Detroit Rock City

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +2 1/2

Content: -4

In DETROIT ROCK CITY (also the name of a KISS song), four obsessed teenage fans want to go to a KISS concert. They have missed out on the annual event the past two years, but now they have their tickets and all seems well. However, when Jam (Sam Huntington) leaves the tickets in his room, his mom (Lin Shaye) discovers them and burns the tickets in front of the teens. The boys are now in a desperate situation, but Hawk (Edward Furlong) keeps their confidence up and they head down to the concert anyway. But even if they make it to the concert, which isnt as easy as it sounds, they have to find some way to get in. This comedy has many laughs from beginning to end, with some especially funny material about life in the 70s. It should find wide appeal with older teens and young adults who came of age during that era.

The film spends much of its time bashing hypocrisy in the Christian community. While its true that there are hypocritical Christians, the film gives a number of extreme examples, mostly for comedic effect. One priest in the movie inadvertently gets high on drugs and he starts cussing at the nuns and drinking wine like theres no tomorrow. Another priest is taking confession and is obviously looking for a sordid, sexual confession. The film is loaded with sexual content, with two scenes of gratuitous female breast nudity. Sex is implied twice, both involving teenagers, and the four boys also drink and smoke both cigarettes and marijuana. Of course foul language is also prevalent with 88 f-words and 38 s-words. DETROIT ROCK CITY begins with a funny concept, but the sex and language make this one to skip.

Preview Reviewer: John Adair
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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 (37) times - Mild 8, Moderate 29

Obscene Language: Many (148) times (f-word 88, s-word 38, other 22)

Profanity: Many (15) times - Regular 11 (G 8, GD 2, So help me G 1); Exclamatory 4 (Oh God, Oh my God)

Violence: Many times - Mild and Moderate, often comical (punching and kicking, people hit in face with objects, teen thrown to ground, teen falls from ceiling)

Sex: Twice - Implied (unmarried couples, no nudity)

Nudity: Few times (topless women in Jacuzzi, woman topless at concert, female rear on cover of pornographic magazine); Near Nudity: Several Times (low cut dresses, bikinis, teen in underwear, breast cleavage shown, women not wearing undergarments)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Many times (references to sex and unconventional sex, pornographic magazines lying around, obvious male arousal, male strippers dance suggestively)

Drugs: Several times (smoking, alcohol, drugs)

Other: Drinking, smoking, and sex considered normal and acceptable for teenagers; priest wants to hear sordid confessions for sexual excitement, priest cusses after smoking marijuana; teen vomits

Running Time: 95 minutes
Intended Audience: Older Teenagers & Adults

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