Julian Po

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +1

Content: -2 1/2

Although it has its amusing moments, JULIAN PO turns out to be an oppressive, morbid film. It all starts when a young man named Julian Po (Christian Slater) arrives in a small rural town and reveals that he has come there to kill himself. At first the townspeople distrust him, but come to have sympathy for him and shower him with gifts, kindness and personal attention. One of the local young women, Sarah (Robin Tunney), even falls in love with him and they develop a sexual relationship. However, the affair ends in tragedy. But all the kindness turns perverse when the townspeople start looking forward to his demise, even insisting on it. The acting is competent and interactions with the curious townspeople is engaging, even comical at times. But the ever present suicide theme and the final outcome of the story is depressing.

Julian's affair with Sarah is presented as quite acceptable. When they first meet in his hotel room, she throws him on the bed and kisses him passionately. They are also shown in bed together with her in her undergarments. Also, another young woman disrobes to her undergarments for Julian, but no sex follows. Particularly unfortunate, the local minister is portrayed as silly and confused, and, after talking with Julian, declares he does not believe in God and apologizes for his ministry. Further, Julian tells one of the local men to indulge his homosexuality and not to fear it. The story portrays people ultimately as perverse and without hope. And all this is interspersed with many mild crudities and several obscenities and profanities. JULIAN PO is another one of those films which should not have been made.

Preview Reviewer: John Evans
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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 (10) times - All mild

Obscene Language: Few (3) times - F-word 2, s-word 1

Profanity: : Many (12) times - Regular 6 (GD 4, G 1, Jeeze 1), Exclamatory 6 (OG, OMG, MG, By God)

Violence: Implied once (man apparently forced to kill self)

Sex: Implied few times (man and woman in bed with near nudity)

Nudity: None; Near nudity - few times (women in undergarments)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Few times (passionate kisses, woman disrobes for man)

Drugs: Few times (man drinks whiskey from bottle; beer drinking in bar)

Other: Minister portrayed as mindless and confused; people portrayed as perverse.

Running Time: 90 minutes
Intended Audience: Teenagers and adults

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