Nick and Jane

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +3

Content: -2

Nick (James McCaffrey) has lived the life of a starving artist for too long. Driving a cab to make ends meet, he has grown weary of dodging creditors and scraping for rent. He still lives the life of an artist, but has lost all his creativity and motivation. Jane (Dana Wheeler-Nicholson), on the other hand, is all motivation. A driven financial analyst, she lives an ideal life with the perfect boyfriend, executive job, and an Upper West Side apartment. She leads a charmed life. . . but beneath the surface, there's no passion or romance. Jane's world spirals out of control when she discovers her boyfriend and co-worker in bed together. Devastated, she runs away, hailing a cab driven by Nick. They later bump into each other in a nightclub, and through a chain of events, Jane hires Nick to pose as her new love interest -- to make her boyfriend jealous. As they play out the charade, they fall in love with each other, but Jane still wants her old life back. She must choose between her "perfect" life and true love. NICK AND JANE is a fun and moving romantic comedy which will become one of the fall's best sleepers. It pulls together a strong plot and good performances to create an endearing story.

A pearl among swine, this film lacks several of the objectionable elements found in most R-rated movies. It keeps sex and nudity to a minimum. But seven crude words and fifteen obscenities pollute the dialogue, and the Lord's name is taken in vain ten times. Sex is implied twice between unmarried couples, but no actual sex is shown. One moderately violent scene is shown as a scorned lover attacks her boyfriend and sex partner. A lot of homosexuals and cross-dressers appear in the film, but their lifestyles are portrayed neutrally. The moral downfall of the film is its abundance of sexually suggestive material. Female office workers talk about giving a young male co-worker his "post-graduate education." The same workers jokingly warn one woman not to "scar the poor boy," which is possibly a reference to unconventional or rough sex. Promiscuous behavior is condoned as the main character's friend advises her to have sex with the man posing as her new love interest. That same friend also is shown engaging in unconventional pre-sexual activities. In the end, NICK AND JANE is a lovely romantic comedy marred too much to enjoy.

Preview Reviewer: Jason Shepherd
Cinepix Film Properties, 561 Broadway, Ste. 12B, New York, NY 10122

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: Several (7) times - Mild 2, Moderate 5

Obscene Language: Many (15) times - S-word 10; f-word 5

Profanity: Many (10) times - Regular 5 (J/C 2, GD 1, God 2); Exclamatory 5

Violence: Once - Moderate (woman attacks lover and his mistress)

Sex: Implied twice (couple seen lying in bed together)

Nudity: Once (brief male rear nudity)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Many times (female office workers talk about giving young male co-worker his

Drugs: Several times (cigarette smoking; beer drinking at bar; wine over dinner; reference to smoking marijuana)


Running Time: 120 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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