Devil's Advocate

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +3

Content: -3 1/2

Kevin Lomax (Keanu Reeves) is a young Florida defense attorney who's never lost a case. He also enjoys a happy marriage with his young wife, Mary Ann (Charlize Theron). After winning a seemingly hopeless case -- one in which he knew his client was guilty, he is invited to New York by a powerful law firm. Kevin meets John Milton ( Al Pacino), the founder of the law firm and the Devil incarnate -- literally. Seduced by all the luxury, Kevin joins the team, and he and Mary Ann move into an elegant new home and begin a new life. But something in him changes, and winning becomes an obsession. When Mary Ann starts telling her husband that their life is not what it seems, he ignores her. When the firm's managing partner dies and Mary Ann's terrified perceptions pull her away from sanity, Milton keeps seducing his new protg with the luxuries available for those who are unafraid to sample them. But Kevin is beginning to be afraid. His trip to heaven is starting to feel like hell, and standing at the gates to welcome him is John Milton. Starpower will draw large crowds to the box-office, and sex and nudity will keep them drooling in their seats.

Satan, or Milton as he's known, loses this one, but not before the audience is exposed to graphic depictions of ever kind of sinful indulgence. The language is severe with many, many crude words and obscenities. The f-word alone occurs over fifty times. The Lord's name is taken in vain 27 times, including 11 uses of GD. The violence is no less severe. During several cases Kevin works, we see gory photos of murder victims, and a voodoo priest who removes a severed cow tongue from a freezer to place a curse on a man. Milton's demon-people occasionally regress into flashes of demonic form, and a man is viciously beaten to death. Another is hit by a car. But perhaps the greatest indulgence of the film lies in its depiction of sex and nudity. Viewers are constantly bombarded with seduction, graphic sex, and nudity including one scene containing full female frontal nudity. In the movie, the DEVIL'S ADVOCATE is a lawyer who helps the Devil do his work. Perhaps Satan's greatest ally is the film itself.

Preview Reviewer: Jason Shepherd
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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 (27) times - Mild 14, Moderate 13

Obscene Language: Many (71) times - s-word 15; f-word 52; other 4

Profanity: Many (27) times - Regular 23 (J/C 7, for God/Cs sake 2, God 3, GD 11); Exclamatory 4

Violence: Many times - Moderate to Severe (Pagan ritual killing of animals portrayed; voodoo priest pulls cow tongue from freezer full of animal parts; evil distortions of demon-people; gory photos of murder victims; dream in which toddler plays with human guts; man viciously beaten to death; man hit by car with closeup of bloody face; woman kills herself by slashing throat)

Sex: Several times (explicit sex scenes); Implied several times (sex variations implied, heterosexual and homosexual sex implied)

Nudity: Several times (female breast nudity in sex scenes; woman shows breast to another woman for her to admire them; rear male nudity in one sex scene; full female frontal nudity in one sex scene)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Many times (many scenes with sexual tension and subtle seduction; teenage girl describes molestation in court and defendant secretly rubs groin as he listens; man grabs woman's rear as they dance; woman asks man what sexual positions he prefers; man fantasizes about other woman while making love to wife; women kiss each other passionately; many references to sex acts and sex organs)

Drugs: Several times (smoking, hard liquor and social drinking, reference to cocaine use)

Other: Fundamentalist zealot portrayed as crazy; zealot's son refers to his time in church as

Running Time: 138 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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