Money Talks

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +3

Content: -3

Fast talking con-artist Frankie (Chris Tucker) is known by both big-time gang leaders and business executives as a guy who can deliver tickets, girls, or drugs. Frankie ends up in jail, thanks to exposure by TV investigative reporter James Russell (Charlie Sheen). He escapes while handcuffed to one of the most dangerous Latino gang leaders in California and becomes the object of a massive police search. Meanwhile, James, whose job is on the line, is about to marry Grace (Heather Locklear), the daughter of a millionaire. When Frankie contacts him, James sees the potential for a sensational story. The action never stops as James and Frankie must force the escaped gang leader out of hiding, become targets themselves of both police and mobsters, and make sure James can attend his own wedding. Frankie's hilarious antics and desperate attempts to talk his way out of life-or-death situations will remind viewers of Eddie Murphy. That style of humor and fast action scenes are making MONEY TALKS a box office hit.

Unfortunately, actions do not speak loud enough to drown out the words in this movie with its 156 obscenities and 39 profanities, plus an abundance of other crude words. This same script could be plugged into (and probably has) numerous action-comedy films with minimal editing. How can this be called creative writing? Even more disappointing is that actor Sheen, who announced recently that he has become a Christian, spews out almost as many f- and s-words as the low-lifes in the film. Some of the violence becomes excessive and gratuitous as well. Point blank shootings with powerful automatic weapons, fiery explosions, fist fights, brutal kicks and beatings between the police and criminals often claim innocent bystanders as victims. A corrupt policeman shoots his partner at close range and Frankie jumps through a glass door in one scene. While there are no sex scenes, prostitutes are shown once lounging around nearly nude, with one's bare buttocks revealed through mesh stockings. MONEY TALKS, but for all the foul language, its mouth ought to be washed out with soap.

Preview Reviewer: Mary Draughon

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 (74) times - Mild 22, Moderate 52

Obscene Language: Many (158) times - F-word 75, s-word 70, other 13

Profanity: Many (39) times - Regular (G-d 35, swear to G 2, C-sake 1, J 1)

Violence: Many times - Moderate and Severe (close-up shootings, fiery explosions, beatings, kickings, jump through glass door)

Sex: None

Nudity: Once - (prostitute rear nudity); Near nudity - few times (women in brief outfits)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Few times (scene in house of prostitution)

Drugs: Few times (criminals taking drugs)

Other: Reporter's greed for story almost kills him

Running Time: 90 minutes (est
Intended Audience: Adults

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