matthau) has a predilection for horse betting which has put him at the end of his financial rope. Herb (Jack Lemmon), his skeptical brother-in-law, lost his wife a year ago to cancer. Now Charlie has come up with a can't miss scam to make him money and take away Herb's loneliness. He talks Herb into joining him for what Charlie promises will be the most luxurious vacation of their lives, aboard a Caribbean-bound cruise ship. But Charlie has left out a few minor details. Most importantly, to earn free passage, they must work as dance hosts. Charlie plans to do a little gold-digging with the wealthy ladies, and he thinks Herb will find a woman to make him happy again. Once the ship sets sail, Charlie and Herb embark on their own journey filled with romance, laughter, and a few surprises along the way. The intended audience of older adults will find OUT TO SEA mildly amusing, but not worth the value of a full-priced ticket. The hit-and-miss humor misses often, and the chemistry between Matthau and Lemmon is believable, but not much more.

Herb displays some redeeming qualities as he speaks of his love and dedication for his now deceased wife. But Charlie is reprehensible. His goals are to find a rich, good-looking woman, have sex with her, and get his name on her bank account. Both men are prone toward foul language, blurting out many crude words, obscenities, and profanity. Sexual innuendo also runs rampant as Charlie frequently makes crude references to women's bodies. There's some social drinking, and sex is implied twice as Charlie is able to seduce a woman. No nudity or sex is shown, but extra-marital sex is portrayed as favorable. Family viewers who take this ship out to sea will feel like they're drowning in a current of filth.

Preview Reviewer: Jason Shepherd
Twentieth Century Fox, 10201 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90035

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 (25) times - Mild 17, Moderate 8

Obscene Language: Many (11) times - s-word 3, other 8

Profanity: Many (13) times - Regular 5 (G 1, For G's sake 1 and harsh Oh G 2, My G 1), Exclamatory 8

Violence: Few times - Mild (old man twists another old man's creaking joints for humorous effect, unskilled dancer wears out his partner)

Sex: Twice - implied

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Many times (references to sex, genitals)

Drugs: Few times (social drinking)

Other: Neutral depiction of an ancient Mayan religious ceremony

Running Time: 98 minutes
Intended Audience: 13 and older

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